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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Why it’s Never Too Soon to Use a Retirement Calculator

What will your retirement fund look like when it’s time to leave the work force? Will you have enough money saved up for the golden years? How much should you be saving each month to ensure that you’ve got a nice financial cushion at retirement? Answering these questions can be done easily with the use of…

September 4, 2014

State Sponsored Retirement Programs: New Ways to Close The Savings Gap

Noticing an increase in the number of unprepared Americans beginning to retire, federal and state governments are launching special programs to help. According to the New York Times, 17 states are exploring simple, low-cost savings plans that would allow workers to direct pre-tax earnings into retirement accounts to help guard against future risk—and help protect…

July 30, 2014

Saving for Retirement: Is Keeping Up with The Joneses a Good Idea?

In much of life, there’s a tendency to compare your lifestyle to others, whether it’s the size of your house, the kind of car you drive, or where you go on vacation. Now, financial firms are asking whether keeping up with the Joneses might actually be a good strategy when it comes to saving for…

July 28, 2014

Retirement Income Planning: Focus on Income—Not Assets—for Retirement Security

Leading up to retirement, many people focus on building up enough wealth to last throughout their golden years. But the focus should be on something a Nobel Prize winner in economics says is even more important: creating income throughout retirement. Without this attitude, your retirement could be a disaster. “The seeds of an investment crisis…

July 21, 2014

How Do the Rich Invest Their Money?

It’s a well-known fact that a small percentage of people control the majority of wealth in the United States. But all investors can take cues from high net worth individuals when it comes to investment and money management. Here are four ways to invest like the wealthy and hopefully get richer in the process: 1.…

June 16, 2014

Dying Penniless: American’s #1 Concern

What’s the number one financial concern Americans are worried about? For more than a decade, the answer has been the same: Not having enough money for retirement, according to Gallup’s annual Economy and Personal Finance poll. “Retirement may be a time that many working adults look forward to, but it is paradoxically a source of…

June 5, 2014

Are You $250,000 Short on Retirement Savings? You Are Not Alone!

According to a new study from Ameriprise Financial, there appears to be a significant disconnect between average retirement goals and reality. While the study suggests that Americans have a positive view of retirement – with 78 percent of respondents expecting to be extremely happy, it seems that most Americans have a gap of $250,000 between…

April 3, 2013

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