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How To Retire: Buy Better Stocks

May 01, 2020 5:47 PM ETBX, PSB.PW, PSBBP, PSBYP, PSBZP, REXR, REXR.PA, REXR.PB, SUI68 Comments


  • If you’re an investor or aspire to be one, don’t fear the reaper.
  • Look him or her in the face - from a safe distance of six feet.
  • Consider changes to the way you live with all of this time to think on your hands.
  • Then use what might just be our “new normal” to add fuel to your retirement portfolio’s fire.
  • This is a great opportunity to build a higher-quality portfolio filled with stronger dividend-growth stocks.
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In retirement, the world is your oyster! Image source

You can succumb to the overwhelming air of uncertainty we’re all experiencing in one way, shape or form, or you can twist the definition of uncertainty in your favor:

Uncertainty equals a world of infinite possibilities.

Why does uncertainty have to be a bad thing? One person’s uncertainty is another’s opportunity. An opportunity to assess your current situation and do something in response to it. You have opportunities that you didn't have before!

In other words, this pandemic and the ensuing quarantine have offered us a truly once in a lifetime chance to be better. Certainly, we have all experienced wakeup calls, even rude awakenings, but nothing quite compares to the individual and collective shockwaves brought by a virus that has severely disrupted and, hopefully, set a course to change the way we live.

No matter the extent to which Coronavirus has impacted you and your loved ones, you’re missing an opportunity to be better if you don’t view this as an opportunity to be better.

So exactly what does this hopeful “new normal” look like and what does it mean for retirement investors?

Cutting Expenses

One of the best ways to accelerate retirement savings is, obviously, to invest more money. If nothing else, adding shares of dividend-producing stocks gives your income generation efforts a kick. We’re big on looking at seemingly lofty, non-traditional ways to cut expenses and invest more, ranging from discouraging college for your kids to rethinking the American Dream. And while we’re not sold on the impact of giving up your latte every morning, the stay-at-home orders and subsequent hoarding of items such as toilet paper, rice, beans, peanut butter, and macaroni and cheese would make anyone pause.

It might be that the quarantine has forced you

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