Retirement

Families typically reach out to financial advisors when they experience a major financial milestone. This often coincides with significant life events, including changing jobs, selling a business, receiving an inheritance, and changing family dynamics. It may also be relevant upon reaching retirement. However, many people, especially those who spent most of their career handling their
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What is the biggest mistake those getting ready to enroll in Medicare can make? I’m asked this question frequently. My first response is that there are too many candidates to identify just the biggest. However, I must acknowledge that a top contender for the honor would be COBRA. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act mandated
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Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The IRS has issued more guidance on the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules—this time in the form of final regulations. The final regulations offer some clarity on the withdrawal and eligibility requirements for inherited IRAs. RMDs By law, you are required to withdraw funds from your
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If you’ve ever inherited a retirement account, you’ve probably wondered how to use the funds best. Your new account can help jump-start your journey towards financial freedom. Converting some of your inherited IRA to a Roth account could be a great way to minimize your taxes on retirement income. Can You Convert An Inherited IRA
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It’s that time of year when a storm developing in the Caribbean has the potential to become a hurricane. That’s when an early warning system becomes so important. This integrated system of hazard monitoring, forecasting and prediction, disaster risk assessment, communication and preparedness activities systems helps people get ready to take appropriate action, including evacuation,
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I woke up this morning to a financial “headline” that, while not uncommon, grated on me even more today. It’s a misleading question, asked not by a curious consumer but by a massive financial institution, that is surely designed to act as a lure for transactional sales more than a tool for educational edification. The
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Married women face a special retirement planning challenge that’s best addressed when they and their spouse transition into retirement. Here’s the problem: When one spouse passes away, the survivor’s retirement income usually drops much more than their living expenses do. This often results in the phenomenon I’ve called the “retired widow’s money crunch.” Most of
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Retirement decisions are always complex and rarely easy. As a veteran retirement researcher who has written books on the subject, I find myself sympathetic to President Biden’s reluctance to “step aside” and retire. While this is a unique situation, his response is in fact quite normal. It makes perfect sense that President Biden is “defiant,”
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I’ve never met anyone who loves paying more taxes on their retirement income. Building a retirement income you won’t outlive is hard enough without overpaying your taxes. Any strategy that helps you increase the amount of your tax-free retirement income will help minimize these two challenges. As a tax planning-focused Certified Financial Plannerä, I love
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According to reports, interest in moving abroad spiked after the recent presidential debate. So what are the best places to live in the world? Ask the expats—they offer a unique perspective on living in foreign countries, making their feedback invaluable. This year marks the 11th edition of the Expat Insider report by InterNations, which is
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