Dec 26 2016

The near extinct pension – US pensions aggressively invest in equities relative to other countries to make up for shortfalls.

The pension is nearly extinct.  Overly optimistic returns left many pension plans practically insolvent and not ready to adapt to a low yield environment.  The benefit of pensions however is that it forced people to save over time for retirement.  What we have learned via the 401k is that when left to their own devices, […]

Dec 17 2016

The 401k has been a disaster for most Americans: Only 44 percent of private sector workers participate in a defined contribution plan.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.  If this is true, most Americans are planning to live in retirement with very little money and are going to rely heavily on Social Security to get by.  That is the case today where most retirees get the bulk of their income from Social Security.  Back when the […]

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Aug 27 2016

The focus on 401ks has destroyed the retirement for millions of Americans over the last generation.

Over the last generation there has been a shift from pensions to do it yourself 401k plans.  The idea was pitched during a time when the stock market was in a bull run and Wall Street was excited to open up additional streams of revenue.  But now a generation later, the results are rather clear.  […]

Aug 18 2015

Get used to the idea that you will never retire: GAO report shows that half of Americans 55 and older have no retirement savings at all.

Some of you might remember the glossy highly produced advertisements back in the early 1980s when Wall Street decided it was time to turn American retirement plans into casinos.  The slow and agonizing death of the pension plan was supposed to be replaced by the beautiful and wonderful world of the 401(k) plan.  Save for […]

Apr 12 2015

The new American retirement plan equates to working forever: Nonexistent nest eggs and most Americans are bad at planning as to how long they will live.

The idea of retirement is a modern one especially when it comes to saving and having a nest egg.  In the past, retirement was only a luxury afforded to a small number of wealthy families.  The rest of the population was destined to work until they died.  That may seem harsh but that is historical […]

Nov 15 2014

Winging it through retirement: 30 percent of Americans have no retirement savings.

Planning for retirement does not happen overnight.  You need to diligently plan and sock away savings like a squirrel stocking up for the season.  Many Americans have no retirement savings and more troubling, many near retirement face a compressed timeline where they will need to save or face a massive decline in living standards in […]

Aug 23 2014

New definition of retirement = work until you die: Half of Americans have little to no savings for what will likely be a long and drawn out retirement.

The ideal vision of retirement is one of constant leisure supported by a sizable nest egg. Building a nest egg takes decades of discipline and careful planning. Unfortunately, many Americans did not adequately prepare and combined with the casino like financial system, many have been washed out of the system. Many retiring baby boomers are […]

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