Retirement

Understanding the relationship between bond risk and time to maturity and duration of a bond provides the basis for understanding the bond yield curve. The yield curve shows the yields to maturity for a series of bonds—typically US Treasury bonds—with the same credit quality but different maturity dates, along with the term structure for interest
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Getty I hope last week’s Iran head-fake didn’t have you thinking about buying so-called “safe” dividends like Treasuries. Because these tired income standbys aren’t safe at all! With your nest egg yielding a pathetic 1.9%, you’re guaranteed losses, with inflation running at 2.1%. So today we’re going to make a simple contrarian move that will:
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By Kelly K. James, Next Avenue Contributor Two friends having conversation at work, woman in her 50s wearing glasses smiling and facing female … [+] manager, agreement, support, collaboration Getty When Kathy Pauss retired from her job as a school secretary a few months before turning 65, the Downers Grove, Ill. resident thought it was
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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 01: Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker speaks during a round table … [+] discussion with high school students at a creative workspace for women on October 1, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Pritzker was joined by his Illinois gubernatorial Lieutenant Governor candidate Juliana Stratton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as
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When it comes to retirement planning, you may have heard a lot about the benefits of tax-advantaged retirement accounts, how to choose investments, and maybe some of the details of any pension plans that you’re fortunate enough to have. But what about Social Security? After all, it provides the majority of retirement income for many
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null Getty You’re probably familiar with the idea of a work sabbatical: a paid leave, usually from one month to a year, often to study or travel. But what about a soulbbatical? Never heard that word? It’s OK. Shelley Paxton, author of Soulbbatical: A Corporate Rebel’s Guide to Finding Your Best Life, made it up
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In 2003, Zvi Bodie and Michael J. Clowes published the book Worry-Free Investing: A Safe Approach to Achieving Your Lifetime Financial Goals, in which they argued that typical retirement-oriented investors should rely primarily on TIPS for their retirement savings. Of course, other financial assets should be included in retirement portfolios, but, they said, only once
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Retirees are sacrificing their own retirement savings in order to help their adult children … [+] financially. Getty Are You Supporting Your Adult Children While Endangering Your Own Financial Security?  As an 80-year-old widower I’ll call “Fred” told me, some parents may derive pleasure in helping adult children financially, especially if the children chose careers
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Side view portrait of smiling senior woman sitting on couch with her dog and reading book while … [+] enjoying weekend at home, copy space Getty I wrote about the importance of pets to older adults back in 2018, but this is a topic that is timeless and grows in importance every day as more
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Exit Getty A look at certain statutes with unintended consequences. “Ageism in the Workplace” is the cover feature of the February 2020 AARP Bulletin. Tales are told of older workers mistreated or axed, and of their sometimes victorious lawsuits. One must feel some pity for winners of age discrimination lawsuits. What prospective employer would ever
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Getty The start of a new year is when many of us ask ourselves what lies ahead personally, professionally and financially. We happily hang a colorful 2020 calendar, jot down birthdays, upcoming vacations, and other future events. My guess is, however, you don’t mark down personal finance events and deadlines there. Big mistake. For your
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Getty Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “Life expectancy has increased so much since Social Security was implemented that it’s only natural that the Social Security Full Retirement Age should increase to the same degree.” Or: “Back in the day, people hardly ever lived past 65, but now that’s changed,” etc. And, in fact,
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null Getty The “race to zero” heats up again. You’ve surely heard that Vanguard is now slicing and dicing its already-low fees and commissions. That sounds great, but in reality, the low-fee race is pennywise yet dividend-foolish for us income investors. To retire on secure, high-yielding long-term investments, we actually prefer to pay a fair
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Getty What’s does 2020 hold for your utility stocks (and closed-end funds)? Will these steady income plays hand us another round of big gains and dividends? Or is there trouble ahead? These are reasonable questions to ask after these “boring” stocks poured on a huge—and rather “un-utility-like”—26% total return last year! Let’s dive into three
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