Retirement Planning

Bob Carlson shares miscellaneous advice on retirement and related topics

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Retirement Strategies that Might Not Work

November 8, 2017

This article examines three retirement investment and distribution strategies that are very popular and often recommended on web site. It finds that all fall short of retirement security at key times and don’t measure up to the results delivered by a balanced asset portfolio, what I call True Diversification. The popular stock portfolio would have […]

Signs You Retired Too Early

September 13, 2017

Retiring early is the goal for many people, but you can retire too early. Both you and your finances need to be ready for your working years to end. This article lists five signs that you might have retired too early and should consider going back to work. Retirement wasn’t quite what you expected, and […]

The Recent Turmoil in Master Limited Partnerships

August 24, 2017

Please help make my book an award winner. The revised edition of “The New Rules of Retirement” is nominated for Best Retirement Book by Senior Homes. The highest online vote-getter will be the winner. To vote, click here. Then, scroll down the page until you see “The New Rules of Retirement.” Click the “Vote” bar […]

Retirement Account Balances Back to Record Highs

August 4, 2017

The extended bull market in stocks has helped restore IRA and 401(k) account balances hit record highs for the third consecutive quarter, according to Fidelity Investments. Also helping boost balances, of course, are higher contributions from employers and employees. Employees put a record average of $5,850 into their 401(k)s over the past 12 months, a […]

7 Key Retirement Questions You Need to Answer When You’re 50 or Older

June 22, 2017

Successful Retirement has a blueprint. Whether you already are retired or retirement is years away, you can follow the blueprint to enhance your financial independence. You should have a written retirement plan. Developing a plan requires you to carefully consider key issues, and surveys of retirees show those who had written plans are more satisfied. […]

How Much Should You Save For Retirement Each Year?

June 16, 2017

This article is mostly for younger people who are wondering what percentage of their income they should be saving for retirement. The thesis of the article is that there is no good rule of thumb. Each rule mentioned in the article has pros and cons. Here’s a point not made in the article. Save a […]

Affluent Retirees Scared to Spend

May 17, 2017

America’s affluent retirees are sitting on piles of cash that they don’t want to spend. A new survey points out that many people who are in their 80s today have more wealth than they did in their 60s and 70s, and that’s because they steadily reduce their spending each year. Further probing found that the […]

Profiling Scam Victims: Who’s in Jeopardy?

April 26, 2017

Anyone can be caught in a financial scam, but some people are in greater peril than others. Importantly, the most vulnerable are not who most people would expect, especially the potential targets. A clear profile of the most likely financial fraud victims emerges from research over the last few years, including two recent projects conducted […]

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