Retirement Watch Lighthouse Logo
Retirement Watch Lighthouse Logo

Retirement Investing

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

Found 783 Articles.
Get access to our full article archive by subscribing to Retirement Watch and Retirement Watch Spotlight Series.

Conquering the Key Retirement Fears: How to Make Your Retirement Happier, Healthier and Wealthier

February 8, 2019

Retirees and near-retirees, even the very wealthy, report having substantial fears about their retirement years. The concerns are both financial and non-financial. They’re also consistent, regardless of income, wealth and other factors. We’re going to discuss these key prevailing retirement fears and what you can do to overcome and conquer them in my latest Retirement […]

Update for February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019

Higher volatility and rapid changes in market momentum characterized the markets the last few months, and you should expect those trends to continue. Stock indexes steadily declined in the fourth quarter of 2018 until they hit the recent bottom on Christmas Eve. There was a modest increase alongside a lot of volatility in the last […]


The New Rules for 529 College Savings Plans & K-12 Tuition

February 4, 2019

The last tax reform law provided a tool that’s such a good way to help pay for a family member’s education… Many states are worried it will break their budgets! You’re probably familiar with 529 college savings plans. These are sort of like Roth IRAs for college savings. They were created in the 1990s, and […]

Bob’s Journal 1/31/2019

January 31, 2019

Most investors are focused on U.S. markets, but this is a good time to take a look at emerging markets. While U.S. markets were outpacing the world from the second half of 2016 through the first three quarters of 2018, emerging markets lumbered through another bear market during much of that time. We sold our […]


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.

Will the Fed Pause Too Late to Help the Economy?

January 24, 2019

The Fed will continue to tighten monetary policy, the economy will continue to slow and earnings growth will continue to decline. The real question is, “By how much?” I warned last spring that we were in the late stage of the economic cycle, and for  several months have said we’re past peak growth. Investors began […]

Bob’s Journal for 1/24/19

January 24, 2019

Is all the bad news reflected in the markets, or are the markets still too optimistic? It is early in earnings season, and we’ve received a mixed message so far. Last Tuesday, the stock indexes had nice rebounds following positive earnings reports from IBM, Procter & Gamble and United Technologies. The gains, however, were mostly […]

How to Invest Your Cash Today

January 23, 2019

For the first time in years, investors have some reasonable choices for investing their cash. The Federal Reserve’s aggressive monetary policies following the financial crisis kept interest rates on traditional cash investments near zero. Investors either had to accept these low rates or take more risk to earn higher yields on their cash. The situation […]

6 Ways You Can End the Confusion, Inconvenience of RMDs

January 23, 2019

IRA required minimum distributions (RMDs) mess up the financial plans of many IRA owners and create a new set of problems for them. But you can overcome these problems. While the tax code requires IRA owners to begin minimum annual distributions after age 70½, most IRA owners don’t need the money to pay their living […]

October 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.

Log In

Forgot Password