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Tips to Help Avoid Market Panic Reaction
Planning for retirement is never a “set it and forget it” activity: There are unexpected disasters, market drops, and changing laws that invariably cause retirees to reevaluate their plans of action. There’s no way to predict everything that will cause market downturns, but you can prepare yourself by having a solid financial plan in place.
Retirement & Inflation: What to Know and How to Prepare
In 2023, we saw a continuation of market turbulence, loosening of labor markets, and lighter inflation due to economic tightening from the Federal Reserve. Compared to a couple of years ago, you may have noticed higher prices on the items you buy every week and may be wondering if we’ll continue to see high inflation. Nobody can predict the future, so if you’re nearing or in retirement, you should aim to protect yourself from the eroding effects of inflation.
Pensions, Buyouts, & Retirement Income
There was a time when pensions were the most common of retirement benefit plans. Employees looked forward to what could generally be described as a private version of Social Security offered via an employer. However, those days are gone, and only a small number of the US population have pensions now.
There are so many decisions for you to make about your retirement income as a retiree, and as a pension-holder, you’ll want to be sure you make the most of this income-generating asset. The choices you make with your pension can impact your finances for the rest of your life.
Legacy And Estate Guide: How To Successfully Communicate Your Plan
“Communication is key” is an age-old phrase, but when it comes to your wealth transfer and legacy planning process, it couldn’t be more applicable. The conversations you have with your family before and during this process can go a long way toward avoiding aggravation, costly legal expenses, and even the deterioration of family bonds. Starting an open dialogue with your family early and including those you care about in the wealth transfer and legacy planning process may help avoid these potential conflicts.
2024 Social Security Guide: Optimizing Social Security in Today’s World
Social Security planning is one of the most important elements in any retirement plan, but getting the most from your Social Security benefit can also feel complex and frustrating. In our guide, “Optimizing Your Social Security in Today’s World,” you’ll uncover practical tips and easy-to-understand steps to get the most out of your Social Security benefits.
Navigating Medicare & Medigap Insurance
One of your largest retirement expenses could be your healthcare costs. An average 65-year-old couple retiring today will need an estimated $315,000 to cover their healthcare costs, according to one study.1 Unfortunately, the Medicare system can be quite complex. This leads too many retirees to overspend on healthcare expenses and receive suboptimal coverage over the span of their retirement. Don’t pay more than you should for the health services and coverage you deserve!
The Basics of the SECURE Act 2.0
Congress passed the second installment of the SECURE Act under the Omnibus Spending bill of 2023, containing major changes to the retirement planning landscape. In the past, retirees could typically rely on a pension and Social Security benefits for the rest of their lives. Today’s retirees are part of the first generation that often must fund their own retirement. Even for those who have saved diligently over many years, the threat of outliving one’s money is legitimate. Lawmakers recognized the changing needs of today’s retirees, and passed the SECURE ACT in 2019, and now the SECURE Act 2.0 in the final days of 2022.
Millionaire Next Door
You may not think of your family as incredibly wealthy, but America is full of ‘millionaires next door.’ Financial Advisors are not just for movie stars and CEOs. They work with countless ‘millionaires next door’ each year. You’ve worked hard and saved for retirement, and now the question is how you’ll make it last for the rest of your life while maintaining the lifestyle you want.
Your Guide to Roth IRAs
An IRA is an investment account that you own that typically holds stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, and more. It is structured and regulated with limitations and tax advantages for using the account to grow a fund that is then used to provide you income in retirement. The Roth IRA is a tax-advantaged retirement account, but some of its tax advantages are structured differently than the Traditional IRA.
A Short Introduction to Long-Term Care
Americans today are living older than in the past: In 1950, life expectancy for Americans was 68 years old, and in 2023 it’s nearly 80. Of course, many people live to be older than that. In fact, the Census Bureau estimates that by 2050, Americans 90 and older will make up 10% of the population. A longer, healthier life is certainly a blessing, but it comes with extra costs that are important to consider when creating a retirement plan.
5 Keys to Retirement Planning in 2023
It’s a New Year, and that’s something to celebrate! This year is the year for a renewed focus on planning and preparation in the five key areas of retirement planning. These are the building blocks of any solid retirement plan, and this guide will detail each one. Whether 2023 is the year when you retire or not, it’s the year to create a truly comprehensive retirement plan that addresses each of these areas.
2023 Tax Planning Guide
After a tumultuous 2022, filing your taxes this year could be complicated. Maybe you stopped working, realized investment gains, created an estate plan, or went from itemizing to claiming the standard deduction or vice versa. There are many factors that can impact whether your taxes will increase and whether you need to rethink your tax strategy.
Age 5 to 55: What Your Kids Need to Know About Finances
You taught your kids how to tie their shoes, to look both ways before crossing the street, and countless other lessons. But what have you taught them about money? Many parents may feel uncomfortable talking about the subject with their children, no matter how old they are. But, there are important lessons to teach your children about finances at any age.
Happy Birthday! Now the real fun begins. Before you begin planning your retirement, be sure to mark these important dates in your calendar. Starting at age 50, several birthdays – including “half-birthdays” – are critical to understand because they have implications regarding your retirement income.
Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)
The SECURE Act 2.0 is the most significant retirement-related law seen since the initial passage of the SECURE Act in 2019. One noteworthy transformation which will influence all retirees with a standard retirement account like an IRA or 401(k) is that the age of Required Minimum Distributions has been raised from 72 to 73, with a provision that then raises the age to 75 after 2032.
The Ultimate 401(k) Guide
We all know that a 401(k) is one of the most important retirement planning tools we have. You pay into it for decades and will likely need to rely on it, among other income sources, for decades in retirement. The potential tax benefits and power of compound interest can make it a great saving and investment tool for anyone who practices financial discipline and contributes regularly.
Preparing for a Satisfying Retirement
Many Americans may not understand how to fully take advantage of their employer-sponsored retirement plans. We’ve created this special report to help you make the most of your savings and investment opportunities and help improve your prospects for a comfortable retirement.
5 Ways To Stay Confident in Retirement
Today’s retirees are living longer than ever before and experiencing retirement in new ways. While you can’t be certain what the future holds, you can strategize for the retirement life you want-and take the five steps in this guide to help you get there with confidence.
Women’s Retirement Planning Guide
They say “men are from Mars and women are from Venus” and their differences carry over into financial planning. In a world where women oftentimes share, or own, the responsibilities of household finances, and often are the major “bread-winner”, it makes sense that they are adequately addressed. There are a disproportionate number of men in the financial space today, so it’s important to take a moment to address some financial needs unique to women.
Legacy & Estate Planning – Understand The Basics
Estate planning is a function of preparing for the inevitabilities of life. People get sick or hurt and you need a plan in place to determine what kind of medical care you’ll receive if this happens to you. People become incapacitated, unable to make important decisions on their own, or unable to live independently. And of course, people die. Estate planning helps to protect your family and your assets in any of these unfortunate situations.
9 Investment Pitfalls
Experience has taught us that successful investing requires discipline and patience. A long-term investment focus can help when emotions run high. To help you overcome these challenges, we’ve compiled a list of common mistakes and guidelines.
Why 59 ½ is an Important Age
More than two-thirds of people this age say they expect to run out of money sometime during their retirement, even those closest to retirement. Explore your retirement options and your health-care concerns.