Retirement

foundation of financial literacy

A Foundation of Financial Literacy

We are often asked about “financial literacy.” The phrase refers to the ability to understand and use various financial skills, and is the foundation of your relationship with money. A strong foundation of financial literacy will generally make you less vulnerable to financial fraud, and can help support you in deciding what goals are the…

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How to Retire With a Pension Plan

As you’re nearing retirement and are due a pension, a tricky decision you’ll be faced with is whether to take your benefits as a lump sum, or as an annuity over time. For those leaning towards an upfront payment, the choice may be more complicated now, because of rising interest rates. As rates rise, lump…

What if

The “What Ifs” Down the Road

We’ve received some inquiries this past month about a few topics. “What if” you end up having to go into a nursing home? “What if” you’re living in an independent living facility and need to move over to assisted living? Are your financial products going to pay you in a different manner, or will they…

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10 Hidden Expenses in Retirement

Does your retirement budget account for all of these costs? If not, they could derail your retirement. You may need to alter your strategy. Hidden Housing Costs First, there are housing costs to consider. Many pre-retirees fail to look beyond their monthly mortgage payment when estimating their long-term housing costs. Unanticipated home repairs and renovations…

Enough

When is Enough Enough?

Even if you’re able to add up what you spend today, trying to determine what you will need when you retire is difficult because your spending is sure to change. While perhaps you won’t have a mortgage payment anymore, you may be asked to contribute to your grandchildren’s education, or perhaps you will want to…

Insurance

Insurance

As we’ve seen from the news over this past week, many were caught up in the hurricane, and many did not have insurance that suited their needs. This is the case for many people because a natural tendency when purchasing something that pays money for a future event is to weigh the cost against the…

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What Does An A+ Mean?

We all remember our school days of worrying about the grades we would receive. What does it mean when an insurance company gets graded? Insurance companies are rated with a letter grade to indicate their ability to meet their continuing obligations. An A+ rating means that they are considered superior. You will usually also see…

withdrawal rate

The Four Percent Rule

Someone asked us this past week if we would explain what the “Four Percent” rule is and how it came about. The Four Percent rule is based on a study by a financial advisor named William Bengen. His study suggested that one could safely withdraw 4% of their starting portfolio value for 30 years without…

Retirement

What Assumptions Apply to You?

There was an interesting article the other day in the Wall Street Journal. The article discussed a recent survey of workers in their 60’s who were asked about their retirement preferences. The author found that the assumptions that are usually embedded in retirement income calculators–for example, good health, not wanting to make a bequest, and…

Happiness

What Can Money Buy You?

“Money can’t buy happiness” is an adage that some people live by, and others ignore. According to a recent Purdue study: “income can correlate with emotional well-being and life satisfaction.” But, as a recent GoBankingRates article tells us, the price of happiness differs (apparently) depending on the State you live in. We may have some…

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