Fri07252014

Business & Real Estate

Are you ready to retire to South Dakota?

Bankrate.com recently ranked the 10 best states for retirement. The list, which includes such rugged spots as Colorado, Utah, North Dakota and Wyoming, was topped by, of all places, South Dakota.

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Annuities are not always a bad thing

Annuities have received some bad press in the financial planning community. They tend to be denigrated because of their cost – “They have way too many fees, many of them hidden” – or because they are not hedged against inflation, effectively reducing their usefulness at exactly the time (later in life) when they’re designed to provide the most value.

What’s important to recognize is that not all annuities are the same, and that allocating a portion of your retirement portfolio to two types in particular can provide better longevity protection than investing solely in stocks and bonds.

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Are index funds really less expensive?

When it comes to investing, there are many things we cannot control. For example, we cannot control, let alone predict, investment returns. On the other hand, there are things we can and should control, such as the costs of our investments.

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