AAII Survey: How Readers Would Change the U.S. Tax Code

After weeks of speculation, Congressional Republicans unveiled their tax reform legislation late last week. Among the items it didn’t include was a cut to contribution limits to 401(k) retirement plans, a move lawmakers were reportedly considering to help balance the tax cuts planned for high-income earners and businesses. According to the language in the tax reform proposal, it…

 

AAII Journal April 2017 Issue Now Available

Feature Article: Portfolio Strategies » Factors Allow Investors to Think Differently About Diversification Tilting a portfolio to a small number of factors, including value and size, can increase returns while at the same time reducing risk. In This Issue: Portfolio Strategies » Asset Allocation, RMDs and Portfolio Survival A diversified portfolio not only increases return…

 

Quest for Supplemental Income, Love of Job Main Reasons for Working in “Retirement”

Over the last couple of decades, the definition of “retirement” has changed significantly. Gone are the days that 30 years of service to a company meant a gold watch and company-funded pension upon retirement. Today, the burden of funding retirement, for the most part, has shifted to the individual in the form of defined-contribution plans…

 

Simple Steps to Overcome Information Overload

I have always thought it best to have many choices when buying something, selecting a mutual fund, or even making a decision. But as Charles Duhigg points out in his latest book, “Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business,” when people are faced with too much information they simply shut…

 

Survey: Millennials Unwilling to Sacrifice Now for Future Financial Security

A new survey from Charles Schwab indicates that an unwillingness by Millennials to sacrifice things that add to their current quality of life, and student debt, are preventing them from saving enough for their retirement. The survey covered 1,000 401 (k) plan participants broken into three generational groups: Millennials (those under age 35), Generation Xers…

 

Check Your Ego at the Retirement Planning Door

In an article on GoBankingRates.com, Gina Horkey outlines ways in which your ego may be undermining your retirement goals. She highlights ways in which we could sabotaging our retirement plan, including: Unrealistic Expectations—Statistics show that you should lower your expectations and save more aggressively. According to a survey conducted by the Insured Retirement Institute, only…

 

Treasury Introduces New Retirement Saving Plan: “myRA”

Last week the Treasury Department formally launched new retirement-savings accounts geared towards workers who don’t have access to traditional retirement accounts, such as 401(k)s or 403(b)s. The retirement-savings vehicle is called “myRA” and officials said the goal of the program is to teach more workers the importance and the ease of saving for retirement. “When…

 

Reducing 401(k) Fees

In an article for AdviceIQ, Jim Blankenship offers some tips on how to minimize your 401(k) fees. Kept unchecked, the fees can become a significant drag on your investment performance. When evaluating a plan, Blankenship says investors should consider its internal expense ratio–the measure of what it costs an investment company to operate a fund–and the…