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One Bad Decision Is All It Takes

One Bad Decision Is All It Takes

There is a saying in professional golf that, “You can’t win a tournament on Thursday, but you sure can lose it.”  For the golf uninitiated, every professional golf tournament starts on Thursday and concludes on Sunday.  So, a good round on Thursday can put you in position to win with three rounds to go, but a terrible round on Thursday is likely to result in missing the cut and any chance at a paycheck. Retirement planning follows a very similar…

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New Page: Retirement Resources

New Page: Retirement Resources

The post this week is not a typical one.  I hope it is obvious based on my website name plus the content that I write that I am passionate about the subject of retirement planning.  I am also passionate about #RetirementLiteracy and improving the lives of retirees everywhere. There are many issues that I believe retirees should be educated about prior to turning in their retirement papers but often are not.  This is true regardless of net worth and regardless of…

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Why Saving In Your 60’s Is So Important – It’s Not the Reason You Think

Why Saving In Your 60’s Is So Important – It’s Not the Reason You Think

When I speak to folks that are in their final stretch leading up to retirement, one topic that often comes up is how much they should be saving.  While the simplest answer is “as much as possible”, I wanted to provide some additional perspective on why saving as much as possible in the homestretch to retirement is so important. It’s not the reason you think. Let’s say that you just turned 60 and you are thinking that you could squeeze…

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Lifeboat Drills

Lifeboat Drills

The last time you were on an airplane, do you remember what the flight attendants did before takeoff?  Of course you do.  They provided you with a safety demonstration on what to do if there is an emergency.  But I’ll bet that virtually nobody paid any attention to them because nobody ever does.  (Full disclosure: I also ignore the safety demonstration.) If the plane has an issue though, there is no doubt that mayhem would ensue.  And rightfully so, I’d be…

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How To Know If You’ve Saved Enough For Retirement

How To Know If You’ve Saved Enough For Retirement

One of the great fears facing many retirees is if they have saved enough to retire.  And by extension, once in retirement, it can be stressful to spend the money they’ve spent their entire working lives accumulating.  I attribute much of the financial angst retirement to one primary issue. Many investors have never taken the time to write down how much they anticipate spending or what their guaranteed incomes will look like in retirement.  Once you’ve taken the time to…

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Emotions & Retirement Planning

Emotions & Retirement Planning

Last week, I had a conversation with a recently retired reader that I thought might be applicable to what many retirees are likely to experience at some point in retirement and wanted to share some insights with regard to how you might approach the issue. Important points from the conversation: Earlier this year during the market pullback, the investor sold his entire equity position and invested the proceeds into bonds which he acknowledged was a “knee-jerk reaction” to the market volatility….

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Perceived Value vs. Actual Value

Perceived Value vs. Actual Value

There have been studies that show that when people pay more for something, they believe the product is better.  For example, people rate wines better if they are told it is expensive. Based on this study, the wine doesn’t actually have to be better, people just have to believe it’s better and their mind takes over from there.  In the wine example, when the isolated variable is price, people were forced to assume that the higher the price, the higher the…

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The Role of Bonds in Retirement

The Role of Bonds in Retirement

Wrote a piece for CNBC on the role of bonds in a retirement portfolio.  In the article, I share some thoughts on the topic with the aid of historical perspective and how things have changed over the past few decades.  Below is the link.   Conventional Wisdom of Bonds Dominating a Portfolio in Retirement is now Outdated   Thanks for reading! Ashby Daniels Shorebridge Wealth Management 600 Waterfront Drive, Suite 125 Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-742-4861 Disclaimers: Securities offered through Raymond…

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Who is going to help your spouse?

Who is going to help your spouse?

Last week I wrote a post titled “Switching Advisors at Retirement – Things to Consider“.  It didn’t occur to me until after re-reading it that I realized I omitted one of the most important (and overlooked) things you should be looking for in your search.  And that is, “Who is going to help your spouse if something happens to you?” When considering switching advisors, the final decision regarding who to hire often resides with the person that handles the day-to-day…

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Switching Advisors at Retirement – Things to Consider

Switching Advisors at Retirement – Things to Consider

As investors close in on retirement, it’s relatively common to consider changing advisors.  I often inquire when meeting a prospective client for the first time as to why they are considering making a change, and the answer usually falls within one of two categories:  (1) They question whether or not their advisor has the expertise necessary to get them through their retirement or  (2) Their advisor is roughly their age and likely considering retirement as well, so they understandably feel…

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