• Working at 50+ From flight attendants to grocery store managers, older adults made the tough decision to end careers Retirement is supposed to be a happy time, but Lucie Desmond expects there will be tears when her paperwork comes through. Desmond, 62, has been a flight attendant for 36 years, most recently on the American Airlines route between Phoenix and London. But after repeated leaves [...]

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    What Is Financial Health? Financial health is a term used to describe the state of one's personal monetary affairs. There are many dimensions to financial health, including the amount of savings you have, how much you’re putting away for retirement, and how much of your income you are spending on fixed or non-discretionary expenses. KEY TAKEAWAYS The state[...]

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    Few are prepared as financial decision-making grows more complex Many consumers have little understanding of finances, how credit works, and the potential hit to financial well-being that poor financial decisions can create for many, many years. In fact, a lack of financial understanding has been signaled as one of the main reasons many Americans struggle with saving and investing. [...]

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    What to do now, as the pandemic surges yet again in the U.S. COVID-19 is once again raging throughout the U.S., and in much of the world it has never stopped doing so. Safe and highly effective vaccines are available, but not everywhere, and even where they are, not everyone who is eligible has gotten them. That means there is still the possibility of accompanying financial volatility, despite[...]

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    KEY POINTS The Covid-19 pandemic has hurt some Americans’ confidence that they can meet their retirement goal date on time. Among those feeling the most negative effects are women and pre-retirees. Even so, many Americans say the pandemic was a financial wake-up call that prompted them to rethink how they plan for their futures. It’s no secret that Covid-19 has upended [...]

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    Studying behavioral economics has taught me that our brains don’t make it easier for us to save. Psychology is often just as important in personal finance as are the numbers — the way we save, spend and invest are all influenced by the way we think and feel, especially when it comes to preparing for future events like retirement. Saving money for retirement is important because [...]

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    If you earn money from the sale of a capital asset — your home, part of a business, stocks, or bonds, for example — that profit may be subject to capital gains tax. There are two categories of capital gains: short term (assets held for a year or less) and long term (assets held for longer than one year). The day you acquire the asset isn't included in your holding period, but the day you [...]

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    Most people over 65 will eventually need some form of paid care. Here are some ways to plan ahead. Many people are frightened of long-term care costs — for good reason. Most people over 65 eventually will need help with daily living tasks, such as bathing, eating or dressing. Men will need assistance for an average of 2.2 years, while women will need it for 3.7 years, according to the [...]

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    If you want to retire in the next 10 years, lower your spending and increase your income. Paying off debt can give you more money to save and invest, and free up your budget later. Increasing your income with a raise or side hustle could give you more money to save. If you want to retire in 10 years, it might be possible. But it'll require some work. Getting your finances in order[...]

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    More people are retiring with less savings than they need to be comfortable. Much less. According to Northwestern Mutual, 21% of Americans have no retirement savings at all. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says around 29% of households age 55 and older have neither retirement savings nor a pension. These numbers may sound surprising and even daunting, but it’s important to [...]

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    Going from saver to spender is mostly a matter of psychology It's Time to Wind Down You've done all the right things—financially speaking, at least—in saving for retirement. You started saving early to take advantage of the power of compounding, maxed out your 401(k) and individual retirement account (IRA) contributions every year, made smart investments, squirreled away money into [...]

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    No matter what stage of life you’re in, one thing will always remain the same: You’re never too young — or too old — to save money. Using your age can be a helpful way to calculate your potential savings and estimate how much money you should save for various life events. Just remember: Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t started yet, need to hit pause, or fall behind. You can [...]

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    If you want to retire in 10 years, it might be possible. But it'll require some work. Getting your finances in order now can help you meet your goal later. While everyone has a different budget and circumstances, it might be possible to retire comfortably sooner than you think. However, it might take more time than 10 years, depending on your starting point. Whenever you want to [...]

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    More people are retiring with less savings than they need to be comfortable. Much less. According to Northwestern Mutual, 21% of Americans have no retirement savings at all. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says around 29% of households age 55 and older have neither retirement savings nor a pension. These numbers may sound surprising and even daunting, but it’s important to [...]

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    Annuities are contracts issued and distributed (or sold) by financial institutions where the funds are invested with the goal of paying out a fixed income stream later on. They are mainly used for retirement purposes and help individuals address the risk of outliving their savings. Upon annuitization, the holding institution will issue a stream of payments at a later point in time. KEY TAKEAWAYS[...]

