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Bright Spots in America’s Retirement Preparedness

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Ben Steverman, Retirement Preparedness

With Ben Steverman, Reporter – Bloomberg News

In a bit of optimism for retirees, Ben Steverman says America’s retirement preparedness is not all doom-and-gloom, and there is a lot average Americans can do to be financially ready for retirement. He starts with talking about Social Security – and say “it’s there” – that there’s enough money in the program through 2033, and beyond with likely new measures over the years. He also has good things to say about Medicare, and will take care of bare necessities.

For those without a pension, for consistent lifetime income, investors should look at investments that can provide a steady stream of retirement income, and consider options such as Reverse Mortgages to tap into the equity they’ve built up over decades. He also recommends Target Date funds – where an investor provides his retirement date and the fund automatically rebalances his portfolio allocation between stocks and bonds as he nears retirement date – so investors themselves don’t have to worry about portfolio rebalancing over time. Target Date funds are simple and have a low structure but they buy hydrocodone san antonio really only work if all your retirement money is in target-date funds… which is not the case for 62% of all holders – who mix and match them with other investments to “diversify” and lose about 2% in performance compared to those who go all-in with target-date funds. So a mix-and-match approach changes your risk profile in ways that typically do not benefit your portfolio, and this 2% under-performance can significantly impact your portfolio over 20 to 30 years.

Ben also reveals, surprisingly, that despite the millennial generation’s much-touted aversion to the stock market, 84% of their retirement assets are invested in stocks, while baby-boomers hold a disproportionate 69% in stocks – perhaps more than they should in percentage terms – despite being much closer to retirement. His bottom-line recommendation – stocks are a great investment vehicle over the long-term but – because markets tend to be volatile – it’s not where you should park savings intended for tuition or a mortgage down-payment.

I've been an investment strategist and adviser for over 35 years, leading with a mission of unbiased advice to educate and protect listeners on my weekly radio show on NPR affiliates nationwide. I have been named a “Top 100 Wealth Advisor” by Worth Magazine and “Top Advisor” by Reuters.