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Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 10/10/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

Oil Prices Dip Below $90 for First Time in Two Years

US job openings at highest level since 2001

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 10/3/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

Economy gains 248,000 jobs as hiring rebounds

Manufacturers tap on brakes but still grow rapidly in September

Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Fell 1% in August

3 Investing Expenses Worth the Splurge

  
  
  
expenses

Wasting money is easy. Case in point: a start-up company called Washboard launched this summer with a simple enough service aimed at consumers without a washer and dryer at home. Those signing up for Washboard received rolls of quarters (through snail mail) to use when doing laundry.

Let me say that again: They mailed you a roll of quarters so you don’t have to use the change machine at the laundromat, or worse, stop at a bank and get change for a $20 before going to wash your clothes.

Here’s the catch, though: You had to pay $27 to get $20 worth of quarters. Yes, they tried charging $7 for that service. Talk about throwing your money away! Luckily, consumers quickly realized what a waste of money it was, and Washboard shut down less than a month after opening for business.

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 9/26/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Rose in September to 14-Month High

Economic growth improves to eight-year high

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 9/19/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

Housing starts tumble in August, signal shaky recovery

Fewest Americans Since October 2013 See U.S. Economy Improving

4 Questions to Help You Avoid Social Security Mistakes

  
  
  
Social Security Strategy

Shame on you. I know what’s going on. You’ve been trashing your Social Security statement without even a glance or second thought. Or maybe you haven’t begun to consider Social Security’s role in your future retirement. After all, as far as you know, Social Security won’t be around when you retire – that’s what you keep hearing on the news, anyway. So, why bother? 

Well, I’ve got news for you. Although the future of Social Security is certainly unknown – particularly for today’s millennials – there’s a good chance the program will persist in some form. And since half of Americans 65 and older rely on Social Security for at least 50 percent of their family income, you’d be wise to come up with a strategy to maximize your benefits and give yourself the highest retirement income possible.

Here are four questions to ask yourself if you want to avoid potentially leaving thousands of dollars on the table:

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 9/12/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

Retail sales swell as shoppers step up spending

Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Rises to Highest in 14 Months

Interesting Retirement Investing Articles:

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 9/5/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

Aug. job gains slip to 142,000, fewest of 2014

Beige Book: Economy expands at moderate to modest pace

Transportation buoys new U.S. factory orders in July

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 8/29/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

Consumer spending fell 0.1% in July

Aircraft demand spurs record gain in U.S. durable goods orders

Second-quarter GDP revised up to 4.2%

Interesting Retirement Investing Articles:

3 Stages of Saving and Spending in Retirement

  
  
  
Save for Retirement

Do you behave the same way you did 20 years ago? Are your spending habits the same? What about your saving behavior and income?

If the absurdity of those questions made you laugh, you’re like a lot of Americans whose financial habits have evolved over time. The same goes for your retirement years. Although you have probably calculated the value of your nest egg in terms of annual retirement income, what you will be spending immediately after leaving the working world will likely be very different as you move further into retirement.

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