Delaying Retirement, But Not Your Retirement Dreams

Many investors today who had planned to retire early at 62 when they became eligible for Social Security benefits—albeit at a reduced rate compared with retiring at full retirement age—are discovering that those benefits, combined with their retirement savings, cannot support the lifestyle they expected or provide the financial cushion in retirement they desire. Often,…

 

AAII Survey: Only a Fraction of Retail Investors Are Worried About Social Security System’s Viability

Social Security is the proverbial third-rail of politics: it is an issue that evokes such passions that it is considered untouchable. Unfortunately, that mentality, among several factors, has put the Social Security system in a potentially precarious situation. As the Baby Boomer generation enters their retirement years, the ratio of workers paying into Social Security…

 

Social Security Checks Will Rise by 2% in 2018

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that, based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index from the third quarter of 2016 through the third quarter of 2017, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries will receive a 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2018. This is after a 0.3% increase in 2017 and…

 

Optimizing Your Retirement Income: What Works Best and Why

With tens of millions of baby boomers already retired millions and more likely to enter retirement in the next decade, the hard truth is that only a small minority are accumulating enough savings to provide for their income needs during decades in retirement. This uncomfortable reality is particularly true given the overall rise in life…

 

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…

 

Retirement Can Be Long Enough for Something to Go Haywire

An interesting point was brought up at this week’s CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Seminar: retirement is a long enough period of time for something to go haywire. The point was brought up by Barton Waring, a retired chief investor officer for Barclays (which is now BlackRock). He raised the topic during a discussion about retirement…

 

When Should You Begin Collecting Social Security Benefits?

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of the AAII Journal. There are many complex rules governing Social Security benefits. However, four key points can help you make an informed decision about when to claim benefits. To simplify the discussion, several assumptions are made: your Social Security benefits would not be affected by…

 

Fees on Mutual Funds Could Get Cheaper

There is some good news for investors: The war on expenses is continuing. Vanguard recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to launch two funds with total annual operating expenses of 0.01%. That is not a typo; the expense ratio was copied and pasted directly from the SEC filing. How cheap is 0.01%?…

 

Momentum Investing & Turbulent Markets Don’t Mix

Momentum indicators are commonly used to find winners. Winners are stocks with comparatively higher price returns. In normal market conditions, momentum indicators work well on an aggregate basis. Momentum indicators can lose their usefulness in turbulent market conditions, in the initial rebound period following a bear market or during slowing economic conditions. I’ve noticed the…