The Safe Savings Rate

Category: Retirement Income

November 28, 2015  |  

The Safe Savings Rate

Key Takeaways • Where it all started–the safe withdrawal rate. • My transition to the safe savings rate—the amount of income you need to sock away for retirement. • A comprehensive financial plan is best, but off-the-shelf tools and two popular “rules of thumb” can help. The Safe Withdrawal Rate About 20 years ago, a […]

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November 9, 2015  |  

File and Suspend No More: A Guide to the Recent Changes in Social Security

Key Takeaways: The recent budget deal eliminated the “File and Suspend” Social Security benefit strategy. File and Suspend allowed married couples to maximize their benefits by deferring collection of individual benefits until age 70 while still receiving a spousal benefit. If you will turn age 66 by May 1, 2016, or 62 by December 31, […]

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September 16, 2015  |  

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

Key Takeaways:  The purpose of most life insurance policies is to ensure that your loved ones will be financially secure upon your death. Keep the big picture in mind. Instead of using rules of thumb, consider your specific situation and determine an amount that will allow your loved ones to maintain their standard of living. […]

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May 27, 2015  |  

What Happens to My IRA When I Die?

Key Takeaways Every situation is as unique as you are, so don’t shortchange yourself with an off-the-shelf, cookie-cutter solution. The beneficiary you designate for your IRA can have a big impact on what happens to your IRA when you pass away. Your age can have a big impact on what happens to your IRA. “What […]

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March 11, 2015  |  

Traditional versus Roth contributions: What to consider – PART 2

See Part 1 of this blog post here.[PR1]  What’s best for me? When determining which contribution is a better fit for you, understand that there is no single right answer for everyone.  The contribution that’s best for you will be determined by your personal situation.  Ask yourself the following 5 questions before making your decision: […]

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March 10, 2015  |  

Traditional Versus Roth Contributions: What to Consider – PART 1

Key Takeaways The decision to make Traditional or Roth contributions to retirement plans adds an extra layer of complexity to investing. Traditional contributions allow participants to defer tax until funds are withdrawn, while Roth contributions allow participants to pay tax up front, so there’s no tax obligation upon withdrawal. When deciding what type of contribution […]

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February 18, 2015  |  

2015 Annual Limits for Financial Planning

Key Takeaways In 2015, retirement plan participants can contribute up to $18,000 annually to their 401(k), 403(b), Thrift Savings Plans and most 457 accounts. Savers age 50 and over are able to contribute an extra $6,000 catch-up contribution this year, for a total of up to $24,000. Contributions to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are unchanged […]

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