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THE STANFORD LONGEVITY PROJECT LOOKS AT ANNUITIES

This week’s article references a topic we have been reflecting on over the past few months and that is the understanding that “retirees face a number of challenges to their financial security, including living longer and facing the danger of depleting their savings too soon. The pandemic has further threatened

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Plan Ahead

When we speak about retirement savings, we often talk about products that can provide an income stream you can’t outlive. But, what happens to your money after your lifetime? If you plan on leaving some of your retirement savings to loved ones, we have some ideas that may help. For

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Improving Your Portfolio Return Without Increasing Risk

This week’s article tells us that retirement planning needs to change in this new year and that “it may be time to revisit traditional approaches to retirement planning. The pandemic and near-zero interest rates dramatically changed the environment”. The article continues by focusing on the goals of delaying claiming social

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you! Next week were are hosting a free educational webinar for pre-retirees and retirees on January 5th. It’s called “7 Keys to Enhancing Social Security Benefits.” Register here. If you have any members, clients, friends, or family who might be interested, feel free to pass it

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Start the new year off right

“Figuring out how much money you need to retire is like one of those word problems from high school that still haunts you.” This week’s article tells us that “The retirement equation isn’t unsolvable, but it’s not a precise calculation, either. You’ll need to revisit your retirement formula once or

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Holidays and Financial Stress

Did you know that according to one 2019 survey roughly 48 million Americans were still paying off 2018’s holiday debt by the 2019 holiday season? Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that a more recent survey conducted this year by Goldman Sachs found that 50 percent of Americans think gift-buying is

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Healthy Mind and Healthy Body

This week’s article reminds us that notwithstanding the trials and tribulations of the pandemic, one thing COVID does to benefits us, is that it demands healthy aging. There have been and will continue to be many wide-reaching implications which include not just direct health impacts; if the pandemic teaches us

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Marshmallows and Social Security

I thought you would enjoy this week’s article as it explains the old “marshmallow test” in answering the question of “should US retirees delay claiming Social Security until age 70, even if they have to spend savings until then?” You may ask “What do Social Security benefits and marshmallows have

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Time to reflect

With one month to go until the new year, it might be a good time to reflect on the status of your retirement savings in order to better understand what your choices and needs will be in 2021. Take a look at this week’s article for a few retirement calculators.

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Insurance needs change when you retire

This week’s article reminds us that “Senior insurance needs are different. Time to drop the disability coverage and review your other plans.” The most obvious insurance retirees need to maintain is health insurance. While most seniors age 65 and older are eligible for Medicare, Medicare doesn’t cover 100% of medical

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What matters is if you are concerned

This week’s article highlights a Harris Poll that showed “workers who have been laid off or had their hours reduced amid the pandemic are particularly concerned about their future.” “70% say they are worried about running out of money in retirement, 61% say they are much more afraid of life

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No, the Tax Laws have Not Changed

We’ve been receiving calls from people thinking that somehow, with the election having just occurred, there are tax law changes that have already been enacted, or that 401(k) and IRA money is slated to be taxed. No, the Tax Laws have not changed. From time to time it is difficult

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Some Critical Moves

This week’s article points out that “Social Security payments are one of the biggest assets that most people have,” and “how you handle that income has an important impact on an overall plan.” A “critical move” that is highlighted is not only to know your full retirement age and to

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Aging is an Opportunity

Aging is an Opportunity This week’s article reminds us “silver is the new green”, and that “around the world, people are living longer as birth rates decline.” Because of this, it isn’t just public policymakers and the private business sector that must reevaluate their long-term strategies. As Seniors, we are

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Building a Portfolio with Principal Protection

Building a Portfolio with Principal Protection This week’s article reminds us that pre-retirees can “diversify their portfolio in a way that distributes risk and prepares their retirement savings for growth in a variety of economic environments. It’s even possible to build in some principal protection with the inclusion of Fixed

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Solutions not Problems

If you are like many, you are tired of reading so much about the negative consequences of COVID on our finances, employment and plans – whatever they may be, and you long to hear more about solutions. This week’s article tells us things we already know – that the “economic

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Formula for the math

Commentary: I’ve been asked to explain how the dollar amount of what someone receives in social security is impacted by their age at filing for SS. This week’s article does that. It tells us “One of the most important factors affecting your retirement security is how long you work. Additional

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Back Roads of the Economy

J.P. Morgan’s chief global strategist David Kelley recently gave a speech concerning there still being a long way to go before the US has a full economic recovery and it is “therefore wise for investors to be cautious.” “He compared the current situation to when he used to drive to

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