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Clint Haynes is a Certified Financial Planner® serving clients who are going through the transition into retirement. He is also the founder of NextGen Wealth as well as the best-selling book Retirement the Right Way.

Over the years, Clint has been quoted in and written for many local and national publications including the Kansas City Business Journal, Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger, and Forbes.

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How Much Should I Be Saving for Retirement?

When it comes to retirement, one of the most valuable questions you can ask yourself is, “how much is enough?” Unfortunately, it can be challenging to determine the right amount because there are many variables to consider. 

In this article, we’re going to discuss the finer points of saving for retirement so that when it arrives, you can feel secure in the size of your nest egg. Ideally, you shouldn’t have to limit your lifestyle or cut down on expenses during your golden years. So, the more planning and preparation you can do now, the better off you’ll be later on. 

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Budgeting Software Review: YNAB vs. Mint

Budgeting software has totally changed the way that we think about our money. They give us the ability to customize our budget which can help us: 

  • Get out of debt.
  • Save more money. 
  • Cut expenses. 
  • And make our hard-earned dollars go further. 

With budgeting software applications on our mobile devices, we can take them with us everywhere to inform our spending and saving decisions. They have given us intuitive and easy-to-use tools that make budgeting easier. With so many budgeting software and applications on the market though, how can you be sure which one is going to be the best for you? 

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How to Cut Your Expenses in Retirement

The average person needs between 70 and 80 percent of their income each year when they retire. If you have that already saved, you're probably in good shape. 

However, there's always more you can do to help you stretch your retirement funds without sacrificing your quality of life. It just takes planning and know-how.

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How to Prepare for Retirement in the Age of COVID-19

Since the novel coronavirus began spreading across the globe, it has impacted everything about our daily lives. However, while some of the effects were immediate, such as quarantines and lockdowns, one of the less obvious was how it would impact retirement planning. 

In this article, we want to look at the various ways that COVID-19 has disrupted retirement plans. To help understand these effects better, we’re going to look at the three stages of planning - early, pre-retirement, and retirement. We’ll also pay attention to the various legal changes that were inside the relief bill passed in March. 

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Retiring Early and Paying for Health Insurance

As a financial advisor, I meet with individuals and couples who hope to retire early all the time - I mean, who doesn’t. Once I sit down with them for some basic number-crunching, we work together to create a long-term financial plan that will guide many of their decisions. 

This can include how much to invest, when and where to invest, and ways to increase cash flow and returns while keeping long-term costs and taxes to a minimum. 

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What’s the Difference Between a 403(b) and an IRA?

No matter how old you are, it’s never too early to start planning for retirement. While you should start saving as soon as possible, one of the best ways to build a substantial nest egg is to work somewhere that offers employer contributions, like a 401(k). However, for those working in nonprofit organizations, a 401(k) plan is not usually an option. 

Fortunately, many of these entities may offer what’s called a 403(b) retirement account. In this article, we’ll discuss the finer points of a 403(b), as well as compare it to an alternative, the individual retirement account (IRA). Here are the details you need to know. 

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Do I Need a Budget in Retirement?

For many individuals, the primary concern is to save as much money as they can before retirement. After all, the bigger your nest egg, the less likely you’ll run out. 

However, even if your retirement accounts are bursting at the seams, budgeting is still a necessity. In many cases, without a budget, you could wind up having to dust off the old resume because your funds are starting to run low. 

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Tips for Withdrawing Money From an IRA

When talking about retirement planning, most of the focus is on how and where you’ll be saving money. While that should be your primary concern, you also need to figure out what comes after - withdrawing money to fund your retirement. 

In this article, we’ll talk about the different rules regarding traditional and Roth IRA withdrawals. Depending on your situation and your needs in retirement, you can maximize your earnings while minimizing your tax burden. Here are the tips that you need to know. 

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How Do I Calculate My Liquid Net Worth?

This post was last updated on September 30, 2023, to reflect all updated information and best serve your needs.

How do you measure your personal financial health? If you were running a business, you’d pay close attention to its financial health, right? Elements like cash flow, debts, and total assets would be part of your normal routine.

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The Four Phases of Your Financial Life

This post was last updated on 31 May, 2023, to reflect all updated information and best serve your needs.

It’s helpful to break your financial life into phases so you can focus on what’s most important right now. Understanding how decisions you make today affect what tomorrow looks like is vitally important. Keep in mind, these phases blend together and don’t always look the same as someone else’s journey.

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Traditional 403(b) or Roth IRA?

This post was last updated on December 30, 2023, to reflect all updated information and best serve your needs.

A 403(b) plan or tax-sheltered annuity (TSA) is a retirement account for public schools, colleges, and universities as well as for churches and non-profit organizations. While the account works similarly to other retirement plans like a 401k, there are some differences.

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Everything You Should Know About an Emergency Fund

This post was last updated on December 31, 2022, to reflect all updated information and best serve your needs.

No matter how well things are going, disaster can always strike. The best way to turn a disaster into an inconvenience is to have a solid emergency fund. A large setback can have significant consequences for your financial stability and security.

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7 Goals to Accomplish When You Retire

This post was last updated on December 30, 2023, to reflect all updated information and best serve your needs.

You’ve reached many milestones in your life so far, but retirement brings new challenges and opportunities. There are many goals that you may be looking forward to already or maybe you’re going back to the drawing board.

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5 Easy Money Hacks When You're Retired

This post was last updated on May 26, 2023, to reflect all updated information and best serve your needs.

Retirement doesn’t mean you’ll no longer need or want to bring in any additional income. This is far from the truth for many people who’ve found ways to generate additional income after reaching retirement.

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10 Passive Income Apps and Ideas for Retirees

This post was last updated on July 16, 2023, to reflect all updated information and best serve your needs.

Just because you’re retired, doesn't mean you can’t still have a little side hustle or create new goals. Passive income is a great way to generate a little extra income without feeling like you’re “coming out of retirement” so to speak.

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Your Investments and the Coronavirus; What Should You Be Doing

This post was originally published during the COVID-19 pandemic and was last updated on June 21, 2023, to reflect all updated information and best serve your needs.

Recent outbreaks of the coronavirus (a.k.a., COVID-19) outside of China raised concerns about health and safety. These increased concerns have sent stocks quickly lower over the last few trading days.

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What is a Solo 401(k)?

This post was last updated on October 25, 2022, to reflect all updated information and best serve your needs.

The Solo 401(k) is one of the most powerful retirement savings options for self-employed individuals. If you’re trying to save on taxes, save for your future, and run a business, the Solo 401(k) might be right for you.

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What is a Donor Advised Fund?

This guest post was last updated on June 21, 2023, to reflect all updated information and best serve your needs.

A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is like a charitable-giving savings account, helping you maximize your tax benefits while making a bigger impact on your favorite charitable causes.

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Are You Obsessed With Money?

This post was last updated on 20 June, 2023, to reflect all updated information and best serve your needs.

Money touches everything in our lives, but it doesn’t need to be the focal point of everything we do. Scrutinizing your money habits is a good thing, but you don’t want to constantly worry about each tiny detail of your spending. A full understanding of your money is good, so you don’t get carried away either – just don’t go overboard.

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What is an Investment Policy Statement?

This post was last updated on  27 October, 2022, to reflect all updated information and best serve your needs.

In its simplest terms, an investment policy statement (IPS) is a list of rules drawn up between you and your financial planner to set clear and concrete goals for each other. It also works as a game plan for the financial planner so that they can employ their expertise in the best way they see fit to meet your goals in a timely and efficient manner. 

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