A few years ago, a trio of analysts created a stir when they published two memos suggesting that the American economy had become a “plutonomy” – one that is highly and disproportionately controlled by the extremely wealthy. Keith Webber says that, when looking ahead to the millions of baby boomers who will be retiring in the next 15 years, it’s not hard to envision the idea of retirement turning into a “plutirement,” with two very different retirement realities facing your clients.
When the concept of retirement was first mainstreamed in America in the 1930’s, it was largely viewed as having “one foot already in the grave.” For many baby boomers today, it might well mean the same thing.
It is often said that when men plan, the gods laugh. Nowhere is this perhaps more true than when it comes to planning for retirement. While we all acknowledge the risk that finances can play on our retirement plans, the reality is that threats to our retirement plans can come from all areas of our lives.
The tragic apparent suicide of former NFL superstar Junior Seau serves as a reminder to advisors that many of their clients will need more than just investment advice and guidance after theyve retired.
Author and consultant Keith Weber says financial advisors need to cater their messages and their services to different generations of clients who have divergent agendas but share many of the same retirement planning concerns.
Author and consultant Keith Weber doesn’t normally attend protests, but when the “Occupy Wall Street” movement showed up in Denver, he decided to go take a look. What he found was a group of diverse individuals who share a common set of values that are highly reminiscent of those expressed by the Socially Responsible Investing industry.
One of the hot topics in the field of behavioral finance is the use of heuristics -- simple rules of thumb or mental shortcuts often used to make decisions or draw inferences quickly and with minimal effort. While in everyday life these mental shortcuts help us to function quickly and efficiently, author and consultant Keith Weber says that when they’re applied to our personal finances they can often lead to poor investment decisions.
Last month the Insured Retirement Institute released yet another in the long line of reports indicating the majority of baby boomers are nowhere near ready for retirement. Since we can’t slow down the clock to give them more time to prepare their financial capital, consultant and author Keith Weber says maybe it’s time we start helping them prepare their human capital.
Retirement planning used to be easy. Ten years ago it was a simple mathematical calculation that you could apply across the board to just about everyone. But today, with so many different visions, versions and variables impacting each client, retirement planning has become both a financial planning puzzle and an emotional minefield.