The Buckets of Money Retirement Solution: The Ultimate Guide to Income for Life

Overview

After the financial meltdown hit the markets in 2007 and 2008,almost no investment—stocks, bonds, commodities, or realestate—was left unscathed. Today, in the wake of the crisis,many workers, especially those nearing retirement, have lostconfidence in their ability to fund a financially secureretirement.

In The Buckets of Money® Retirement Solution: TheUltimate Guide to Income for Life, nationally renownedCertified Financial Planner® Ray Lucia outlines his simple,time-tested ...

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Overview

After the financial meltdown hit the markets in 2007 and 2008,almost no investment—stocks, bonds, commodities, or realestate—was left unscathed. Today, in the wake of the crisis,many workers, especially those nearing retirement, have lostconfidence in their ability to fund a financially secureretirement.

In The Buckets of Money® Retirement Solution: TheUltimate Guide to Income for Life, nationally renownedCertified Financial Planner® Ray Lucia outlines his simple,time-tested system for achieving long-term financial stabilityregardless of market conditions.

Filled with real-life examples that help you evaluate yourinvesting style and determine your time horizon, The Buckets ofMoney® Retirement Solution details how to:

  • Regain your balance in this ever-changing financial landscape,as well as how to prepare for whatever the economic futureholds
  • Choose the proper investments and execute The Buckets ofMoney® plan for income, safety, and growth
  • Create a workable withdrawal strategy once your plan is in placeand working

The average retirement account lost a third of its value in2008. Many people saw the value of their retirement assets fall,even as their debt rose. So it's not surprising that a survey byBank of America found that more than half of its respondentsplanned to change their investment strategy. Change is good. But itbegs the question: Change it to what? Based on the science ofmoney, rather than the art of speculation, The Buckets ofMoney® Retirement Solution provides you with answers inthe form of battle-tested strategies that have been put to the testin more than 9,000 individual portfolios totaling more than $2billion.

To win at the retirement game, you need to know your financialgoals, divvy up your money accordingly, and then investintelligently. With this book as your guide, you'll learn how toachieve both income and growth, while reducing risk.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470581575
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/9/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 211
  • Sales rank: 692,093
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

RAYMOND J. LUCIA is one of the nation's leading authoritieson financial, tax, and retirement planning. Over the course of his36-year career in the financial services industry, Lucia, aCertified Financial Planner, has helped thousands of people investmore than $2 billion using his renowned Buckets of Money retirementstrategy. Registered Rep. magazine named Lucia one of the"10 Best Brokers in America." Lucia is the host of the nationallysyndicated Ray Lucia Show on Business TalkRadio Network, andis a frequent guest on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, and theToday show. He is also a local business editor on TVstations in his hometown of San Diego.

DALE FETHERLING has written or coauthored more thanfifteen nonfiction books, and has also taught writing and editingat five colleges and universities.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ben Stein xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

Part I Regain Your Balance

Chapter 1 Adapt to the Changing Landscape 3

The End of Easy 3

The Lessons 9

A Final Word 10

Chapter 2 Prepare for Whatever the Future Holds 11

Rebuild Your Savings 12

Rethink Your Retirement Years 17

Retool Your Retirement Savings Plans 23

Reinvent Your Strategy 26

A Final Word 28

Part II Forge a New Plan

Chapter 3 Grasp the Buckets of Money Concept 33

Put Time on Your Side 34

Other Risks 35

Wall Street's Answer 38

Flawed Analyses 40

Main Street’s Myopia 41

"Reverse Dollar-Cost Averaging" 42

Proper Allocation 44

Proper Location 45

A Final Word 47

Chapter 4 Choose the Proper Investments 49

Bucket 1: The Income Bucket 49

Bucket 2: The Relative Safety Bucket,

Mid-term Investments 58

Bucket 3: The Growth Bucket, Long-Term Investments 68

A Final Word 76

Chapter 5 Execute the Buckets of Money Strategy 77

First, Check Goals 77

Art and Science 78

Filling the Buckets 79

Bucket 1 80

Bucket 3A 81

Planning for Inflation 82

Bucket 3B 83

The Bottom Line 85

The Fate of the Heirs 85

Another Scenario 86

How Much Risk? 87

How to Allocate 88

The Importance of Bucketizing Now 89

A Final Word 90

Part III Refine the Plan

Chapter 6 Take Another Look at Annuities 93

What’s an Annuity? 93

Predicting the Future 102

Good Evidence 102

What Academia Says 103

Recovery Strategy 104

Risks and Opportunities 105

A Final Word 106

Chapter 7 See What REITs Can Do for You 109

What Exactly Is a REIT? 110

Combining the Best Features 110

Public versus Nontraded REITs 113

Another Advantage 114

The Lowdown on Loads 116

Are All REITs Low-Leveraged? 118

What Kinds of Properties Are Best? 120

Differs from Homes 124

The Role of REITs in a Portfolio 124

What Should You Look For? 125

Getting Help 128

My Personal Bias 129

A Final Word 131

Chapter 8 Play It Smart When It Comes to Personally OwnedReal Estate 133

Your Home and Your Future 133

Buying Other Real Estate 147

A Final Word 153

Chapter 9 Give Uncle Sam His Fair Share—But No More155

Tax-Free Municipal Bonds 156

Tax Management of Stock Portfolios 157

Real Estate 157

Roth Conversion 159

Incorporating Your Business 162

Tax-Credit Investing 164

Choosing Smart Location of Assets 166

A Final Word 168

Part IV Live Happily Ever After

Chapter 10 Craft a Workable Withdrawal Strategy 173

Beware of Averages 174

Pitfalls Abound 176

Getting Set Up 177

Drawing Down Your Total

Retirement Resources 179

Keeping Taxes Low 183

A Few More Thoughts about Stocks 187

A Final Word 191

Epilogue Keep Your Eye on Enjoyment 193

About the Authors 197

Recommended Resources 199

Index 203

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