Homeownership + Retirement Planning, Article 2
Posted by Jason Wheeler on Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:07
This is the second article in a two-part series on the impact homeownership may have on retirement planning. This article was originally published in the August 2018 edition of WILMA Magazine.
You just sold your house. You have downsized your furniture and belongings to the perfect, functional amount. You no longer have to worry about lawn maintenance or cleaning a multi-floor home. You have free time to visit family and friends and focus on activities that revitalize your soul. Your life has less financial responsibility and more flexibility. Sounds pretty great right?
Homeownership & Retirement Planning, Article 1
Posted by Jason Wheeler on Thu, 09/27/2018 - 14:29
This is the first post in a two-part series on the impact homeownership may have on your retirement planning. This article was originally published in the July 2018 edition of WILMA Magazine.
The American dream has often revolved around owning a home: a place to plant roots and build a future. While homeownership is a huge source of pride and stability for many individuals, most people fail to understand the impact of homeownership in their retirement.
Year-End Financial Planning Checklist
Posted by Lauren Smith on Wed, 12/27/2017 - 16:03
As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to begin organizing your finances for the new year. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of key planning topics to consider.
Savings and investments
Revisit your retirement contributions. Review how much you’re contributing to your workplace retirement account. If you’re not taking full advantage of your employer’s match, it’s a great time to consider increasing your contribution. If you’ve already maxed out your match or your employer doesn’t offer one, boosting your contribution could still offer tax advantages. Now is also a good time to ensure that your portfolio allocation remains in line with your objectives.
Anticipate Roth recharacterizations. If you converted a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA during 2017 and paid tax on the conversion, mark your calendar now to allow plenty of time to recharacterize (i.e., undo) the conversion if you need to. The deadline is your tax-filing deadline plus any extensions.
Take stock of your goals. Did you set savings goals for 2017? Realistically evaluate how you did and think about your goals for next year. If you determine that you are off track, we’d be happy to help you develop and monitor a financial plan.
Volunteering with Passion in Retirement
Posted by Lauren Smith on Wed, 10/11/2017 - 15:59
The retirement years offer an opportunity for those who want to increase their commitment to volunteering. But how do you begin? One approach is to think about volunteering the same way a career counselor would encourage someone in the midst of a career change to think about work.
Having Difficult Conversations with Your Kids
Posted by Lauren Smith on Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:56
One thing most retirees look forward to in retirement is enjoying relationships with their family. But some interesting situations can arise, especially during the retirement years, which require serious conversations. Here are a few examples.
How to Make New Friends in Retirement
Posted by Lauren Smith on Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:17
For most people, retirement is a time of significant change. Some changes are eagerly embraced; others require flexibility—often more flexibility than we are used to. Over decades we get comfortable and maybe even set in our ways. We have our routine, our family, our friends, our health. Life has been good. But, in retirement, a host of changes happen in a fairly short period of time. One of those is a change that requires us to renew or increase our skill at making new friends.
The Path to True Happiness
Posted by Lauren Smith on Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:27
People walk this life day in and day out either on the path of happiness or trying to find it. Remember the movie “Pursuit of Happiness?” Who doesn’t want to be happy? The means of finding happiness will be answered differently but it is something that we all strive for. In relation to working and retirement, the pursuit of happiness is a common denominator.
The Reality of Working in Retirement
Posted by Lauren Smith on Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:23
Before we get into the core topic for this article, which is “working in retirement”, I want to point out some statistics that explain why most people don’t retire when they had originally planned to:
Why did 58% of Women and 56% of men retire earlier than expected?
34% Personal Health Problems
26% Sufficient Resources
24% Lost Job
15% Wanted More Family Time
9% Look after Family Member
Money Ratios: Staying in line with your money
Posted by Lauren Smith on Mon, 07/17/2017 - 09:15
Staying on the path to financial independence can be easy with the use of simple ratios as a basis for making financial decisions. Often, people are overwhelmed by the complexity of financial calculations. Sophisticated financial planning uses software to assist with these complexities. However, these simple ratios can give guidance when you don’t have the time or expertise to run the software. They cover a broad range of topics and should not be used for precise planning. They will help you quickly make decisions regarding retirement, insurance, investing, sav
The American Dream
Posted by Jason Wheeler on Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:59
As we celebrate our Independence Day, it reminds me just why we have this federal holiday. It is the celebration and acknowledgement of our society adopting the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. Imbedded in that document is the powerful second sentence that reads: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."