• Motivating people to save for retirement isn’t easy. Fraught decisions around when to start a nest egg, how much to set aside, and where to invest can be so overwhelming that inertia often sets in. Increasingly, economists who study this paralysis have shown that minimizing the complexity surrounding retirement choices inspires workers to start saving — and at higher rates. New research [...]

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    The world has been in a panic since the outbreak of coronavirus, causing almost unprecedented market volatility. Some have been quick to compare this to the credit crisis of 2008 that lasted five years. Depending on the duration of the health crisis, I foresee it more closely mirroring the financial events that followed the attacks on September 11, 2001—sharp drop in the market that recovered [...]

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    The old line about retirement goes something like: “My problem is not that I have too little money left at the end of the month, it’s that I have too much month left at the end of the money.” For many people, though, the real issue could be having too little money for the amount of life they have. That’s called “longevity risk” and if there’s one form of risk to your retirement[...]

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    Section 2202 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), enacted on March 27, 2020, provides for special distribution options and rollover rules for retirement plans and IRAs and expands permissible loans from certain retirement plans. Q1. What are the special rules for retirement plans and IRAs in section 2202 of the CARES Act? A1. In general, section 2202 of the [...]

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    As the Coronavirus has spread in communities around the country, Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of the virus on jobs, the economy and their own financial security – but most importantly about the health and safety of their loved ones. Despite growing uncertainty, there is opportunity for Americans to look to the long term. Cutting Through the Chaos In an [...]

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    One of the biggest challenges in retirement is building a reliable stream of monthly income to support you for what could be a very long time. While retirees have long relied on bonds for this purpose, a retirement income expert recently told MONEY that there’s a better solution: income annuities. In a recent Facebook chat with members of the Retire With Money group, Wade D. Pfau [...]

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    Washington, D.C. – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled the 2020 Best Places to Retire in the United States. The rankings offer a comprehensive evaluation of the country's 125 largest metropolitan areas – up from 100 last year – based on how well they meet Americans' expectations for retirement, with measures including [...]

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    As National Financial Planning Month, October serves as a good opportunity for an annual check-up on your financial health to ensure you’re on track to meet your goals. Whether those goals are specific to retirement or not, regular checks can help prevent any unnecessary surprises. Moreover, if you haven’t set any goals, now is the time to make them. Remember, it’s never too late to start [...]

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    Its No Myth, Lack of Diversity Puts Retirement At Risk. What Other Myths Need To Be Busted? There is a retirement crisis in America. 1 in 4 baby boomers have less than $5,000 saved for retirement, a staggering amount since average healthcare costs alone will cost you upwards of $275,000. In addition to limited savings, a lack of portfolio diversity a risk. 91% of Americans are forgetting to [...]

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    As both Self-Improvement Month and Self-Care Awareness Month, September serves as a strong reminder to take time out of our busy calendars and turn the spotlight on ourselves. Representing two sides of the same coin, self-improvement asks the question “how can I push myself to meet my goals?”, while self-care asks, “how can I be kinder to myself in the process?” Often, when pondering the [...]

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