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    IDENTIFY RETIREMENT STRATEGIES TO PUT IN PLACE NOW—LIKE ANNUITIES— TO LIVE RETIREMENT ON YOUR TERMS. As the pandemic thankfully wanes, we are starting to see its impact and long-term repercussions on retirement planning and security. One thing that hasn’t changed is Americans’ overwhelming desire to age in place. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control defines “aging [...]

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    YOU MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR with annuities, but they have a rich history dating back to Ancient Rome. In fact, millions of Americans currently use annuities to help their retirement savings grow and to create protected income that can help cover essential expenses and contribute to a more enjoyable retirement. In its simplest terms, an annuity is a contract between an individual (or married [...]

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    Workers want to retire at 55, but are they positioned to successfully do so? The category of “pre-retirees” is being redefined as more than one-third of workers younger than 54 saying they aspire to retire by age 55. In 2020, more consumers (39 percent) anticipated retiring before age 65 than in any year since in 2010, with 18 percent of those saying they plan to retire by age 59, [...]

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    Like previous pandemics, COVID-19 has touched off profound changes for our societies, economies, workforces, and overall life models, not least of which are people’s shifting expectations for later-life work, purpose, health, and finances. Bank of America’s Lorna Sabbia and Surya Kolluri recently explored these trends in a wide-ranging discussion on the emerging shifts and signals that [...]

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    Retirement planning is a multistep process that evolves over time. To have a comfortable, secure—and fun—retirement, you need to build the financial cushion that will fund it all. The fun part is why it makes sense to pay attention to the serious and perhaps boring part: planning how you’ll get there. Planning for retirement starts with thinking about your retirement goals and how long [...]

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    How to Retire in 2021 When you are ready to retire, there are certain basic things you should do before you leave the comfort and security of your old job. You need to make final adjustments to your financial plan and make important decisions about Social Security and health insurance. Here's a checklist for retiring in 2021: Decide when to start Social Security. Sign [...]

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    New rules for savers, beneficiaries and taxpayers Most people will miss 2020 about as much as they miss mosquito season. For many retirees and retirement savers, the year had a few benefits, such as some COVID-19 relief measures. Even without those, however, most of the retirement changes in 2021 are for the better. Here's a look at some of the most important you need to know. Retirement savings[...]

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    The pandemic may have hit your wallet hard. Here are some lessons we can learn from this unprecedented time. he reverberations of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been a wake-up call for many of us as we scratch our heads over our finances: Are our wallets in disarray or have we come through this pandemic well? Are we prepared for what comes next or should we re-evaluate our outlook? Ryan [...]

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    Pandemic-related job losses forced many older Americans out of the workplace in the past year, perhaps permanently. But the COVID-19 crisis also seems to have delayed some retirements. Remote work eliminated commutes and often allowed more flexible schedules with fewer interruptions. At the same time, the pandemic restricted many traditional retirement activities, including travel and visits with[...]

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    For many Americans, retirement may look different in 2021 than it has in years past. The severe economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic could push many people to consider retiring early, with less saved than they may need. Whether or not your retirement plans are looking secure, the new year is a great time to review where you stand. Regardless of your particular financial situation, the same [...]

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    The 401(k) has become the go-to retirement plan for many Americans and continues to gain traction. The flexibility, tax savings and scale of 401(k) plans have made it attractive to employers and employees alike. But A 401(k) plan doesn’t need to be just for large corporations. It can be used to help small business owners save for their future in a tax-advantaged way and allow minor children [...]

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    The Covid-19 recession, like all recessions, threatens the wealth and retirement security of millions of workers. Job loss prompts people to stop saving, raid their nest eggs or go into debt by falling behind on their rent and mortgage payments. Most workers nearing retirement had insufficient retirement savings even before the recession, and many planned to delay retirement and work longer[...]

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    You now have an extra month to lower your tax bill with contributions to your individual retirement account (IRA). Just like last year, the IRS has extended the 2020 tax filing deadline to May 17, allowing Americans an extra month to make IRA contributions that can potentially ease their IOU to Uncle Sam while also helping them save for retirement. But are these contributions the best way [...]

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    A year has come and gone since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States in March 2020, upending all of our lives. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their lives, millions have lost their jobs and practically every kid (and parent) in America has endured school at home for months on end. We’ve changed how we work, how we shop and how we socialize. But there’s [...]

