Are You Really Saving Enough for Retirement?

Why an early start (and accepting some risk) matters. Are you on track to save $1 million or more for retirement? If you are 50 or younger, you may need that much in savings to generate the kind of retirement income you prefer. Personal finance website NerdWallet recently did some math concerning this very objective. […]

Everyone loves a winner.

If an investment is successful, most people naturally want to stick with it. But is that the best approach? It may sound counter intuitive, but it may be possible to have too much of a good thing. Over time, the performance of different investments can shift a portfolio’s intent — and its risk profile. It’s […]

8 Mistakes That Can Upend Your Retirement

Pursuing your retirement dreams is challenging enough without making some common, and very avoidable, mistakes. Here are eight big mistakes to steer clear of, if possible. No Strategy: Yes, the biggest mistake is having no strategy at all. Without a strategy, you may have no goals, leaving you no way of knowing how you’ll get […]

Systematic Withdrawals In Retirement

Many of us grew up with the concept that making regular, periodic contributions to our retirement account was a sound investment strategy. The idea was that, in a fluctuating market, regularly investing a set amount would enable an individual to buy more shares when prices were low and fewer shares when prices were high.¹ Does […]

Catch-Up Contributions

A recent survey found that 37% of people were very confident about having enough money to live comfortably through their retirement years. At the same time, 28% were not confident.¹ Congress in 2001 passed a law that can help older workers make up for lost time. But few may understand how this generous offer can […]

Traditional vs. Roth IRA

Traditional IRAs, which were created in 1974, are owned by roughly 37.0 million U.S. households. And Roth IRAs, created as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act in 1997, are owned by nearly 18.6 million households. Tip: Not Quite Anything. IRAs are free to invest in just about anything except collectibles like artwork, rugs, antiques, gems, […]