Bob Carlson offers his expert opinion on where to invest your money so that you can get through retirement safely and securely
Some key investment and economic trends of the last few years started to change in the last few months. I believe those changes will continue, and probably accelerate, through the rest of 2021. One change, which I’ve been highlighting for my paid-up Retirement Watch members, is that returns from U.S. stocks are unlikely to continue […]
The tax code and regulations have detailed and specific rules concerning who must take required minimum distributions (RMDs), when they must be taken, and how they are calculated. But there is no guidance about what a retirement plan owner or beneficiary can do with the RMD. The required minimum distribution (RMD) rules limit the extent […]
The required minimum distribution (RMD) rules limit the extent to which an individual can use the tax deferral of an IRA or other qualified retirement plan. The RMD rules dictate when distributions must be made from the retirement plans of certain taxpayers. The rationale behind the RMD rules is that Congress provided the tax benefits […]
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The 2020 election is over, and not much changed. Not much will change for at least several months. After major elections, regardless of the results, I urge my readers not to overhaul their retirement plans and portfolios in response to the election. Too often, I hear ”experts” advising investors to make significant changes because of […]
We’re not in a recession or depression. We’re in a great hibernation.Economic downturns usually are triggered by tighter monetary policy or speculation that creates major imbalances. Occasionally, an external shock to the system, such as the coronavirus pandemic, causes the economy to decline.That, in many ways, is the good news. Governments ordered the decline economic […]
In this month’s Retirement Watch Spotlight Series, I take a detailed look at the coronavirus pandemic, how the government is responding to it and its effects on the economy and your retirement finances. There’s a lot that’s new in the pandemic. The newness creates more uncertainty and increases market volatility. But there’s also much that […]
Investor complacency finally was broken in late February. In the 11 years since the bull market began, investors ignored a lot of reasons to sell stocks, especially in the last few years. We never know what will begin a market correction or bear market. We do know that when markets climb for so long, become […]