How Well Did You Adapt?

We can all agree that the pandemic created many unexpected events in each of our lives, and we’ve all had to figure out how to adapt. That means now is a good time to review how your needs may have changed, and if those changes have impacted the financial goals you previously set for yourself and your family. One way of doing that is to outline what your needs are today, and then decide what you think you need to do to prepare for tomorrow. Depending on your life stage and goals, and how the pandemic has personally impacted your

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The Psychology of Saving for Retirement

If you have ever wondered why saving for retirement feels so difficult, this week’s article may be helpful to you. The article explains, “Psychology is often just as important in personal finance as are the numbers – the way we save, spend and invest are all influenced by the way we think and feel, especially when it comes to preparing for future events like retirement.” Because retirement often seems so far away and too difficult to achieve, it is hard to get the ball rolling on your savings and the article explains how we often end up procrastinating. Call us

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Avoiding Risk With Your Retirement Strategies

While you may know that you cannot avoid risk in your life, you can prepare for it with your retirement strategies. Depending on your stage in life, there are specific risks you may want to think about and incorporate into your planning. We read about three key retirement concerns and the evolving needs and risks associated with them. We wanted to share them with you this week: Providing for your family’s future Protecting what you’ve worked for Passing on your legacy Call us if you’d like to discuss any of these, or are looking for suggestions on how to accomplish

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Independent Living

Sometimes when we think of our later years in retirement, we forget to reflect on what savings we will need beyond the monthly costs of healthcare, rent, food, etc. at an independent living facility. We need to remember to consider the larger sum of money needed to “buy in” to long-term care. This week’s article addresses how long you may need long-term care and how much it could cost: “…half of people over 65 will incur long-term care costs, and 15% will incur more than $250,000 in costs, according to a study by Vanguard Research and Mercer Health and Benefits.”

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Tips for Saving Money After Retirement

We thought to share this week’s article with you because it discusses 27 tips for saving money after retirement. It’s important to remember that “it’s never too late to save, even after retirement.” The author of the article tells us how to “get on track once you’re retired” based on advice provided in the guide that you can easily download through this article. Take a look at the guide and then call us if you’d like to hear our ideas.  The article also touches upon the fact that “Nearly half of Americans aren’t sure how much they need for retirement.”

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Capital Gains Taxes Explained

We’ve received calls asking to explain capital gains taxes so we thought this week’s article might be of interest. It tells us, “There are two categories of capital gains: short term (assets held for a year or less) and long term (assets held for longer than one year). The day you acquire the asset isn’t included in your holding period, but the day you sell it is.” “Any net gain resulting from the sale of an asset with a short-term holding period will be added to your gross income and taxed as ordinary income at rates between 10% and 37%.

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Savings By Age

We enjoyed reading this week’s article because it provides useful information that applies to the different generations in any family. Saving money is an interesting conversation because while it usually involves the idea of needing to have retirement money in the future, we often forget to think about saving money as the bigger picture regardless of our age. You will have various life events along the way that you’ll need to have money set aside for in “your 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond.” “If you’re wondering, ‘How much should I have saved?’ now is the time to flip your mindset.

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Saving Vs. Spending

This week’s article asks the question, “When do you stop saving and start enjoying the fruits of your labor?” We could help you understand at what age you can start to transition from saver to spender. It could mean the difference between: A retirement of constant penny-pinching and being stuck in saving mode. A retirement that includes vacations, seeing your friends & family, and allowing yourself to ENJOY your retirement full of valuable experiences. The article explains, “You’ve done all the right things—financially speaking, at least—in saving for retirement. You started saving early to take advantage of the power of

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We Have An Idea

This week’s article includes 4 ways for us to prepare and save enough to retire in 10 years. But we have the 5th idea, not mentioned in this article! As you accumulate savings meant to carry you through retirement (alongside your social security), we suggest putting some or all of those savings into a place where your principal is protected…A place where your principal is guaranteed to not go down if the market does and where you know that you will still receive a guaranteed income for your lifetime. If you let us know how much income you are hoping

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Eliminate the Guesswork

A survey released in 2019 found that 46% of Americans are guessing at how much money they need for retirement. With increasing life expectancies and financial uncertainties, guesswork is playing a big part in determining whether Americans have enough saved to make the decision to stop working and cross over to retirement. Our office can help you eliminate that guesswork by introducing you to a product that provides a guaranteed income you can’t outlive without having to worry about it decreasing when the market goes down. Call us so we can tell you all about it: 949-955-3755. We’re always here

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