The difference between running a marathon race and preparing for retirement, the author of today’s article observes, is that “When you cross the finish line in a marathon, you know the race is over. But when you quit the workforce, it’s much harder to figure out whether you’ve successfully reached retirement.” So how can you get a good sense of whether you’re succeeding financially as you enter retirement? He outlines 15 indicators – some money-related, and some not. For more CLICK HERE.
Yet another research report has found that a majority of baby boomers do not feel prepared for retirement – and today’s article suggests that one critical factor underlying the position that these boomers find themselves in is a lack of investment in stocks, with the author noting that “The ownership of the vast majority of equity returns in the hands of a small percentage of Americans in part explains why so many boomers are not feeling the recovery.” In addition to increasing their stake in stocks, what else can Americans do to boost their sense of retirement security? CLICK HERE.
The latest Retirement Confidence Survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that 63% of workers express confidence in having enough money for a comfortable retirement. But with the average 401(k) having a balance of less than $100,000, the author of today’s article states that “you have to wonder how accurate their self-assessment is.” He proceeds to outline five things to look at in determining whether you are doing a good job preparing for retirement – or just fooling yourself into believing that you are. CLICK HERE to read more.
A majority of Americans believe that their children will be worse off financially than they are and, as today’s article notes, this concern appears to have merit in at least one critical respect: Social Security. Specifically, the article looks at the findings of the most recent trustee’s report for Social Security that “almost nobody noticed.” What’s in the report, why is it important, and what does it mean for younger generations? CLICK HERE to find out.
“If you will celebrate your 62nd birthday in 2017 or soon after, you’re in the vanguard of a big change in Social Security,” notes today’s article. That change? The raising of the full retirement age from 66 to 67. The author examines the impact this big change – as well as other tricky Social Security math you may encounter – will have on decisions such as “when to claim Social Security, whether you should work longer, and whether you would benefit from a retirement job.” To read more, CLICK HERE.