COLA

The 2022 Cost of Living Adjustment

With 2022 just beginning, we thought we’d share with you some of the changes to Social Security. The Social Security Administration has issued a 5.9% cost-of-living adjustment (known as a “COLA”) for 2022, the largest COLA in nearly 40 years. How much of a difference this will make in your life really depends on your overall financial needs and situation. The increase in Social Security benefits can help offset inflation. However, it will not reduce the amount of Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) you will still be required to take from your retirement accounts (for example, your IRA.) It’s possible you

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Prepare to Live on $33,000 a Year If You Retire With a $1 Million Portfolio

Preparing For a Reduction

A recent article tells us “People retiring in the next few decades should only count on withdrawing 3.3% of their savings a year, down from the well-established number of 4%” according to a recent report by Morningstar. Inc.  The withdrawal rate refers to how much a retiree can “safely” withdraw from their savings each year without fear of running out of money. Usually it assumes that someone will live about 30 years past retirement. Will this anticipated reduction affect you? Call us, and we can help you determine if it might be time to consider other options. Did you know

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"Retired" definition

Are you Ready to Retire?

If you’re able to easily determine your own retirement date, be thankful that circumstances haven’t led to that date having to change. Also, be aware that determining when to retire isn’t a simple choice. Are you sure you’re emotionally ready? You don’t want to end up regretting retiring earlier, or later, than you should’ve. Running out of money during your retirement, or not living to see your retirement at all, is a real risk when deciding when to retire.  There are certain questions you should ask yourself in order to determine whether or not you should retire yet:  Do you

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ASSETS VERSUS INCOME

I came across an article in the Harvard Business Review where the author discussed a concept we have touched on in the past – the idea that when you “ask someone what her pension is worth, she will reply with an income figure: “two-thirds of my final salary,” for example. Yet, if you ask someone what their 401K is worth, they will probably lament about the value lost in the financial crisis. The article goes on to state that “the safe, risk-free asset today that guarantees your objective is an inflation-protected annuity…” and “If you had enough money in your

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BRINGING BALANCE

“In our hectic lives, balance is something many of us strive to achieve.” This week’s article caught my eye with its first sentence, as the thought of balance rang resonant with what we have always sought to provide assistance on with our clients. Balanced options are so important in retirement especially when we try to find different ways to ensure that we have income we won’t outlive once we stop working. We may have some ideas for you, and would love to help you come to solutions that make you feel better about your retirement planning. Call us, we’re always

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SOMETIMES IT’S FUN

Sometimes it is fun to take a moment and participate in a quiz about retirement. Answering questions and then comparing our responses to others gives us new opportunities to think about the choices we are making, and how we are planning for the future. This week’s article does just that. Can you answer the retirement questions it poses? Call us when you and done to talk about your plans for the future. We are always here to help. Click Here to Read Full Article

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LET’S LOOK BACK TO LOOK FORWARD

As we come to the end of the year I thought to share with you a group of articles that I have found to be informative, each of them reflecting on different issues relating to planning for retirement that you may want to reflect on. Ranging from “11 Money Lies to Stop Telling Yourself” to “20 Things You Can Learn From Your Parents’ Retirement”, you will find pointers that may help you. Call us if you would like to discuss any of the ideas you read about. We are always here to help.   Click Here to Read Full Article

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