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Why You Need To Be Careful With Bond Funds

Not all investors understand the inverse relationship that exits between bonds and interest rates; the fact is when interest rates rise, bond values go down.  To understand this concept let’s break this down to see how a bond works.  Bonds have a stated maturity and a stated interest rate that they declare when they are issued.  The most common types of bonds today are government and co...
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Order of Returns Risks Within an Income Portfolio

One of the elements that greatly magnifies the withdrawal risk is the Order of Returns Principle. When your portfolio has losing years it can affect its ability to last through life expectancy more than anything else. The graphs below illustrate this. What’s interesting to note about this graph is that both portfolios earned 8.03% and both Ron and Barb withdrew the same percentage for incom...
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How Much of Your Retirement Savings Can You Afford to Lose?

  Of course when most people answer this question they will usually say, “I can’t afford to lose any of it!” So, with a retirement portfolio that has exposure to the stock market in the form of individual stocks or stock mutual funds, let’s first define a loss.  The easiest way would be when you receive your next month’s statement and you see that your portfolio value has dropped from...
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Life Is More Enjoyable After Retirement

  "Enjoyment of everyday activities increases after retirement, a study from Australia has found."   The heightened level of enjoyment lasts at least a year after a retiree stops working full time, researchers report in the journal Age and Ageing. There is conflicting evidence about changes in enjoyment and happiness when people retire, coauthor Tim Olds of the University of ...
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