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  • Calculating The Probability Of Running Out Of Money In Retirement

    by Doug Carey | Jul 10, 2012
    It is a question on the minds of so many people that are planning for retirement: Will I run out of money? We can take into account all of the income a person expects in retirement as well as their assets and spending needs and give a good idea of how long their funds will last. However, this is a static view of things, and as we all know, investment returns and inflation have been anything but static.
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  • Merck Or Wal-Mart? Dividend Yield Vs. Dividend Growth

    by Doug Carey | Jun 26, 2012
    When looking to build a long-term portfolio of stocks that pay high dividends, investors usually come up with a mix of stocks that either have high dividend yields or high dividend growth rates. It is difficult to find good companies that have both. This means that there is often a choice to be made. All else equal, should one invest in the company that has that enticing high dividend yield, but a low dividend growth rate, or does one exude patience and invest in the company with a relatively low yield, but a high dividend growth rate? To help answer this question I looked at two companies that offer these different alternatives: Wal-Mart (WMT) and Merck (MRK)
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  • Retirement Planning: Saving More vs. Finding Higher Returns

    by Doug Carey | Jun 20, 2012
    There are many variables that can have a large impact on a person’s retirement plan. Today I want to take a look at two competing ideas and problems for most of us when it comes to securing our own retirement. I’m going to look at how big of an impact the following two variables have on a retirement plan: how much is saved each year vs. total returns on investments.
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  • A Great Dividend Payer- Procter & Gamble

    by Doug Carey | Jun 12, 2012
    When I look for dividend paying stocks for the long run, a few of the characteristics I like to see are a reasonable dividend yield of at least 2.5%, a history of consistent dividend growth, and earnings that do not plummet every time there is an economic downturn. Procter & Gamble (PG) fits this bill perfectly.
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  • When Can You Retire?

    by Doug Carey | Jun 05, 2012
    This past week some comments by AIG CEO Robert Benmosche went viral as he said he expects the average retirement age to jump to age 80. This just added fuel to the fire of fear that many in their 50s and 60s already have. A case in point: More than half of all baby boomers fear running out of money in retirement more than they fear death. This is according to a study from Allianz Life. Yet nearly 36% of these same people do not know how long their funds will last once they do retire.
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