Jun 11 2013

A wing and a prayer retirement plan: Two-thirds of Americans are not saving enough for retirement. Income inequality at record levels in the US.

It is interesting to see what passes for financial journalism in the press.  This morning a guest was on one of the major news stations and she was mentioning that Americans need to save $1 million or more to retire comfortably.  In the next sentence, she mentioned that two-thirds of Americans don’t even save enough […]

May 11 2013

What does it mean to be retired in the United States? The age of disappearing pensions, dependence on Social Security, and stock market speculation.

A few days ago the stock market experienced a mini panic as someone hacked a reputable news source Twitter account and posted a sensational headline.  The markets quickly reacted to this news.  What was troubling is many algorithm-based trading systems are setup to scour internet information for these kinds of dramatic changes.  Many of the […]

Feb 28 2013

New model of retirement, aka working forever. Americans woefully underprepared to face retirement and half of households have zero retirement plan.

Most Americans are incredibly unprepared when it comes to retirement.  The goal posts keep shifting.  Now for full retirement under Social Security people will need to retire at 67 versus 65.  What is rarely discussed is that rising Medicare premiums are being taken out of monthly payments so the amount being received is already shrinking […]

Dec 15 2012

New Retirement Model of Working into Old Age – Baby Boomers hitting retirement age with little to no savings.

The fiscal issues facing the country are troubling for a variety of reasons but one big reason is the reality that many older Americans simply do not have enough money to retire.  The idea of entering your golden years without the need of working is a relatively modern one.  In fact, it was the generation […]

Jul 26 2012

Retirement means having to work in current economy – new survey shows 34 percent of workers in their 60s do not plan on retiring. The hunger for higher yields in a weak stock market.

The chase for yield is causing money to flow into unlikely places in the market.  The low performance market has taken a toll on retirement planning models for millions of Americans nearing retirement age.  Many of the models were built on the assumption that stock market gains would return 7 to 10 percent annual gains […]

May 28 2012

Saying goodbye to the middle class concept of retirement – many workers plan to work up until they are 80 well beyond the typical life expectancy of Americans. How long will $25,000 last in retirement?

The romantic concept of being able to retire on a sunny beach with endless drinks is a modern notion largely pushed by mainstream advertising.  It is hard for many middle class Americans to imagine a world where retirement is a luxury for the very few.  However that is the path we are now following.  The […]

Jan 2 2012

Welcome to the new model of retirement. No retirement. In 1983 over 60 percent of American workers had some kind of defined-benefit plan. Today less than 20 percent have access to a plan and the majority of retired Americans largely rely on Social Security as their de facto retirement plan.

As many Americans enter into retirement they are realizing one unfortunate thing.  The new retirement plan is no retirement at all.  Over the last few decades Americans were promised the idea of a comfortable retirement yet none of this has materialized because of financial swindling and a real estate bubble that will go down in […]

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