What Issues Should You Consider Before You Retire?

What Issues to Consider Before You Retire

Are you looking forward to the day you retire? Many dream of retirement, counting down the days when they can leave the cubicle life behind. But, before you turn in your work badge, make sure your finances are in order first.

Not being prepared financially could mean having to get back to work or worse - running out of money. Going down the checklist below will ensure you’ve covered all the major issues you need to consider before you retire.

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What Should You do with Your Old 403(b) Account?

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One of the questions that come up on a regular basis is what to do with old retirement accounts. In the old days, many workers stayed at the same company their entire career and retired with 30 to 40 years of service.

Nowadays, people are more likely to switch jobs every few years, bringing up the question of what to do with old retirement accounts such as 403(b) plans. According to a survey by staffing firm Robert Half, 64 percent of workers favor job hopping.

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Should You Consider a Roth IRA Conversion?

Should You Consider a Roth IRA Conversion

If you’re looking to minimize taxes in retirement, or anytime before, one of the options is converting your traditional individual retirement account (IRA) into a Roth IRA. This shifts the tax burden from a future date to the present day. Before you make such a move, though, it’s important to consider what this will mean to your finances.

Minimizing taxes in retirement seems very appealing. Once you stop working, your income in retirement will come in part from your savings so the less taxes you can pay, the more money you will have available for enjoying your life.

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The Top 7 Mistakes People Make Planning For Retirement

7 Retirement Mistakes

It kills me when people are conned into an “investment” that just doesn’t make sense for them. It actually happens more than you might think. Give me a minute to tell you a little – but true – story.

One day a lady stepped into my office and was interested in working with me. She was working with a big brokerage firm and didn’t feel like her advisor was being honest with her.

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The Biggest Mistake Investors Make

THE Biggest MISTAKE INVESTORS MAKE

Whether you’re new to investing or you’re a seasoned pro, you’re bound to make mistakes. As you gain more experience with the market, you’ll be less prone to making impulse decisions. However, there’s one mistake that all investors are bound to make at one point or another – trying to time the market.

While you may think that you’ve got a good handle on the ups and downs of the market, think again. Trying to figure out the exact right time to move your money in and out of the market requires a crystal ball. Not even the experts know for sure when the next downturn or upward swing of the market will happen.

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Top 7 Mistakes People Make When Planning For Retirement Webinar

7 Retirement Mistakes

Do you worry about your retirement from time to time? You’re not alone.

Do you remember the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008? Retirees watched in disbelief as a large portion of their hard-earned money vanished right before their eyes. Who’s to say something similar can’t happen again, especially with some of the volatility we've seen lately.

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The Easiest Ways to Save Money

The easiest ways to save money

Many Americans are one paycheck away from going into debt to pay for an emergency. A report by the Federal Reserve on the economic well-being of U.S. households found that 40 percent of American’s can’t afford an unexpected $400 expense. Having some extra cash can help you be prepared in case financial disaster strikes.

There are many different ways to save money – some easier than others. Pick what works for you and stick with it for a few months, setting aside the money that you save in a separate savings account. You can use the extra money to start an emergency fund or invest for retirement.

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Financial Planning 101 - Do You Need a Financial Advisor?

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For many of us in life, regardless of what it might be, we typically try to figure how to do things by ourselves. It could be fixing the car, something around the house, or as we’ll be covering here, managing your own investments and finances.

At some point in our life, though, lack of time and knowledge becomes an issue. Most of us can figure out the basics of investing and financial planning, but eventually, you simply don’t know what you don’t know if it’s not your profession.

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What Should I Do If My Investments Are Losing Money?

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When the stock market takes a sudden turn downward, it can be easy to get worried about your investments. Market turmoil can cause even seasoned investors to take pause. Watching the value of your investments go down can certainly be disheartening.

In fact, a 2018 study found that Americans are more stressed by money issues than by personal relationships or work. Stock market volatility is nothing new so finding the best way to cope with the swings will help give you peace of mind. Getting your finances in order will help you weather the inevitable ups and downs of your investment portfolio.

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Top Ten Ways To Avoid Bad Investments

Top Ten Ways To Avoid Bad Investments

When it comes to making investment decisions, sometimes our emotions take over for common sense. While we usually rely on our knowledge and experience to point us in the right direction, investing doesn’t always work that way.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep on the right track. While you can’t control the markets, you can control your own behavior and how you respond. When making investment decisions, it’s essential to take into account a few potential pitfalls.

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How To Overcome Your Fear Of Personal Finances

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Personal Finances

Have you ever been afraid to log into your bank account or check your credit card balances? If you’re losing sleep over your personal finances, you’re not alone. According to a Bankrate survey, 36 percent of Americans are losing sleep over money troubles.

