How much can I withdraw per year from my retirement account?

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This is a great question which I believe far too little time is spent thinking about.  In their post “Living to 100 and Beyond: Creating the Infinite Portfolio” The blog “Invest It Wisely” is one of the only places where I have seen this question … [Read more...]

Are your investments about to drop off the fiscal cliff?

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What is the fiscal cliff? The fiscal cliff is really two separate events that will be occurring around the same time: Increased Tax Rates For 2013 (including the expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts) A Dramatic Decrease In Government … [Read more...]

Convertible Bond Funds: Equity market returns with less risk?

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Convertible bond funds, are bond mutual funds and ETFs that invest in bonds which can be converted into stock at a fixed price.  If the stock does well, convertible bondholders benefit.  On the other hand, if the company goes into bankruptcy, … [Read more...]

Negative Returns On CDs! Junk Bonds paying under 10%! What’s an investor to do?

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(September 2012) I knew all the individual numbers but, I did not put it together until I read Philip Brewer’s article “Savings Rates Below Inflation, Save Anyway” Do CDs really have negative returns?  After inflation and taxes, a 2 year CD has an … [Read more...]

Bill Gross is Bullish On Municipal Bonds (Bearish On Treasuries)

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PIMCO’s flagship fund cut its treasury holdings by ⅓ in August. PIMCO’s BOND ETF has 10% of its assets in municipal bonds. (FYI - We list BOND’s five largest municipal holdings at the end of this article. New Yorkers, you’re in … [Read more...]

3 Income Investing Ideas: Dividend Stocks, High Yield Bonds, MLPs

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(September 2012) While our parents' generation may have expected their retirement to last 10 or 15 years, couples today expect their retirements to last 27 years on average (according to a survey by investment manager BlackRock). The change in … [Read more...]

Retirement Investing: How To Guarantee Yourself A Regular Income Check

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Unfortunately, very few of us have access to pension plan which will provide a regular check for a fixed dollar amount when we retire.  We may be entitled to Social Security, but the small size of the check may still force us to rely on our savings … [Read more...]

4 Strikes Against Municipal Bonds? (Wait, aren’t there only 3 strikes per out?)

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Ronald Delegge (of etfguide.com) recently wrote “4 Strikes Against Municipal Bonds” for Advisor One.  In the article, he makes the case against investing in municipal bonds.  I could not disagree more with the article.   Let’s start with his 4 … [Read more...]

CDs are Better Than Bonds For Short-Term Investments

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Certificate of Deposit yields are low, very low.  For locking up your money for 5 years, you will receive less than 2.0%.  It almost doesn’t seem worth it.  However, its important to understand that investing is about getting the best returns … [Read more...]

Defined Maturity Bond Funds – Don’t Confuse These Great Products With Target Date Funds

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Defined maturity funds, which are also known as target maturity bond funds, have been around for a few years, but have yet to become very popular.  Once interest rates start rising, we believe that many investors will start switching from traditional … [Read more...]

The “Risk Tolerance” Mistake That Could Lead You To Financial Disaster

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I read a number of great personal finance blogs including the Oblivious Investor written by Michael Piper.  Recently, I found a guest post by him on the Bible Money Matters blog, called How To Determine Your Risk Tolerance.  In the article, he … [Read more...]