Wonder why it’s hard?

If you have ever wondered why it is hard to save money for retirement, this week’s article may be of interest to you. “Psychology is often just as important in personal finance as are the numbers – the way we save, spend and invest are all influenced by the way we think and feel, especially when it comes to preparing for future events like retirement.” This may be why it is hard to get the ball rolling on savings for something that either seems far away, or appears to be too difficult to achieve. Call us if you are looking for options that we think are easy, and that guarantee an income when you’re in your golden years. We’re always here to help.

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Risk

While you may know that you cannot avoid risk in your life, you can prepare for it. Depending on your stage in life, there are specific risks you may want to think about, and incorporate into your planning. We read about three key stages of evolving needs and the risks associated with them, and thought to share them with you this week. 1) Providing for your family’s future, 2) Protecting what you’ve worked for, and 3) Passing on your legacy. Call us if you’d like to discuss any of these, or are looking for suggestions on how to accomplish the specific goals you have in mind for your financial future. We’re always here to help.

Independent Living

Commentary:
Sometimes when we think of our later years in retirement we neglect to reflect on what savings we might need to have for the ‘buy-in’ into an independent living facility, and focus only on the possibility of health care costs and the monthly fee we will be charged for rent and food and more. If you are looking at your savings and wondering where or how you will come up with the larger sum of money for that ‘buy-in’ but still have income you won’t outlive for the rest of your expenses. call us. We have some ideas you may not have considered. We’re always here to help.

Senior Life Style

I thought to share with you this week’s article because it discusses tips for saving money after retirement. It’s important to remember that “it’s never too late to save, even after retirement.” The author tells us “With increasing life expectancies and financial uncertainties leading up to retirement, here’s how to get on track once you’re retired.” Take a look at the guide provided in the article and then call us if you’d like to hear our ideas. We’re always here to help.

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Is it time to wind down on saving?

This week’s article ask the question “When do you stop saving and start enjoying the fruits of your labor?” Assuming “you’ve done all the right things—financially speaking, at least—in saving for retirement. You started saving early to take advantage of the power of compounding, maxed out your 401(k) and individual retirement account (IRA) contributions every year, made smart investments, squirreled away money into additional savings, paid down debt, and figured out how to maximize your Social Security benefits.” An interesting question, especially when the manner in which you receive your income stream from your savings may vary. Call us if you’d like to discuss options you may have to start that wind down sooner. We’re always here to help.

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We have a Fifth Way

This week’s article suggests us four things to do if we want to save enough to retire in 10 years, but we have an additional idea. As you accumulate those savings meant to carry you through retirement alongside of your social security, we suggest putting some or all of those savings into a place where your principal is guaranteed not to go down if the market does, and where you know that you will receive a guaranteed income for as long as you live. If you tell us how much income you are hoping for in retirement, we can help determine how much you would need to put into this product which is free from market downturns. Call us, we’re always here to help, even if that means just doing the math so that you better understand how close you are to reaching your retirement savings goal.

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46% of Americans are Guessing

Did you know that a survey released in 2019 found 46% of Americans are guessing at how much money they need for retirement? With increasing life expectancies and financial uncertainties leading up to retirement, it would seem that guesswork plays a big part in determining whether or not we have saved enough to make the decision to stop working and cross over to retirement. We can help in this area by telling you about a product that can remove one part of that guesswork because it provides a guarantee income you can’t outlive, and which won’t decrease if the market goes down. Call us, we’ll tell you all about it. We’re always here to help.

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The Best Day

This week’s article tells us “The best day to start saving is today, even if you can save only a little bit.” The math is very interesting. “If two people put the same amount of money away each year ($5,000), earn the same return on their investments (6 percent annually) and stop saving upon retirement at the same age (67), one will end up with nearly twice as much money just by starting at 22 instead of 32. Put another way: The investor who started saving 10 years earlier would have about $500,000 more at retirement. It’s that simple.” Call us, we have some ideas for where you might put that annual savings. We too will keep it simple.

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Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty

Commentary:
I came across an article written in the Harvard Law Review and thought to share it with you. Sometimes we have conversations with those who say, “Let’s just get down to the nitty-gritty”. That’s what this article does. Written at the end of April it discusses rethinking retirement savings and puts in context how much money we have in retirement accounts, where it comes from and what ‘buckets’ exist that provide any economic security of American workers facing retirement. Take a look. It may provide food for thought, and finding safer rather than riskier places for putting saving for retirement has always been our priority. Call us, we’re always here for you.

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Starting to worry again?

Are you holding your breath starting to worry about the market again? Fortunately, you can build a diversified portfolio with principal protection in a way that distributes risk and prepares your retirement savings for growth in a variety of economic environments. If you include Fixed Index Annuities it’s even possible to guarantee income over a period of time — even over a lifetime. FIA Insights tells us “unlike a 401(k), with an FIA the insurance company absorbs the risk of market downturns, guaranteeing a minimum floor, and protecting contract holders from market losses.” If you are starting to worry again, call us. We may be able to provide options that make you feel more comfortable about your retirement savings.

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