How To Build A Simple-But-Effective Retirement Portfolio

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

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I like the idea of investing my retirement savings in low-cost index funds, but trying to pick them is exhausting. Any suggestions? More»

Is Now The Right Time To Invest My Retirement Savings In The Stock Market?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

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I pulled my retirement savings out of the stock market just before Brexit and then kept it out because I was worried about what might happen to stocks in view of the elections. I'd like to get back in but I'm not sure this is the right time. What's your advice on how and when I should start getting back into the market? More»

Why Dow 20,000 Is A Meaningless Milestone You Can Largely Ignore

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

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Should I Invest $1 Million Of My Retirement Savings In An Annuity?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

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I'm 59 years old and plan on retiring within the next year. My adviser is recommending that I invest $1 million, about 25% of my nest egg, in annuities to generate retirement income. That percentage seems high to me. Is there a rule of thumb about how big a role annuities should play in one's retirement strategy? More»

The Big Lesson From 2016 You Should Apply To Your Retirement Planning

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

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In a year that witnessed one of the most divisive and wackiest presidential election campaigns in U.S. history, it's not hard to find lessons that can apply to various aspects of your life. But when it comes to takeaways that can improve your retirement planning and investing, I think there's one big lesson we should all draw from 2016: Don't let the constant flow of predictions and prognostications about the markets and the economy—no matter how prescient they may seem— More»

What Size Nest Egg Do I Need For A Secure Retirement?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

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My husband and I are retired, but aren't sure whether we have enough in savings to see us through retirement. Is there a specific amount we should have? How can we tell how much is enough? More»