I have a confession. I (Shea) grew up here surrounded by lakes – the big freshwater kind with lots of little ones as extra bonuses. I love to swim, but I refused to go in the “dark water.” If I could see the drop-off, I wasn’t going anywhere near it. But that all changed two summers ago. My sister-in-law, who was eight months pregnant, jumped into the deep, dark water of Lake Leelanau. After watching her effortlessly enjoying the refreshing water on a hot August afternoon, I decided to try it. It wasn’t any less terrifying as an adult, but it certainly helped that I couldn’t see the drop-off that far out in the water.
For those of you who are near the edge of your working career and retirement, you can see the drop-off. You know the time is coming when you’ll need to swim out into the unknown away from the familiar shores of employment. Assuming you have saved, planned and are ready – what happens if the market takes a plunge before you do? Are you ready if the drop-off gets moved closer to you? How can you prepare your portfolio for something dramatic and completely out of your control?
Join us this Thursday as we run some numbers and give you “worst-case scenarios” to consider so that you’ll be prepared. Bring your paddle board, life jacket and floaties – no wake allowed in these waters.
Recent Gallup studies found that the average retirement age is 62. However, when working Americans are asked, they expect to retire at age 66. Recently, personal finance guru Suze Orman has been quoted as saying, “Yes, you heard me right: 70 is the new retirement age – not a month or year before.”
An extra five to seven years of working and delaying Social Security could really make the second chapter in life a lot sweeter! In fact, you could call it a Re-WIREMENT! We want to encourage you to think about the possibilities.
Join us in this episode to dream about the future and what you could do create more flexibility and freedom in your “re-wirement” years.
We tend to make a few jokes here and there about how wonderful it would be to be a beneficiary. However, it’s all fun and games until you ARE one. Not only will you deal with the pain from loss, you’ll have to figure out how to navigate your inheritance. Ed Slott gives great advice, “Touch nothing!” This may feel counter-intuitive, but it is wise considering the potential pitfalls ahead for someone who has landed themselves a new role in the family. Among the topics you’ll have to understand as beneficiary include: life insurance policies, beneficiary tax basis, inherited IRAs, depreciated assets, estate income tax reporting, donating dependent’s property to charity, and the executor’s duties and compensation.
Join us in this episode as we begin the conversation for those of you who will become a beneficiary. There is a lot to know, but we know that we can help you out!
Am I the only person who avoids using either “affect” or “effect” in a sentence? I just replace it with the word “impact” and move on. We all have our tricks for getting around the rules. This applies to both grammar and politics.
On Friday, February 9, President Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. Guess what? It can directly affect (or is it effect?) your retirement plan! Ed Slott has a lot to say about it, and we are going to share that information. You’ll need to figure out how to navigate certain provisions.
We will also cover the Eight Ways to Help IRA Planning with 2017 Tax Returns. From now until April 17, it’s going to be a detail-heavy program. Stay tuned and stay informed!
According to husband-and-wife psychologist team, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, about 69% of relational conflicts are perpetual problems. All couples have them, and the chance for marital success is not in being able to solve the problems but establishing dialogue about them. If this doesn’t happen, a couple will enter gridlock, and gridlocked conflict eventually leads to emotional disengagement.
That being said, we don’t often hear the word “divorce” in our office. We’re thankful for that. However, when a marriage is “over” there’s a lot for a couple to navigate, and it’s almost always more expensive than they anticipated – especially later in life.
In this episode, Dennis is going to spend time giving you the “how-to” guide in evaluating your finances in divorce. His guest is Bob Guyot, a retired local attorney who has been navigating the complex issues of family law since 1975.
On this day, in 1986, the Beechcraft Starship made its maiden flight. One month prior, the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated just 73 seconds into its flight killing all seven crew members. In that same year, the annual U.S. inflation rate was 1.91%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average year-end close was 1,895; the year-end Federal Reserve interest rate was 7.50%; the average cost of a new house was $89,430; the average annual income was $22,400; a new car cost $9,255; and a gallon of gas was just 89 cents. The first American Girl doll entered the market and DORITOS introduced its Cool Ranch flavor. Oh, and the average life expectancy? Males: 71.2 years/females: 78.2 years.
It was also the last time we had an overhaul of the tax system, under the leadership of President Ronald Reagan.
Thirty-one years later we find ourselves here, facing another tax overhaul under the leadership of President Donald Trump. Who would have guessed? Listen in to this episode to find out how this affects you as a retiree.