Baby Boomers Staying Home for Retirement

In 1989, Harvard economists published a study concluding that as baby boomers aged out of the residential real estate market, there would be a glut of empty homes and prices would plummet. That clearly hasn’t happened yet, for a variety of reasons. Economists didn’t account for boomers’ life expectancy extending so much longer. People are…

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RMD Considerations

With people living longer and benefiting from the long-running bull market, there are more factors to consider in taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from retirement accounts. The traditional IRA, SEP IRA and 401(k) plans offer tax deductions on contributions and tax-deferred growth on earnings during the accumulation phase, but eventually the government wants you to…

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Two Retirement Planning Approaches Safety vs. Probability

According to Merrill, four of the most common risks to your retirement strategy are: A significant market drop shortly before or early in your retirement Inflation reducing your spending power over time Unexpected medical and/or long-term care expenses Outliving your assets If you are nearing retirement, it might be time to review your current financial…

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Financial Tips For 2020

The U.S. has enjoyed 10 years of a booming stock market and a growing economy. It’s too early to tell how 2020 will look, but there are some signs that it doesn’t look quite as promising. Between warnings of a possible economic pullback and a contentious presidential election year, investors may want to consider financial…

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Retirement Planning During Changing Times

According to the United Nations, across the globe, people older than 65 now outnumber children under five for the first time in history. In 1960, the average woman gave birth to five children in her lifetime; by 2017, that ratio had dropped to 2.4 children per woman. Meanwhile, our life expectancy has increased around the…

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Many people are working past traditional retirement age to accumulate more money for a potentially longer retirement than in previous generations. In 2018, almost 20 percent of Americans age 65 and older were employed or actively looking for work. While there may be positive benefits for older workers, the research is mixed on how this…

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Whether you change jobs or retire, a 401(k) plan is a terrible thing to waste. In fact, what you do with a 401(k) should be part of a larger plan for your financial future. As a general rule, you have four options. Option One: Leave Your Money in the 401(k) Many employer plans allow former…

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There is one predominant reason why retirement portfolio design must be approached differently today than in previous years: There is an infant alive in this world, right now, who is expected to reach age 200. That’s the prediction from demographers researching life expectancy trends, according to Olivia Mitchell, a business economics and public policy professor…

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The “elderly” portion of retirement is the phase that is past travel, golf, shopping, piggyback rides and puzzles on the floor with the grandkids. It can often consist of isolation, loneliness and boredom — possibly compounded by the inability to drive, take a walk or even hear loved ones talk on the phone. Many continue…

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Annuities are nothing new; in fact, they’ve been around since Roman times, and maybe even before that. But they’re seeing a modern-day surge in popularity, fueled by pre-retirees and retirees concerned about stock market volatility and outliving their retirement income. The fixed annuity market experienced significant growth between 2017 and 2018, with a 25 percent…

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