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 small catch-up contributions can make on retirement balances, the author outlines three scenarios, one with no catch-up contributions, one with modest catch-up contributions and one with maximum catch-up contributions. For more – including what the author sees as the “bonus beauty of catch-up contributions” – 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.
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 each of the aforementioned areas – CLICK HERE.
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 of thinking, the author of today’s article explains, reflects the concept of “resulting” – and he warns that “In personal finance and investing, resulting is dangerous.” For more on resulting and the danger it poses, CLICK HERE.
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 how to invest or how to manage their nest egg once retired.” He proceeds to outline everything involved in making a pension-less retirement work. For more, CLICK HERE.
“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.