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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Annuity

Perhaps you are familiar with an annuity. The basic premise is that you convert a lump sum of money into a stream of income. Unlike an investment, once you commit a fixed amount of money to the insurance company, that company is contractually obligated to provide you a minimum level of income with the option…

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When it comes to retirement preparation, a common benchmark goal is having one’s mortgage paid off. This typically removes a large, ongoing payment from the budget and can reduce retirement expenses substantially. Some people even schedule their retirement just after their final payment date. Here’s an even better idea: Schedule your retirement date six months…

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