“Sell in May and go away”. “The January effect”. The “Santa Claus rally”. “Financial hurricane season”. When it comes to whether these seasonal investing adages work, the author of today’s article argues that they work “just often enough to sustain their myths” – and just often enough to negatively impact your retirement savings if you make investment decisions based on them. For more, CLICK HERE.
“Save as much as possible as early as possible” is a generally accepted principle of retirement saving – and widely viewed as the most important principle. There are, however, exceptions – and today’s article details how “contributing too much to your 401(k) or similar retirement plan too early in the year may be hazardous to your retirement-savings health” and cause you to lose out on free money. For more – including how proper planning can help you avoid becoming a victim of the “too-much-too-soon trap”, CLICK HERE.
When it comes to managing one’s monthly cashflow, how does a behavioral scientist go about doing it? Today’s article outlines the monthly cashflow optimization system of one behavioral scientist – one that he has refined over many years to “maximize [his] happiness per hour spent thinking about money.” For more – including why he only budgets for “boulders”, why he self-insures rather than buying as much insurance, how his system helps protect against lifestyle creep, and more, CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article describes it as “the one surefire way to retire rich”: harnessing the power of compounding. Or, to be more specific, harnessing the power of compounding using dividend stocks – and amassing a multi-million dollar nest egg in the process. What does the author outline as some of the best strategies in this regard? For more on harnessing the power of compounding using dividend stocks to grow your wealth – and nest egg – over time, CLICK HERE.
“The challenging task of getting decades’ worth of savings to last a lifetime can be made more manageable with a single product: an income annuity,” notes the author of today’s article. However, despite this, income annuities have yet to really catch on with investors. Given this, the author proceeds to outline who may benefit from an income annuity (and who likely doesn’t need one), how much of one’s savings to consider putting in an income annuity, when (and how) to consider buying income annuities, and more. CLICK HERE.
When it comes to retirement planning, the author of today’s article notes that “What’s been missing for most people is a simple way to calculate the level of spending that can be generated from a given savings amount, that takes into account realistic assumptions about a retiree’s longevity as well as a forecast for market returns.” However, there is a new tool available that seeks to fill that need – and it only requires two simple inputs to generate spending estimates. For more, CLICK HERE.
If, like many Americans, you find yourself behind when it comes to having enough saved for a financially secure retirement, one potential way to increase your retirement savings is by taking advantage of catch-up contributions. The author of today’s article cautions “Don’t fall into the trap of underestimating how much these extra contributions can potentially benefit your upcoming retirement” – and he outlines some examples in hard dollars to demonstrate how much of an impact catch-up contributions can have. For more, CLICK HERE.
Americans on the whole are not contributing enough to their 401(k)s to fund retirements that will not require a reduction in their standard of living. As such, the author of today’s article looks at “how you can meaningfully begin saving more today for your retirement”. For his insights – including what he identifies as “the simplest and most effective way to significantly increase the amount you save” and some strategies for gig workers – CLICK HERE.
When it comes to your retirement account, if you just set it and forget it, you could well lose it…to escheatment. As today’s article explains, escheatment is the process whereby firms that manage retirement accounts are required to turn over to the states any accounts that are seemingly not being actively managed. What happens to your retirement account (and related dividends and interest) when it’s escheated? And, more importantly, how can you avoid escheatment? For more, CLICK HERE.
How can you get control of your spending without having to devote precious time to tracking every expense? Today’s article outlines one spending system that can be employed to accomplish this: bucket budgeting. This is the system the author’s husband uses, and she notes that it “allows him to prefund his expenses, keep his spending in check and avoid having to track every penny….” For more on setting up a bucket budgeting system – including some buckets (and sub-buckets) to consider including – CLICK HERE.