Stress tests aren’t just for banks – they’re useful for retirement plans too! And a comprehensive stress test of your retirement plan involves more than just stress testing your portfolio: the author of today’s article advises that “you should stress test your venue, your retirement and income portfolios, and anticipated leisure pursuits.” For more on carrying out a comprehensive stress test of your retirement plan – including how to test whether your portfolio can survive a market shock and how many times it may be prudent to visit prospective retirement venues – CLICK HERE.
“The bottom line is that generating secure income to meet our retirement goals for an uncertain period of time is extremely challenging,” acknowledges the author of today’s article, who likens this task to “trying to hit a moving target in the wind.” He proceeds to outline one approach to doing so – the so-called flooring approach. How does the flooring approach to retirement income planning work, who is this strategy suited for, and what are some important flooring “flipsides” so consider? CLICK HERE.
What happens if you have the bad luck to retire at a market peak, right before a brutal bear market (a scenario that many approaching retirement right now may be especially concerned about)? The author of today’s article runs the numbers to determine what effect this has on a portfolio’s value over the course of a retirement – and his findings may surprise you. For more – including what leads the author to conclude that “Retiring just before a stock market peak could be ruinous to your financial health but it doesn’t have to be” – CLICK HERE.
He’s been called the Sam Spade of money management, the financial watchdog, and the pension detective. And now he’s warning that “We are on the precipice of the greatest retirement crisis in the history of the world”, with millions of elderly in the United States alone at risk of falling into poverty in the coming decades as a result of being staggeringly unprepared for retirement. For more on what financial fraud whistleblower Ted Siedle is warning of – including why the new normal for many Americans may become “Too frail to work, too poor to retire” – CLICK HERE.
If you’re in your 30s, 40s or even 50s and, like many Americans, have little-to-nothing saved for retirement, the author of today’s article has some words of encouragement: “You are not screwed. The only way you are screwed is if you are at retirement age already. Then it is kind of too late. But if there is any time on the clock at all, you can fix this.” He proceeds to outline what he sees as the sole solution for this dire situation: austerity. What does this austerity solution entail? CLICK HERE.
Despite having been the recipients of many advantages when it came to saving for retirement, a new study focused on the retirement preparedness of baby boomers finds they are shockingly unprepared overall. Among its findings? Barely one in 10 boomers has a sufficient amount saved for retirement – and nearly half have no retirement savings at all. Today’s article proceeds to outline “seven deadly sins of retirement planning” that have led to boomers being in this situation, including “possibly the most astonishing revelation in the survey [which] is buried in the footnotes”. For more, CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article has his entire life savings and net worth invested in his recession-proofed “real money retirement portfolio” and is highlighting his latest purchase – a low-risk, high-yield dividend blue chip that is currently significantly undervalued despite “its strong quality score, good long-term growth prospects, and solid management team”, creating the potential for it to deliver total returns around 20% over the next five years. For a comprehensive look at this stock the author describes as “a table-pounding buy right now”, CLICK HERE.
With most financial experts advising that primary wage earners delay taking Social Security until age 70 (as delaying can result in payments that are 70% higher), the author of today’s article acknowledges that “for those who do want to maximize their benefits, that means utilizing other assets in the meantime which requires some strategizing.” He proceeds to outline one potential strategy – the Spend Safely in Retirement Strategy – that allows you to effectively create your own annuity or pension income stream. For more, CLICK HERE.
“While the market has long periods of high returns, it has even more long period of low returns. Investors have seen entire decades delivering nothing but losses,” notes the author of today’s article – and this reality is critical for retirement planners to be cognizant of, given that financial advisors often use overly optimistic return assumptions when creating retirement plans for clients. For more – including how today’s lofty valuations could “determine your returns for the next 10 years” – CLICK HERE.
When it comes to determining how much money you need to retire, there is no lack of opinions out there. Today’s article, however, highlights “an elegant solution to the problem” devised by one financial advisor that the author describes as a “divergent thinker”: a simple formula based on the market value of your house. For this formula – and why the author declares that, when it comes to retirement savings, “The house drives everything. The house drives everything. The house drives everything.” – CLICK HERE.