A few years ago, the Secure Retirement Institute developed a model designed to drive home an important but often overlooked fact: Inflation is a real danger to those nearing or in retirement, perhaps the greatest threat of all. The Secure Retirement Model showed what inflation could do to the average Social Security benefit during a [...]
Noticed or not, inflation is real, and it can vary widely based on an individual’s circumstances. What can a traditionally conservative investor do to make sure their FDIC insured Certificate of Deposit keeps up with or even beats the current inflation rate?
Annuities are designed as long term vehicles to be used later in life — at least until age 59 ½. To make annuity owners focus on their use later in life, the IRS imposes a 10% additional tax for any annuity accessed before that age minimum of 59 ½. The tax is in addition to any income taxes which may also be due on a pre-59 ½ distributions.
What does risk mean when it is concerning your retirement accounts? How do you determine your risk exposure? When considering risk decisions regarding retirement accounts the two most important factors are your current age and the number of years before you retire because as you age, you have fewer years to recoup market losses. Moving to more stable and safe options as we age can help remove the risk factor on a portion of your accounts.
What is the risk when using US Treasury Bills, US Treasury Notes, and US Treasury Securities as an investment vehicle? The danger is inflation.
Inflation is the rise over time in the price of goods and services. Is a loaf of bread higher than it as the year you were born? Inflation is measured as a annual percentage, the same way interest rates are measured as a annual percentage. Is inflation a bad thing? Not necessarily. It means prices are rising because demand is rising, so it is the result of a growing economy. In a healthy economy, wages rise at the same rate as prices. So in a healthy economy, inflation always rises, meaning the same dollar amount is worth less five years from now. Sounds pretty healthy, doesn’t it? Inflation hurts interest rates because lenders know the longer it takes you to repay the loan, the less the money is worth.