While money anxiety can be more common than we realize, it’s important to address it sooner rather than later. Ignoring your finances will hurt you in the long run, even if it feels better to bury your head in the sand right now. Money troubles never go away unless you take charge of your situation and address them head-on.

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How You Can Utilize Airbnb or VRBO to Supplement Your Retirement Income

How You Can Utilize Airbnb or VRBO to Supplement Your Retirement Income

If you’re approaching retirement and looking for ways to beef up your monthly income, there are many strategies to consider. You could pick up part-time work or start a side hustle like tutoring or delivering groceries. Or, you could just rent out your home or part of your home for cash and travel the world.

If you think that final suggestion is intriguing, you’re not alone. Thanks to technology brought to use by companies like Airbnb and VRBO.com, it’s more common than ever for senior citizens or anyone approaching retirement to use their home as an income-producing asset so they can do…well….whatever they want.

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The Ultimate Guide To Financial Freedom

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM

By now, you’ve probably heard of the FIRE movement. FIRE, which stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early, is everywhere. As a matter of fact, there is even a new movie coming out called Playing With Fire. The film itself documents a young family’s journey into the FIRE subculture as they look for a way to cut down time spent working versus time spent with their family.

Financial freedom is a term used loosely, along with financial independence, and while they are very similar, they aren’t quite the same. The difference? Financial freedom allows you to completely walk away from your career without owing anyone a thing.

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Saving for Retirement - Your Step-By-Step Guide to Getting You There

Saving for Retirement

When entering the job market out of college, the concept of retirement seems like a lifetime away. Most people can’t even fathom thinking about retirement let alone save for it. And others know the day is coming, but they are relaxed in the notion that it’s too early to even begin thinking about saving for retirement.

Such thinking is certainly misguided. Regardless of the confusing retirement savings types, retirement is a natural part of life. It can be a wonderful experience for many families, especially those who planned early. It’s a new chapter in life, where people get to enjoy the fruits of their labor for the next few decades.

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Retirement Income - Your Step-By-Step Guide to Not Running Out of Money

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Congratulations! You’ve worked for decades to prepare for retirement and now you’re there, or almost there, ready to start what can be the most enjoyable phase of your life. Very likely, you’ve got plans to travel, see family and friends and maybe even revisit hobbies you’ve neglected for decades.

However, as you are most likely aware, you must also make plans related to your money. Specifically, you want to be sure you have enough retirement income to last you for the rest of your life.

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How To Do A Background Check On Your Financial Advisor

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In today’s day and age of the internet, you can find just about anything in no time. Looking for a restaurant nearby? Go to the internet. Need a place to get a haircut? Go to the internet. Looking for background information on a financial advisor? Yep, go to the internet.

It amazes me how we found things before we had the internet. I guess we just asked for referrals from our friends, looked things up in the phone book or drove around until we found out what we were looking for…the indignity.

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The Best Options For Your Old 401k(s) – A Step-by-Step Guide

The Best Options For Your Old 401k

So, how many different companies have been at in your working career? If you’re like most people today, you’ve probably switched jobs at least a couple times. It seems like some people can switch every six months while others can stay for years.

Regardless, it’s extremely rare to see someone who stays with the same employer for life. Things have certainly changed from the baby boomer generation.

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The Best Personal Finance Tips When Changing Jobs

The Best Financial Tips When Changing Jobs

Congratulations, you landed a new job! Hopefully, it’s the job of your dreams or at least a lot better than your previous one.

Now that you’ve said “I do” to your new employer, it’s now time to tackle the financial things to do when changing jobs. Don’t worry, the list isn’t overwhelming (although we certainly understand the stress of moving and changing jobs), but many of these items are time sensitive and could have a major impact if not handled correctly.

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5 Financial Must-Dos On Your Birthday

Financial Must Dos Birthday

Oh the joys of having another birthday. It just means you got another year older… congratulations! You are probably wondering where in the world the last year of your life went if you’re anything like me - getting old can be rough.

I heard a great quote the other day that totally resonated – “The days get longer, but the years get shorter.” So true in my opinion. The older I get, the more time flies. I have no idea why, but that’s definitely how it feels.

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Acorns: A Cool App For Saving Money

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Did you set a goal to try and save more money this year? If you’re like most people, this is a recurring goal that continues to rear its ugly head time and time again.

Let’s face it, saving money can be tough. Spending money is much easier and way more fun… hey, I’m a financial advisor, and I’m in total agreement. However, as much as we dread putting some money away for a rainy day – or for whatever reason, we need to do it. Some of us are good at, while others are not so good.

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