Questions tagged [retirement]

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What happens to people without any retirement savings?

I'm not sure if this is a naive question. I'm struggling mightily with a family member (and everyone has a similar story) who just cannot make the right financial decisions. This person will forever ...
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Why do people save so much?

When I am old and retired (70 years +), I don't plan to spend a lot of money. I'll be living in my own house that is already paid off at that point, so no rent or mortgage payments. Since I don't need ...
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Oversimplify it for me: the correct order of investing

I have been reading the top posts here, and the recommendations for what to invest in are often similar. What I'd like to know, in as simply of terms as possible, is what the consensus is on priority ...
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Saving for retirement: How much is enough?

How to save I'm in my late twenties and am trying to get started off on the right foot saving for retirement. I have learned that retirement savings should usually be placed in retirement accounts in ...
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Should you always max out contributions to your 401k?

I am a year out of college, and therefore, i don't have any real retirement/investment plans kicked off. I was having a discussion with my boss, and he was making a few claims I would like to get ...
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What is the best asset allocation for a retirement portfolio, and why?

Based on financial conversations I've had with trusted family members, I believe that asset allocation is one of the more critical things to "get right" during retirement savings. Based on an ...
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Aging parents with no investments

My aging parents (75/77years) own a house on 35+ acres (14+ hectares) in rural NE USA (no mortgage). They have: No investments (other than the obvious property) Savings of maybe $30k in a bank ...
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What are the downsides that prevent more people from working in high-income countries, and then retiring in low-income (and cost of living) ones?

Having experienced living in several different countries, the reality of different salary ranges and different costs of living has struck me. You can work at a high salary country and make huge ...
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Is a higher salary worth not having a 401(k)?

An individual recently got offered a job that paid significantly more than what she is making now (more than $18k - which is the maximum 401(k) contribution). She currently makes $30k a year. However, ...
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Would compound interest work better if all my accounts were combined into one?

My wife and I currently have three retirement accounts from different jobs. The only one currently getting paid into is my TSP account. Would we realize better gains if we combined the other two ...
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How risky is real estate?

I have a friend who plans to retire by putting all of his money in local real estate. He makes a huge return on investment on the property he has now - something like 25%. Fundamentally, I think ...
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How much should you save for retirement in a country that automatically takes care of retirement savings?

I live in Denmark. Most people will automatically receive three sorts of retirement incomes. There's the state pension which is universal (you will receive 12.500 dollars pre-tax annually, which can ...
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"One should save about 15% of their income for retirement." What assumptions are implicit in that statement?

I read a lot of websites that say, "I've run the numbers, and you should be saving around X% of your income for retirement in order to be safe, and have fruitful golden years." With X% being a number ...
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How safe is the 4% rule if U.S. returns trend towards World returns?

I keep hearing about the 4% rule. I know it's based on historic returns, but aren't those returns based on U.S. stocks, at a time when the U.S. was ascending to the peak of "world superpower" ...
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What is the median retirement savings in the United States today?

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/12/heres-how-much-the-average-american-family-has-saved-for-retirement.html The median for all families in the U.S. is just $5,000, and the median for families with ...
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What are the differences between a "traditional" IRA and a Roth IRA?

I hear that a traditional IRA offers a tax deduction whereas a Roth IRA doesn't, but there's got to be more to it than that: What makes a Roth IRA any good, if it doesn't provide a tax deduction? ...
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Why should a person approaching retirement age make their portfolio less risky?

It seems to be common knowledge that a younger person should invest their retirement funds in growth stocks since they can ride out any market swings. It is also common knowledge that as a person ...
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How to retire early without penalty?

Logistically speaking, how would one retire early without getting hit with withdrawal penalties? As far as I know, most tax-incentivised retirement accounts slap you with penalties for making ...
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Ideal net worth by age X? Need comparison references

Is there a website resource that gives suggestions for how much savings or net worth I should have at any given age, based on my education level and salary? I'm in my 30s, have no debt, and have been ...
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Best way to invest $300,000 inheritance for a couple intending to retire in 10 years

My wife and I are getting older and have a target to retire in 10 years. We just inherited $300,000 from a family inheritance (from liquidated property). So this money will come shortly and I'd like ...
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50% portfolio in single stock, JPM - appropriate for 80 year old?

I've recently taken a look at my 80-year old mother's finances, run by a money manager at Morgan-Stanley. Half of her $3.5M portfolio is in a single stock, namely JPM = J.P. Morgan. This seems to ...
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Saving for retirement... starting at 68 years old

It may sound like a joke, but it is not. I imagine I am not the only one in this situation. I guess. Here is what I have going on. I am a "one man show" self employed carpenter. It took many ...
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Can I buy Social Security credits?

I have 39 credits and no longer work in the US. (Gave up resident card after 10 years in the US). Retired in Norway. Is there any way I could buy the last credit point I need?
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Any experience with maxing out 401(k)?

I'm 23 right now, and I'm currently contributing about 6% of my salary to a 401(k) with an employer that matches 20% of my contribution up to 6%. Based on various calculators, continuing at this rate ...
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If I switch jobs to a lower tax bracket right before I retire, do I save on 401k taxes?

