The Unique Retirement Issues Facing Women
Women face at least 12 unique challenges from financial and life circumstances related to long-term retirement planning. Addressing these can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. But, only by understanding the issues can you develop strategies that will provide the greatest chance of achieving your clients’ goals.
1. Earn less.
2. Live longer.
3. Have fewer years of earned income.
4. Start investing later.
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Individual Stock Investing Increases Risk
Recent studies show that the returns to equity investors have historically come from a relatively small number of stocks. Investors who fail to adequately diversify increase their chances of failing to own those high-performing stocks, and they are not compensated for the risks they do bear.
To appreciate the riskiness of equity investing, consider that, while from 1926 through 2018 the S&P 500 Index returned 10.0% per year, it did so while experiencing volatility of almost 20% per year. In addition, it experienced four severe crashes: > SEE MORE
Why Are Baby Boomer Wealth Transfers Failing?
Each year, high-net-worth families spend huge sums preparing their assets for transition to their heirs, engaging high-powered estate and tax planners who set up complex vehicles like family limited partnerships, life insurance, charitable remainder, charitable lead and various other kinds of trusts. Yet, despite the best efforts of top-notch professionals, according to Roey Williams and Vic Preisser in their 2007 book Estate Planning for the Post-Transition Period, “70% of estates lose their assets and family harmony following the transition of the estate.” Given the talent engaged, it doesn’t seem likely that the failure is due to poor design. So why do the majority of plans fail? > SEE MORE