Retirement

. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg © 2019 Bloomberg Finance LP Global financial markets could face a nightmare scenario one day: the burst of multiple bubbles, fueled by years of easy money around the globe. That’s what happened back in 2008-9. US stocks dropped 37%, German stocks 42%, and Chinese stocks 62%; commodities dropped 37 percent (with
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Social Security may be one of your largest assets. What and when you collect will make a huge difference to your lifetime benefits. Today’s column explore when you can, and cannot, file a restricted application for spousal benefits only, when retirement benefits can be claimed after restricting an application, lasting effects of filing early, public
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‘Whatever you do, don’t try to sell us an annuity.’ When 60-something couples visit a financial adviser’s office for help with retirement planning, these are often the first words they say after sitting down. Most of what they’ve read about annuities has been eye-glazing or frightening. But don’t write off annuities yet. Owning annuities can
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Getty Today, many more Americans bear full responsibility for saving for their own retirement. Unfortunately, the days of heading into retirement with a guaranteed monthly pension check provided by an employer lie in the rearview mirror. More than half of global retirement assets now sit in defined contribution (DC) plans such as 401(k) accounts. For
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WASHINGTON, DC, 2019/07/31: Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services speaks during the Heritage Foundation’s event. (photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images President Trump’s Medicare chief, Seema Verma, may have signaled the beginning of the end of Medicare’s three-day rule—the requirement
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Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are great potential fits for any modern retirement portfolio. With interest rates ticking down from 2% to 1% and, perhaps, eventually 0%, these generous dividend payers are benefitting big time. REIT stocks tend to yield twice as much as regular ol’ stocks. They collect rent and pay it directly to
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