3 Steps Retirement Investors Must Take Now To Survive This Market


By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire

Is the recent volatility a prelude to worse to come? Or just another scary bump in a near six-year bull market that still has legs? Neither I nor anyone else knows the answer. But I can tell you this: It would be foolish not to take the recent turmoil as an opportunity to re-evaluate your retirement investing strategy. More»

3 Little Mistakes That Can Sink Your Retirement

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire


We think it’s the big mistakes that cost us in retirement, like hiring an unscrupulous adviser or funneling savings into a risky investment that goes belly up. Major errors can certainly hurt. But the smaller seemingly sensible decisions we make without really examining the rationale behind them can also come back to bite us in the… More»

Should I Buy Stocks Now—Or Is The Market Ready to Dive?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire


 Ask Real Deal Retirement

I’ve been sitting on the sidelines as the stock market has climbed in recent years. I want to invest, but I’m afraid I’ll buy in at the top and lose big. Should I invest now, despite the recent turmoil? Or should I wait and get in at the beginning of the next bull market? More»

How Smart An Investor Are You? Try This Quiz

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire


It’s been easy to score big gains in stocks the past few years. But if the recent turmoil in the continues, you’re going to need more than luck to succeed. To find out how savvy you actually are about investing, take this quiz. More»

How To Build A $1 Million IRA

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report recently showing that more than 630,000 IRAs had balances greater than $1 million—and 314 had balances of more than $25 million. I’ll leave the policy discussions to others. This column is for people who might be interested joining the ranks of the IRA millionaires and are wondering: Can a regular Joe really save enough to end up with a $1 million IRA? More»

How To Handle 3 Big Risks That Can Burn You

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire


Ask Real Deal Retirement

People always talk about “risk” in investing articles, but rarely explain what they mean by it. What sorts of risks should I be concerned about when investing and planning for retirement and what can I do about them?


3 Ways To Prevent Overconfidence From Derailing Your Retirement Plans

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire


Confidence can be a powerful force. RAND Corporation researchers have found that people who felt confident were more likely to plan for retirement than those who were more tentative. But confidence can cut both ways. More»