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Stocks for Secure Retirement (Part 2)

17 October 2007 - Features - Editor

Though some categories of consumption expenditure reduce or even disappear after retirement, others especially the health related ones tend to rise inexorably. Most health insurance benefits involve co-payments, and respond with alacrity if there are large outflows in a particular year. The situation is even worse in emerging economies without viable social security and infrastructure.

The Rule of 72 is a telling demonstration of the insidious effects of inflation. Divide the integer by the inflation rate to arrive at the number of years in which the essentials of life will double in costs. It is clear that we can no longer expect to live even minimally on savings alone, even if inflation remains stable at current levels. Obviously, the situation will rapidly deteriorate if inflation rates climb.

Skills and Knowledge for Trading in Stocks with Retirement Funds

All forms of buying and selling stocks call for knowledge sets and skills, unless one intends to throw some casual money to chance! However, building retirement income calls for extra capabilities. This is not just because the stakes are higher, with unthinkable consequences of abject failures, but because retirement capital is subject to additional tax provisions in some countries. The United States is especially tough on people who seek permanent tax shelters, or who aim to transfer maximum wealth to inheritors. All citizens, on attaining the age of over 70 years must comply with minimum distribution requirements. All people with serious activity plans on retirement should contract specialist advisor services to keep up with all the paper work and financial obligations of retirement funds.

Monte Carlo simulation always adds values to investing in stocks because future outcomes are so full of uncertainties. However, this becomes even more relevant when one plans with a retirement income plan in perspective: after all, lives including that of a spouse, without salary checks, could be at least as long as the average duration of earning careers.

How to Tailor Your Stocks to Retirement Plans

The bludgeoning demand for products such as annuities exhibits a new and widespread concern amongst ordinary citizens about their states of financial health in retirement. However, the real winners must be those who participate actively in picking the right stocks. A good starting point could be to establish financial growth for life in retirement. No two individuals are the same though there could be broad similarities between some categories. Early retirement for example, has become a popular option for many people. Opinion is divided between staying on in the same locality as during a career, and moving to more modest lodgings. The numbers of individuals dependent on a ‘bread winner’ and their specific health care and higher education needs obviously vary widely. These differences will have major bearings on the investing strategies which are optimal in each case.

 


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