Tag: Retirement Saving


May

26

2016
I’ll Never Retire!

I’ll Never Retire!

Believe it or not, we hear this more than ever from the people we speak with and the statistics seem to back this up. In 2000, about 11% of Americans worked into retirement. Today, it’s almost 20% and going higher according the the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Today, the US has the largest number of older workers ever. A 2015 Federal Reserve study found that 12% said they...

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May

18

2016
Don’t forget about Inflation!

Don’t forget about Inflation!

  Inflation has been forgotten about the past few years. However, there are signs it may be creeping back into our lives. The annual consumer price index for March 2016 rose 2.2% following February’s 2.3% increase. I doubt we will see “runaway inflation” like we saw in the 70’s; however, it’s a good time to have these discussions now with your advisor.  Many believe inflation will...

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May

10

2016
Happy portrait of senior couple, woman embracing her husband

The New Realities of Retirement

Approximately 4 million baby boomers will retire this year alone! Talk about a drain on pension and Social Security benefits…You don’t have to search very far to find information on the under-funding issues with both of these programs. There are many new realities to retirement. Here are just 3: *You will live longer than you imagine– One out of every four people age 65 will...

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Apr

15

2016
So, You Got a Refund?

So, You Got a Refund?

The tax year has come and gone and you get your usual refund. What do you do with it? Or, better yet, is it good to even get a refund?  According to Bankrate.com, three out of four taxpayers received a refund of $3,000 in 2015!  Although you may look at this a “windfall” or forced savings plan, you are essentially giving your money to the...

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Apr

06

2016
So you want to retire early? Follow these steps to success.

So you want to retire early? Follow these steps to success.

There are two main components to a successful retirement, “emotional” and “financial” preparedness. Having both at retirement is the ultimate goal. I see people who are ready to retire emotionally, they just don’t have the money. I’ve also seen the other side of that equation. To retire early it’s even more important to have both. Here are a few steps to follow: 1) Reduce or...

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Feb

09

2016
Senior couple riding bicycles in the nature

Getting Your ‘Better Half’ Involved In The Finances

Getting your spouse to be as excited about finances as you are may be a tall task. However, it is critically important that both parties get actively involved in the planning process. Here are a few tips you should consider when you are trying to convince your better half to be involved with your finances. Don’t pressure them:  If at first you don’t succeed, instead...

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Dec

16

2015
It Pays to Stay!

It Pays to Stay!

It’s easy to let the emotions of greed and fear drive our investment decisions. I once heard another financial professional say, “We don’t have people with investment problems, we have investments with people problems!” I do see some truth to this. To be fair though, it’s easy to see why investors repeat bad investment behavior. After all, we are human. I mean, if somehow we...

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Dec

09

2015
Tis the Season to Gift

Tis the Season to Gift

With the holidays heading into full gear, I wanted to discuss a few strategies available to those who are charitably inclined. Of course, you can gift $14,000 to anyone you wish annually, but these strategies are geared to benefit charities specifically.  Please discuss these concepts with your tax professional as I am only covering the key distinctions and not providing advice. Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)–allows...

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Dec

02

2015
Financial Plan on Multicolor Puzzle on White Background.

What is “Comprehensive” Financial Planning?

It used to be you walked into your stock broker’s office, handed over your hard earned dollars, and said, “Make me some money!”  Like many things, times have changed and just trying to make you money is no longer an appropriate goal. For one thing, that goal is not unique to your situation as it applies to everyone. Comprehensive Financial Planning is about building wealth...

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