Retirement Insights Tip #3: Social Security Timing

By | July 9th, 2019|retirement|

Deciding when to claim benefits will have a permanent impact on the benefit you receive. Claiming before your full retirement age can significantly reduce your benefit, while delaying increases it. In 2017, full retirement age began transitioning from 66-67 by adding 2 months each year for 6 years. This makes claiming early even more of a benefit reduction.

Surprisingly few Americans understand the benefits and trade-offs related to claiming Social Security at various ages. The top graphic illustrates these trade-offs for people who are currently 65 and older whose full retirement age (FRA) is 66. Delaying benefits results in a much higher benefit amount: Waiting to age 70 results in 32% more in a benefit check than taking benefits at FRA. Likewise, taking benefits early will lower the benefit amount. At age 62, beneficiaries would have received only 75% of what they would get if they waited until age 66. FRA for individuals turning 62 in 2019 is 66 and 6 months, and it will continue to move 2 months every year until 2023, when it will reach and remain at age 67. The Social Security Amendments Act of 1983 increased FRA from 65 to 67 over a 40-year period. The first phase of transition increased FRA from 65 to 66 for individuals turning 62 between 2000 and 2005. After an 11-year hiatus, the transition from 66 to 67 will complete the move.

The bottom graphic shows the trade-offs for younger individuals, which will penalize early claiming to a greater degree. The percentages shown are “real” amounts – cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) will be added on top, providing an even greater difference between the actual dollar benefits one would receive. The average annual COLA for the past 34 years has been 2.6%.

RETIREMENT INSIGHTS TIP #1 – SAVE AND INVEST EARLY!

By | June 20th, 2019|retirement|

 

HOW EARLY AND FOR HOW LONG?

Make saving for retirement a priority by investing early and often. This graph illustrates the savings and investing behavior of four people who start saving the same annual amount at different times in their lives, for different durations and with different investment choices.

Be Consistent! Start Early! Be A Disciplined Investor!

The power of compounding is key to success! You have to participate in the markets to be rewarded! Investing in tax sheltered vehicles can lead to even greater wealth. Stay tuned for discussions on savings rates and Qualified v. Non-Qualified. Today’s take away – start investing NOW and determine a level of risk that is acceptable to you!

Retirement Insights Series

By | June 19th, 2019|Markets, retirement|

THE RETIREMENT EQUATION

A sound retirement plan is to make the most of the things that you can control but be sure to evaluate factors that are somewhat or completely out of your control within your comprehensive retirement plan.

Investment efforts are best directed toward areas where we can make a difference and away from things we can’t control. We can’t control movements in the market. We can’t control news or financial headlines. No one can reliably forecast the market’s direction or predict which stock or investment manager will outperform.

But each of us can control how much risk we take. We can diversify! We do have a say in the fees we pay. We are in charge of our savings rate and spending, and we can exercise discipline when our emotional impulses threaten to blow us off-course.

This can be difficult for most people, because we are pushed toward fads that the financial marketing industry decides are sellable, which require us to constantly tinker with our portfolios.

That’s why we’ve created a Retirement Insights Series help you focus to the controllable things. Breaking down the road to retirement one step at a time! Stay tuned for a new topic each week in the series!

Mutual Funds vs. ETF’s

By | March 20th, 2019|Markets, retirement, Video|

Our partners at Charles Schwab produced this short video to help explain the difference between Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s) and Mutual Funds.    It’s common amongst investors to have little understanding of the difference between the two. There are times when it makes sense to choose one over the other. Timing, taxes and expenses are all factors.

Schwab now has over 2000 ETF’s and Mutual Funds that can be purchased with no commission or transaction cost.   We help our clients navigate this broad universe of investment options, to build low cost portfolios designed to meet the client’s future goals. We can help you sift through the details when it comes time to invest your money.

Click on PLAY above to check out this SHORT, 3 minute clip, and call us if need help with your investment plan!

Income Calculator – Translating Your Savings to Retirement Income

By | March 1st, 2019|DFA, Dimensional Fund Advisors, retirement|

Focusing on INCOME when investing for retirement, and following a strategy that addresses the RISKS that can affect your future income and standard of living is extremely important! Many are saving and investing to support future spending, but most are focused on a magic number, not the income that a that number can support. Ask yourself…

How much income should I expect my retirement savings to generate once I stop working? When thinking about retirement, understanding how much income you can expect makes planning easier, and having a clear picture of where you are today can help you make informed decisions that can influence your future.

THIS CALCULATOR is designed to help give you a sense of how much income your savings may provide in retirement based on several inputs and an assumed asset allocation that shifts over time.

RETIREMENT INCOME CALCULATOR

If you would like to see how this calculator can fit within an overall retirement plan, please feel free to reach out to our office today!!

IRS Boosts Contribution Limits for 2019!

By | November 6th, 2018|irs, retirement|

 

Here’s a great New Year’s Resolution for 2019Save more in your retirement accounts!

The IRS is on board! They recently announced new contribution limits for 401(k) participants and IRA account holders. Here’s how much you can sock away toward retirement in 2019:

  • In 2019, you will be able to save up to $19,000 in your 401(k) or 403(b), up from $18,500 in 2018.
  • The limit for individual retirement accounts will be $6,000 – up from $5,500 this year
  • Small business owners – Solo 401(k) and SEP IRA limits will increase $1,000 to $56,000 in 2019
  • The catch-up contribution limits for those 50 and over remain unchanged at $1,000 for IRA’s and $6,000 employee plans.

In addition, the income ranges that determine eligibility for…
deductible contributions to traditional IRA’s
Roth IRA’s
…have all increased as follows:

  • Single Taxpayer covered by a workplace retirement plan – $64k-$74k
  • Married Filing jointly, where contributor is covered by a workplace retirement plan – phase out range for a deductible contribution up to $103k-$123k
  • IRA contributor not covered by a plan at work, but is married to someone who is covered – range = $193k-203k
  • Taxpayers making Roth contributions have a new phase out range of $122k-$137k for singles and heads of household
  • Married couples filing jointly – Roth contributions phase out range – $193k-$203k

So here’s to 2019! The year you accomplished your savings resolution, your tax bill got lower and your retirement savings got higher!

As always, we are here to help! Contact us for help navigating the numbers or setting up a plan.

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