Retirement

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

The 4% spending rule, 20 years later

A week doesn’t go by where I don’t see some type of headline news discussing the viability of the venerable 4% spending rule. Indeed a simple internet search will yield over 5 million results! It’s no wonder that retirees may … Read more

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401(k)s in the crossfire

401(k)s remain a focal point of criticism when thinking about retirement security in America. One example is a recent op-ed column in The New York Times.

Perhaps the most commonly cited concern about 401(k)s is the size of current … Read more

Negotiating your retirement date

The headline “He Wants to Retire … but She Doesn’t” was one of the most popular articles in the April 9 Wall Street Journal.

What struck me most was the author’s comment that many of the people she interviewed … Read more

Investment costs hit retirees with double whammy

A while back, I wrote about how people often miss the impact of investment costs on wealth accumulation. Today, I want to make sure readers know that it’s as critical for retirees (people spending money) to think about how costs … Read more

A crisis of confidence?

The latest figures are out from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) in Washington, D.C. Unsurprisingly, “retirement confidence” remains down from its peak in 2007, and is at levels similar to what we saw during the Great Recession.

What’s going … Read more

Retirement ready—or not?

A new report just came out on the retirement prospects for baby boomers.* Its top-line result was that 40% of all boomers aren’t prepared for retirement.

Whenever the topic turns to retirement in America, the language is fairly dismal. Last … Read more

Portfolios and the lost decade

My recent comments about the performance of retirement accounts elicited a wave of comments from Vanguard investors about poor stock market returns. Here are a few thoughts in response.… Read more

Retirement and the market sell-off

When the stock market sells off, as it did in late July and early August, there is an inevitable surge in commentary on the riskiness of U.S. retirement accounts. The main worry is that retirement investors are taking on too … Read more

Making retirement work

If you haven’t saved enough for retirement, one possible solution is working longer. But a new report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute* paints a somewhat bleak view of the benefit of doing so. The study suggests that if … Read more

401(k) fee literacy

According to a recent survey, more than 70% of participants in 401(k) retirement plans think they pay no fees on their accounts. Less than a quarter got the answer right, acknowledging that they do, in fact, pay fees.

It’s … Read more

Affording health care in retirement

In my last post, I asked if you have a specific number in mind when it comes to saving for retirement, how you arrived at that number, whether you’re on track to reaching it—and, if not, what it would … Read more

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