Americans could require savings of anywhere from $666,000 to $2 million to retire, according to a recently released analysis. The key factor underlying this wide range? The state in which one chooses to retire, with the $666,000 figure representing the amount potentially needed to retire in Mississippi (the cheapest state to retire in) based on the estimated average annual expenditure of a typical retired person outside of Social Security checks, and the $2 million figure representing the same amount for Hawaii (the most expensive state to retire in). What about the state you plan to retire in? CLICK HERE.
The SECURE Act, which went into effect on January 1st, will change the way workers save for retirement, the way retirees spend down their retirement savings, and the way beneficiaries will receive money from inherited retirement accounts. But the various provisions of the SECURE Act aren’t the only ways that saving for retirement will change this year. As today’s article notes, “Other trends have been in motion over the last few years” – and the author outlines three trends that will impact how Americans save for retirement this year and beyond. For more, CLICK HERE.
While some argue it’s not enough – and others argue it’s needlessly high – the figure of $1 million is frequently cited as the amount to strive for when it comes to retirement savings. And with the average 401(k) and IRA accounts having balances of around $100,000, today’s article lays out scenarios to get from this starting point to $1 million in retirement savings, whether you have 30 years, 20 years, or just 10 years until retirement. For more, CLICK HERE.
The long-awaited Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act has been passed by Congress and signed by President Trump – and several of its many provisions affecting 401(k)s, IRAs, annuities and more take effect as soon as 2020 begins. So what are the new rules of retirement saving? Today’s article outlines some of the most important provisions of the SECURE Act, including changes to the rules governing required minimum distributions (RMDs) which one retirement expert states “could provide tax benefits to some and tax hurdles for others”. For more, CLICK HERE.
“Tax-deferred accounts are great until they aren’t – when we have to pay taxes on our withdrawals,” notes the author of today’s article, who highlights an “often-overlooked” reason for married couples to consider making additional, earlier withdrawals from tax-deferred accounts (in addition to more common reasons such as wanting to use accumulated funds while you and your spouse are still young and healthy): “Their taxes will almost certainly increase after the first spouse dies. Think of this as the widow or widower’s tax.” How can married couples adapt their withdrawal strategies to minimize the impact of this tax? CLICK HERE.
What’s the “nastiest, hardest problem in finance”? According to Nobel Prize-winning economist William Sharpe, it’s turning retirement savings into retirement spending or, as today’s article puts it, “knowing how to strike a balance between having enough income to meet your current needs (and wants, assuming you’ve saved enough) and having enough to get you through your lifetime.” What insights does Sharpe – who created a computer program that assessed 100,000 retirement-income scenarios – have on how retirees can better tackle this problem? CLICK HERE.
How would you like to only have to save half as much as you otherwise would for retirement? The author of today’s article outlines how you can turn that fantasy into a reality with proper fee management, pointing out that “You lose over half a million dollars just from [a] small difference in fees, because small amounts multiplied over 40 years always become big amounts at the end. Everyone loves talking about how compounding interest is key to building wealth, but it cuts both ways. Fees compound, too.” For more, CLICK HERE.
With their own distinct risk and reward characteristics, foreign government bonds can be a useful addition to a diversified portfolio. But do they make sense for retirees now at a time when approximately 25% of the foreign bond market trades with negative yields? Surprisingly, they might — under the right circumstances. This is due to what the author of today’s article describes as “a peculiar quirk of the foreign currency market”. For more on why retirees might actually want to consider negative-yielding foreign government bonds, CLICK HERE.
How much of your income do you need to save for retirement? As little as 4% — or as much as 44%! That’s what’s revealed in a new chart posted by data visualization site FlowingData.com, with where you fall on the 4% to 44% saving spectrum depending on when you start saving for retirement and when you plan to retire. What does this chart indicate about your particular savings needs? CLICK HERE.
What are the odds that the stock market will crash at some point (or multiple points) during the course of your retirement? Researchers have actually developed a formula for making this determination – and based on that formula, the author of today’s article warns that “the odds of a huge crash are…high enough that you should expect at least one, and perhaps more, during your retirement.” For more – including the number of smaller crashes the formula indicates one should expect over the course of a 30-year retirement and why, despite what many believe, government regulations and safeguards are unlikely to prevent future crashes – CLICK HERE.