The golden rule of withdrawal rates is of course the 4% rule. You simply withdraw 4% of the portfolio in year 1 of retirement and adjust that amount with inflation in subsequent years. That should safely fund a 30 year retirement. While the 4% withdrawal rate is a good rule of thumb, here are 3…

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The Social Security Administration redesigned their statements to make them easier to read and understand. They also stopped mailing them to most people. Therefore, it’s a good time to login or create an account to review your statement. Check to make sure your earnings history is correct and that your personal information is accurate. The…

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I recently caught up with one of my clients that recently retired. She loves the outdoors and water. She wants to put in a pool in her backyard but exclaimed, “It’s so much money!” Backstory is that she is financially sound, house is paid for, has multiple streams of retirement income, and is well positioned…

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If you are over 70, you likely must take a distribution from your IRA each year. This is a taxable distribution so it increases your taxable income. Alternatively, you are allowed to divert some or all of your required IRA distribution to a qualified charity. If you do this, it’s not recognized as income and,…

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How much will you save towards retirement in 2021? Do you know how much you should be saving? Here are the maximum amounts you can save into the most commonly used retirement plans in 2021: 401k Pre-tax or ROTH – $19,500 401k Catch-up if over 50 – $6,500 SIMPLE IRA – $13,500 SIMPLE IRA Catch-up…

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Iceland Switzerland Norway Ireland New Zealand Sweden Denmark Canada Australia Luxembourg The US came in at no. 18 out of 44 countries for health, happiness, and financial security, according to the global retirement index from Natixis Investment Managers. While the list is fluid year over year, it’s fun to see a few of the top…

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