Retirement

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

Debt and retirement

This may seem like an obvious point, but successfully planning for retirement has always required managing two sides of the household balance sheet: building savings and managing debt.

Two recent reports highlight how the debt side of the retirement balance … Read more

Recent Posts

In passing: “Busting retirement myths”

Just saw this—Linda Stern punches holes in some of the more common misconceptions about retirement:

Stern Advice: Busting retirement myths

What she has to say lines up well with my own observations and thoughts. What about you?… Read more

Retirement blues

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal tells a sad tale of retirement preparedness: The typical pre-retiree baby boomer has less than one-quarter of what he or she needs in a 401(k) plan to retire.

In my view, this … Read more

Roth IRAs and tax deferral

With a new year well underway, at Vanguard our attention is turning to IRAs, 401(k)s, and tax planning. This year, I, like a lot of others, seem to have Roth IRAs on the brain.… Read more

A tactical approach to retirement (part 2)

In my January 25 post, I looked at two tactical retirement issues: improving savings rates and evaluating portfolio risk levels. In this post, I’ll wrap up with three additional ideas.… Read more

A tactical approach to retirement (part 1)

In my January 5 post, I wrote about big developments shaping retirement in 2011. In this and an upcoming post, we’ll look at simple retirement planning tactics individual investors may want to consider.

1. Savings rates. There’s a … Read more

Retirement themes for 2011

Here are several “big picture” retirement themes I expect to hear more of in the coming year. I’ll come back later in the month with a post on personal retirement tactics.… Read more

Understanding 401(k) fees

As I’ve discussed in prior blog posts, 401(k) account balances for many Americans have recovered as a result of better financial markets and ongoing contributions. In tandem, the debate over 401(k)s has shifted—to the question of fees.

Critics share … Read more

Annuities for retirement income?

Vanguard is not an insurance company, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the potential value that some see in having a guaranteed income in retirement.
In fact, you may have heard that Vanguard recently introduced Vanguard Annuity Access™, … Read more

Does the 4% rule hold up?

I’m often asked what I think about the “4% rule” for spending in retirement. According to this rule of thumb, an individual who is planning on a 30-year investment horizon and is holding a broadly diversified and balanced investment portfolio … Read more

The fiscal outlook: Tough choices ahead

The long-term budget outlook for the federal government is bleak. What is surprising is that this is considered news.

The forces driving the U.S.’s long-term budget problem have been known for decades. We’ve also known for years that sometime in … Read more

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