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How to cope with the ‘threat of longevity’

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You can’t predict how long you’ll live. Nonetheless, you still need to consider longevity as a key factor in creating, and following, a long-term investment strategy.

And your projected lifespan may be longer than you had thought. Men who turned 65 in 2010 can expect to live another 18.6 years, while women who reached 65 that same year can anticipate another 20.7 years, according to the 2011 Social Security Trustees Report. And these figures are just averages; depending on your health and family history of longevity, you could well spend two, or even three, decades in retirement.

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Take the time needed to learn about mutual fund investing advantages

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In basic terms, a mutual fund is a company whose main objective is to professionally invest a pool of money in securities and earn a positive return for shareholders.  In this way, these companies allow you to “mutually” share the rewards and risks of investing, hence their name.
 
Buying shares in a mutual fund actually gives you stock or bond holdings in various companies, based on the underlying investments. Your shares are pooled together with other investors’ shares, and the combined assets give you access to a level of diversification that you may not otherwise be able to obtain.  It’s always important to remember that mutual fund investing involves risk, and your investment may be worth more or less than the original cost when redeemed. Your principal and investment return will fluctuate in value, so it’s important to understand a few basics about these funds.

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