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Contenders For This Week’s Retirement Portfolio Purchases

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.

Modest Or Maximal, Catch-Up Contributions Can Make A Big Difference To Your Retirement Balance

If there was a way you could increase your retirement balance by tens of thousands of dollars in a relatively short period of time with small amounts of additional savings, would you do it? Probably. And fortunately, as today’s article outlines, there is a way to do just that: catch-up contributions. To illustrate just how much of a difference even… 

From 4% To 44%: How Much Of Your Income Do You Need To Save For Retirement?

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.… 

The Power Of 1% More

While he acknowledges that it may seem like a trivial amount, the author of today’s article illustrates just how much of an impact 1% more can have on your earnings, savings, investing and, when combined, on your overall net worth. For more on the power of 1% more – including how you can go about getting that extra 1% in… 

What Is “Resulting” – And Why Is It Dangerous To Your Personal Finances?

If someone saves nothing for retirement, enjoys their hard-earned money during their working years, and then unexpectedly inherits a windfall at age 60, was not saving a good decision? Conversely, if someone saves diligently for retirement, lives frugally during their working years, and then dies suddenly from a heart attack at age 60, was saving a bad decision? This type… 

Making A Pension-Less Retirement Work

The author of today’s article – who is fortunate enough to have a pension – is concerned about the majority of Americans (including his own children) who are not so fortunate, and who will have to rely on Social Security and their investments to fund their retirements. His fear? “Even if these folks are saving regularly, they don’t really understand… 

De-Mything Your Retirement Accounts

“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… 

How Contributing “Too Much Too Soon” Can Hurt Your Retirement Savings

“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… 

A Scientific Approach To Monthly Cashflow Optimization

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… 

Strategies To Compound Your Way To A Wealthy Retirement Using Dividend Stocks

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…