Retirement Planning

Starting the Planning Process Over Again: Marriage and Divorce

The marriage and divorce statistics make money issues between partners more complicated today than they have ever been before. Looking back in time, it used to be that most assets were jointly owned, there was often only one income for the family, divorce was rare, and estate planning by spouses generally consisted of simple wills that… Continue reading Starting the Planning Process Over Again: Marriage and Divorce

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5 Transition Points In Life That Call for a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER

I spent one summer listening to a lot of Jerry Jeff Walker. To me, he’s famous for the chorus he wrote in one particular song, Lovin’ Makes the Livin’ Worthwhile.  It’s a love song focused on rolling with whatever life throws at us and accepting that “the only sure things are taxes and dying.” He’s… Continue reading 5 Transition Points In Life That Call for a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER

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Proactive Tax Planning 1 of 6

The Concept of the Four Tax Buckets No one wants to pay more than his or her fair share in taxes. Yet few have a good understanding of how their savings will be taxed over time. A good way to gain a basic understanding is to consider the concept of the four tax buckets. The… Continue reading Proactive Tax Planning 1 of 6

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Cleaning Out Your Financial Garage

I cleaned out my garage last weekend. I tend to accumulate things I don’t need or don’t often use. I pile up things that should just be thrown away. I stack tools on my shelves instead of putting them back where I got them. Instead of taking an extra minute or two out of my… Continue reading Cleaning Out Your Financial Garage

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6 Considerations for Pension Election

Lots of baby boomers are hitting retirement age. And with retirement come some pretty big irrevocable decisions. One of which may be how to elect a pension. Now let me be clear. Not everyone has a pension. In fact, fewer and fewer people do as fewer and fewer companies offer them. But if you do… Continue reading 6 Considerations for Pension Election