Retirement Income: The 3 Keys to Having Enough

You can boost your income in retirement by paying attention to three key areas. Find out what they are here.

Feb 9, 2014 at 9:45AM

After people retire, running out of money is a constant worry. But by taking steps during your career to shore up your three key sources of retirement income, you can go a long way toward guaranteeing yourself a secure retirement.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, goes through the three keys to having enough retirement income: Social Security, pensions, and investment income. Dan notes that having a successful 35-year career is the best way to maximize Social Security benefits, but that many can also take advantage of other retirement-income opportunities. Pensions have become less common lately, but they're still available to some workers, and knowing how they work can help you make more from them. Finally, Dan notes that investment income plays a key role, discussing the role that 3M (NYSE:MMM), McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), Aflac (NYSE:AFL), and other dividend-paying stocks can play in building an income-producing portfolio.

The right dividend stocks for retirees
Historically, advisors have suggested that retirees should shy away from stocks. But one of the dirty secrets that few finance professionals will openly admit is that dividend stocks as a group handily outperform their non-dividend-paying brethren. However, knowing this is only half the battle. The other half is identifying which dividend stocks in particular are the best. With this in mind, our top analysts put together a free list of nine high-yielding stocks that should be in every income investor's portfolio. To learn the identity of these stocks instantly and for free, all you have to do is click here now.

Dan Caplinger has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends 3M, Aflac, and McDonald's and owns shares of McDonald's. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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