I just turned 70…
Which means I’ll be receiving a special “birthday gift” from Uncle Sam for the first time.
Yes, I’m talking about my first Social Security check.
Even though I could’ve started taking Social Security eight years ago, I decided to wait until now since I’m still working and don’t need the money now.
Which is great because now I’ll get the maximum amount possible.
So, I’m glad I waited…
And I was even happier when I heard that in January, we’ll see an 8.7% increase in our Social Security checks with the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) – the largest increase since 1981.
On the surface that sounds like great news, right? I mean, who wouldn’t want a bigger Social Security check?
However, the devil is in the details, especially when it comes to retirement income, government benefits, and taxes!
[Read more…] “Social Security’s Big Cost of Living Increase (COLA) Means MORE Taxes to Pay”
Here are summaries of three important news stories affecting your money and finances…
1. Investment brokers fight rule to favor best interests of clients
Did you know that brokers are not necessarily required to act in your best interest – even if it’s your retirement savings at stake?
The investment industry – from large Wall Street firms to small independent financial representatives – is spending millions of dollars to fight a rule that would require a broader group of brokers and planners to put their clients’ interests ahead of their own.
The Labor Department said it would release the proposed rule in January, but has already indicated it may miss that deadline. That’s not the first delay on this, though. The rule was originally introduced in 2010 and was rescinded the following year after brokers and lawmakers protested. Wow!
[Read more…] “Breaking news roundup from
Bank On Yourself”
Investors earn returns over time that are far lower than those quoted by mutual fund firms. In fact, it’s not even a close race.”
This is the conclusion of DALBAR, Inc., the well-respected independent investment research firm.1
For the past 20 years, “the average equity investor barely managed to eke out an annualized return that outpaced inflation.” The average return was 3.49% per year – just slightly more than the inflation rate for that period!
Asset allocation and fixed income investors weren’t so lucky (if you can call that “luck”); they lost ground after adjusting for inflation.
Why most investors don’t come close to getting the returns touted in mutual fund prospectuses…
There are plenty of reasons for this. For starters…
[Read more…] “The truth about investing in mutual funds”