28 Jul 2017

New Study Again Cites Importance of Low Fund Fees

It is widely regarded in the modern world that the earth revolves around the sun. Now, it is time for more investors to understand that the fees charged to manage your mutual funds in a 401(k) and elsewhere all reduce your net investment returns. There is a direct connection: the

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19 Jul 2017

Wall Street’s Continued Self Delusion

For highly-trained and well-compensated financial experts who routinely delve into the outer limits of stochastic calculus, Black Scholes and Finite Difference Method techniques of numerical options pricing, Wall Street does a lousy job of gauging public opinion. Like most people who have to give self-evaluations and the old saw that

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03 Jul 2017

Why Retirement Planners Should Be Depressed

Good workers in a corporate society are commonly expected to bracket their personal biases and emotions when they enter the workplace. While this may be changing as more corporations adopt a “work-life balance” position, the majority of people in retirement planning industry, including writers who regularly cover this topic, have

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18 May 2017

Whatever Happened to Longevity Annuities?

Once upon, in a galaxy far, far away, concerned elected officials cared about the retirement needs of their many millions of citizens. But those days are over. Today, retirement security continues to be an elusive goal for millions who most likely will never be able to retire and enjoy their

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12 Apr 2017

What Happens When Corporations Hate Their Own Customers

The current commentary explosion on social media of Chicago airport security guards forcibly pulling a man off a United Airlines plane is deeply disturbing because everyone who has flown can relate to some degree of passenger mistreatment. Of course, we have not been pulled from our seats in a closed

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29 Mar 2017

Planning for Retirement Just Got Much Harder

If you thought planning for retirement was difficult, it just got a lot harder. That’s because saving for retirement must now account for two major life changes: you are living longer and you won’t make much on your investments. Now, living longer is considered a good thing since science and

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24 Mar 2017

Fiduciary and Ethical Problems Could be a Minefield for TDFs

The $1.3 trillion Target Date Fund market is not all it’s cracked up to be. That should come as a big surprise to millions of people who own these funds through their employers’ 401(k) plans, as well as other who were sold a simple, easy-to-understand, hands-off investment product that would

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06 Mar 2017

Trump Declares War Against Investors

It certainly is no surprise that the Trump Administration has declared war on individual investors and will only make it more difficult for millions of Americans to have a financially secure retirement. For millions, there may be no retirement at all or certainly one which will have a lower quality

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24 Feb 2017

The Darkest View of Retirement and Income Inequality

An earlier post on this site (Feb. 23, 2017) pointed out the retirement crisis in America is not getting any attention. But just because it is not getting noticed, it does not mean the crisis will go away. On the contrary, it will only get worse, aggravated by the nation’s wealth gap and attempts to alter Social Security,

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09 Feb 2017

Judge Rules Conflict-of-Interest Has No Place in Investing, But Investors Must Still Beware

When a federal court judge ruled on Feb. 8, 2017 that the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule must still stand despite furious protests from the financial services lobby, it did not mean individual investors would automatically be protected from errant financial rep who continue to sell products that are

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