Retirement

Ideas on how to build your retirement nest egg and make your savings last.

It’s beginning to look a lot like RMD season

I recently ran into a retired Vanguard colleague, and he asked about what to do with his RMD. He’s in the enviable position of not needing his RMD in order to meet his spending needs. But, he’s not alone.

A … Read more

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The second half of retirement

I’ve been spending a great deal of time with 80- and 90-year-olds recently. My mom (now in her mid-80s) just moved to a new retirement community, and so it’s been a wonderful opportunity to observe older retirees in a personal … Read more

Starting now can help you finish strong

I recently had the opportunity to watch a video of couples talking about retirement, which, for them, was about ten years away. The couples were broken into three self-described categories: fully prepared, somewhat prepared, and not prepared. At the end … Read more

The 401(k) debate

I just finished watching a new documentary on 401(k) plans. It was intended to be an exposé of sorts. The program combined criticisms of the U.S. retirement system and financial services industry with sinister music for added drama. After I … Read more

Retirement: The married/single divide

One of the most intriguing retirement studies issued in 2012 was by economists James Poterba of MIT, Steven Venti of Dartmouth, and David Wise of Harvard.* Their study looked at wealth holdings among Americans in their late 60s. And one … Read more

Is your retirement bucket leaking?

A new study reported in the press summarizes what retirement experts have known for a while: Tax-deferred retirement accounts such as 401(k)s and IRAs can sometimes be “leaky buckets,” meaning that some individuals tap their tax-advantaged accounts prior to retirement. … Read more

Early in your career? Consider a Roth

Here at Vanguard, we’re in our busy season. As clients set New Year’s resolutions to save more and prep for submitting their taxes, we receive more phone calls and emails. There’s a tradition at Vanguard where employees from around the … Read more

Your retirement plan in 2013

It’s early in 2013. Stocks had a terrific year in 2012, the fiscal cliff has been avoided—and so now’s the perfect time to reconsider your retirement plan, right?

Well, yes and no. Yes, tax time is a good time to … Read more

Health and wealth in retirement

If I were asked what an investor should do to maximize retirement wealth, I’d tick off my standard list, my rules of thumb. Start saving early—and regularly. Keep debt under control. Maximize the use of tax-deferred retirement accounts, like 401(k)s. … Read more

Maximizing retirement account balances

I was just reading a blog that reported the typical pre-retiree had $42,000 in a 401(k) account as of 2010. Yet, I happen to know the actual figure is more like $100,000. These two numbers reveal how much confusion can … Read more

Too gloomy a view

Retirement systems are dynamic and can be expected to change over time. But one hindrance to thinking about change is the common practice of promoting excessively gloomy views of retirement outcomes in the United States. For example, a recent New Read more

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