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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Have Enough: Top 7 Strategies for Generating Adequate Retirement Income

Generating enough retirement income is a top concern for many Americans. In fact, the number of Baby Boomers who are confident in their efforts to prepare financially for retirement has dropped nine percentage points, from 44% in 2011 to 35% in 2014, according to the Insured Retirement Institute’s fourth annual report on retirement preparedness of…

February 27, 2015
Retirement planning

Saving in the Nick of Time: A True Story of Starting Late and Successfully Saving for Retirement

It seems that time goes by faster as the years march ahead. For people who haven’t yet started saving for retirement, or who haven’t stayed committed to saving, the future can arrive even faster and a bit more unsteady. But fortunately, it’s almost never too late to get on the right track. At LearnVest, retiree…

February 10, 2015
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NBC Today’s Jean Chatzky Shows You How to Save More Money in 2015

NBC Today Show’s financial editor, Jean Chatzky, knows how to break down complex financial topics so that everyone can put them into action. And for 2015, she’s shared a handful of creative ways to save more money. Better yet, they’re nearly foolproof. Saving can be difficult, or it can be easy. Here are 5 ways…

February 6, 2015

Clark Howard Retirement Calculations: How Much Do You Need to Save for Retirement

Are you saving enough for your retirement? Maybe. Maybe not. Clark Howard, a financial expert whose nationally syndicated radio show helps people manage their money, recently commented on how much he believes you should be saving, and why. The Clark Howard retirement calculations suggest that even if your current plans are not perfect, if you…

January 29, 2015

Expert Interview with James Osborne About Flat Rates And An Unbiased Approach

Sometimes it’s hard to know who to trust in the world of finance. You don’t know whose hands are in whose pockets, or if the financial advisor even has a vested interest in your portfolio. It can be difficult to get an unbiased, expert opinion. That’s where Colorado’s Bason Asset Management comes in. Bason Asset…

January 29, 2015

Expert Interview with Molly O’Brien of Feex About Hidden Fees

Hidden fees are like a hairline fracture in your retirement plan – undetectable at first, but able to grow and spread to undermine all of your financial preparations. FeeX began when co-founder Uri Levine detected $230 in hidden fees on his credit card statement. He went after these fees with a vengeance in the vein…

January 22, 2015
Retirement savings

Expert Interview with Ryan Monette on Prioritizing Retirement Savings

We asked financial advisor Ryan Monette about the biggest mistakes Americans make when saving for their retirement. His advice was to listen to whoever said to save eight percent to 10 percent of your wages right away. Although he was joking, saving something is better than saving nothing (of course). But Monette doesn’t believe in…

January 20, 2015

Expert Interview with Miron Lulic on Planning Your Retirement the Right Way for

Miron Lulic always thinks ahead. On his blog SuperMoney, he’s constantly on the cutting edge of retirement planning, among other financial topics. He laid out for us how to plan for your retirement while balancing your other financial needs. What are some mistaken beliefs about retirement planning you often see? Probably the most common misconception…

December 16, 2014
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Expert Interview with Kurt Rosentreter on Planning Your Retirement

President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” And if you consider retiring in your golden years a goal worth having, well then you better be prepared to work for it, says best-selling author Kurt Rosentreter, senior financial advisor for Manulife Securities.…

December 16, 2014

Retirement Savings and Investments: Understanding 401K Fees

If you contribute regularly to a 401(k) plan, you’ve already begun to take control over your retirement. Each contribution adds up. And with interest, you could increase your retirement income substantially by the time you’re ready to use it. But because few things in life are free, 401(k) fees could take a bigger bite out…

December 15, 2014
Understanding money

Expert Interview with Laura D. Adams About Understanding Money

Personal finance expert Laura D. Adams knows about money. She’s been featured in dozens of magazines and on several television programs where she discusses financial practices that help people of all backgrounds. Adams helps individuals to better understand money without the fear that comes along with worries about debt, bills, and having enough money to…

December 15, 2014

Direct Stock Purchase Plans Explained

Investing can be confusing business, especially when you’re just starting out. But the good news is that if you’re starting early and have a long-term investment strategy you’ve got time on your side. With a direct stock purchase plan, your investment dollars can go a lot further. First, the sooner you begin the more time…

