With the market butting up against all-time highs, those who are about to retire may be feeling particularly concerned, given sequence of returns risk and the potentially catastrophic effect of poor returns early on in retirement. For those nervous near-retirees, today’s article may provide some comfort as it outlines what a research team found when it comes to retiring at an all-time high in the market versus retiring at a random time in the market. 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.
After an extended period of near record-low volatility, the market has seen a number of marked declines in recent weeks. Market declines can be terrifying – especially for those just starting retirement. As the author of today’s article notes, “retirement success is influenced by the returns that an investor earns when their portfolio is largest (presumably right at retirement). Therefore, investors right around retirement are most at risk of stock market declines.” But how much should new retirees actually fear market declines? The author looks at how much new retirees are actually hurt by market declines – and the findings might surprise you. CLICK HERE for more.
The author of today’s article calls them “the Rodney Dangerfield of retirement investing” as they are getting no respect. The investment in question? Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) – which the author notes have been producing disappointing returns in recent years compared to regular Treasurys. However, while many retirees have been abandoning TIPS in favor of regular Treasurys, he cautions that “many of the criticisms of TIPS reflect a fundamental misunderstanding” of what they can offer. For more, CLICK HERE.
Leverage and retirement don’t conventionally go together – but a new exchange-traded fund targeting retirees who require more income than they can get from a typical 60-40 stock-bond portfolio is looking to include a leverage component in an effort to provide investors with superior returns. As today’s article outlines, “this fund takes those vanilla investments, adds a dollop of exposure to racier asset classes that have historically generated higher income, sprinkles in some leverage and, voila, investors get a fund that can support a 7 percent annual distribution rate.” For more, CLICK HERE.
It can have a dramatic impact on your retirement – and, unfortunately, it is largely out of your control. We’re talking about the market’s sequence of returns leading up to – and throughout – your golden years. The author of today’s article illustrates the impact that differing sequence of returns can have on the equity portion of one’s portfolio and, noting that individuals thinking of retiring in the next year or two “are vulnerable to an unlucky sequence”, looks at some strategies to mitigate this threat. For more, CLICK HERE.
If you’re close to retirement you can thank them for helping to give the return on your retirement savings a boost. But if your retirement is still a ways off, the author of today’s article warns that “you’re going to have a devil of a time getting a decent return on your retirement savings” because of them. The “them” in question is the Chinese middle class, which the author notes is flooding its savings into global markets – pushing up asset prices, pushing down yields, and creating dim prospects for real returns in the future. So what can younger U.S. workers do in light of this grim reality? CLICK HERE.
The three stocks highlighted in today’s article offer above-average dividend yields (and the potential for years of continued dividend growth) as well as strong prospects for long-term returns, as each of the companies in question is a leader in its respective industry. As a result, the authors believe these three stocks are ideal picks for helping to build a retirement nest egg. To find out what these stocks are – a branded-food products leader, an oil and natural gas midstream leader, and a healthcare REIT leader – CLICK HERE.
The market’s sequence of returns matters – having weaker returns come early in one’s life cycle (when the amount invested is smaller) and stronger returns come later in one’s life cycle (when the amount invested is much larger) puts one in a much better position going into retirement than the reverse scenario. Unfortunately, while the sequence of returns matters a great deal, it is something investors have no control over. However, while there is no way to control the sequence of returns, the author of today’s article outlines some ways in which its risk can be managed. CLICK HERE for more.
With the average life expectancy in the U.S. approaching 80 years, the long-advised strategy of shifting away from riskier (but higher-returning) assets like stocks and towards safer (but lower-returning) assets like bonds as you near retirement is not without its own risk: the risk of running out of money. The trick to navigating this risk/reward quandary, according to today’s article, is “balancing investing safely with the need for returns that keep up with, or better yet, beat inflation.” How can those approaching retirement go about accomplishing this? CLICK HERE.