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Did you know?

Did you know that 40.2% of older Americans have Social Security as their only income?* We believe in supplementing your retirement with additional income you can’t outlive. Call us if you are interested in learning more about a product that provides this. Protect your principal from market losses, and generate a lifetime income. We’re always here to help.  *National Institute on Retirement Security, “Examining the Nest Egg: The Sources of Retirement Income for Older Americans,” January 2020

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tax deadline extended to May 17

What’s the Right Strategy for You?

This week’s article confirms an announcement recently made by the IRS. “You now have an extra month to lower your tax bill with contributions to your individual retirement account (IRA). Just like last year, the IRS has extended the 2020 tax filing deadline to May 17, allowing Americans an extra month to make IRA contributions that can potentially ease their IOU to Uncle Sam while also helping them save for retirement.” Do you need help deciding what is the right strategy for you with your retirement contribution? Call us. We’re always here to help. READ FULL ARTICLE

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What is an Indexed Annuity?

This week’s article provides an easy answer to the question ‘What is an Indexed Annuity?’ “An indexed annuity is a type of annuity contract that pays an interest rate based on the performance of a specified market index, such as the S&P 500. It differs from fixed annuities, which pay a fixed rate of interest, and variable annuities, which base their interest rate on a portfolio of securities chosen by the annuity owner. Indexed annuities are sometimes referred to as equity-indexed or fixed-indexed annuities.” If you are interested in learning more or have any questions, call us. We’re always here

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retirement accounts

Retirement Accounts

With deadlines for filing tax returns approaching we are beginning to remind people that the deadline for making their permitted annual deposits into their retirement accounts is also approaching. Even if you have a Roth IRA you may want to consider the different options you have to both accumulate wealth for retirement, or if you are already retired and taking income from your savings, to obtain growth potential without being vulnerable to major long-term downturns in the market. Call us, we’re happy to explain some choices you have and discuss how they may fit into whatever stage of retirement planning

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taxes and life insurance

Do Beneficiaries Pay Taxes on Life Insurance?

Lately, we have been asked about taxes and life insurance. Specifically whether or not beneficiaries of a life insurance policy have to pay income taxes on that money, or whether the estate has to pay taxes on it. The simple answer is, usually, no. However, there can be nuances involved. For example, taxes can depend on how the life policy is owned, or how the beneficiary is identified. Because of this, we thought we would share this informative article. Take a look, and then call us if you have any questions. We’re always here to help. P.S. Give the office

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Saving for retirement

A Simple cure for that risk

This week’s article tells us “experts want you to start saving as soon as possible, no matter what amount you can afford to put away.” The first goal is to simply get into the habit of saving for the future because the future comes sooner than you think, and “the second is to take advantage of as many compounding returns as you can: The longer your money is invested in the market—even if it’s a smaller amount—the longer it has to grow and generate increasingly larger returns.” The article also tells us “this turns most of us into market watchers.

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retirement planning today

Financial Planning Today

This week I thought to refer you to an article that begins with the simple but universal statement “Retirement planning is a multistep process that evolves over time.” The reason I like this statement is that it relates to each of us, regardless of our age. Whether you are at the beginning stages of thinking about your retirement goals and how long you have to meet them, or you are about to begin to withdraw from your savings, planning is needed every step of the way. Call the office if you’d like to review your plan, I may have some

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women and retirement

Women and Retirement

“At a time when COVID-19 is generating massive financial uncertainty for individuals, companies, and societies, an important new report from Bank of America examines the unique saving and investing challenges facing women. It marks the launch of a new research series that applies a gender lens to financial behaviors.” Call us if you would like to discuss the financial behaviors that you have become comfortable with, but which may perhaps no longer create the best savings strategy for you. We have some ideas that may be of interest to you. READ FULL ARTICLE

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Civil Service

Federal Question

If you are a Federal civil servant employee and contemplating putting in your retirement papers this year, you may want to verify what your lifetime benefits will be, and how they are calculated. It isn’t just a question of age, which is how most of us think about retirement, it is a question of your years on the job. Take a look at this week’s article, it may help you to have a better understanding of what your financial situation will look like in retirement. Call us if you have any questions or to discuss ways you can supplement the

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financial terms

Help with financial terms

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a conversation with a financial professional and realized you have no understanding of the meaning of the words he is using? We try to keep things simple around our office and go to great lengths to make sure that you understand what we are speaking about, but that doesn’t mean that others you may be dealing with in the financial community do the same. So I thought to share with you a dictionary of terms that you can keep on hand should you ever need them. (Thank you to the Insured

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