If you follow financial industry information, you may have read that it’s best to reduce risk in your portfolio as you near retirement. That’s a very valid concern. And the advice is generally true. But there is another way to reduce risk and still achieve your long-term goals.
An annuity is a financial product used to save tax-deferred for retirement or to generate regular income payments once in retirement. There is a lot of confusion around annuities as a retirement investment. Learn what a tax-deferred annuity is and whether it is right for you.
Deciding where to direct your money is a tricky thing when you have both debt and an investment portfolio. On the one hand, you know it’s smart to pay down high-interest debts. But you also know you also need to save for retirement. Should you do both? Can you do both? Which move is the smartest use of your money?
Even with the most careful and forward-thinking retirement planning, there are still some financial surprises you may face. Those extra costs and financial drains can make quite a dent into your portfolio, as well as in your everyday savings and money on-hand, potentially setting you back a few steps in your smart retirement preparations.
The choice of whether to delay taking Social Security benefits or start as soon as you are eligible is a hot-button topic and a question we are asked often. As with all things in financial planning, the answer to this question is it depends.
When you’re planning for retirement and looking at which types of IRA to get, it’s important to know the difference between various types with regard to how they’re funded and how they will be taxed when you’re ready to withdraw money. Let’s compare a Roth IRA to a traditional IRA on four important areas.
Deciding when to retire can be a very scary proposition, one that can keep you up nights. We often hear from many clients who are truly wrestling with that life-changing decision. “I’m worried about working for too long, and then dying before I can have the chance to enjoy my retirement,” they say, nervous about when to pull the plug on their work life.
How much can you expect to receive in your social security benefits checks in the future? Here’s a basic look at how the SSA configures what your social security payments will be when you elect to start receiving benefits.
Few things can cause as many problems for your retirement outlook as the impact of inflation. You know that when the average inflation rate increases, things get more expensive. But did you know that the types of goods and services used by the elderly are affected more by inflation than the goods and services used …
We’re in an era of The New Retirement, which is a mindset and a necessity, considering the unique factors that face present and future retirement outlooks. It wasn’t that long ago when people worked until age 60, then retired and collected a pension. But the dynamic has changed tremendously in the past 15 years.
You know the importance of strengthening your 401K for your retirement, but what you might not be aware of are the costly mistakes that many people make with their 401Ks. We certainly want to help you avoid short-changing your 401K – if not destroying your 401K altogether, so take a look at what we see as the most common 401K investment mistakes.
As you approach your retirement planning, and as you partner with your financial planner, you’ll discover a number of unexpected demands on your retirement funds. These unwelcome ‘surprises’ are simply realities of life in our modern times, but challenges nonetheless to your financial outlook in your retirement years.