What is Monte Carlo Analysis?(and why it is important to you)

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If there’s one question on every investor’s mind, it goes something like this: “How am I doing so far?” This universal query is especially relevant when you’re making plans to retire or pursuing other substantial financial goals.

Since we cannot accurately predict the future, Monte Carlo simulation allows for risk analysis and decision making using a mathematical computer model applying quantitative analysis theory. Monte Carlo Analysis allows you to see alternate possible outcomes and measure the impact ...

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Investing for Retirement Income: Part III: Total-Return Investing

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As we’ve discussed in the first two parts of this three-part series, we do not recommend turning solely to dividend-yielding stocks or high-yield (“junk”) bonds to support your retirement income, even in low-yield environments. So what do we recommend? Today we’ll answer that question by describing total-return investing.

PART III: TOTAL-RETURN INVESTING FOR SOLID CONSTRUCTION

If you think it through, there are three ...

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Investing for Retirement Income: Part II: High-Yield Bonds

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In Part I of our three-part series on investing for retirement income in a low-rate environment, we explained why we don’t advise bulking up on dividend-yielding stocks as a reliable way to generate retirement cash flow. Like the Three Little Pigs’ straw house, dividend-yielding stocks can disappoint you by exhibiting inherent risks just when you most need dependability instead.

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Investing for Retirement Income: Part I: Dividend-Yielding Stocks

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If ever there were an appropriate analogy for how to invest for retirement, it would be the classic fable of The Three Little Pigs. As you may recall, those three little pigs tried three different structures to protect against the Big Bad Wolf. Similarly, there are at least three kinds of “building materials” that investors typically employ as they try ...

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