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Reverse Mortgage Strategies to Avoid

April 11, 2017

I’ve discussed in Retirement Watch some situations in which a reverse mortgage can be a good financial tool. But there are other situations in which reverse mortgages aren’t appropriate. A recent settlement reported in the Boston Globe describes one of those cases. A couple was urged to take out a reverse mortgage and use the […]

Insights on Thefts from Seniors

April 7, 2017

Financial advisors are becoming more aggressive about protecting senior citizens from financial fraud and abuse. They’re being trained to recognize the warning signs and are urged to be proactive when they see something wrong. The larger financial firms train their financial advisors on the issue and have some staff members dedicated to following up and […]

Disadvantages of the Bucket Investing Method

April 7, 2017

Some investment advisors favor what’s called the “bucket method” of investing. Academic types call it “time segmentation.” Basically, in this method you divide the future into time periods and assign different amounts of money to each period. Money you need in the nearest time period is invested in liquid, conservative assets. Money that is needed […]

The First Quarter Wrap

April 6, 2017

The first quarter closed last Friday but the markets were very different in March than earlier in the year. The change altered the overall performance of different assets for the quarter, since U.S. stocks didn’t do much in March. They took a break from the strong rally they had in January and February. But overseas […]


What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here today for free access.

Why Investment Returns Should Decline

April 6, 2017

A number of investment firms have argued that investment returns, especially stock returns will be below the long-term averages over the next 10 years. The main reason is that Federal Reserve policies after the financial crisis artificially boosted stock returns the last few years. Here’s another argument for lower investment returns over time. This argument […]

The Dangers of Picking the Wrong Trustees

April 4, 2017

Most estates have a trust or two, especially as the estate is more valuable. People spend a lot of time working with their estate planners on the details of the trusts. Yet, picking the trustee or trustees often is an overthought. That’s a big mistake. This article describes how the estate of one of the […]

Out-of-Pocket Medical Costs to Rise for Seniors

April 4, 2017

This article discusses several studies that project in the next couple of decades America’s seniors will pay greater shares of their income in medical expenses than seniors are doing today. The researchers made these projections without considering any future changes in Medicare. They also don’t include long-term care costs. They used a model that seeks […]

Probability of a Big Drop in Stocks

March 31, 2017

This post uses historic data to determine the probability of a significant decline in stocks by the end of 2017. It’s not using fundamental or technical factors to predict a drop at any point. The message is that, based on history, stock investors shouldn’t be too complacent about the steady rise in stocks we’ve been […]

January 2021:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.

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