Therefore, many retirees and near retirees are now free-falling with a parachute only half as big. With the market prices of their stocks down, seniors have to sell more shares to pay their bills.
No wonder they feel sick to their stomachs when they receive their brokerage, IRA, 401(k) and mutual fund statements.
It’s likely many people you know are now wondering whether they’ll ever take that special cruise, give great presents to their grandchildren or receive the best medical care if they suffer a prolonged illness.
Chances are, nobody told them this could happen. They simply followed the mainstream advice to load their 401(k) plans, IRAs and mutual funds up with "growth stocks" to sell many years later at a huge profit.
Despite following the conventional financial wisdom, many senior citizens are now asking what happened to that worry-free fun and relaxation they promised themselves after a long career of hard work.
Many people in their fifties and early sixties are wondering when — or even if — they’ll be able to retire.
Many today wonder whether they’ll be able to leave an estate to their families or a legacy to their favorite charity.
The more you learn about the stock market, the more you understand basing your retirement on continuous stock market price rises is like building a house on the edge of a steep dirt cliff. Sooner or later, a hard rain will fall.
Serious investors who would never day trade, buy and sell penny stocks or splurge on Internet chat room stock tips . . .
. . . failed to understand that buying stocks and bonds in hopes of later… Read more…