The 411 On Potential 401(k) Regulation Changes

2018-12-20 20_50_47-Old couple, beach, sea and ocean HD photo by rawpixel (@rawpixel) on UnsplashAs the House of Representatives prepares to change hands in the new year, both the outgoing Republican chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and the presumed incoming Democratic chairman of the committee are proposing changes to retirement regulations – including changes pertaining to the risk of retirees outliving their savings. For more on these potential changes, how they could benefit retirement savers, and some of the potential issues with them, CLICK HERE.

Read More

The Trouble With Target-Date Funds

2018-07-22 11_33_37-Morguefile.com free photographs for commercial useWith almost half of retirement savers having their entire account invested in a single target-date fund last year, the author of today’s article acknowledges that “Target-date funds are taking over retirement accounts” – and this may not be a good thing. He proceeds to explain how a combination of issues with target-date funds “could easily add up to 1 percent to 2 percent a year in lower returns, costing retirement savers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a career.” CLICK HERE.

Read More

2018’s Potential Potholes On The Path To Retirement

2018-01-17 14_15_25-Morguefile free photographs for commercial useThe stock market is rising, tax rates are falling, and the final GOP tax reform bill didn’t make dramatic changes to 401(k) contributions. All of this would seem to be good news for retirees and retirement savers. However, today’s article outlines a number of things that retirees and those approaching retirement may be wise to keep an eye on this year – including possible Medicare and Social Security cutbacks, the “double-edged sword” of higher interest rates, the elimination of Roth “do-overs”, and more. For more, CLICK HERE.

Read More

401(k) Contribution Limits Appear Safe — But Tax Reform Could Still Deliver A Major Blow To Retirement Savers

2017-11-27 06_22_23-High Angle View of Pencils on Table · Free Stock PhotoDespite concerns that the Republican tax plan would deliver a major blow to retirement savers by dramatically reducing how much they could stash away in their 401(k)s each year, that provision has not come to pass. So retirement savers can breathe a sigh of relief…right? Not necessarily. The author of today’s article warns that “while it’s good that Republicans backed off on their idea to crimp 401(k) accounts, retirees—and soon-to-be retirees—should not think they’re out of the woods. President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are now proposing a new cash grab.” To read more, CLICK HERE.

Read More

Be On Guard Against These Retirement-Wrecking Mistakes

2017-10-01 15_40_56-Free stock photo of blur, business, close-upThere are many actions (and inactions) that can wreck retirement plans. As such, while the author of today’s article acknowledges that the $1 million figure frequently cited as how much one needs to amass for a comfortable retirement may be arbitrary, he stresses that “what is not arbitrary is it takes discipline and it requires avoiding mistakes and pitfalls to have a happy retirement.” He proceeds to identify 14 specific mistakes that retirement savers should be on guard against making – including failing to understand how Social Security works. For more, CLICK HERE.

Read More

Fiduciary Fallout: Will Less Choice In Mutual Funds Help Or Hurt Retirement Savers?

2017-08-20 08_13_24-Gold Padlock Locking Door · Free Stock PhotoWhile the primary casualty of the fiduciary rule – which began to take effect in June – is intended to be conflicts of interest on the part of financial advisers when it comes to their clients’ retirement accounts, today’s article identifies another potential casualty of the rule: the number of mutual funds offered by brokerage firms as they seek to comply with the rule. While advocates of the fiduciary rule claim that investors will benefit from this pruning of funds, others are concerned about the implications of this “less is more” approach. To read more, CLICK HERE.

Read More

The Latest Salvo In The Government’s Efforts To Make It Harder To Save For Retirement

2017-08-06 16_56_27-Brown Leather Wallet Using Blue Steel Clap · Free Stock PhotoA significant percentage of Americans are not saving enough (or at all) for retirement – and the U.S. government seems to be doing everything it can to exacerbate this problem. The latest example of this is the Treasury Department’s canceling of the Obama-era myRA program for individuals who did not have access to a 401(k) or other retirement plan at work. What other actions has the government taken this year that could make saving for retirement more difficult – and what are retirement savers to do in the face of this? CLICK HERE to read more.

Read More

Can Small-Cap Stocks “Turbocharge” Your Retirement Savings Without Greater Risk?

2017-05-21 19_19_35-Brown Leather Wallet Using Blue Steel Clap · Free Stock PhotoFor diligent retirement savers, the author of today’s article doesn’t see investing in large-cap stocks – with their maturity and predictable cash flows – as being a bad plan. However, for the large segment of Americans who are either behind on saving for retirement (or have no retirement savings at all), he points to small-cap stocks as being “the best way to turbocharge their savings.” But doesn’t the greater risk associated with small-cap stocks outweigh the potential for slightly better returns? The author shows how this is not necessarily the case. To read more, CLICK HERE.

Read More