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on 27 January, 2016

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In the past, we’ve looked at retirement planning strategies for specific populations, like self-employed Americans or women. But what if someone is part of the segment of Americans who aren’t that well-prepared for retirement?

According to a survey conducted by BankRate.com, 36% of surveyed adults say they didn’t have a penny saved for retirement. Around 25% of the people aged 50-64 in the survey reported they had yet to start their retirement savings. These findings are consistent with data found in previous surveys. In fact, previous data shows there’s a wide gap between Americans’ retirement expectations and what they’re actually prepared for.

A big part of it is because many American households live paycheck to paycheck. So what steps can you implement to catch up on retirement savings? Read on for some helpful tips.

on 25 November, 2015

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The holidays are around the corner. It’s getting closer to cherished times with family and friends. But for many Americans, this memorable period comes with its own stresses. Apart from the “typical” hustle-and-bustle, the holiday season itself presents many financial pressures. 


As we’ve covered before, seniors already face a number of challenges in retirement. Say your family is living out-of-state. If finances are already tight, travel could be costly and difficult. Like seniors, working Americans have their own difficulties, too. Many households struggle with just having enough retirement funds as current household expenditures take priority. For instance, in a 2014 study by BankRate.com, over 33.3% of American workers didn’t have any retirement savings.

on 20 January, 2016

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In the past, we’ve talked about the importance of being prepared for retirement. Of course preparation is different for everyone. For one, women will have different retirement needs and goals than men.

It also depends on what employment capacity you’re in. If you’re employed by a large company, for instance, you may have a retirement pension plan via your employer (though these sorts of perks from employers are disappearing). But what about planning for retirement if you’re self-employed?

According to various data sources, there are roughly 10 million self-employed Americans – from business owners and independent contributors to freelancing professionals. In a recent TD Ameritrade survey, around 55% reported they’re behind on retirement savings. On the whole, baby boomers have an average windfall of being $335,000 down from their retirement savings objective.

on 18 November, 2015

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In the past, we’ve discussed how not planning for retirement comes with downsides. But what if you’re just a few years from retirement? Or what if you and your partner already are retired?

on 30 December, 2015

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In the past, we’ve discussed what retirement expectations are today – such as what Americans consider to be an ideal retirement. But on the other hand, this is balanced by recurring fears about retirement security. For one, many Americans worry about whether they will have enough retirement funds to live comfortably.

Then there is the issue of unrealistic expectations. A growing body of data shows Americans believe they’re more ready for retirement than they actually are. A recent study by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies showcased this trend. The study surveyed 4,000+ workers aged 50 and 2,000+ recent retirees, and then compared the workers’ responses with the retirees’ recent experiences in retirement.

What Does the Study Say about Retirement Expectations?

on 05 November, 2015

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In a prior blog post, we discussed the importance of discussing financial matters with the family. When it comes to retirement lifestyle needs, it’s important to take heed of potential pitfalls as well. There are a number of challenges which could impact seniors’ financial security.

Greater generational wealth, increased life expectancy, and technological innovations all have exercised a heavy hand on the retirement planning process. Now there are more years for which seniors should plan financially. But what are some of the challenges which can impact retirement security?

Let’s take a closer look at some of these potential pitfalls below.

on 16 December, 2015

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In a prior blog post, we discussed common myths about post-retirement employment. As covered, many Americans believe they’ll be able to cover any shortfall in retirement funds by continuing to work. But this expectation may be disrupted by health issues or other unanticipated life changes.

Like expectations about working longer, there are some common misnomers about risk management in retirement, as well. “Risk management” refers to the amount of risk someone tolerates in their financial portfolio – or the potential for their investments to experience a setback. It shows the flip-side of retirement planning: Having a plan in place is optimal, but it’s important to be prepared for making readjustments, as well.

Let’s consider some prevailing myths about risk management in retirement planning – and how you can avoid these downsides in your own efforts.

on 29 October, 2015

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When it comes to retirement planning, there's no shortage of financial advice. But there’s hardly any such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution for everyone. As we have emphasized before, any strategy must make sense for your financial picture. And for that matter, any financial recommendation should always be in your best interest as a client.

These dynamics bring up the value of transparency. Financial decisions are life-impacting. They are hardly small matters. At the point-of-sale, people rely upon the word, knowledge, and expertise of the financial professional with whom they’re working.

on 09 December, 2015

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In the past, we’ve covered some of the financial challenges seniors are likely to face in retirement. In turn, these hassles have played a role in shaping Americans’ retirement expectations. One of the growing trends is post-retirement employment.


At present, many people have a shortfall in retirement funds. For instance, the Boston College Center for Retirement Research found many Americans were greatly underprepared. According to the center’s data, as of 2013 half of American households didn’t have enough money to sustain their current standard of living in retirement.

Despite this challenge, many Americans believe working longer will help cover the shortfall. This belief is increasingly giving way to a new expectation: that post-retirement employment in itself is enough to make up for not having a retirement plan. But the truth is many factors can unbalance this approach and lead to unnecessary financial hardship.

on 21 October, 2015

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Retirement security continues to be a pressing concern for Americans. But many people aren’t taking steps to prepare themselves. In late May 2015, The “Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2014,” published by the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, offered many concerning insights into this landscape. 

In the study, 31% had no retirement savings or defined-benefit pension. It was reported 39% of those surveyed have “given little or no thought to financial planning for retirement.” Moreover, these trends were somewhat reflected in people’s expectations for the future. The study showed 26% said their retirement plan consisted of working as long as possible. Likewise, 12% said they never planned to retire, and 45% reported they would work somewhat to keep money coming in.

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