Interest rates are one of the key tools that the Federal Reserve has to manage the economy. Changing how much it costs to borrow money can slow down an economy or give a the economy a nudge.
I have taken the Retirement Income Style Awareness™ Profile. Is it helpful to use this with a financial professional?
Here, we address whether or not you feel it would be helpful to share your personal RISA™ results with a financial professional.
We were able to categorize next steps after the RISA™ into five groups.
We asked RISA™ participants if they felt the results were accurate; did the RISA™ “capture the essence of their style?”
In the spirit of transparency, we are continuing to refine a scale to determine your retirement income style. I thought it would be a good idea to share with all of you some of the feedback we have received from the RISA™’s release in early 2020.
The Federal Reserve’s decision to cut its benchmark federal funds rate from 1% to a range of 0% raises significant questions for those reassessing their retirement nest egg—a common occurrence following a dramatic selloff in equities according to research conducted by Indiana University’s Alessandro Previtero —and the value of annuities in providing guaranteed lifetime income.
As the stock market experienced unprecedented growth over the past eleven years, many people were naturally less interested in the lifetime income options from pensions or annuities. Who wouldn’t rather have all the assets today so they can invest them with the idea of earning high returns?
Consider three scenarios: An individual investing a lump-sum amount for thirty yearsAn individual saving a fixed percentage of a constant inflation-adjusted salary at the end of each year over a thirty-year accumulation periodAn individual withdrawing the maximum sustainable constant inflation-adjusted amount from…
A simple approach for building a financial plan is to decide on a rate of return for the investment portfolio and to plug that value into a spreadsheet to represent assumed asset growth. Historical data may be used to calculate historical average…
Adjustments for Current Bond Yields An important consideration is that current interest rates are lower than the historical averages. The historical average return is not relevant for someone seeking to estimate future market returns from today’s starting point. The general problem with…