Will the impending recession bring about the end of the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement, as some are already predicting? The author of today’s article argues that such predictions reflect a deep misunderstanding of the FIRE movement and that, in actuality, “This recession won’t end the FIRE movement, but it will force it to change. And that change will almost certainly be for the better.” For more, CLICK HERE.
How can you protect your retirement from the coronavirus’s tumultuous impact on the stock market? That depends on whether you’re still relatively young, nearing retirement, or in retirement – and today’s article outlines specific advice for those in each group. For more – including several safe short-term mutual funds and ETFs that may be worth considering – CLICK HERE.
“Instead of worrying about how far share prices will fall or how widely the coronavirus will spread, think about the opportunities,” advises the author of today’s article, who proceeds to outline four opportunities he sees currently – including an opportunity for retirees who need cash from their homes. For more, CLICK HERE
“This is very disconcerting and very bad timing,” says Tracy Donaldson, a newly retired Floridian who had the extremely bad luck of retiring the same week the Dow dropped significantly on coronavirus fears. But while Donaldson’s guaranteed pension and Social Security mean he’ll be fine even in the event of a lengthy downturn, many retirees may find themselves in a much more fragile position – and Donaldson’s bad luck should serve as a wake-up call. For more, CLICK HERE.
When it comes to investing for retirement, the author of today’s article argues that “While there has been an explosion in passive investing in recent years, investing specifically in your area of expertise can give you a leg up.” How? By using a self-directed account that allows you to make investments in alternative asset classes associated with that area of expertise. However, the author cautions, while “The scope of what you can do with a self-directed account is broad…the IRS does have rules around what you cannot do with an IRA or 401(k) plan.” For more, CLICK HERE.
With longer life expectancies and lower interest rates, among other factors, the traditional 60/40 portfolio “just won’t be able to cut it anymore”, according to some financial experts. Instead, greater allocations to equities will be needed – and dividend stocks will become the new bonds for retirement. One place investors can look for higher yields for their retirement portfolios? Business Development Companies, which are averaging annual yields of nearly 10%. For more, CLICK HERE.
Each week, the author of today’s article invests $500 of savings into two or three dividend-paying companies for his retirement portfolio. For a detailed examination of the companies under consideration for this week’s retirement portfolio purchases – and the screening process the author employs to make his weekly stock selections – CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article calls it “the biggest lie in personal finance” – and sees it as pervasive among articles on how to achieve early retirement. What is this lie, how does the financial media feed it, and what does the author argue is the only real “secret” to getting rich? CLICK HERE.
Just as the Trump MAGA (“Make America Great Again”) slogan is polarizing, so too are annuities. In fact, the author of today’s article observes that “the very financial tool that could save someone’s retirement journey so that they have income for life is the very tool that many hate.” Given the fear so many Americans have of running out of money in retirement, and the potential of annuities to eliminate that concern, the author outlines what you need to know about annuities “so you can make annuities great again.” For more, CLICK HERE.
In the current era of low rates, the author of today’s article notes that “Stocks will have to do the heavy lifting of funding your retirement”. But will they be able to do so – or will unexpectedly low returns put you at risk of running out of money during your retirement? The author looks at what the most reliable indicators suggest about equity returns over the next decade – and what they suggest “is very sobering indeed”. For more, CLICK HERE.