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    See how the benefits of a fixed index annuity work together to keep retirement income planning on track. We look at six top fixed index annuity benefits: principal protection, tax deferral, growth opportunities, liquidity, guaranteed income and beneficiary payments. In a relay race, the strength of the team outweighs the abilities of a single athlete. For each leg of the race, a runner plies [...]

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    Figuring out if you can retire securely can sometimes feel like the most complicated math problem ever.  Just figuring out which retirement number to worry about can be perplexing.  And then there is the further complication of knowing how they all fit together. Here is your guide to the 16 retirement metrics that are most important. Retirement Number 1: Your Financial Independence Number [...]

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    his story is part of a series in support of America Saves Week 2021. Since 2007, this initiative has provided a call to action for U.S. consumers to save intentionally. Today’s theme is: Save to Retire. Once you reach a certain age, nearly every dinner party you attend features a conspicuous conversation about the stock market. It’s an odd ritual, given that so few Americans own individual [...]

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    These changes in Social Security taxes and benefits take effect Jan. 1 Every October, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announces its annual changes to the Social Security program for the coming year. Here are the Social Security changes that were announced in Oct. 2020 to take effect on Jan. 1, 2021, according to the SSA's annual fact sheet. Keep them in mind when you update your [...]

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    CORONAVIRUS Reactions to COVID-19 and the impact on consumer confidence is prompting many consumers to reassess their retirement and financial plans. A majority of today’s workers and retirees range from feeling cautious to pessimistic about the economic outlook for 2021, according to the Principal Financial Group’s latest Retirement Security Survey, which explores consumer attitudes [...]

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    FERS INFORMATION Eligibility is determined by your age and number of years of creditable service.  In some cases, you must have reached the Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) to receive retirement benefits.  Use the following chart to figure your Minimum Retirement Age. Eligibility Information If you were born Your MRA is Before 1948 55 In 1948 55 and 2 months In [...]

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    Your Social Security benefit may be taxable. Try these strategies to reduce your tax bill in retirement. MOST WORKERS PAY INTO the Social Security program throughout their career. Many people also pay taxes on part of their Social Security payments in retirement. Retirees with low incomes or whose only source of income is Social Security generally don't pay income tax on [...]

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    Why you should look for other solutions first More than 4 of 10 jobs lost during the pandemic may never come back, the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago predicts. That grim statistic means many pre-retirees may not find work again. As a result, they could be pushed into early retirement, possibly creating an unexpected cash crunch. And that raises a key [...]

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    The author offers an introduction to how annuities can help. For investors, the last twenty years have been something of a roller coaster. The dot-com bubble, 9/11, the financial crisis, and now the recession associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have roiled stock markets enough to make any investor apprehensive about the consequences of the next big crisis — whatever it is and whenever it[...]

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    For many Americans, retirement may look different in 2021 than it has in years past. The severe economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic could push many people to consider retiring early, with less saved than they may need. Whether or not your retirement plans are looking secure, the new year is a great time to review where you stand. Regardless of your particular financial situation, the same [...]

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    Considering annuities, insurance, new investments and delaying Social Security? With all the changes 2020 brought and a new year around the corner, it may be time to revisit traditional approaches to retirement planning. The pandemic and near-zero interest rates dramatically changed the environment, but few advisers have similarly transformed their advice. How should advisers be reworking client [...]

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    It's a pivotal age for retirement planning — even if you aren't ready to retire yet Gone are the days when most people retired at 65, received a gold watch, then lived off their pension and full Social Security benefits. But 65 is still an important age financially for retirees and near retirees — both in terms of what you get and what you don't get. It's essential to know the new rules for [...]

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    Over the last year, both before and after the current pandemic, there have been multiple law changes that have impacted retirement plans and retirement benefits. There have been many articles and constant commentary on these changes, but as we reach the end of 2020, it is a good time to review all of the changes. On December 20, 2019, Congress signed the Setting Every Community Up for [...]

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has upended just about everything this year, including retirement planning. Enough new rules governing Individual Retirement Accounts and workplace 401(k) plans were introduced that a year-end review is in order. Congress enacted many of these regulations with the aim of making it easier for people to tap into their accounts, if necessary, to stay afloat financially. [...]

