Retirement Investing And Risk Tolerance
Retirement is not the end of your life. In fact, for many, it's the beginning of one of life's most exciting chapters. There is a choice one must make, though, between sitting around and letting life go by and embracing the life that one has always wanted to live. Those who do the former are passive, while those who do the latter are active in planning.
At one time or another, roughly half of the citizens living in the United States will have to obtain high levels of services and support for long-term care after the age of 65. Such support will go toward helping them to have a quality life by way of enjoying everyday activities with as much freedom as possible.
These days, more and more people are putting off retiring by the time they reach 65. Instead, these Baby Boomers are opting to continue working until they are a bit older, usually by the time they reach 70.
Your adult children need all the support and encouragement they can get from you when it comes to money. Many people today require the advice of not just a professional money manager but individuals who have been through life and have seen a lot.
The purchase of life insurance is typically triggered by a life event, such as marriage, the birth of a child, a home purchase or a job promotion. So, it is not uncommon for many people to change their life insurance coverage three or four or even eight times throughout their lifetime.
In the story of Alice in Wonderland, Alice arrives at a fork in the road and wonders aloud which road to take. A smiling Cheshire Cat appears and asks her what her destination is, to which she replies, “I don’t know.” The toothy cat then proffers the only possible response, “Well, then it doesn’t matter.”
It’s something most Americans don’t think about until it hits the headlines, such as last year when major retailer, Target, revealed that its data base of shopper credit and debit card numbers had been breached. Yet, nearly 15 percent of the population - more than 34 million adults - has reported some form of identity theft, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.
Many investors, especially those still reeling from the 2008 – 2011 stock market roller coaster ride, have developed a low tolerance for volatility. As a result they have moved a significant portion of their investments into bonds or other fixed yield vehicles.
Although we are in the business of building wealth for our clients, we are always on the lookout for those “pearls of wisdom” from the ultra-rich that might bring some elucidation to those who wonder why they’re not.