New Research Suggests You Can’t Rely on Your 401K

by James Hendrickson on July 21, 2013 · 4 comments

Hi All,

Forbes had a nice summary of some recent research on the long term viability of common retirement investments. Their analysis: if inflation and market conditions remain the same, traditional retirement vehicles like 401Ks and annuities could have problems.

From the Article:

Someone asked me last week why I thought economic inequality was rising and retirement was going to be difficult for my Baby Boomer generation and the generations after us.

My short conclusion: It’s a nasty, brutish 401(k) kind of world now.

Not only do we have to save for retirement mostly on our own — guaranteed pensions have gone the way of the Betamax — we are faced with more, expensive choices on out-of-pocket health care, a college tuition explosion and inflation-ravaged salaries. And more salt to these wounds: Savings yields and bond rates have been awful. Bond prices took a hit last month as investors freaked out over the Fed’s easing policy statements. And most investors still don’t trust the institution-dominated stock market.

Check the rest of the piece here.

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1 No Waste July 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

I will say this – it is very, very hard to beat the 100% return on your money that you get from the employer match. Impossible, well, unless you’re a wizard.

That alone should be inventive enough for everyone to participate in their plan, regardless of factors that are well beyond their control (inflation, interest rates, etc.)

2 James July 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm

NW – for sure. You’ve got to load those accounts up. No question.

3 Tober August 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

would like to know about dinks

4 James August 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Tober – thanks for the note. Its all about working with your partner, negotiating and hopefully getting ahead.

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