What to Expect When Things Don’t Go as Expected

At its most basic, retirement planning is a mathematical exercise. Inputs include annual savings during your working years, expected return on investments, expected retirement date, expected household expenses during retirement, and life expectancy. Did ya notice that one word popped up an awful lot there? A fairly large amount of the financial planning process is based on expectations..

Backdoor Roth IRA Contributions

I received two calls this past month asking basically the same thing. “Hey, Allen, I was talking to this guy, and he said I should do a backdoor IRA. It sounded great! What do you think?” My first thought was “Is someone out there doing seminars on this?” It reminded me of a word that I learned many years ago: Tinstaafl. There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Or put another way, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Where Have I Seen This Before?

We’ve been through this before. We’re going through it now. We’ll go through it again. It stinks, folks. I’m not going to sugarcoat it at all. It stinks to watch the market tumble hundreds of points day after day. It stinks to take a look at your portfolio and watch that value sink day after day. We find comfort in the faith that markets will recover, along with our account balances, but it still stinks.