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    Should US retirees delay claiming Social Security until age 70, even if they have to spend savings until then? The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College proposes that strategy as a default option in retirement plans. What do Social Security benefits and marshmallows have in common? When placed squarely in front of most people, both are hard to resist. Almost everyone knows about [...]

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    Fixed indexed annuities (FIAs) address many basic retirement concerns: protection of hard-earned dollars, tax-deferred growth, balance, and lifetime income. Get some peace of mind — no matter what happens in the market. Consider these five key benefits: Guaranteed Income Stream With Americans living longer and spending more time in retirement, many retirees are concerned about outliving [...]

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    And one other reason to keep working Being ready to retire means more than being ready to stop waking up at 6:00 a.m. to put in long hours at a job you're not thrilled about. If it were that simple, most of us would retire at 25. What it really takes to retire is a solid grasp of your budget, a carefully considered investment and spending plan for your life savings, debt that's under control, and[...]

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    Durable power of attorney is one of the most important and useful documents you will ever sign. It is also one of the most dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands. Your will controls what happens to your money after your death. But the power of attorney can determine what happens to it while you’re still alive. If abused, there may not be any money for anyone to inherit. “It really [...]

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    It’s a way to hedge against uncertainty The COVID-19 pandemic is making many Americans — whether they’re approaching retirement age or just starting out in their career — anxious about their finances, and retirement savings and plans. As a result, people are increasingly looking for lifetime income products that are less susceptible to factors like market volatility, retirement longevity,[...]

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    Millions of Americans expect their efforts to save for retirement to be derailed, perhaps permanently, by the coronavirus pandemic. That’s the main takeaway from several surveys released in October that begin to create a snapshot of the retirement landscape in the Covid era. Workers who have been laid off or had their hours reduced amid the pandemic are particularly concerned about their [...]

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    Don’t let the pandemic derail your plans for retirement These days, older workers and retirees are understandably concerned that their retirement plans will be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. There are concerns that pre-retirees and recent retirees may have about any economic downturn, and strategies that are designed to help them withstand multiple [...]

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    Workplaces have grown steadily less friendly to older employees, and the pandemic has pushed more of these workers from the labor market. Joey Himelfarb estimates that in his 25 years in sales, hawking everything from Hewlett-Packard computers to cars and swimming pools, he has been laid off or downsized at least a half-dozen times. The most recent occasion came in April, when he got a call from[...]

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    Motivating people to save for retirement isn’t easy. Fraught decisions around when to start a nest egg, how much to set aside, and where to invest can be so overwhelming that inertia often sets in. Increasingly, economists who study this paralysis have shown that minimizing the complexity surrounding retirement choices inspires workers to start saving — and at higher rates. New research [...]

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    The world has been in a panic since the outbreak of coronavirus, causing almost unprecedented market volatility. Some have been quick to compare this to the credit crisis of 2008 that lasted five years. Depending on the duration of the health crisis, I foresee it more closely mirroring the financial events that followed the attacks on September 11, 2001—sharp drop in the market that recovered [...]

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    The old line about retirement goes something like: “My problem is not that I have too little money left at the end of the month, it’s that I have too much month left at the end of the money.” For many people, though, the real issue could be having too little money for the amount of life they have. That’s called “longevity risk” and if there’s one form of risk to your retirement[...]

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    Section 2202 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), enacted on March 27, 2020, provides for special distribution options and rollover rules for retirement plans and IRAs and expands permissible loans from certain retirement plans. Q1. What are the special rules for retirement plans and IRAs in section 2202 of the CARES Act? A1. In general, section 2202 of the [...]

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    As the Coronavirus has spread in communities around the country, Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of the virus on jobs, the economy and their own financial security – but most importantly about the health and safety of their loved ones. Despite growing uncertainty, there is opportunity for Americans to look to the long term. Cutting Through the Chaos In an [...]

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    COVID-19 has shaken America and the world, causing widespread social and economic upheaval. The most obvious and distressing cost is the tens of thousands of lives lost to the pandemic, but attendant costs range from shuttered businesses to an unprecedented hole in the federal budget. As policymakers and others continue to grapple with controlling the pandemic, the permanent scars from this [...]

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    To redesign a retirement that builds the necessary financial resilience for longer lives, the World Economic Forum and Mercer have created a ten-point checklist to redesign retirement. Safeguarding financial wellness requires an all-encompassing view of a person. This means considering their tangible assets (including savings and property), but also less tangible assets such as health, [...]

