Kiplinger's Personal Finance 2020

Written to help you do a better job of managing your personal and family financial affairs and to help you get more for your money. You get ideas on saving, investing, cutting taxes, making major purchases, advancing your career, buying a home, paying for education, health care and travel, plus much, much more. Special issues cover the latest information about car buying (December) and Mutual Funds (March and September).

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kiplinger’s retirement planning

EDITOR Mark Solheim MANAGING EDITOR Frederic Fane Wolfer SENIOR EDITORS Sandra Block, Nellie S. Huang, Anne Kates Smith WRITERS Miriam Cross, Lisa Gerstner, Kimberly Lankford, Rocky Mengle, David Muhlbaum, Emma Patch, Stacy Rapacon, Rivan V. Stinson, Alina Tugend DESIGN DIRECTOR Stacie A. Harrison ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Natalie F. Kress ART CONSULTANT Yajaira St. Fleurant PRODUCTION CONSULTANT Kevin Childers CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Denise M. Elliott SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER Sarah Stevens PUBLISHER Paul Vizza SENIOR CIRCULATION MANAGER Roseann Ciccarello DIRECTOR, COMMERCIAL ART Lori Smedley ADVERTISING PUBLISHER Paul Vizza 202-887-6558; ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Stevie Lee REGIONAL ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Maggie Kinsky DIRECT RESPONSE Anthony Smyth 914-409-4202;…

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staying on track

Among Americans saving for retirement—and that includes most of us—the pandemic-sparked bear market and recession have shaken our confidence that we will have enough income to live comfortably throughout retirement. According to a recent Kiplinger poll of savers who are 55 to 70, half of respondents say they are less confident about living comfortably in retirement than they were before the pandemic. Women, people in their fifties and, not surprisingly, those with lower household net worth are the most pessimistic. (The poll was conducted in partnership with the Alliance for Lifetime Income, which educates consumers about protecting retirement assets via annuities.) As we were sending this publication to press, the short 2020 bear market officially ended. The S&P 500 index, which measures the performance of the largest U.S. stocks, regained the…

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RETIREE TAX MAP Updated every year with the latest tax changes, our state-by-state guide helps you choose the right home for you and your assets in retirement. See how states tax various forms of retirement income, offer property tax breaks for retirees, and tax your estate. PODCAST Listen to our Your Money’s Worth podcast every week for insights on saving for retirement, investing for income, cutting your tax bill, and much more. RESOURCES Free College for Seniors Visit our state-by-state roundup of no-cost and discounted tuition programs for older residents. Social Security Retirement Age Determine when you’re eligible to collect full Social Security benefits. RMD Calculator Compute your required minimum distributions from a traditional IRA. Free Retirement E-Newsletter Get Kiplinger’s timeliest advice on retirement planning and retirement living every week. STAY CONNECTED! TWITTER: @KiplingerRetire FACEBOOK: MORE HELP…

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road map to retirement

As you approach retirement, it’s easy to become fixated on the magic number—a pot of money large enough to allow you to retire comfortably without outliving your savings. But figuring out whether you can afford to retire requires math, not magic, along with a thoughtful analysis of how you plan to spend your time and money. On the following pages, we’ll help you come up with a realistic estimate of how much money you’ll need to retire in style. Plenty of online calculators will help you figure out whether you can afford to retire based on how much you’ll need to replace a specific percentage your current income. A popular rule of thumb, for example, suggests that you should plan on replacing 70% of what you currently make, or 80% if…

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the deferred annuity safety net

Long-term-care insurance offers a way to avoid catastrophic expenses later in life. But if you’re already in your sixties, you may have a hard time finding a policy that’s affordable. One alternative that could provide income for late-life care is a deferred annuity, which provides guaranteed payments when you reach a certain age. Because of the risk that you’ll die before you start collecting payouts, these annuities cost much less than immediate annuities. For example, a 65-year-old man who invests $100,000 in an immediate annuity would receive $525 a month, according to But if he invested $100,000 in a deferred annuity that starts payments when he turns 80, he would receive about $1,750 a month. Deferred annuity payouts, like immediate annuity payouts, are tied to interest rates, so if you…

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are your savings on track?

No matter how many years away from retirement you are, you should have at least some idea of how much income you’ll need in order to maintain your standard of living once you’re out of the workforce. Not surprisingly, researchers, financial institutions and financial planners offer to help you figure the amount you need in savings, from multiples of final salary to percentages pegged to your preretirement income. But no one formula fits every person or life stage. The worksheet on page 25 lets you personalize the numbers. 1 How much income will you need in retirement? Start with your current income (and your spouse’s, if you’re married), and apply a growth factor from Table 1. Assume, for example, that inflation will average 3% a year between now and the time…