Carolyn McClanahan believes that financial planners need to help clients figure out their long-term goals rather than focusing on investments alone. She finds that many financial planners avoid discussing health with their clients despite its significant implications.
When it comes to retirement planning, it's important to take into account that women tend to have shorter work careers, earn less, live longer than men, and have less tolerance for risk, says Diane Garnick, CFA. Which is why it's essential to understand that "averages just aren't going to work."
Edward Altman says the benign credit cycle is in “extra innings,” but the metaphorical relief pitchers — central bankers — are running out of gas. Though most indicators point towards the end of the benign cycle, Altman cannot predict when the stress cycle will begin.
Laurence B. Siegel and M. Barton Waring devised a way to balance an investor’s portfolio concerns by adopting a personal annuity structure, created by relating an asset portfolio’s value to a stream of annual spending over a term related to the remaining lifespan of the investor.
When it comes to retirement income planning, advisers should focus less on "shortfall" and "failure" probabilities, and embrace the "language of longevity,” Moshe Milevsky tells Barbara Petitt, CFA, in an interview for the Financial Analysts Journal Author Interview series.
What is the optimal amount of risk a client should have in their portfolio throughout their career? This is not an easy question to answer, so it is not surprising that there are many different responses. Target date funds (TDFs) are, in theory, simple products that allow clients to focus on a single question: “How old am I?”
When clients ask you whether the hodgepodge of social security programs, private savings accounts, and employer-sponsored retirement plans that we collectively rely on will be sufficient to provide them with a comfortable living after they stop working, you probably have an easy answer at the ready. "Ha!"
Planning for retirement is undoubtedly essential — and can quickly become complicated without the proper preparation. Michael Finke, professor and director of retirement planning at Texas Tech University, discussed the importance of longevity in retirement planning, the implications of cognitive decline, and the notion of an impending retirement crisis.
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