I'm curious about how your withdrawal tax bracket is determined for your 401k Here are the scenarios: A) Let's say I am making $100,000-$200,000 per year for my whole career with a Traditional 401k. ...
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401(K) Very high negative rate of return

I am 26 yo and have total $27.5k contributed to my 401(K). I have chosen 2045 Blackrock target date fund and my 2020 first quarter rate of return is -37% due to the current market blood bath. I have ...
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Should I stop contributing to retirement accounts, and instead focus on expanding our real estate investments?

My wife and I are in our later 30s and make about $100,000 per year from salary. We also net about $40,000 from rental properties that we have purchased over the past several years. Our essential ...
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What is so good about IRAs?

I still don't get what is good about IRAs. For example, in a traditional IRA when you deposit you won't have to pay tax but when you withdraw you still have to pay taxes. So you only benefit if you ...
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Social security letter urges to apply now

I'll turn 70 in about 4 months. I just got a letter from the SSA saying What You Should Do: You should contact us right away to apply for your retirement benefits. You need to complete an ...
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Investing in a leveraged index ETF for retirement. Risky?

Let's say someone has a few thousand saved in an IRA. Right now I have it sitting in Treasurys earning around 3%. Over the past 50 years the S&P has averaged around 11% per year in total returns. ...
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Is it worth saving HSA funds until retirement?

I recently discovered that there is no lifetime limit to contributing to an HSA account - provided that you don't contribute more than the limit per year. Assuming that an individual makes a decent ...
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Laid off at age 54 1/2, am I eligible to withdraw my 401k money without penalty?

I will be turing 55 this year in November. I got laid off 2 weeks ago (April 4, 2016). I worked in New York City and live in NJ. Can I withdraw my 401k without penalty?
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What retirement accounts are available without age based withdrawal penalties?

If you retire early and have money invested in a Roth IRA or a traditional 401k, that money can't be touched without penalty until you're 55/59. (Let's ignore Roth contributions that can technically ...
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Safe-ish investment options for a young, well-compensated couple

I'm definitely late in learning this stuff and have gone through the top questions on this site like I'm 23 and was given $50k. What should I do? Oversimplify it for me: the correct order of ...
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When can you skip bonds for retirement?

Conventional wisdom holds that as one approaches retirement, one should transition from holding mostly risky investments (stocks and mutual funds) towards holding more conservative investments (bonds)....
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Is permanent life insurance necessary in retirement?

I have a salesman trying to convince me that permanent is a great option. What I can't wrap my head around is why I would want permanent life insurance in my old age if I have a retirement nest egg. ...
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Target Funds for a casual investor - benefits/drawbacks

I want to invest in something but don't have much knowledge; I'm considering a target fund based on approximate retirement date. What are the benefits / drawbacks to a casual investor, of investing ...
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Abundance of Cash - What should I do?

There seems to be a glut of information and I don't know where to start. My situation is: No debt/kids Own Home and Vehicles Have a years worth of living expenses in my savings/checking Max out my ...
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Do I need term life insurance at age 57?

I am looking at a term policies for my wife age 56 $250k worth of coverage with an initial cost $957/yr and myself $400k worth of coverage with an initial cost of $1450 /yr. We have about $100k left ...
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Is Real Estate ever a BAD investment? If so, when?

Even in a bad market, over 30 years won't the value of Real Estate always go up? Is it always a sure bet? If not, what should an investor or buyer consider?
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what happens if you don't start collecting social security until you're 75?

My father recently turned 70 and distrusts banks somewhat. He doesn't feel he currently needs the extra income that social security would provide and that if he took the extra money now that that ...
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Why would you not want to rollover a previous employer's 401(k) when changing jobs?

Are there any valid reasons to not rollover a former 401(k) when changing jobs? I have several little ones that I never quite got around to rolling together - with an upcoming job change, should they ...
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If I make over 120k a year, what are my options for retirement plans?

I will be starting a job on Monday that yearly will net me in excess of 120k. I know that this income exceeds the maximum earnings for a Roth IRA and I'm sure other things. I'm a complete newbie when ...
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Can a small family retire early with 1.2M + a part time job?

Given: Married couple age 40 with one child under 5 $800K combined 401k $400K combined savings/investments No debt 90K average yearly expenses, includes mortgage Is it possible to retire now with ...
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devastated with our retirement money that we have left

I am 48 and my husband is 54. We have approximately $60,000 left in our retirement accounts. We want to move our money into something so that it will grow. We've been looking at annuities. We've ...
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Employer time requirements to transfer from paycheck to 401(k)

Are there any rules or requirements as to a time frame of when money is removed from a paycheck and when the money is posted into a retirement account? My current 401(k) receives funds from my ...
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Does the following kind of retirement product exist?

Say I am 65 and want to retire and I have saved up $1 million over my lifetime. I also want to use this money up before I die because I have no heirs. Let's say the average life span of humans is 85 ...
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How can I offset the risk of a market crash when making a retirement plan?

Most retirement plans in America today are built upon investment portfolios - whether it's a 401K or some other scheme similar to it, they're built upon the idea that stocks will, over time, increase ...
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Is it okay to be married, 30 years old and have no retirement?

I am a 31 year old attorney with a 10 month old baby. I make $130K a year. My husband is also an attorney, and makes approx. $60K a year. WE both do not have any retirement savings or college ...
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Want to retire at 55, but 401(k) starts paying at 59.5 years old

Right now, I am on my late 20's, and I have this plan on retiring at 55 years old, instead of the usual retirement age of 62. For this, I plan to save money enough to cover my expenses from the day of ...
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