Not too many years ago, most people did not need retirement plans or help with retirement planning. Retirement lasted only five years on average. Not everyone retired. Those that did retire generally had adequate income from employer pensions and medical expense coverage plus Social Security and Medicare.
All that changed. Life expectancies increased, dramatically increasing the length of retirement to 20 years or more. Employers reduced or eliminated pensions. Employees save and invest for retirement on their own through 401(k) plans and other accounts. Employer-paid retiree medical coverage is greatly reduced, and Medicare raises premiums. Americans more and more are on their own for retirement and must plan for much longer retirements.
To complicate things, retirement finances have changed and are changing rapidly. Bull markets rapidly turn into bear markets which become financial crises. Investment options change all the time. Taxes, long-term care, medical expense coverage, annuities, life insurance, estate planning, and other aspects of your retirement finances rapidly have innovations and turmoil.
Bob Carlson is one of America’s leading experts on retirement planning and editor of the longstanding Retirement Watch newsletter. Bob also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fairfax County (VA) Employees’ Retirement System, which has over $2.8 billion in assets. He received his J.D. and an M.S. (Accounting) from the University of Virginia and received his B.S. (Financial Management) from Clemson University. He also is an instrument rated private pilot. He is listed in many editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
Roger Michalski is Eagle Financial Publications’ vice president and group publisher. He has been with the company for 20+ years. His experience in publishing spans 30-plus years and includes time working at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in its catalog division. He has been an invited speaker and presenter at many conferences, including The MoneyShow, FreedomFest and Specialized Information Publishers Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Radford University in Virginia. He recently bowled his fourth 300 game and has served as the captain and shortstop of the company softball team.
Paul Dykewicz is an accomplished, award-winning journalist who has written for Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today and other publications and websites. Paul is the editor of StockInvestor.com and DividendInvestor.com, a writer for both websites and a columnist. He further is editorial director of Eagle Financial Publications. Paul also is the author of an inspirational book, “Holy Smokes! Golden Guidance from Notre Dame’s Championship Chaplain.” The book is endorsed by Joe Montana, Joe Theismann, Ara Parseghian, “Rocket” Ismail, Reggie Brooks, Dick Vitale and many others. In his spare time, Paul does volunteer work with Catholic Charities.
Nicholas Bannon is an editorial staffer for Eagle Financial Publications. He graduated from Loyola University New Orleans, with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, studying writing, journalism and business.
Tyler Higgins is an assistant editor at Eagle Financial Publications. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Bowdoin College in 2014 and is now pursuing a master’s degree. He lives in Washington state, where his hobbies include writing, reading, volunteer work and board & tabletop gaming.
Toni Mikec is an associate editor at Eagle Financial Publications. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He previously worked at the Department of Homeland Security, at a newspaper called the SAIS Observer and at the SAIS Review of International Affairs.
Jonathan Wolfgram is an investment analyst who writes content at Eagle Financial Publications. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Philosophy with a focus in Mathematics. Jonathan is based in St Louis, MO, and spends his evenings training as a professional ballroom dancer, travelling to competitions on the weekends. His other hobbies include powerlifting, speed chess and meditation.
Now there is no shortage of people seeking to be the retirement advisors for tens of millions of Baby Boomers: brokers, financial planners, accountants, insurance agents, mutual fund companies, and more. Too often these advisers have their own agendas or are so busy marketing and managing their businesses that they do not keep up with the latest news and trends. Cookie cutter approaches and rules-of-thumb dominate too much financial advice. Personal needs, situations, and desires can take a back seat or be pushed out of the vehicle.
But if you attempt to tackle retirement planning on your own, you can easily become confused and overwhelmed by the mountain of advice available to you. Type the search term “retirement planning” into Google and it returns about 13.5 million hits. Type in “IRA” and it returns almost 50 million hits! And most of these hits are for websites that simply want to sell you a particular product, or contain information that’s out of date.
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Because there are so many facets to retirement planning, I cover a broad range of topics in Retirement Watch — the investment markets and portfolio management, estate planning, helping the grandchildren, managing your IRA, reducing income taxes, as well as advising on long-term health care, annuities, Medicare and other medical expense plans, Social Security opportunities and changes, and more.
Retirement Watch was the first publication to cover all the financial aspects of retirement, and I believe it remains the best source of its type. The advice and recommendations are based on independent, objective research. I am not selling you anything other than my best recommendations for how to increase your financial independence. My only goal is to provide you with the best retirement strategies that have helped make my tens of thousands of satisfied subscribers happier and far more financially secure than they ever dreamed possible.