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Paul Burns | Getty Images Making sure retirement savings last a lifetime becomes increasingly tricky as average lifespans lengthen. In my view, making your money last can largely be boiled down to five key levers. Three are always unknown: investment returns, inflation and longevity. Unfortunately, current conditions further complicate these unknowns. With stock market valuations
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Every client is different, and therefore every conversation is different, but there are also a number of similarities. A couple of meetings I had last week demonstrate how similar our conversations can be at times. In two separate meetings with two separate longtime clients, I had the same piece of advice: “Go spend some money”
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While a Roth individual retirement account can certainly help increase the size of your nest egg, it’s always important to weigh the pros and cons before you invest, says Rianka Dorsainvil, a millennial certified financial planner and owner of Your Greatest Contribution. Dorsainvil says it’s important for everyone to understand all the benefits offered when
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So is it possible the retirement crisis is oversold? “It’s not merely possible, it’s probable,” said Andrew Biggs, a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington and former deputy commissioner for policy at the Social Security Administration. For one thing, he notes that while many contend low-earning Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement, poverty
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Financial advisors can deploy a variety of strategies to decrease the toll that taxes can take on retiree clients’ portfolios. The following are three areas of focus. Income: Sources and timing of income can affect tax liability. Retirees with large taxable investment accounts should utilize qualified dividends, long-term capital gains and tax-free municipal bond income,
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Socially responsible investing is attracting more dollars than ever. In fact, following the recent developments around the Paris Climate Agreement, many investors are likely asking themselves how they can use their money to make a positive impact. The total U.S.-domiciled assets under management using sustainable, responsible and impact strategies grew to $8.72 trillion, up from
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If a new study is an accurate indication of what the investment management industry will look like in a decade, investors are poised to benefit. Released by the CFA Institute, “Future State of the Investment Profession” shows that the trends influencing how money managers and financial advisors run their businesses are pushing them toward a
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The key for investors, as always, is to look forward. And while the recent past has been a great environment for long-only risk assets, hedge funds can provide several unique advantages for investors, including the potential for capital preservation, return enhancement and portfolio diversification. Since World War II, the S&P 500 Index has experienced 10
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During the 2004–2006 period of Fed rate increases, for example, REITs posted cumulative total returns of 77.9 percent, compared with 32.5 percent for stocks and 8.6 percent for bonds. REITs own a broad array of property-ownership ventures, including apartments, hospitals, warehouses and commercial property such as hotels, shopping malls and office buildings. The game for
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In simple terms, an IRA trust prevents an heir from receiving money outright from the IRA upon the account owner’s death. Without a trust, heirs can treat an inherited IRA as a piggy bank to whatever degree they want, as long as they take required minimum distributions as mandated by the Internal Revenue Service. Unfortunately,
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Tetra Images | Getty Images ETFs are traded on exchanges, so they can be bought and sold like stocks through a brokerage. For example, ETFs with “low volatility” or “minimum volatility” in their names can turn out to behave quite differently for investors in precisely the environment that they are most looking for risk mitigation.
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But these days, she said, ”We see that people are carrying mortgage debt at older ages, and it’s both the percentage of families carrying the debt and the amount of debt that has increased.” About 42 percent of households headed by someone age 65 to 74 has home-secured debt, according to the Federal Reserve’s 2013
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