The Gold Plated Pension

Back in March 2012, I wrote a post titled Building My Portfolio for Retirement, with Dividends and Bonds. In that post I discussed that I was one of the fortunate ones to have a defined benefit pension plan through my employer. My pension is an additional source of monthly income, along with my investments, to help me in retirement. I think it is critically important to understand the foundation of your retirement, the pensions you are entitled to receive, and how much monthly income you can expect ...

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Building My Portfolio for Retirement, with Dividends and Bonds

In my mid to late 40’s, my focus of late has been more on planning for retirement and how I will generate a consistent monthly income to fund my retirement. I find myself in between the need to increase my portfolio through capital appreciation, but also for the need to generate monthly income in retirement. I can take early retirement nine years from now, and I fully plan on doing so! What I will need at that time is monthly income. I’ve weighed the pros and cons. I’ve come to the conclusion ...

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