A Life Annuity vs Monthly Payments

The idea expressed here was inspired by changes being made to the TSP platform. TSP stands for Thrift Savings Plan, one of the primary platforms used by Federal employees, members of the military, and certain others engaged in federal service, to set aside money from earned income to be used later in retirement. Since I'm …

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Does the Trade War = A Bear Market?

I’ve been waiting for the next significant market decline for longer than I can remember. As an adult working in financial services, I’m now into my 5th decade of paying attention to global economic trends. I like to think I understand at least some of the dynamics that define investments. The last bear market ended …

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What is the pending SECURE Act from Congress?

First, SECURE is the acronym for Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement. Someone stayed awake nights coming up with all that. Second, it’s an attempt to bring the federal regulations about money saved for retirement purposes further into the 21st Century. Too many Americans are grossly unprepared for retirement and many that are prepared …

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Minimizing Risk in Retirement

Some of you will read this and determine I’m trying to sell you something. To some extent you’re right as I would love to have you enroll in one of my online courses at Successful Retirement Secrets. On another level, I’m interested in helping you come to terms with what you should do with your …

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Why Traditional Retirement Advice Could Leave You Broke

My Comments: I’ve now posted almost 1900 blog posts on this site since I started in 2011. Everyone of them, until now, has required you to read a sometimes lengthy article on some topic. This one is a video that impressed me with it’s relevance. I think it’s worth another 7 minutes of your day. …

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Asset Allocation Explained

Most of us attempt to save money. We know there will come a time when what we save today will be needed to pay for things tomorrow. Our choices about how to do this are varied, mysterious, and confusing. Too often we take the easiest path and hope for the best. We congratulate ourselves for …

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Why This Popular Retirement Advice Actually Makes It Harder to Save

My Comments: There’s a reason the term ‘mid-life crisis’ is in common use among everyday people. Many of us have had one. And then there is the ‘end-of-mid-life crisis’ that is yet to rear it’s ugly head. It happens when someone is about to retire and discover to their horror they are completely unprepared. For …

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