Retirement Savings and Investments

There are a lot of questions about retirement savings and investments.

With regards to savings, you need to know: How much to save (did you know that some people save too much)? How much savings you will you need for retirement? Where should you save? Should you save pre-tax (traditional, SEP & Simple IRAs, 401ks, 403bs, 457s, 529s, HSAs, etc…) or after-tax (Roth IRAs and 401ks)? How do you find more money to save?

And, there are probably even more questions about investments: What should you invest in (stocks, bonds, real estate, funds)? How should your investments change over time? How do your financial values impact your investment strategy? What is the ideal asset allocation for you? What should you do when the market swings wildly?

See below for articles covering the answers to these questions and more.

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Retirement Income Strategies: 18 Ideas for Lifetime Wealth and Peace of Mind

18 practical retirement income strategies: See what experts recommend and decide how to create a plan for your own lifetime wealth.

February 1, 2023
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What is the Debt Ceiling Crisis and 8 Ways to Prepare for Possible Fallout

Understand the basics of the federal debt ceiling and how to prepare for the X date and the financial fallout that may follow.

January 19, 2023
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Podcast: Burton Malkiel and “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” 50 Years Later

Professor Malkiel discusses the latest edition of his legendary book and some of the biggest lessons from his own life.

January 12, 2023
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8 Ways to Invest in Real Estate for Wealth and Retirement

Learn about 8 options for investing in real estate for retirement. Explore the pros and cons and discover which one is right for you. Read now…

January 11, 2023
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New RMD Ages in 2023 and 2033: Immediately See the Impact on Your Retirement Income and Taxes

See the impact of new 2023 and 2033 RMD ages on your projected retirement plans. Your taxes, income, and Roth strategies may have changed.

December 29, 2022
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Big RMD Changes and 11 Other Retirement Planning Headlines from SECURE 2.0 and the Omnibus Spending Bill

There are big retirement planning changes with passage of the Omnibus Spending Bill, including the SECURE Act 2.0. See how you are impacted.

December 22, 2022
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How Making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) Can Save You Tax Money

(QCDs) are a way to help great causes and those in need, but they are also a way to manage your tax exposure and avoid unpleasant surprises. 

December 21, 2022

6 Strategies to Manage Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

Are RMDs desired income or a cost? Either way, preserve wealth with these 6 strategies for minimizing taxes on your withdrawals.

December 21, 2022

Why a Roth Conversion or Backdoor Roth IRA is a Good Idea Right Now

Doing a Roth conversion — also known as a “backdoor Roth IRA” – is perhaps still appealing in 2023. Why? Low 2023 tax rates. What is a Roth Conversion? Backdoor IRA? A Roth Conversion is when you convert money that you have in a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. This is sometimes called a…

December 20, 2022
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12 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies to Keep More 2022 Money and Prepare for Future Wealth

These 12 year-end tax tips for retirement will help you minimize your 2022 taxes and reduce future tax bills.

December 8, 2022
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I Have $1 Million and I Still Can’t Afford to Retire!

Millionaires are nearly as worried as average savers about their retirement. Find out why.

December 1, 2022
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15 Pros and Cons of Dividend Stocks for Retirement Savings

Too good to be true? Explore 15 pros and cons of dividend stocks. Good for retirement income, but also expensive, confusing, and risky.

December 1, 2022
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A Powerful Retirement Saving Secret: Use Tax Advantaged Catch Up Contributions When Over 50

Catch up contributions are the IRS’s way of making it easier for savers age 50 and up to tuck away enough retirement savings.

November 10, 2022
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How Do You Compare? Average Cash, Savings, Home Equity and Other Balances

Worried about money? You’re probably in better shape than average! Compare your balance to the average cash, savings, home equity of others.

November 10, 2022
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Tips for a Snarling Bear Market: Stay Calm, Let the Bear Back Down

Bear markets aren’t so different from real life bear encounters. With both you want to remain calm and wait for the bear to retreat.

September 29, 2022

Worried About the Markets? Run Bear Market Scenarios with the Planner

Explore how to use the Planner to model bear market scenarios. See what might happen over the next year or two with your investments.

September 29, 2022

6 Competing Retirement Investing Goals and How to Sort Them Out for Long-Term Wealth

Creating a retirement investment plan for after you retire is downright complicated. Explore 6 competing priorities and how to invest for long term wealth.

September 1, 2022

Coping with Financial Crises: Wealth-Building Lessons from Recent History

Don’t repeat mistakes from history. The 5 most recent financial crises provide lessons on protecting and building wealth in troubled times.

August 25, 2022

Sample Asset Allocations: What Is Right for You?

Explore investing rules of thumb as well as sample asset allocations to help you know if you are on the right track. Read now!

August 25, 2022

10 Remarkable Retirement Investments: Go Beyond Funds, Bonds, and Stocks

Monetary retirement investments are critical. Investing in your future health and happiness will pay the important dividends.

August 18, 2022

Investment Advice: What Kind of Help Do You Really Need? How Much Should it Cost?

You have options for investment advice at different costs and service levels. But, the most popular option may not be the best. Learn why…

August 11, 2022
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How Much is Enough? How to Know if You Are Earning or Saving for Optimal Happiness

Everyone wants to know how much is enough. Here are 10 ways to find out how much savings or income is needed for happiness.

July 14, 2022
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Is a Bond Ladder Strategy Right for Your Retirement?

Bond ladders can be used to protect against interest rate risk. Discover what they are and why you would use one to secure your future.

July 14, 2022
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The Stock Market Has Worst First 6 Months of Year Since 1970s: Is it Time to Buy In? 

Wall Street news isn’t great: bear market, inflation & more. However, it may be a great opportunity to invest. Explore 12 tips to help you know if it is for you.

June 30, 2022

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