Saving for Retirement


More Than 40% of Americans Are Wrong About Their Retirement Preparedness. Are You One Of Them?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

A new study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRRBC) says that more than half of working-age Americans are at risk of seeing their standard of living drop in retirement. No shocker there. Many surveys and studies show that many, if not most, workers are well behind when it comes to preparing for retirement. What is surprising, though, is the number of people the researchers identified who believe they’re on track to a secure retirement but aren’t and, conversely, how many are worried they’re falling short but are actually doing fine. More»


Think You’re Ready To Retire? Better Ask Yourself These 3 Questions First

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

When researchers for a recent IPSOS/USA Today survey asked 45-to-65-year olds how prepared they felt for retirement 59% responded that they felt very or somewhat prepared. The same percentage said they expected to rely mostly or entirely on their own savings to fund their post-career life. Asked how much savings they had, however, only about a third had set aside even $250,000, while another third had saved less than $100,000. All of which suggests some people could be in for a rude awakening come retirement time. To get a better handle on whether you’re really on track when it comes to retirement, ask yourself these three key questions. More»


Don’t Let “Trump-O-Mania” Divert You From Your Retirement Strategy

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump. Trump. Everywhere you turn these days people are hypothesizing about ways a Trump administration might affect your retirement prospects. But while this unrelenting focus may be understandable (and even possibly helpful), it can also be a bothersome distraction perhaps even enticing you to make moves you may later regret. Here’s how to put “Trump-o-mania” in perspective and keep your focus on preparing sensibly for retirement. More»


Is A 15% Savings Rate Adequate For A Secure Retirement?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

Ask Real Deal Retirement

I’ve heard that I should save 15% of salary a year, if not more, for retirement. Is that figure correct and does it include any matching contributions my employer makes to my retirement account? More»


5 Ways You May Be Fooling Yourself About Your Retirement Planning

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s latest Retirement Confidence Survey, 63% of workers claimed they were very or somewhat confident of having enough money for a comfortable post-career life. But when you look at how little many people have stashed away for retirement—the average 401(k) balance is less than $100,000—you have to wonder how accurate their self-assessment is. So how can you tell whether you’re being realistic about your retirement planning efforts or deluding yourself? Here are five ways. More»


Do You Have Enough Retirement Savings For Your Age?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

Ask Real Deal Retirement

I’m in my mid-40s and have about $700,000 in retirement accounts. Is that amount in the upper range for someone my age and does that figure put me on track toward a secure retirement?