Retirement & The Economy

Baby boomers and stock values Retirees selling stocks at a higher rate than younger investors are buying puts downward price-pressure on market. Federal Reserve Economists are questioning the effect of retirement age baby-boomers on stock values. Economists trace stock market gains in the 1980’s to baby-boomers preparing for retirement and now believe that the trend will reverse as retirement-age boomers sell stock to cover expenses. Tracking the boomers’ effect on the economy has predicted market action in the past with foretold increases in consumer spending in the 1990’s as the boomer generation entered their most productive wage-earning years. And, as in the 1980’s, the 90’s were a time when boomers also put money into Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds. Now that the boomers are retiring it seems a foregone conclusion…
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