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Retirement Planning

2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

How Does the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Your Financial Plan?

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The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is growing in popularity according to recent polls.  Presumably, the increase in popularity is the result of millions of taxpayers seeing an increase in their February paychecks.  Fatter wallets and bank accounts are not the only changes resulting from the tax reform.  Let us look at some of the other changes that might…

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Where you retire matters

Where You Retire Matters

By | Retirement, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings | No Comments

The old adage of “Location, Location, Location” applies to more than just real estate apparently.  According to a report from GOBankingRates and a recent article from Bloomberg News, location can have a big impact on your retirement.  More specifically, where you live has a big impact on the health of your retirement nest egg. The GOBankingRates report analyzed and projected…

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Are Americans Facing a Retirement Crisis?

Are Americans Facing a Retirement Crisis?

By | Education, Investing Lessons, Retirement, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Social Security | No Comments

Are Americans facing a retirement savings crisis?  The answer to that question depends on who you ask, and perhaps that individual’s prospects for retirement.  The Wall Street Journal recently asked two prominent economists if Americans were facing a retirement savings crisis.  Alicia Munnell, director of Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research and Andrew Biggs, resident scholar at the nonprofit American…

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Investors Can Learn a Lot from Farmers!

What Lessons Can Investors Learn from Farmers?

By | Financial Planning, Investing Lessons, Investment Returns, Passive Investing, Patience, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Returns | No Comments

Spring is my favorite season of the year.  I suspect many of you feel the same way based on the amount of outdoor activity I have observed in recent days.  For me, spring means the start of the Major League Baseball season, hours of therapeutic and relaxing lawn care and landscaping activities, and the opportunity to watch my daughter Erin…

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Vin Scully retired at the tender age of 88 from broadcasting for the LA Dodgers.

How Long Are You Planning To Work Before Retirement?

By | Financial Planning, News and Events, Retirement Planning | No Comments

While the 2016 Presidential election has captured most of our nation’s attention this year, you may have missed the end of an era in professional baseball.   At the end of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, Vin Scully quietly and gracefully stepped away from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ broadcast booth, ending an historic 67-year hall of fame career in broadcasting. …

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Will Your Savings Last as Long as Your Retirement?

Will You Run Out of Money During Retirement?

By | Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings | No Comments

In recent years, a lot of attention has focused on the state of retirement, more specifically the risk that retirees will outlive their money.  Furthermore, in most surveys circulating about retirement today, running out of money during retirement continually tops retirees’ lists of fears and concerns. Retirees’ fears about retirement are far from unfounded as they do face many risks. …

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Updating Retirement Account Beneficiaries

The Importance of Updating Retirement Account Beneficiaries

By | Beneficiary Designations, Estate Planning, Retirement Planning | No Comments

We all know the importance of saving for retirement, whether we are decades from retirement or currently enjoying the rewards of a lifetime of diligently putting money aside for retirement.   For many of us we focus most of our attention on ensuring that we have the right asset allocation for our retirement accounts, or maximizing the contribution amounts so that…

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Will you have enough money to comfortably retire?

Common Questions About Retirement

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As I have shared before with many readers during our office visits and in other blog articles, one of my favorite activities in the financial planning profession is visiting with so many fun, interesting and intelligent people during client reviews and new client meetings.  I really enjoy “peeling back the layers of the onion” and finding out about where people…

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Recent research from Fidelity Investments indicates that a couple who retired in 2015 can expect to spend an estimated $245,000 for healthcare during their retirement.

Taming the High Cost of Health Care During Retirement

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I recently met with a client to review their investment accounts and financial plan.  During the course of our meeting the topic of aging came up.   As we talked about getting older and the challenges that aging presents, I remembered something an old client had told me at the very beginning of my financial planning career.  Tom and his wife…

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Secretary Thomas Perez and the Department of Labor led the charge in protecting retirement accounts.

Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule Shakes Up Industry

By | Fiduciary Standard, Financial Planning, Retirement Planning, Selecting an advisor | No Comments

In early April a major milestone was reached in the investment advice industry.  On April 6th, 2016 the Department of Labor revealed its new fiduciary duty rule that requires financial advisors to act in their clients’ best interest when making investment recommendations on retirement accounts. The new fiduciary duty rule reflects efforts that were first proposed six years ago.  It…

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