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Pre-Retirees & Retirees

Prepared…To Do Nothing

These last weeks, we’ve had more than our usual share of time to ourselves. There’s a lot happening in the world right now – and not a lot for us to do. This combination of an unsettled world plus leisure time can be a recipe for disaster. The extra thinking time may lead us to come up with new entries to add to our “worry wall.” Perhaps your retirement plan has made that list. With

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529 Plans Redux

Each year on May 29 the calendar reminds us of the 529 educational savings plan, and opportunities to fund the plan.  However, many people funded 529 plans years ago and are now ready to withdraw the funds for their intended use. Distributed properly, all the earnings in the plan can be income tax free as long as the funds are used for Qualified Higher Education Expenses (QHEE).  However, as is sometimes the case, the devil

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The SECURE Act and Your Retirement Savings

Last week, President Trump signed legislation containing sweeping changes to the ways Americans will save and plan for retirement. The SECURE Act (Setting Every Community up for Retirement Enhancement Act) puts several provisions in place to strengthen retirement savings strategies. We expect nearly all of our clients to be impacted by this significant legislation and want to inform you of some of its key components. Key Components that Affect Retirement Savings Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

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Sandwich Generation: Planning for the Aging Loved One

A national study of women’s financial needs and preferences identified “being caught in the middle” as the single most significant challenge respondents indicated they would face in the coming years. To help address this burden, the Family Wealth Advisors’ Council created a series of checklists and tools through their Women of Wealth initiative.  Checklist  Determine who will be the main contact in the family for helping to plan for future aging stages. It is not

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A Bird’s Eye View of Social Security

Social Security Defined Social Security is a social insurance program administered by the United States federal government to pay benefits to qualified individuals. Social Security retirement benefits are paid monthly, providing income for the life of the retiree. These benefits are calculated based on credits earned per a worker’s wages and can be increased or reduced depending upon the age at which benefits begin. Generally, the longer an individual waits to elect benefits, the greater

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A Good Financial Advisor Extends Well Beyond the Portfolio

Particularly during challenging times in the market, it can be easy to forget that the end goal of comprehensive planning goes well beyond choosing investments. Investors who keep a critical eye to their portfolio may sometimes overlook other, more subtle indicators along the path to long-term financial success. These contributions are less quantifiable on a quarterly performance statement, but valuable nonetheless. Cost-effective investment implementation: When measured against overall wealth, the costs associated with investments may

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