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    Using Annuities to Cover Basic Living Expenses for Life The names and numbers may vary but the situation is all too common. Approaching retirement at age 65, John and Jill Smith realized their monthly income from Social Security and pensions total $700 less than their fixed expenses. They have savings to fill the gap, but worry that their nest egg may not be sufficient to cover both their fixed [...]

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    Given the current economic scenario in the backdrop of the ongoing public health crises globally, investing your hard-earned money in a suitable Annuity Product may be the answer to your queries. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is driving many Indians — whether they are approaching their retirement age or just starting out in their career — anxious about their finances, and retirement plans. [...]

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    Know your full retirement age, coordinate the timing of benefit claims with your spouse, and weigh the advantages of delaying your Social Security benefits. Social Security benefits have long been a critical part of Americans’ retirement income plans. After all, the monthly benefits provide a stream of income that is adjusted for inflation annually and can’t be outlived. And now, with the [...]

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    Even in light of an all-consuming pandemic, there are some mega-trends that continue their powerful and profound impact on global society. One such trend is global aging, which has led to a reimagining and a reframing of the relationship between age and health, economic, and social policies. Now, one of the more valued ideas on global aging — to keep people active, engaged, and working well past[...]

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    With COVID-19 making headlines around the world, it’s normal to feel uncertain about many aspects of life right now, including your finances. Even if you don’t catch COVID-19, you could be financially impacted by the fallout. Throughout this tumultuous period, your health is obviously the No. 1 priority. You can, and should, make your best efforts to stay healthy. However, [...]

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    KEY POINTS The economic downturn prompted by the coronavirus comes at a particularly bad time for older workers. New research takes a look at how well those individuals may fare when it comes to working from home or finding new employment. Results are so-so.  Older workers are just as able to work from home, but fewer than half have the opportunity to do so. Meanwhile, new jobs [...]

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    They face particular challenges brought on by Covid-19 — issues, experts say, that could lead to retirement earlier than planned. Dorian Mintzer loves her work. A 74-year-old psychologist, coach and author, she has no plan to retire, and has continued to work during the pandemic, doing teletherapy from her home in the Boston area. Now, like millions of other older working Americans, Dr. [...]

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    Recovery is starting quickly as states reopen, but the journey gets bumpier from here, Kelly and fellow strategist David Lebovitz warn. There is still a long way to go before the United States has a full economic recovery and it is therefore wise for investors to be cautious, not make any bold predictions about what will happen with the economy for now, and maintain balanced portfolios, according[...]

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    Now that we’ve entered a bear market for the first time since 2009, many pre-retirees are likely asking questions about the impact on their retirement savings. Will the stock market sell-off wipe out years of growth in their 401(k)s? Are there any steps that can be taken to protect savings and investments against future volatility? These are important considerations. While the recent stock [...]

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    Americans without retirement savings are increasingly moving in with their millennial children. Sian-Pierre Regis, 35, is used to living with roommates. For the past 10 years, he has split the rent on his apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan with two (in some cases, three) friends. But in June, he’s getting a co-tenant of a different sort: his 78-year-old mother, Rebecca [...]

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    The economic gut punch of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt by retirees. Even those who have savings and other resources now fear that the financial stability they had envisioned for their post-working years is gone. With the U.S. economy staring at a recession and the stock market having plunged more than 25% from its peak in February, retirees have seen the value of their retirement funds [...]

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    Right now, spending habits are changing, for better or worse. With unemployment at an all-time high and many people working from home, your budget could be totally different from usual. You may be tight on money or have a little extra cash in your pocket. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you’re on, now is a great time to make sure your finances are in good health. Here are five [...]

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    The Washington Post spoke to six Americans who have come to the end of their work lives with no financial cushion, no nest egg. The coronavirus pandemic has scrambled many Americans’ financial futures, but some baby boomers have found surprising ways to cope with the downturn in the economy. They went to work every day and built a life for themselves, put money away in a savings plan and [...]

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    KEY POINTS About half of Americans retired earlier than they expected, according to a recent survey. Less control over your retirement date could become more prevalent in a post-coronavirus economy. Based on your work prospects, you may retire either much earlier or later than you planned. Retiring at 65 was already becoming a fading tradition before Covid-19 sank the world’s[...]

