Category: Retirement Savings and Investments

behavioral finance

Behavioral Finance: 16 Ways to Outsmart Your Brain for More Wealth and a Better Retirement

Your brain is not necessarily set up in a way that makes it easy to plan a secure retirement. You have cognitive biases — faulty ways of thinking that are unfortunately hardwired into your brain — that work against you.  Behavioral finance and behavioral economics are the study of these phenomena. Understanding behavioral finance and…

Podcast: Scott Migliori — A Professional Investors Guide to Early Retirement

Episode 42 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Scott Migliori — the former Chief Investment Officer for U.S. Equities for Allianz Global Investors and a Chartered Financial Analyst. We discuss Scott’s decision to retire early at age 48, the investment landscape, and how he manages his money in a highly volatile market. Listen…

Podcast: Glen Nakamoto — Building a Retirement Paycheck

Episode 41 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Glen Nakamoto — retired cyber security analyst and financial planning enthusiast. They discuss how Glen built his own lifetime retirement paycheck with a guaranteed income floor using immediate annuities. Glen outlines how he built his plan and paycheck. Listen Now: Don’t miss out on future…

Will the Coronavirus Impact on Investment Markets and the Economy Be Particularly Difficult for Retirees and People Close to Retirement?

Here are some thoughts from Jim Seifert on the economy and retirement amid the coronavirus crisis. Jim was a serial entrepreneur from age 17 until age 40. After which he was a financial Advisor for RBC Investments and Merrill Lynch Bank of America from 40 until 58.  He has an MBA and CFP(r) and worked…

retirement income strategies

Retirement Income Strategies: 18 Ideas for Lifetime Wealth and Peace of Mind

We’ve spent our whole lives working, spending the money we earn and hopefully saving a little too. When we retire, everything we have ever experienced about managing our own finances gets turned upside down. We no longer earn as much or any money from work. We have to figure out how to make do with…

secure act

Important: New SECURE Act Brings Big Changes for Retirement Planning

The SECURE Act — formally known as the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” Act — is designed to help people better use retirement savings and save more. However, it also has some big tax implications related to leaving behind an estate. It is important that you are aware of these changes and you…

The Grapes of… Roth Conversion: A Fruitful Strategy for Retirement Wealth

Tax deferred? Tax free? Tax advantaged? It might sometimes feel a bit taxing to think about the tax implications of a Roth conversion. However, it is probably worth your brain power because a Roth conversion can be tremendously beneficial in the right circumstances. What is a Roth Account? A Roth account is a type of…

year end tax advice for retirement

Don’t Forget RMDs and 7 More Year End Tax Tips for Retirees

Below are key end of year tax strategies to help you keep more money. YEAR END TAX ADVICE #1: Don’t Overlook Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)! This is perhaps the easiest piece of year end tax advice for retirees: Don’t forget to take your RMDs! However, in 2018, Fidelity Investments reported that the majority — 61%…

lockbox strategy

The Lockbox Strategy and 10 Other Retirement Income Tips from Nobel Laureate, William Sharpe

William Sharpe is a Nobel Prize winning economist and the professor of finance, emeritus, at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. His Nobel was awarded for developing the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM). He is also well known for the Sharpe Ratio, a number designed to summarize the desirability of an overall investment strategy. However,…

money personality type

What is Your Money Personality Type? How Will It Impact Your Retirement?

Your money personality type can impact your retirement security. However, knowing your money personality type can help you avoid pitfalls and use your strengths to your advantage as you approach retirement. What is a Money Personality Type? How Do You Get It? Your money personality type is comprised of your attitudes and habits around money.…

how to save more money

How to Save More Money for Retirement: 22 Smart and Easy Ways to Boost Savings Big!

You’ve probably heard a lot of advice about how to save more money for retirement. Everyone tells you that you really need to do it. And if you’re like a lot of people, you probably think that it’s a great idea — you are just not exactly sure where to find the cash. Learn how…

SECURE Act

The SECURE Act: Will Retirement Get Easier?

The House of Representatives’ Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act and a similar bill in the Senate, the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) are bills backed by both Republicans and Democrats (gasp!) that aspire to improve retirement and retirement planning for Americans. The Secure Act was approved by the House of…

retirement investing

Retirement Investments for Dummies: Get the Answers You Need to Rest Easy

Sorry. You probably are not a dummy about everything. But, research suggests that almost 80 percent of all Americans have a very low financial IQ (What’s yours? Take the quiz now.) So, the chances are high that you are a personal finance and investment dummy! And, good for you for doing something about it. (Maybe…