Category: Retirement Savings and Investments

Robo Advisors

Robo-Advisors: Should You Automate Your Retirement Savings and Investments?

Robots: They answer the phones at our insurance agencies; they build cars in our factories. And if we are lucky enough to own a Roomba-brand vacuum, they even vacuum our floors. They now can now also make personalized investment decisions for you related to your retirement. Robo-advisors are a relatively new type of online investment…

7 Ways to Protect Your Retirement from Investment Frauds

Selling bogus investment products to older Americans is big business: In June 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Investor Advocate released a report on Elder Financial Exploitation. While they could not make a good estimate of total national financial costs to victims, in the state of New York, a rigorous study…

Retirement plan

401(k) Rollover: To Keep or Not to Keep Your Ex-Employer’s Retirement Plan

If you’re leaving one job and moving to another, or if you’ve lost or quit a job, there’s a decision to make. Should you keep your money in your ex-employer’s retirement plan, or should you move it? The answer lies in whether the old plan is performing well, or whether you’d be better off cutting…

Retirement

Pennies Add Up: Saving for Retirement in Little Ways

Using tools like your employer’s 401(k) or automatically taking money out of your paycheck are tried-and-true methods for successful retirement planning. But if you can look for less obvious ways to boost your retirement savings, you’ll reach your long-term goals much quicker. Here are some little, yet highly effective, ways to save extra money for…

retirement withdrawals

How to Manage Retirement Withdrawals to Pay Less in Taxes and Maximize Income

Much has been written about saving and accumulating enough for retirement. But that’s only half the battle. Once you reach retirement, it is important that you manage your retirement withdrawals from various accounts as tax-efficiently as possible. Taxes will likely be one of your biggest expenses in retirement. A tax-efficient withdrawal strategy can be the…

Robo advisors

Can Robo Advisors Program Wealth into Your Retirement Plan?

Robo-advisors might sound futuristic, but they’re really not as new as they sound. Robo-advisors use the same technology that’s been available to human advisors for decades, according to Investor Junkie, but it’s just now coming available to the everyday investor. Question is, can a robo-advisor help you manage your investments, or is this something that’s…

RMD

6 Strategies to Manage Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

When we reach a certain age we must – in order to avoid tax penalties – take required minimum distributions from IRAs, 401(k)s, and other types of tax-advantaged accounts (all retirement accounts funded with pre-tax contributions). Until recently, the age was 70.5. It is now 72 unless you turned 70.5 before the end of 2019.…

Stocks, Funds, Cash, Bonds: What’s the Best Asset Allocation Strategy for Your Retirement?

Figuring out the best asset allocation strategy for your retirement isn’t something you can set-and-forget. Here are some tips on how to update and maintain your asset allocation to maximize returns and reduce risk. What Exactly is Asset Allocation Anyway? Asset allocation refers to how your money is invested in different types of asset classes…

Orman, Ramsey, and Other Gurus on How to Save for Retirement

Retirement savings can seem like a very complicated matter. But some of the most well-known and respected financial minds like Suze Orman, David Ramsay, and others say that it’s really not that hard. The difficult part is saving. Sorting out how much to save is simple.Saving for retirement doesn’t have to be difficult. The younger…

Net Unrealized Appreciation

Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA): The Tax Smart Way to Handle Company Stock in a Rollover

If you have company stock in a 401(k), you will want to learn about Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA) and how to minimize taxes when you rollover these funds to an IRA. Should You Rollover? Once you leave a job, or reach age 59 ½ you have the option to move your 401(k) into an Individual…

Podcast: Scott Migliori — A Professional Investor’s Guide to Early Retirement

Episode 42 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Scott Migliori — the former Chief Investment Officer for U.S. Equities for Allianz Global Investors and a Chartered Financial Analyst. We discuss Scott’s decision to retire early at age 48, the investment landscape, and how he manages his money in a highly volatile market. Listen…

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