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Choosing the Right Financial Advisor in 5 Easy Steps

Preparing for retirement can be overwhelming, and between tax, estate, insurance, and investment planning, some important aspects of your financial plan can be easily overlooked if you’re not working with a competent professional. A qualified financial advisor can help you ensure that all items are being considered, but not all advisors are created equal. So… Read More

What Would You Do?

New jobs often come with a lot of excitement and steep learning curves. Consider this example scenario: Charlotte, a freshly-hired employee is a little bit overwhelmed. She’s meeting new co-workers, setting expectations, figuring out the coffee situation, and completing form after form. Charlotte’s new employer has a retirement savings plan, and this fact jogs her… Read More

Calculate your RMD in 5 Easy Steps

One of the greatest advantages of retirement savings accounts are the opportunities for tax-deferred or tax-free growth; however, the government sets a time limit on how long these benefits can last by way of establishing required minimum distributions (RMDs). An RMD is the minimum amount that must be taken out of your retirement accounts each… Read More

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TAX – Calculating the Pro-Rata Rule in 5 Easy Steps

If you hold both pre-tax and after-tax money in your IRA, you’ve likely heard of the pro-rata rule. It’s important to understand how this rule is calculated and how it can impact your retirement funds. In simple terms, the pro-rata rule is used to determine how much of a distribution is taxable when you have… Read More

Market Commentary – Dec. 4, 2017

What will it take to shake investors’ confidence? From the perspective of unsettling events, last week was jam-packed. North Korea claimed to have the capability to strike the United States with a nuclear missile, tax reform continued to travel a controversial path through the House and Senate, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn pled… Read More

MAXIMIZE your Social Security Benefits

Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits Retirement and Social Security are inextricably linked. Not only did Social Security help establish the official U.S. retirement age at 65, it also provides a significant portion of today’s retirees’ incomes. Some of the earliest company pension programs began paying benefits at age 65.1 The economics made sense since life… Read More

Fixing a Missed RMD in 5 Easy Steps

Once you reach age 70½ , the government requires that a specific minimum amount be withdrawn from your retirement account each year. If you miss the deadline or don’t take enough, Uncle Sam could hit you with a 50% penalty! Did you forget to take a required minimum distribution (RMD) from your retirement account? Unsure… Read More

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The Sandwich Generation – 6 Key Tips for Retirement

Life can get hectic, especially when you’re trying to balance raising your children and caring for your aging parents. Finding the time to plan for your retirement may seem impossible, but it’s crucial to make plans today for your financial future. How much should you be contributing to your retirement accounts? Should you consider a… Read More

How are Social Security benefits calculated?

One of the most important decisions you’ll make about your retirement is when and how to take your Social Security benefits, but it’s crucial that you understand potential tax implications prior to doing so. For many retirees that will have additional sources of income in retirement, Social Security benefits can push you into a higher… Read More

Roth IRA – To Convert or Not Convert in 5 Easy Steps

Are you considering converting your IRA or employer plan assets to a Roth IRA? You may be searching for ways to reduce your tax bill in retirement, and a Roth IRA can do just that. However, before you make any moves with your money, there are other tax implications you should consider first. One of… Read More