de-risking

De-Risking

“De-Risking.” This is a phrase you may hear more frequently as the market dips lower and lower.  It is a term often used when discussing how those who are near retirement can prepare when they know their future years of employment and wages are coming to an end, and their savings have dwindled dramatically due to stock market losses. The phrase references the idea of converting some of your stock investments to more stable assets. You should aim for preservation of principal, and a source of guaranteed income for as long as you live, regardless of stock market conditions. Call

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Review the basics

Refresher

We try to educate our clients on annuities. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to review the basics. Click here to visit our annuities page. We’ve outlined information such as the different types of annuities, the nature of the underlying investment, the primary purpose of an annuity, the nature of the payout commitment, the tax status and the premium payment. It’s important to stay educated on annuities if you’re considering purchasing one. You can also reach out to us so we can discuss them with you and answer your questions. 

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Pension

Adjustments

While inflation has certainly been in the news a lot lately, one topic that hasn’t been discussed all that often is private pensions. Unlike Social Security payments, they typically don’t offer cost-of-living adjustments that keep up with inflation rates. State and local government pensions do typically offer cost of living increases, but this sometimes causes those who are in the private sector to assume their pensions do the same. This difference means that those receiving private-sector pensions may need to focus more on their future income stream in order to keep up. Call us, we can help you crunch the

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

There was a great article in the Wall Street Journal this past week that discussed some interesting ideas. The current tight labor market, coupled with the remote and flexible opportunities in the job market, may make retirees think about going back to work in one form or another. Especially when you consider that working may have benefits other than fiscal. However some retirees “would return to the workforce, if only they weren’t held back by cognitive blind spots. These blind spots cause them to ignore the possibility of returning to the workforce—even if working at least part-time would make them

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Change

Some Things Have Changed

“On the surface, retirement planning hasn’t changed all that much over the years. You work, you save and then you retire. But while the mechanics may be the same, today’s savers are facing some challenges that previous generations didn’t have to worry about,” says a recent CNBC article. We’ve touched on some of those challenges before. One significant change in recent years, that you’ll have to factor into your retirement strategy, is that life expectancy is up. People are living longer on average, and as a result, their savings might not last them the rest of their retirement. This is

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Tax rules

Tax Rules on Retirement Accounts

Tax-advantaged accounts, or qualified accounts, allow your portfolio to grow without the impact of taxes. This is a major benefit when it comes to saving for your goals. There are multiple retirement account options to choose from, and tax rules vary for each of them. Where you end up focusing your contributions may change over time depending on your life stage and tax situation. Contact us. We’d be happy to discuss with you options, how they relate to where you are in your planning today, and what your goals are for the future.

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Two FAQs

Two Frequently Asked Questions

Two of the most frequently asked questions when considering life insurance: What financial benefits will be available to survivors after your death What will their needs be?  These are the most common types of benefits: Social security and other retirement-related survivor benefits; life insurance; and other assets and resources.  Having these funds isn’t enough though. Knowing when they will be available is just as important. For example, social security survivor benefits are payable immediately to a surviving spouse with dependent children, but only after age 60 if there are no children. The availability of the life insurance benefit is important

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Slow and steady wins the race

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

“Slow and steady wins the race” is an idiom we’ve all heard. But you probably haven’t thought to apply it to planning for retirement. Taking a slower, more consistent approach often leads to a better outcome. It’s easy to forget this, and to take risks in an attempt to catch up. That’s not necessary. Remaining cautious with your retirement strategy and making sure you know all your possible options is important. Reach out to us to learn more. 

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saver

What Every Saver Needs to Know

This week’s article focuses on the fact that while “everyone’s retirement is different, 2022 is going to have some big differences from 2021 that will affect almost every retiree and retirement saver to some degree.” The article explains the specifics of what those differences are, including: Higher social security payouts Higher standard deductions for your federal income taxes A rise in Medicare premiums Changes to social security payroll taxes and estate exclusions Changes to retirement plan distributions and contributions Contact us if you’re a retiree or retirement saver who thinks these changes will have you rethinking your retirement strategies: (949)

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risks

Biggest Risks To your Retirement

What can be done to reduce those risks? You’ve been saving for years and have finally retired. There are so many world events going on, both domestically and abroad, that the only constant now seems to be change. The news is full of commentaries about market declines and inflation but we can provide you with the facts. We could help you understand how to manage your risks in retirement. Sometimes, it is as simple as sticking with quality financial products that have proven track records and assurance that you can count on. Give us a call to discuss your retirement

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