Retirement

Understanding the relationship between bond risk and time to maturity and duration of a bond provides the basis for understanding the bond yield curve. The yield curve shows the yields to maturity for a series of bonds—typically US Treasury bonds—with the same credit quality but different maturity dates, along with the term structure for interest
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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 01: Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker speaks during a round table … [+] discussion with high school students at a creative workspace for women on October 1, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Pritzker was joined by his Illinois gubernatorial Lieutenant Governor candidate Juliana Stratton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as
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Comfortable retirement: Still out of reach for most. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty … [+] Images) Corbis via Getty Images Congress ended 2019 by producing a budget of sorts. That fact, in itself, constitutes a rare accomplishment for this country’s dissipated and ever-distracted representative bodies. Such documents, as always, offer much to praise or
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Retirees are sacrificing their own retirement savings in order to help their adult children … [+] financially. Getty Are You Supporting Your Adult Children While Endangering Your Own Financial Security?  As an 80-year-old widower I’ll call “Fred” told me, some parents may derive pleasure in helping adult children financially, especially if the children chose careers
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Getty What’s does 2020 hold for your utility stocks (and closed-end funds)? Will these steady income plays hand us another round of big gains and dividends? Or is there trouble ahead? These are reasonable questions to ask after these “boring” stocks poured on a huge—and rather “un-utility-like”—26% total return last year! Let’s dive into three
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Getty Images In a tweet Thursday, President Trump blamed you for your 401(k) balance. Trump tweeted: “STOCK MARKET AT ALL-TIME HIGH! HOW ARE YOUR 401K’S DOING? 70%, 80%, 90% up? Only 50% up! What are you doing wrong?” There are a lot of ideas packed into those 22 words and most of them are misleading.
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Blood proteins and molecular changes that occur in our blood could be used to assess our health and wellness and more specifically identify people at greater risk of age-related diseases, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University and funded in part by NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA). 3d illustration universal blood,
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Job seekers wait in line for a job fair June 4, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson) Getty Images Right now I am attending meetings hosted by the American Economic Association in San Diego, a conference that is basically Mecca for academic economists. Disturbingly, there are a lot of sessions on whether we
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Couple celebrating with sparklers at the beach Getty If you’ve been holding the Cohen & Steers Quality Income Realty Fund (RQI)—a fund I wrote about a lot in 2019—you’ve done very well indeed. RQI has dominated, with its market-price return surging 51.9%, including gains and dividends, since the start of 2019. So today we’re going
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Getty Think you can just sign up for a 401(k) and forget about it? Think again. With only 13% of private sector employees with access to a defined benefit pension, more of the heavy lifting towards securing a sound retirement is falling on the shoulders of American employees themselves. The most widely used but perhaps
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By Megy Karydes, Next Avenue Contributor Getty When making New Year’s resolutions, some people choose to set an intention or goal and some choose a particular word to help them stay focused. Others, like Chicagoans Tracy Marks-Seglin, founder of Strategic Words Communications, and her urban planner husband Dave, think about what they want less (and
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Bond prices are sensitive to interest rate changes, and bond duration is a measure of just how sensitive. For instance, in Exhibit 1.1 (shown in my last article), an increase in interest rates for the simple bond from 3 percent to 4 percent caused the bond’s price to fall by 8.1 percent. This bond has
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The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, called the “SECURE Act” makes significant changes to how IRAs and certain retirement benefits must be treated post-death. We reviewed many of the changes and planning implications of this new law on your IRA and retirement benefits in “SECURE Act New IRA Rules: Change
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A Therapy Dog tag isolated on white. Clipping path available. Getty On a snowy afternoon a week before Christmas, a therapy dog named Koko brought the gift of her presence to a New Jersey nursing home. The beautiful Koko, four years old, fleetingly touched the lives of about 30 residents of a 70-bed nursing facility
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As a bond provides a contractual right to a series of future payments received at specified points of time, the price for a bond is simply the present discounted value of the future cash flows. The face value of a bond will be repaid at maturity. A zero-coupon bond provides only a bond’s face value,
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Before we can discuss bonds in depth, it is important that we establish a common understanding of what bonds are and how they work. As a starting point, a bond is a contractual obligation to make a series of specific payments on specific dates. Typically, this includes interest payments made on a semiannual basis until
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Senior man reading online news on smartphone outdoors. Getty Today we’re going to look ahead to 2020—and specific sectors to target for rising profits (and dividends!) in both stocks and 7%+ yielding closed-end funds (CEFs). We’re also going to look inside a worrisome piece of news you might have heard about 2019—that analysts expect corporate
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