Best Retirement Investments for a Steady Stream of Income

As you near your 60’s, your prime earning and saving years will transition into a period of time where you get to enjoy the “fruits of your labor,” a.k.a retirement. We call this segueing from accumulation to decumulation, the period when you will be drawing from your accumulated nest egg. You need to find the best retirement investments so that you can generate regular income, without having to go back to work. Here’s an overview of the most popular income-producing retirement investments. 1) Immediate Annuities Immediate annuities provide guaranteed income immediately (hence the name). They are a form of insurance rather than

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Required Minimum Distributions: When Uncle Sam “makes” you take $ out of savings

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You’ve been putting money away in your IRA for much of your life to have some measure of economic security in your senior years (and to reduce your taxable income in boon years). And through some mixture of discipline, good fortune and wits you find that don’t have to use your IRA savings the moment they become available to you at age 59½. Good for you. Keep in mind, upon reaching age 70½ you must completely change your mindset because the U.S. Government requires you to start withdrawing money. It’s called Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). If you’re like many of our

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Retire At 55? Probably Not A Good Idea

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It’s you’re 25 years old and contemplating retirement 30 years hence, an age 55 retirement is a possibility – if you start planning now. Put away at least $350 per month and plan on increasing that amount of savings each year. If you’re approaching age 40 (or older) and you’d like to retire by 55, it may be a bit more challenging, although in many cases it is still possible – if you’re willing to commit to the changes needed to make it happen. Of course, there is a third option that doesn’t get considered as often as it should. Find work

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Should I Purchase Long-Term Care Insurance?

A 55-year-old friend, Jen, recently asked my opinion about long-term care insurance. Very few Americans, about eight percent, have long-term care insurance policies. Jen, who is at the age when many are weighing the pros and cons of long-term care insurance, had thought about buying a policy but didn’t feel like she had the money to do so. Recently Jen received an inheritance, as Muriel, her mother, passed away at age 87. Now Jen has the funds to pay for long-term care insurance (LTC) but is having second thoughts about it based on her experience with mom. Muriel had purchased

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How to ‘De-risk’ Your Retirement Portfolio So it Doesn’t Take a Big Plunge

Anybody who has lived in a cold climate knows what de-icing a car is like. If you’ve ever deiced a car you’ll get a chuckle out of this story, and see how you can apply it to de-risking your retirement money. When I lived in Colorado I was in a hurry one morning and scraped only a small peephole in the ice on my windshield. I made it about a mile down the road when an officer pulled me over. He poked his head in my car and with an exaggerated slow twist at the neck he made an attempt to

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Should You Be a Landlord in Your Retirement?

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In 2005, everyone I knew was buying real estate. With no experience and no money, they bought properties they couldn’t afford and were convinced they were going to make a fortune. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way, and most of them now have a foreclosure or short sale in their past. Does that make real estate a bad investment? No. It’s an investment. The good or bad part comes from how you approach it. What’s good for one person can be bad for another. To find out how to make real estate investments work, I decided to talk with a few experienced

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Taxes in Retirement. Tax Rules That Await You in Your “Golden” Years.

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Retirees face new tax issues when they stop working (or start working part-time). And it affects you whether or not you change tax brackets. Once retired, many of us will have somewhat lower income than in prime working years. And that implies lower taxes, but most also will have multiple sources of income. And that complicates tax payment for those who are used to a single source of income. There will be Social Security income, minimum required distribution income from tax-advantaged retirement accounts and perhaps other income from investments, property, freelance or part-time work, etc. So, instead of getting a single paycheck

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How to Build a Retirement Portfolio

A portfolio is a mix of investments that you put together in an intentional way to accomplish a goal. When working and saving, the goal is to earn as high a rate of return as you can while not taking so much risk that it will scare you into pulling out of the market during a downturn. Once retired, the goal changes. Different goal = different portfolio. A retirement portfolio needs to produce reliable cash flow that is projected to last the rest of your life regardless of the variety of market conditions that may occur over your retirement years. There

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At What Age Should I Start Making 401(k) Withdrawals?

The 401(k)suffers from a branding problem. If the name were more descriptive or catchy, people would pay closer attention to these savings tools. They are hugely beneficial–often including free money (yes, free) –and are currently the bedrock for most retirement savers. However, despite the benefits, two-thirds of workers do not take advantage of their company’s employer-sponsored 401(k)plans. Before we review the optimal ages for 401(k) withdrawals, and when you are required to make them, let’s look at the history behind 401(k)s. The basics 401(k) plans are employer-sponsored, retirement saving vehicles. They provide some tax advantages: they reduce your taxable income in the years

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When can I retire? Two simple calculations (and a little bit of philosophy) to get you close to an answer.

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The question people are really asking when they ask “When can I retire?” is “When can I retire so I don’t run out of money in my lifetime?” Wouldn’t it be great if there were a simple answer to tell you how much you need to retire without financial worry? Everyone is different, and the right amount for you will be different than the right amount for your neighbor. However, there are calculations each of us can make to determine the optimal time to retire and live the life we want. However, there are calculations you can make to determine if

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