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    As a licensed fiduciary for over 15 years and spending most of that time with retirees, I’ve heard the same desires and concerns repeatedly: They want a retirement product that will offer them safety, income, and growth. My clients fear a repeat of 2000 or 2008, are concerned with how to pay for long-term care, and are very concerned about outliving their retirement assets. When I hear this, [...]

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    “Jobs Friday” is usually a nerdy day for financial types and economists only. But everyone was watching the most recent jobs report. I had a big drink and told my family to remember May 8. For labor economists, it will be a day to remember. For the first time, even the teenagers really listened. Due to the COVID-19 recession, the U.S. has now hit a depression-era unemployment rate of 14.7%.[...]

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    By the time most of us reach retirement age, we feel as if we don’t have enough money to live the life we envisioned. Our feelings aren’t wrong: a 2019 analysis from the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that over 40% of American households in which the official head is between their mid-30s and mid-60s are projected to run short of money in retirement. The figures are [...]

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    Here's how the ongoing crisis could wreck your long-term plans -- and what you can do to prevent that from happening. COVID-19 has turned the U.S. economy on its head, battering the stock market and forcing millions of workers into unemployment. But while the crisis is no doubt affecting your short-term financial plans, it may, unfortunately, throw a wrench into a lot of people's retirement plans[...]

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    Now that we’ve entered a bear market for the first time since 2009, many pre-retirees are likely asking questions about the impact on their retirement savings. Will the stock market sell-off wipe out years of growth in their 401(k)s? Are there any steps that can be taken to protect savings and investments against future volatility? These are important considerations. While the recent stock [...]

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    The COVID-19 pandemic could upend retirement planning, jeopardizing financial security for the next generation of retirees. Experience from the 2007–08 financial crisis and Great Recession that followed suggests the current crisis could wipe out existing retirement savings, hinder additional savings, and threaten public and private retirement systems. Here’s how: 1. Trillions of dollars [...]

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    This lesser-known rule could potentially save you a bundle of cash. Millions of Americans have been directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, from both a health and financial perspective. With thousands of businesses shuttering to slow the spread of the virus, approximately 10 million workers have filed for unemployment benefits in the last two weeks. The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, [...]

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    Dick has worked as a hospital administrator for 30-plus years. He was planning to retire in a few months. COVID-19 just delayed his plans for many months, or perhaps for years. Reflecting on what the market decline has done to his retirement savings, he conceals his anxiety with humor, remarking, “Now I may never be able to (expletive) retire – I just hope my (expletive) parking spot has not[...]

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    Dick has worked as a hospital administrator for 30-plus years. He was planning to retire in a few months. COVID-19 just delayed his plans for many months, or perhaps for years. Reflecting on what the market decline has done to his retirement savings, he conceals his anxiety with humor, remarking, “Now I may never be able to (expletive) retire – I just hope my (expletive) parking spot has not[...]

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    With all that is going on in the market with the Coronavirus, we have received many requests to give our opinion on how long it will take for a retirement savings to get back to the level it was before the virus took its toll on the market. Understanding that no one can predict what kind of return anyone is receiving on their savings, and knowing that returns are always investor specific, what we [...]

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    Everything these days seems to be about coronavirus, coronavirus, coronavirus. Especially when you have a family, these can be scary times. So, first and foremost: Chances are that you will be OK. The novel coronavirus seems to mostly spare young kids, and if you’re a healthy adult under age 50, there’s a good chance you’ll be fine. Nonetheless, lots of people are worried, and we get it.[...]

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    As we progress through life, we find there are certain things we can control and others we cannot. However, even with the things we can’t control, we can exercise good judgement based on facts, due diligence, historical patterns and a risk/reward calculation. These strategies play an important role in retirement planning. When it comes to accumulation, spending and protecting your nest egg, [...]

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    Taking these steps before you begin claiming can ensure you're receiving as much money as possible. The majority of retirees will depend on their Social Security benefits for at least a significant portion of their income. In fact, half of married couples and nearly three-quarters of unmarried beneficiaries rely on their monthly checks for at least 50% of their retirement income, according to the[...]

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    Going through her mail, Kendra slices open an envelope from her preferred airline. Inside she finds a hefty gray card with her name etched on it. The 36-year old reads the enclosed letter informing her of her “achievement.” She has reached Platinum status as a frequent flyer. But, her newfound “status” is not because she is a regular business traveler, but because she is a caregiver. [...]

