Wall Street has long promoted keeping 60 percent of your money in stocks and 40 percent in bonds as the ultimate retirement strategy, claiming an average of 8 percent returns over time. Is that figure reliable, or is it just sloppy advice in light of today’s high markets and historic low-interest rates? Brett Arends of the Wall Street Journal performed in-depth research to determine the viability and effectiveness of the 60-40 portfolio over the past 80 years. His findings? Except for two periods of dramatically declining interest rates, the 60-40 portfolio is in his words is “full of holes.” And today with bond rates so low, the risk of income shortfall from a traditional portfolio has never been higher according to Ernst & Young. Today, Steve will review exactly why your bond funds are at risk, and how quickly a retirement portfolio could be hurt if both stocks and bonds fall at the same time–which is a distinct possibility! You don’t want to miss today’s show…MASTERING MONEY is on the air!!

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