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Where Should You Be Investing In 2019?

As 2018 comes to a close, most of you will be more than happy to wipe away the last three months of stock market woes.  With interest rates sure to climb up more in 2019, uncertainty with the China trade wars, and a looming national debt, it has many investors wondering where the best place is to put your money in 2019.  While nobody can predict the future, it’s important to review how you are investing your money relative to your goals, objectives, time frames, risk tolerances, tax brackets, etc. In 2018, we saw far too many people who were older and had too much money in the stock market.  It’s important to remember to ‘act your age’ and in general you should look at the rule of 100.  If you are 60 years old, roughly 60 percent of your portfolio should be in safer more secure type investments and 40 percent in equity or investments that carry more risk.  ...

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I Need A Pension Plan

We know that for years that planning for retirement was a three legged stool.   Pension plans, social security, and then whatever personal savings and investment plans you could muster up over the course of your lifetime.   With a great deal of uncertainty looming over social security and pension plans dwindling away from large corporations, I continue to stress to people that retirement planning feels more like a pogo stick than it does a stool. Product companies understand that the greatest way to attract customer is figure out how to fill a void in the marketplace.   As investors struggle to figure out the best way to plan for retirement, a fairly new type of fixed product has been gaining traction called a Deferred Income Annuity (DIA).   A deferred income annuity is a newer type of annuity that is essentially a mixture of a single premium immediate annuity and a single premium deferred annuity. With a DIA, the idea behind the vehicle ...

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Take The Lump Sum Or The Pension?

You have spent 20 or 30 years working for the same company and now it is time to retire.    You have put money away in your 401(k) and some other savings, but your really large asset is the pension plan where money has been put away for you all of these years.     Your human resources or benefits department sends you this large packet of information telling you what options you have with your pension.   Unbeknownst to you, they tell you that you can either get one check in a lump sum or they offer you various options if you choose a lifetime pension.  So, what is the best direction to take with your pension plan? Part I- Taking The Pension The first option you have is to take the pension.   One of the things to consider up front is that taking the pension allows you to remove the stress of ever having to manage the money.  Essentially, you are turning ...

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Personal Finance 101 – Retirement Planning – Getting Income From The Water Faucet

Last week in Retirement Planning 101, I discussed the different types of investments used in retirement plans. If you do a good job saving during your working career, the most difficult phase of retirement planning in my opinion is the distribution phase. Since most people who think they are ready to financially retire worry about running out of money, figuring out the right way to take income from your investments is crucial during retirement.  I think about retirement asset distribution much like the water faucet you have at home. You need to know which spicket to turn on in order to minimize taxation while you take home the most net income possible. Remember that the first couple of years of retirement will generally result in a slightly larger amount of income needed before you settle into your regular expense mode for retirement income.  We have found over the years that clients will spend more in the beginning of retirement filling ...

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Your Three Legged Stool Is Now A Pogo Stick?

It used to be that when most people talked about their retirement, the expectation was to have a three legged stool for deriving income when you actually retired. So, where is your pension coming from in retirement? Without a pension, you’ll have to hop that pogo stick of personal savings and investments to your retirement dreams. ...

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