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What is a “safe” retirement withdrawal rate?

In an investment portfolio, the withdrawal rate is the monetary percentage from which a retiree draws from his account each year.  A “safe” withdrawal rate is a fixed percentage distributed as a systematic withdrawal that reasonably expects portfolio funds to last throughout the retiree’s lifetime. When determining your personal retirement withdrawal rate, it’s important to…

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When Should You Retire?

About half of Americans retire between the ages of 61 and 65. Among today’s retired households, a traditional pension or retirement plan appears to be one of the differences between a high- and low-income lifestyle. That’s because among the 41 percent of retirees whose annual income is less than $25,000, only 21 percent receive income from…

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Live Long or Prosper? How Retirees can do Both.

Some retirees underspend throughout their golden years, sacrificing quality of life to assure they don’t outlive their income. Others resist their desire to be philanthropic because of concerns that donations could leave them short on money down the road. A market downturn during the early years of retirement can be one of the biggest risks…

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Facts About IRAs

While an IRA may have a lower annual contribution limit (2017: $5,500; $6,500 age 50 or older) than a workplace-sponsored retirement plan, opening an IRA can provide an opportunity to help diversify your retirement assets. An IRA offers certain benefits that are generally not available in a 401(k), such as: Lower cost Larger spectrum of…

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Retirement: Spending vs. Income Planning

One common rule of thumb for retirement savings is to replace 80 percent of your pre-retirement income — or an even higher percentage. But what if you currently spend more than you earn? Or what if you spend much less than you earn? Perhaps a better measure would be to base your retirement income on your…

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Planning for Tax-Efficient Retirement Income

If you expect to be in a high tax bracket in retirement, you may consider allocating your retirement assets in a variety of different types of financial products to help reduce your tax liability. The growth potential of tax-deferred annuities may be appealing to those who have invested in safe, low-yielding strategies and are concerned…

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