5 Retirement Investing Pitches You Should Ignore

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By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire

You’re probably already wise to many schemes designed to separate you from your money—emails from Nigerian princes, phishing scams, etc. But does your BS detector go off when confronted with slick come-ones for perfectly legal-but-dubious investments? To see, check out these five pitches that are often targeted to people investing for retirement. More»

Are You Smart Enough To Boost Your 401(k)’s Return? Take This 5-Question Quiz

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire

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Can knowing more about investing and finances boost your 401(k)’s returns? A recent study suggests that may be the case. But you don’t have to be a savant to improve performance. Even if you don’t know a qualified dividend from a capital gain, lessons from this research can help you fatten your investment accounts.

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Can I Double My Nest Egg In the Final Decade of My Career?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire

Nest Eggs

Ask Real Deal Retirement

My wife and I are in our 50s and contribute 12% of our salary each year to our retirement accounts that we invest in a mix of 90% stocks and 10% bonds. We would like to double the size of our nest by the time we retire at 65. Are we being too aggressive?

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5 Things You Need To Know About Reverse Mortgages

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire

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Ask Real Deal Retirement

I’ve seen a lot of commercials on TV about reverse mortgages.  How do they work and who should consider a reverse mortgage, if anyone?

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Doing An IRA Rollover? Ask These 3 Questions To Avoid Getting Fleeced

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire

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To you, the money you’re thinking of rolling over into an IRA represents a lifetime of saving you’re counting on to sustain you in retirement. But to some financial advisers, it’s a commission honey pot. So before you move it anywhere, be sure to ask yourself these three questions. More»

How Can I Save on Retirement Investing Fees?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire

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Ask Real Deal Retirement

I’ve got most of my retirement savings in a managed account run by an investment firm for an overall cost of just under 1% of assets a year. Is there a way I can pay less?

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Americans’ Top 3 Excuses for Not Saving—And Why They Don’t Hold Up

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire

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Saving money is tough. So it’s no surprise that we come up with all sorts of reasons we just can’t save as much as we should. But are these legitimate excuses, or rationalizations? To see, I checked out the section of BlackRock’s 2014 U.S. Investor Pulse Survey that deals with reasons people find it difficult to save scrutiny.

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