5 Ways Senior Citizens Can Invest Their Savings
Even if you are already retired, it doesn’t mean you should stop trying to grow your savings. Inflation, unexpected medical bills, and changes to your lifestyle or family may result in the need for additional income than you initially anticipated when planning your retirement. While investing is one of the quickest ways to grow your savings, the process may look slightly different when you’re actually actively trying to balance income and savings.
Below are some investment options you might want to consider to make sure your income keeps on growing.
A Certificate of Deposit (CD) is a safe investment tool insured by the FDIC for up to $250,000 and offers a fixed rate of return if held to maturity. To invest in a CD, you would lend your money to a financial institution for a specified period. At the end of the timeframe, you will receive your money back along with interest. While the interest gained is often less than stock investments, it is a great way to safely earn additional money on savings you are not currently using.2
2. Treasury Bills
Treasury bills are another protected investment and are considered one of the safest options in several countries. They are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States, meaning that any funds will be honored no matter the circumstances. The only drawback is if you cash them out before they completely mature, you may lose out on some interest.2
3. High-Yield Savings Accounts
If you have money you would like to earn interest on, but want these funds to be accessible when you need them, then a high-yield savings account may be a smart option. Unlike CDs, you will be able to take out money at any opportunity, and will still earn a high interest rate. In some cases, these accounts will have higher interest rates than CDs.2
4. Fixed Annuities
A fixed annuity only carries a heavy penalty if you withdraw before age 59 1/2. So investing in them in your senior years is a good option. The insurance company that issues them will guarantee the investment, making it safer as long as the company’s financial status is sound. Interest will continue to be paid until your death, which will help you supplement your income.1
5. Money Market Accounts
A money market account is a great way to earn extra on your money without restricting its use. It is a hybrid between a savings and a checking account. It will pay the interest you would get with a savings account, but you will be allowed to access it through checks, debit cards, or both. They are considered safe and FDIC insured, like CDs or savings accounts.1
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investment(s) may be appropriate for you, consult your financial professional prior to investing.
Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal. No investment strategy or risk management technique can guarantee return or eliminate risk in all market environments.
Treasury bills are guaranteed by the US government as to the timely payment of principal and interest and, if held to maturity, offer a fixed rate of return and fixed principal value.
Fixed annuities are long-term investment vehicles designed for retirement purposes. Gains from tax-deferred investments are taxable as ordinary income upon withdrawal. Guarantees are based on the claims paying ability of the issuing company. Withdrawals made prior to age 59 ½ are subject to a 10% IRS penalty tax and surrender charges may apply.
All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, LPL Financial makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy.
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1 How Can I Make My Retirement Savings Last?, Forbes, https://www.forbes.com/advisor/retirement/make-retirement-savings-last/
2 8 Safe Investments for Seniors, Yahoo Finance, https://finance.yahoo.com/news/8-safe-investments-seniors-200020846.html