Tag Archives: Retirement

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

Deciding what’s important amid competing priorities

About a year ago, I wrote my first Vanguard Blog post to commemorate 529 College Savings Day. In that post I encouraged investors to start saving for college as early as possible. I also asked them to pay attention to … Read more

Fees: out of sight, out of mind

One of the vexing questions in the investment world is why many investors are inattentive to fees. While Vanguard has helped create a class of investors that’s fee-conscious and fee-aware, the fact remains that many individual investors remain in high-cost … 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

Need proof?

In response to my most recent post, “Give ‘thoughtomation’ a try,” I received this helpful idea from a reader:

“Why don’t you post a spreadsheet with comparisons of saving early vs saving late in life? That is the most important Read more

Give “thoughtomation” a try

Yesterday, I pulled up to an automated teller machine (ATM) in my automatic-transmission car, opened my automatic car windows, and withdrew cash that had been automatically deposited in my bank account on payday. I then used some of the cash … Read more

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