Retirement Insights

Knowing the Future is Not Enough

In many ways, 2020 was one for the record books. Since we are financial advisors and not social or political pundits, we’re going to focus on what happened in the investment world and what we should take away from this historic year.

The Real Value of a Roth IRA

Many of our clients still in their working years do not qualify to make Roth IRA contributions (2020 income limits are $139,000 for single filers and $206,000 for married couples). But from time to time, clients do qualify to contribute, and we often recommend doing so.

How Joe Biden’s Tax Proposal Would Impact High Net Worth and High Income Individuals

As we enter the last month of the general election, we thought it would be important to review Joe Biden’s tax proposal and the impact it would have on many of our clients. While there are many parts to his tax proposal that have been laid out, this blog will focus on some of the most impactful areas to individuals.

HSAs: The Holy Grail of Tax and Retirement Planning?

Just as the Holy Grail has become a legend, so has this financial solution, which offers you compelling tax advantages. A Health Savings Account (HSA) offers just that. And if you meet the qualifications to contribute to one, you can also be a beneficiary of one of the most powerful retirement planning solutions out there.

When it Comes to Retirement Planning, Go Long!

The research being done by the folks at the MIT AgeLab has significant implications for anyone planning for retirement, and their findings may alter the way you view and plan for your later years.

Seeking Better Alignment of your Money to your Goals? Try Values-Based Saving

Just like in values-based budgeting, values-based saving starts with defining your core values. There are many different resources that you can use to help define your core values; however, unlike values-based budgeting, values-based saving requires you to look forward rather than backward.

The Market is Not the Economy

Why is it that stocks keep going up against a backdrop of horrible economic data? While I will never be able to answer the first two questions satisfactorily, we can look to facts to at least partially explain the last.

The Best States For Retirees

While clients think about how much income tax they’ll have to pay in retirement, we have found that the calculation is much deeper. First, as clients retire, their income typically drops substantially and moving to Florida or some other state with a low-income tax rate may not be worth the effort of moving.

How Much Should You Sacrifice Today To Ensure A Secure Tomorrow?

Every few months, you are sure to run across an article talking about the woefully inept savings rate plaguing our country. The data is disheartening. Collectively we save about 3% of our income. Just 30 years ago, the personal savings rate was triple where it is today. So, why do we have such a hard time saving for the future?