Silvia Ascarelli helps a couple who wish to leave Salt Lake City and retire to an area away from urban sprawl and with better air quality and a more pastoral life. The catch is doing so with an annual budget of $40,000. Here are three beautiful locations that may fit the bill.
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To lump, or not to lump
This woman is retiring at 65 with a pension, and she can opt for a lump-sum distribution of $445,000 or $1,913 a month for the rest of her life (and her husband’s life if he outlives her). What to choose? CD Moriarty walks her through the decision points.
A red flag for taxes — and for a marriage
A rosy election result — for the stock market
Former Vice President Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia’s ballot counts early Friday, as four crucial battleground states continued to process votes. Meanwhile, Senate control was hanging in the balance as two races in Georgia were headed for runoffs. Mark Hulbert explains why a split government under a Democratic president may be ideal for investors.
Some good coronavirus news for a change
New COVID-19 cases are racking up at a record pace, but medical treatment has improved. Hospitalized coronavirus patients were much less likely die in August than they were in March.
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The S&P 500 index
isn’t as diversified as you might think; because it is weighted by market capitalization, the largest five companies make up 23% of the index. But you can invest in another developed market for similar returns and more diversification.
More generational conflict ahead
Jonathan Burton interviews William Strauss, co-author of “The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy,” who says the U.S. is halfway through a transformation, with the millennial generation demanding “more social order” than previous generations.
A stock-market bubble — or not
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. CEO Warren Buffett has called the ratio of stock-market valuation to U.S. GDP “the best single measure of where valuations stand at any given moment.” By that measure, the market appears overvalued. However, despite the high valuations, Mark Hulbert doesn’t think the stock market is heading for a near-term crash.
The case for a huge stimulus
Joy Wiltermuth interviews Torsten Sløk, the chief economist at Apollo Global Management, who explains why he believes a $4.4 trillion stimulus is needed to shore up the U.S. economy.
A forced retirement
As part of her Help Me Retire series, Alessandra Malito helps a 60-year-old man who has just lost his job. He may be forced to retire earlier than he planned and he and his wife have different opinions about money.