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More about Baby Boomers and Stock Warnings

Baby Boomers - Stock WarningYesterday we wrote a post about the potential impact that baby boomers may have on the stock market long term as they gradually withdraw their savings to pay for retirement.  We concluded that due to investments and emerging markets  such as China and India, there would be little impact on the value of equities in the stock market. There may be some areas that are hit more than others. For example health stocks and perhaps home renovation stocks,  but even that is yet to be determined. Most baby boomers are retiring and worried about their investments.

Baby Boomers and Stock Warnings

Get a Variety of Opinions

It is always an great idea to get another opinion. So we asked several experts the same question and got almost the same answer. Stay invested, diversify, invest across bonds, dividend paying stocks and mutual funds. This approach will ensure that your income is protected and diverse enough that you are not hurt by any one market. The income should continue regardless of the market ups and downs. That is really what is important in old age. Do you have enough income to live in the manner you prefer.

A Third Opinion

The writers opinion adds another element to this story. Our own experience with elder parents was that the older they got the more conservative they got. Especially in terms of how they spent their money. They were always afraid that they would not have enough to live on. So they were very careful about how much they spent.

Our parents and other older people preferred to spend time with family and not spend their money even though we urged them to do so. Instead they lived well but frugally. As baby boomers get older this same logic and thought process is sure to set in and it is unlikely that we will see this surge of stock selling that many people are predicting. They will continue to save their money to make sure they have enough to live on for a life that they are not sure how long will last.

By the time they realize that they only have a few years to live, it will be too late and their estates will pass along to their families.

That is our opinion and contrary to some investment dealers, we do not see the gloom and doom that they are predicting. Who knows what will really happened. stay tuned over the next 10 years to find out!

 

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One Response to “More about Baby Boomers and Stock Warnings”

  1. We always diversify and try to stay away from following the crowd. It kills me when the stock market tanks, but what can you do in these situations except hold on for the ride.

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