Annuities for Long-Term Care

This article originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of the AAII Journal. Because we are all living longer, today’s investor is definitely concerned with end of life issues and making sure that enough coverage is in place as Father Time starts to take over. As we all know, annuities are primarily used for lifetime…

 

What Steps You Should Take When Your Stock’s Price Falls

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: Being Wrong and Still Making Money: An analysis of nearly 31,000 trades found that successful professional investors all adopted the same habits of execution. The Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning 2015: AAII’s annual tax and financial planning guide is designed to help you…

 

The Importance of Diversification in Retirement Portfolios

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of the AAII Journal. Building a retirement portfolio that won’t run out before we do is a significant challenge of the new “living longer” era. How important is diversification across asset classes to this goal? A recent analysis by Craig L. Israelsen, Ph.D., looked at various portfolios…

 

10 Common Mistakes Made With Beneficiary Designations

This article originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Estate planning truly is the ultimate gift for your loved ones. A comprehensive estate plan should always include a review of the titles and beneficiary designations for all assets. You want to ensure they are consistent with your estate planning goals. Otherwise, unintended…

 

Time to Start Planning Your Financial New Year’s Resolutions

As the calendar draws to a close on 2015, many of us will participate in an age-old tradition: drafting our New Year’s resolutions. The other tradition is to abandon those resolutions within the first few weeks of the New Year, or even sooner. However, a data from Fidelity Investment’s New Year’s Resolutions study shows that…

 

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…

 

A Mortal Sin of Retirement Planning: Procrastination

Putting off until tomorrow is jeopardizing many Americans’ retirements. According to a new survey from Bank of America and Merrill Edge, Americans are procrastinating when it comes to saving for retirement, even though the majority had set a 2015 goal of saving for retirement. According to the latest Merrill Edge Report, 59% of the 1,000 respondents…

 

Millennials and Retirement Planning

In a CNBC commentary, Evan Kirkpatrick, founder and chief executive of Wendell Charles Financial, discusses what millennials need to know about retirement planning. As of the first quarter of 2015, according to the Pew Research Center, millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. labor force. With the explosion of “FinTech,” Kirkpatrick points out that millennials…