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    New federal legislation made sweeping changes in retirement plans. Here's what you need to know. The new year has brought a number of changes in financial rules affecting consumers. Many of them are in new federal legislation called the Secure Act, which mostly applies to retirement plans but also has provisions that help new parents and those with student loans. Another opportunity for [...]

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    For many people, retirement is a key reward for decades of daily work—a time to relax, explore, and have fun unburdened by the daily grind. For others, though, retirement is a frustrating period marked by declining health and increasing limitations. For years, researchers have been trying to figure out whether the act of retiring, or retirement itself, is good for health, bad for it, or [...]

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    Among the various kinds of annuities, which are contracts you sign with an insurance company to pay a premium for guaranteed income later, two of the most common are fixed and fixed indexed annuities. The former offers a fixed rate of return; the latter ties your rate to a market index to let you realize greater returns. Comparing the key differences between the two will help you determine which [...]

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    From retirement plans to health care, things are changing A new year and a new decade begin next week. Whether you’re retired or still working, many changes are coming that could affect you—for better and/or worse. Here’s our breakdown of what you need to know in 2020: Retirement plans You’ll be able to stash $19,500 in your 401(k) plan, 403 (b), Thrift Savings Plan and most 457 [...]

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    Every day, 10,000 or so baby boomers are turning 65. Some of you have probably already retired. Many are likely counting the days until they can leave the full-time workforce.  For many of you, Social Security will be a major part of your retirement income.  With that in mind, it is important to know how Social Security will be changing for 2020. Here are six ways that Social Security will [...]

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    WHEN YOU ARE READY TO retire, there are certain basic things you should do before you leave the comfort and security of your old job. You need to make final adjustments to your financial plan and make important decisions about Social Security and health insurance. Here's a checklist for retiring in 2020: Decide when to start Social Security. Sign up for Medicare or [...]

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    Both annuities and life insurance should be considered in your long-term financial plan. While both include death benefits, you buy life insurance in the event you die too soon and an annuity in case you live too long. In other words, life insurance provides economic protection to your loved ones if you die before your financial obligations to them are met, while annuities guard against outliving [...]

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    The new Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, just signed by President Trump, is the broadest piece of retirement legislation passed in 13 years. Ultimately, the law focuses on retirement planning in three key areas: 1) modifying required minimum distribution (RMD) rules for retirement plans; 2) expanding retirement plan access and 3) increasing lifetime income [...]

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    Retirement isn’t what it used to be. Today, not only are people working, traveling and living dynamic lives well past the previous generation’s retirement age of 65, but saving for retirement requires a different mindset than your parents may have had. “In the past, many people had pensions, which would guarantee fixed income for life,” notes Don Dady, co-founder of Annexus, an independent[...]

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    As 2019 comes to an end, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect back on what took place in the retirement landscape during the past 12 months and how it could affect those preparing for life after work. In recent years, the United States has witnessed a shift from employer-based retirement planning opportunities like pensions toward a more “do-it-yourself” approach. As Americans are living [...]

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    The Internal Revenue Service announced on Wednesday, November 6, that several contribution limits in qualified retirement plans will increase next year. The IRS announced the increases as part of an annual adjustment for cost-of-living increases as provided in the Internal Revenue Code.  According to IRS Notice 2019-59, employees participating in 401(k) plans may contribute up to $19,500 in [...]

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    You definitely want to avoid these at all costs. Millions of seniors today regard Social Security as a critical source of income. But if you're not careful, you could wind up losing out on some of that money and struggling during retirement as a result. Here are a few ways your benefits might shrink. 1. Not knowing your full retirement age Your Social Security benefits are calculated by [...]

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    Everyone’s idea of the “perfect retirement” is different. Some of us plan to travel the world, while others hope to move to a new location, perhaps with a warmer climate. Still others might wish to live frugally so they have a sizable nest egg they can pass on to future generations. No matter your goal, stability is an important part of most retirement lifestyles. In fact, IALC [...]

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    The holidays are just around the corner, meaning it’s almost time to prepare for parties, travel, gift-giving and more. But what’s good for the spirit can be hard on the wallet. Without a proper plan in place, it can be easy to lose track of how much you’ve spent, which might affect your financial goals. The point of any financial plan is not to restrict yourself unnecessarily, but to [...]

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