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Volatility — One of The Biggest Threats, Yet People Focus on Returns

Most investors focus their attention on investment returns. They understand there’s risk – but … what does risk mean? One meaning of risk is not having the money when it is needed. Another meaning is that the returns change – in others words, returns are variable or volatile. So how does volatility change your focus? First a discussion on volatility through the […]

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What returns give, volatility takes away.

Many people focus on just returns, thinking that the higher the return the better their results. The consequences of such a focus while saving money are not felt as much (buying low) as they are once retired (selling low) and trying to manage the pot of money to give income for the rest of one’s life. Let’s take […]

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You Should Expect to Get Older, as You Get Older

Most people think of retirement planning as determining how much money they need to save up in order to spend it over a fixed, or set predetermined, number of years in retirement. This is wrong! The number of years one may have in retirement is not fixed! So the profession works around the dilemma of uncertain […]

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“Your Kids are Ruining Your Retirement”

No doubt, we as parents tend to have more concerns about our kids’ futures than our own. When you think about risks to retirement, most people think about investment risk. Not saving enough comes to mind too … and for some, this is a big reason why they’re not saving enough. This article caught my eye because I often […]

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Summary: Two schools of thought on retirement income.

Retirement income management boils down to basically two schools of thought … Probability Based School and the Safety First School. Wade Pfau has a summary on his blog, and I’ve written on the comparisons as well. Wade is an advocate of the Safety First School in general while I’m an advocate of the Probability Based […]

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Why Volatility Isn’t So Bad @AdviceIQ

Nervous retirees often worry that they might lose everything in a volatile market. Yes, if you only own one stock, you could lose it all. But if your portfolio is diversified, the majority of it remains stable like the water beneath the waves. Below the wave height line, much of the water is undisturbed. Lots […]

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Rebalancing benefits during retirement. Is that all?

Michael Kitces wrote an interesting article comparing “Decision Rules” vs. Rebalancing. He finds that rebalancing under a total return approach has essentially the same results using the “Safe Withdrawal Rate” (SWR) decision rules. I posted a blog a short time ago that compares the SWR approach to a Dynamic Updating approach. I have always maintained […]

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Is a Reverse Mortgage right for you?

Short answer, it depends! I’ve written about reverse mortgages here before – mostly about how they can blow up the best laid plans by people not fully understanding what they’re doing – thus, unexpected consequences from misunderstanding. So this piece is about getting to understand them so you may be able to use the untapped […]

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