A Geezer Journalist’s Financial Advice For College Grads

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By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement, @RealDealRetire

[Editor’s note: This column originally appeared a year ago. The advice still applies today, so I’ve re-published it for 2018 grads. Enjoy!]

It’s that time of year again, when politicians, activists, business honchos and other luminaries don cap and gown to dispense sage advice to newly minted college grads in the time-honored form of commencement speeches. Somehow I didn’t receive a request to speak. Maybe my less-than-cum laude record as a student at Penn more than 40 years ago scared schools off. But I’ve never been one to let the mere lack of an invitation stop me from weighing in. So here, from someone who’s spent the bulk of his career writing about personal finance, are five tips and observations designed to help recent grads get onto the right financial path. More»

How Should I Invest My Nest Egg For Maximum Retirement Income?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

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I’m in my mid 60s and have about $1.2 million I would like to invest for the maximum income possible for the rest of my life. I don’t care for stocks or bonds because I hate the idea of seeing the value of my savings drop if the market has a correction. And I don’t understand annuities. Any suggestions?

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4 Key Steps You Should Take When Buying An Annuity

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

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I would like to buy an immediate annuity, but I want to know that I’m getting one from a reliable company. How can I do that?

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Should I Follow An Adviser’s Recommendation To Move Half of My Savings Into An Annuity?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

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I’m 64 and recently met with a financial adviser who wants me to invest $400,000 of my $800,000 portfolio in an annuity. I read some nasty reviews of this annuity, but the adviser says it’s the best annuity out there. What do you suggest I do? More»

What Exactly Is An Immediate Annuity—And How Does One Work?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

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I often hear people who want monthly payments in retirement refer to immediate annuities. Can you tell me what an immediate annuity is and how it works? More»

Should I Get Out Of The Market Until It Returns To Sanity?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

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I own several stock index funds that were doing well until the market’s recent setbacks. I’m afraid that a trade war or some other catalyst will spark a big downturn and I’ll lose most of my money. Should I sell and stay out of the market until sanity returns? Or should I just hold on?

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How Can I Tell If I’ll Have Enough Saved To Cover My Spending In Retirement?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

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Most retirement projections seem to be based on how much income you’ll need in retirement. But shouldn’t my planning be based on how much I’ll actually spend after I retire? How do I figure out what my spending might be and whether I’ll be able to meet my spending needs? More»