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 …

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401(k) performance: The numbers add up

I’m a little tired of reading about how “buy and hold” is dead, and diversification doesn’t work, and how “target-date funds don’t work,” and that there was too much risk, especially for pre-retirees, in these balanced funds. These stories seem …

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Bad facts, bad story

There are only two reasons you appear on the cover of Time magazine—either you are receiving plaudits from the media, or you’re about to be tarred and feathered. 401(k)s are featured on the cover of Time this week, and it’s …

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Boomer market meltdown?

Should you invest differently given the impending retirement of tens of millions of baby boomers? This is a question I’ve received from advisors and investors in recent weeks, and one which, quite frankly, I’ve given little thought to throughout the …

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On self-reliance

This comment on Steve Utkus’ recent post about retirement struck a major chord with me:

“Our children’s incomes are not increasing, and they have their own children to support, let alone saving for their own retirement. No one is to …

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Health costs in retirement

The national debate on health reform has me thinking about a particular angle of the question: paying for health care in retirement. Let’s put aside for the moment long-term care costs (i.e., nursing homes) and focus on regular medical care—doctors’ …

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The retirement oil tanker

Each year in August we publish a compendium of statistics about 401(k) plans administered at Vanguard. As the report covers over 3 million American participants, it often generates a lot of interest from the media, policymakers, consultants, and employers. (You’re …

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The pros and cons of an IRA rollover

I recently participated in a live webcast attended by a number of Vanguard retirement plan participants. The topic was retirement investing, and questions came fast and furious. We answered as many as we could in our allotted 30 minutes.

One …

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A standing ovation for a financial innovation

There’s been lots of talk since late last year about the plusses and minuses of financial engineering, including a debate (see blogs by Felix Salmon and Tyler Cowen) about the overall merits of various modern financial innovations. While it’s …

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Retirement: ready or not?

We were vacationing last month in Scotland. At a small country hotel—on a misty Western isle—I mentioned to a group of guests that I conduct research at Vanguard on retirement issues. You guessed it: Suddenly the conversation shifted from the …

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Crunching the numbers on retirement

You were getting close to retirement, and you’d thought you’d saved enough.

And then the market tanked.

So, you decided to stick it out and try to regain what you’d lost. Other changes to your portfolio structure or your investing …

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