December 12, 2014
Saving for retirement

Expert Interview with Jeff Helms About Saving for Retirement

Jeff Helms, founder and managing partner with First Coast Wealth Advisors, LLC, said of all the customers he has ever helped, no one has ever come to him and said they saved too much for retirement. In fact, many people worry that they haven’t saved enough. At least not enough to maintain the lifestyle they…

December 10, 2014
Saving for retirement later in life

Expert Interview with Bob Henderson on Saving for Retirement Later in Life for

We’re guessing there might be one or two readers out there who are overwhelmed about the amount of money they need to save to retire comfortably. But there’s no need to panic, says Robert Henderson, president of Landsdowne Wealth Management in Mystic, Conn. “It’s one step at a time,” he says. “There are options to…

November 27, 2014

Retirement Savings: Who Does a Better Job — Women or Men?

When it comes to retirement planning, men and women exhibit some stark differences. At most income levels, women are more likely to participate in their employer retirement plans, yet women’s account balances tend to be lower, according to recent research by The Vanguard Group, Inc. Women contribute more And not only do women participate more…

November 25, 2014
Retirement plans

Expert Interview with Rick Pendykoski on Self Directed Retirement Plans

Rick Pendykoski, founder of Self Directed Retirement Plans LLC, doesn’t think retirement savings will look all that different in the future than it does now. But he hopes there’s a big difference in how children are educated about money management in the coming years. “If only high school students were taught how interest works, compound…

November 14, 2014
Safeguarding your investments

Expert Interview with Ellen Roseman on Safeguarding Your Investments and Being a Savvy Consumer

Toronto Star columnist Ellen Roseman has made it her job to understand the ins and outs of personal finance and consumer affairs. Which is why we checked in with her to ask about the most common consumer problems seniors and retirees are facing today. Her response? Fraud. Scam artists are savvy about finding new easy…

November 9, 2014
Evolution of retirement

Expert Interview with Charles Sizemore on the Evolution of Retirement – Plus Some Investment Tips

Today, Americans look at retirement as an entitlement – a reward for a lifetime of hard work – but that wasn’t always the case, says CFA Charles Lewis Sizemore, principal of Sizemore Capital Management. “Workers started getting retired during the industrial age as a way of avoiding industrial accidents and to make way for younger workers…

November 6, 2014

Best Retirement Plans: 7 End of the Year Tips for a Happy Retirement

 Reassess, review and reallocate for the best retirement plans. The fourth quarter is upon us, which marks the ideal time to start coming up with year-end retirement saving and planning strategies to help beef up your accounts. The best retirement plans are made with the benefit of time and careful consideration. While there are plenty…

November 4, 2014

Retirement Planning Question: Are Your Savings Account Fees Higher than Your Returns?

It’s no secret how crucial investing in retirement savings is in order to live a comfortable life in your Golden Years. While such savings accounts are extremely helpful in building a financial cushion for later in life, an important retirement planning question you should be asking is, “How much is my retirement savings accounts costing…

November 4, 2014
Money management strategies

Expert Interview with Philip Taylor on Money Management Strategies for

A majority of Americans have changed how they manage their money as a result of the Great Recession, says Philip Taylor, founder of On the positive side, we’re saving more and have less interest in taking on a lot of debt. But on the other hand, we’re more reluctant to become home owners and…

November 2, 2014
Retirement planning

Expert Interview with Catherine Alford on Retirement Planning for Younger Workers

As the Budget Blonde, Catherine Alford is all about saving and keeping your finances in good shape, and that includes retirement planning. She spoke to us about how younger workers should fit retirement into their sometimes tight budgets. What are some common misconceptions you’ve seen about saving for retirement? Many people believe that retirement is…

November 2, 2014

What Are the Best Investments for Retirement? The Financial Gurus Answer

The importance of saving up for retirement goes without saying, but sometimes the task can seem daunting. You need the discipline to set aside money every month, but you also need to know how to invest it.  Luckily, there are financial experts available who can offer sound advice when it comes to retirement investments. While…

October 29, 2014

Overcome Your Fear of Running Out of Money: 5 Steps for a Secure Retirement

Americans fear running out of funds in retirement even more than public speaking, suggests a recent report.  So, how to overcome that fear?  Should you imagine yourself in an old folks home with everyone else in their underwear (like pretending your audience is naked when you are making a speech)? Um… no.  Those images probably…

October 24, 2014

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