Retirement Watch editor Bob Carlson discusses the importance of managing your cash well
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Changes have been sweeping the world of discount and mutual fund brokers. Just a few years ago the brokers were re-trenching and, in many cases, chasing away customers they considered unprofitable. Higher fees and minimums were the order of the day. Those trends are reversed at most discount brokers, and additional changes are occurring. One […]
Americans approaching Retirement remain mistaken about key aspects of retirement. Becauase of this, they risk going into their nonworking years with inadequate resources. Retirement could be full of surprises for a number of Baby Boomers. An annual survey by the Employee Benefits Research Institute shows many Americans are confident about their retirement years. In the […]
Not long ago a key part of every retirement plan was paying off the mortgage. I’m told that a popular ritual was the mortgage-burning party, though I have never been to one. Now, it seems that fewer retirees consider paying down the mortgage to be important. To the contrary, maintaining a substantial mortgage frequently is […]
Americans are living longer. Financial professionals and government officials realized this some years ago and have been studying what that means. Many individuals, however, are not aware of the significant changes in longevity and what it means for their finances. Longer Life Expectancy means longer retirements. Men who are 65 today will live on average […]
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.
The prospect of rising interest rates this year could affect retirement payouts. If your retirement plan offers a choice between an annuity and a lump sum and you were planning to retire in the next year or two, pay attention now. Lump sum payouts increase as interest rates fall and decrease as rates rise. The […]
Low yields are crimping investment income. You don’t need me to tell you how low yields are on money market funds and treasury bonds. Yet, income investors need to be mindful that rates are likely to rise as the economy improves. Reach for higher yields now by purchasing long-term bonds, and you could suffer a […]
Mortgage rates still hover near their lowest levels in decades. That keeps refinancing near the top of many lists-of-things-to-think-about. If you are one of the millions thinking of refinancing a mortgage, you should know that the rules of the mortgage market changed in the last few years. Until recently, refinancing didn’t make sense unless current […]
Not too long ago, debt was an asset. With high tax rates and deductible interest, debtors bore only a small portion of the interest expense. And with inflation high, it made sense to buy an appreciating asset with debt and pay back the debt with dollars that declined in purchasing power each year. The best […]