Retirement - Achieving Financial Awesomeness

What is a Mega Backdoor Roth IRA?

When it comes to saving money for retirement, you should already know that IRAs are an essential part of the retirement planning process. There are two different kinds - a Roth and a Traditional IRA, and the rules surrounding them are pretty straightforward. 

However, depending on your particular situation, you may be able to take advantage of a mega backdoor Roth IRA. Not everyone can do this, but if you can, it could be highly beneficial for getting you to retirement as quickly as possible. 

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What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)?

Whether you’ve been married five years or 25 years, divorce can be fraught with many challenges, including financial issues. Most likely, this is a difficult time for you, and you’re in uncharted waters. 

Many friends and family may try to give you information, which can be helpful, but having a trusted attorney, tax professional and financial advisor can help protect what you have and make the right decisions for you.

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Do I Need a Backdoor Roth IRA?

No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start thinking about retirement. Although you will want to put money away in a variety of different accounts, one of the most reliable is an IRA. You may already be familiar with Traditional and Roth IRAs, but the fact is there is a way to move money from a Traditional to a Roth, which is considered a Backdoor Roth IRA or a Roth Conversion.

Both actually do the same thing in a slightly different way. A Backdoor Roth IRA is typically in relation to converting a Traditional non-deductible contribution to a Roth IRA. A Roth Conversion is normally in relation to a larger amount being converted from a Traditional to a Roth. Again, they both do the same thing but just have different names. Today, we’re going to focus on the Backdoor Roth IRA.

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How to Plan for the Top 3 Expenses in Retirement

No matter how old you are, it’s never too early to start planning for retirement. However, while there are many different elements to this process, it helps to break it down into a few core components. Today, we’re going to cover how to plan for the top three expenses in retirement. 

Making sure that you have enough money to last through your golden years is imperative. No one wants to run out before it’s time. However, it’s not just enough to worry about sources of income during your retirement. You also need to plan how you’re going to be spending that money. 

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The Financial Freedom Blueprint® Is Now An Online Course!

The Financial Freedom Blueprint® Is Now An Online Course

We have some super exciting news around here at NextGen Wealth. We have taken our trademarked financial planning process, The Financial Freedom Blueprint®, and turned it into a do it yourself online course.

So, if you’re the do it yourselfer type when it comes to your personal finances, you now have a financial planning process laid out for you that will take you through every step of the way.

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How to Make Supplemental Income in Retirement

Your golden years are the perfect time to enjoy yourself to the fullest. Take all those trips you always wanted to! Start that hobby you’ve been putting off! 

Finally, learn that musical instrument you didn’t have time for during your career! Retirement is the time to live it up. If you’re spending money on travel and hobbies, though, you’ll probably want to consider ways to supplement your retirement and savings. Check out this list of possible supplemental income sources to see if any are right for you.

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How To Have a Happy and Healthy Retirement

You’ve put your time in, and now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Retirement is all about taking it easy and living life on your terms. No more keeping a tight schedule, no more putting those celebrations and life experiences off until later. Now is your time. 

If this is how you picture your retirement, you’ve clearly got good goals in mind and you know how you plan to spend that time. Without a significant amount of planning, however, you may find it somewhat challenging to achieve your ideal retirement. Here’s a guide to ensuring you have that happy and healthy retirement you’ve worked so hard for all these years.

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5 Ways to Become a Millionaire

Who wants to become a millionaire? Many people would love to reach this seven-digit goal and know they can give themselves that title. But is it possible?

While a million dollars may seem out of reach, accumulating wealth is not as difficult as it seems. There are many ways to become a millionaire and build your net worth. Which one you choose depends on what works for your particular situation.

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How Much Do You Really Need to Retire?

Have you ever considered how much do you really need to retire? While this is a simple question, the answer is anything but clear cut. There are many factors that go into your retirement target number.

As a financial planner, this is one of the questions that I often get from clients. There are many online calculators trying to help the average person get a ballpark estimate of the nest egg needed to retire.

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Why Your Financial Advisor Shouldn’t be Managing Your Investments

Many people consider hiring a financial advisor to manage their investments. But is a financial advisor really the best person to handle your investments day-to-day?

While a financial advisor or Certified Financial Planner® should be overseeing your investments, this shouldn’t be their main focus. They should be looking at the big picture and quarterbacking all areas of your financial life and not getting into the nitty-gritty of managing your portfolio.

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Tips to Maxing Out Your 401(k) Account

One of the best ways to save for retirement is to use tax-advantaged accounts. Most employers offer the option of contributing to a 401(k) account, which can be a great idea for stashing cash for your golden years.

Maxing out your 401(k) account for a few years can give you a good foundation for retirement. The earlier you get started, the longer the money will have to grow and earn interest.

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Can You Have Multiple 401(k) Accounts?

If you’re stashing away cash for your golden years, you’re ahead of the game. A 2018 study by Northwestern Mutual found that one in three Americans have less than $5,000 in retirement savings. And what’s even worse, one in five Americans have no retirement savings at all.

Since 401(k) accounts are the most popular way to save for retirement, you may find yourself with more than one in the course of your career. If you move jobs several times, chances are you have multiple 401(k) accounts in your name.

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What Issues Should You 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?

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?

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 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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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?

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?

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

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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