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

Retirement Investing

Bob Carlson offers his expert opinion on where to invest your money so that you can get through retirement safely and securely

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Pension Lump Sum Payouts to Decline

January 1, 2007

Lump sum pension payouts are likely to fall for many retirees over the next few years. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 changed the rules for computing payouts, and they apply retroactively. The new rules affect people in old-fashioned defined benefit pension plans. These are the plans that guarantee annuities to members at retirement. Members […]

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What is the Best Age to Begin Taking Your Social Security

October 1, 2006

What is the best age to begin taking your Social Security benefits? The answer might be changing. We discussed this conundrum that faces those approaching retirement in both our past visits and in my book, The New Rules of Retirement. The general conclusion is that the vast majority of retirees who begin taking their benefits […]

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3 Myths About Investment Fees

August 1, 2006

Myths about investment fees are widespread among investors. The myths include mutual fund management fees. As a result, many investors pursue the wrong investments and earn lower returns than they should. It is easy to understand how investors stray down the wrong path regarding fees and expenses. Of the main elements of investment management – […]

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Discount Brokers: Changes and Updates

July 1, 2006

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 […]

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Biggest Retirement Mistake

May 1, 2006

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 […]

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How to Make Your Portfolio Last Forever

May 1, 2006

Managing your assets as you roll into retirement is a lot different than it used to be. Or at least it should be. The days of rolling all your assets into bonds or CDs are over. Traditional retirement or financial plans make a number of simple assumptions. At retirement, the plans assume the retiree will […]

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Should Retirees Pay Off Their Mortgage?

January 1, 2006

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 […]

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How to Put Investments in the Right Places?

January 1, 2006

With today’s tricky tax law, the account in which you hold an asset can be as important as which assets you own. Unfortunately, too little attention is paid to the issue of which accounts should hold which investments. Most of us have more than one type of investment account: 401(k)s, traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, taxable […]

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