Tag Archives: retirement

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.…

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.…

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.…

Taxes and Roth conversions

Year-end is fast approaching, and based on web traffic it seems like the question of converting traditional IRA savings to Roth savings looms large. Congress has added to the buzz by allowing the conversion of certain pre-tax 401(k) money into …

The Sandwich Generation

Coming back from lunch in our cafeteria (in keeping with Vanguard’s nautical theme, we call it the Galley), I ran into a co-worker (crew member) I’ve known since I joined Vanguard 14 years ago.

After exchanging quick updates on work …

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™, …

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 …

Retirement: Who’s ready, and who’s not?

Here’s the good news: Half of Americans are “on track” financially for retirement.

The bad news? The other half aren’t. …

The price of living forever

The other day, I was preparing to record a podcast for Vanguard.com on life events and asset allocation. I decided to veer away from the predictable “retirement is a life event” theme and concentrate on marriage, children, and divorce as …

Retirement savings success

Ask a Vanguard investor about what it takes to be successful at saving for retirement, and he or she would probably tell you to start saving early, save as much as you can, invest in a low-cost diversified portfolio, and …

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