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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Financial Wisdom: What Is the Best Investment?

The best investment? It isn’t always a stock or financial instrument. Other life choices can improve both your monetary and overall well being.

August 31, 2023

Rebalancing Your Portfolio: Why, How and When

Rebalancing is a critical part of any investment strategy. Learn about setting asset allocation targets and the finer points of rebalancing.

August 31, 2023
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Are You Wealthy? 19 Ways to Define Wealth

Are you wealthy? Are you defining wealth correctly? See how people think about wealth and compare your financial well being to others’.

August 23, 2023
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A Big Risk for Retirement Investments? Avoiding Risk!

According to experts, one of the biggest risks in financial planning isn’t investing in a volatile portfolio, but rather avoiding risk altogether.

August 10, 2023
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Why Index Fund Investing Is Good for Your Retirement

Index funds can be a great way to invest for retirement because they are easy to understand, low cost, and very effective.

July 27, 2023
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6 Competing Retirement Investing Goals and How to Sort Them Out for Long-Term Wealth

Saving for retirement takes discipline. However, when you are still working, creating a retirement investment plan can be relatively straightforward. The goal is to simply grow the money. But, when you retire, your investment goals become multi-faceted, layered, and it can seem downright complicated. You still want your money to grow, but you have a whole…

July 27, 2023
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Nobel Prize Winner Robert Merton Explains Why Retirement Planning Should Focus on Income, Not Savings

Nobel prize winner Robert Merton outlines the 3 steps you need to take to create a retirement income plan for a secure future.

July 6, 2023
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Compound Interest and Saving as Much as You Can as Early as You Can: Magical Secrets to Building Real Wealth

Building wealth can seem like it will take a miracle. Compound interest (especially if you start early) might just be the magic you seek.

July 5, 2023
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Pros and Cons of Dividend Investments for Retirement Income

Are dividend producing investments the golden goose of your retirement portfolio or a big goose egg when it comes to returns? Explore the pros and cons and find out.

June 29, 2023
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What Is a Bull Market and What Does it Mean for Retirement Investing?

Explore bull market characteristics and what investors need to know to navigate these periods of market optimism.

June 18, 2023
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What is the Average Rate of Return? What to Use in Your Retirement Plan Projections?

Get details on historic returns and a framework for making your rate of return projections. Here is info you need for a more secure future.

June 15, 2023
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The Lockbox Strategy Other Retirement Income Tips from Nobel Laureate, William Sharpe

William Sharpe has contributed significant brain power to solving for retirement security. Learn about the lockbox strategy and other ways to set up your retirement income.

June 6, 2023
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Financial Basics: A Guide to the Habits and Strategies of Spending, Saving, and Investing for a Secure Future

Mastering the financial basics is doable by anyone at any age. Here is a simple guide. Steps to take at 20, 25, 45, or even 55 to get and stay on track to a secure future.

June 1, 2023
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Is a 529 Plan Right for You? Tax and Estate Benefits Are Amplified for Certain Income Brackets

A 529 plan can be a tax advantaged way to fund education. However, the real benefits of these accounts are greater for some.

June 1, 2023
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Emergency Savings Are the Foundation of Financial Wellness: Find Out How Much You Should Have

The first thing you need to do to gain financial control, is build emergency savings. Find out why and how much you need to have.

May 29, 2023
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Saving is Not Enough: Why You Need to Invest

If you want to get ahead, you need to invest. Explore 6 reasons why investing is a critical factor for achieving financial goals.

May 29, 2023
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Investing Basics: 14 Simple Strategies for Building Long-Term Wealth

Investing doesn’t need to be complicated. Here are 14 simple strategies to help you build long term wealth.

May 29, 2023
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How Much Should You Save for Retirement? 6 Ways to Get Your Answer

You know you need to save, but let’s figure out how much to save for retirement. Hare 6 easy ways to figure out the right number for you.

May 29, 2023
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Are You Saving Too Much for Retirement? (It’s More Common than You Might Think)

We hear a lot of horror stories these days about people saving too little, but the fact is that some people are actually saving too much for retirement. It is possible to have too much of a good thing…  It’s safe to say that my grandfather is one who saved too much because even though…

May 25, 2023
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Over Saving for Retirement: Advice from Real People Who May Have Saved Too Much

Over saving is by design by some and a mistake for others. Get advice for what to do if you think you are over saving from people who know.

May 25, 2023
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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.

May 10, 2023
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What is a Recession?

What is a recession? The good news? Well, recession isn’t always so bad and you probably won’t know are in one until after it’s over.

April 13, 2023

Podcast: Eric Balchunas, Bloomberg’s ETF Guru, Discusses his Book, “The Bogle Effect”

Bloomberg’s Eric Balchunas discusses his new book (The Bogle Effect), ETFs, the future of financial advice, and more.

April 13, 2023
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What is a Roth Conversion? Would Doing Conversions Benefit You?

Roth conversions are a hot topic. Let’s make sure that the basics are covered: Find out what they are, how they work, and when or how to use them.

March 22, 2023

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