Financial Advice for Retirement, Social Security, IRAs and Estate Planning

Cash Strategies

Retirement Watch editor Bob Carlson discusses the importance of managing your cash well

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Social Security, Inflation, and Interest Rates

Many people benefit from delaying their Social Security retirement benefits until at least full retirement age. Delaying until age 70 can be an even better deal. For years I’ve shown people how to calculate the difference using what I call the quick-and-dirty method. The method involves calculating how many years you need to live after […]

Strategies for Spending Your Nest Egg

The missing link in many retirement plans is the withdraw-al, distribution, or spending strategy. Accumulating for retirement is the easy part, and many people enter retirement with what seem to be adequate resources. Yet, a high percentage of Americans die owning their home equity and little more. Most rely heavily on Social Security to fund […]

Spotting Overlooked IRA Opportunities

IRAs hold the bulk of most people’s retirement nest eggs. They are vital to successful retirement. Yet, many people leave a lot of IRA money on the table. They don’t realize the many strategies available to increase the after-tax value of IRAs. IRAs are deceptive. They seem simple at first, no more complicated than opening […]

Facts and Myths About Social Security

Almost everyone has a Social Security number and is eligible for Social Security benefits. Yet, survey after survey indicates people know little about the program and their benefits. Also, much of what people think they know is wrong. Let’s took a look at some key misunderstandings and oversights about the program. Understand benefit statements. The […]

The 6 Biggest Risks to your Retirement

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 with. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here for free access.

The Roth IRA Opportunity

Roth IRAs are one of the best tax-advantaged investment vehicles. Right now they are available to only taxpayers with incomes below certain levels. In a couple of years, all investors will be able to take advantage of this opportunity by converting traditional IRAs into Roth IRAs. Those whose incomes make them ineligible for Roth IRAs […]

If Your Broker Goes Broke

Investors suddenly are concerned about something they haven’t considered for years: That their securities broker might go out of business. The credit and mortgage crises revealed that some brokers are more exposed to subprime mortgages than their customers realized. Merrill Lynch was a big player and took substantial write downs of its assets. E*Trade has […]

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Handling Retirement Financial Surprises

Financial surprises in retirement can blow a hole in your plans. Particularly for early retirees, surprises are very damaging to well-laid plans. The scenario occurs with frequency. A couple diligently worked up a detailed plan that covered all the expenses of their desired lifestyle. They ventured into retirement secure in the belief that they were […]

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How to Preserve Retirement Capital

The greatest fear about retirement is running out of money. There are three risks that could cause one to run out of money. Investments could earn less than estimated; the retiree might live much longer than anticipated; and spending could be greater than estimated, because of either inflation or higher consumption. In last month’s visit, […]

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