Posts Tagged ‘retirement’

Boost Your Savings Once The Kids Leave The Nest

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

FMI - Boosting Savings After the Kids Leave the Nest

For many couples, retirement planning takes on fresh importance once their children leave the nest, especially if  they have put off savings during the child-rearing years. If this is your situation, think about directing a greater share of your income toward your retirement. It may be helpful to devise a strategy several months before you face an empty nest, figuring out how far behind you are in building your nest egg. Having a written budget is critical, as is auto-depositing your contributions. That way you’re not tempted to spend your increased income once the kids are launched.

When Plan Participants Leave Your Company

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

FMI: When Plan Participants Leave Your Company

What happens when plan participants leave your company?

There is a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed December 22, 2017, that affects plan participants who terminate employment with an outstanding loan. Before passage of the law, the loan would have been due immediately.

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Accelerated Retirement Is Possible If You Follow The Right Roadmap

Friday, December 7th, 2018

FMI - Retirement Planning

Everybody imagines retiring early, but few people manage to do it. A recent Willis Towers Watson survey reported that far more working Americans are planning to retire after age 65 (46%) than before it (30%).1 Here are five steps you can take to jumpstart the process.

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2017: A Good Year For Participants

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

FMI 2017: A Good Year for Participants

Auto Features Contributing to Participation, Average Balance Increases

It was a good year for individual account plans, including 401(k)s and 457s. In fact, 2017 may go in the record books as the first year the number of plans with an average auto-enrollment deferral rate of 6% exceeded the number of plans with a default deferral rate of 3%, as it has commonly been.

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Open Enrollment Season

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

FMI Open Enrollment November

This is a quarterly reminder to take advantage of Open Enrollment at your company, which usually happens in November. This is a good time to make sure you are maximizing your retirement account contributions, adjusting tax withholdings for the upcoming years, and checking your overall benefits such as life insurance, health savings accounts (HSAs) or flexible spending accounts (FSAs).

How To Retire Well

Monday, August 25th, 2014

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How well prepared are you for the retired life?

The first consideration for retirees is to be sure that you have enough money saved and invested to sustain your financial needs during your retired life. Aside from the basics, you want to be able to sustain a chosen lifestyle. Setting aside some funds for emergencies and cash needs adds to your security. Continuing to save and invest during your retirement helps you to hedge against outliving your retirement assets. According to U.S.News & World Report contributor, Dave Bernard, there are steps to help you make the transition into a happy retirement that involves setting personal goals and working toward achieving them.

The first consideration in your preparation is to decide what will you do? (more…)

Expenses You Must Include In Your Retirement Budget

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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How accurately can we estimate and budget for our retirement future? While individual lifestyle will dictate your expenses, a report published by U.S. News & World Report lists the expenses that are shared by all retirees and must be budgeted for.

  • Health care costs will be one of the biggest expenses you must deal with in retirement. A 65 year-old couple retiring in 2013 will need $220,000 to cover health care costs during retirement, according to calculations by Fidelity. This figure is based on average life expectancy. The cost of long-term care services depends on whether you receive it at home, in adult day care, at an assisted living facility or in a traditional nursing home. The average cost of a private nursing home is about $90,000 per year, assisted living facilities average $3477 per month and hourly home care rates average $46 for a Medicare-certified home health aid, according to MetLife.

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Five ways to wreck your retirement (and marriage)

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Spending your retirement in comfort depends largely on what you and your spouse do today.

Retirement, like marriage, comes under enormous strain when money is constantly an issue and recognizing this sooner rather than later can make the difference between traveling and living out your years together in relative comfort or having to scrape by for years as you get older and less healthy. It’s a pretty stark contrast.

Here are five things to avoid with your retirement today:

1. Not saving early or often

It’s the little things that add up. While you may think there’s plenty of time between your current situation and retirement, saving now means you won’t have to catch up later, when you may face other issues or unplanned expenses. It’s also the single most effective habit you can develop: saving a little bit all the time.

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Insuring your retirement is not unlike insuring your car

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

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You can insure your home and car from disasters and accidents. Life insurance essentially protects your family from the loss of your income should tragedy strike. You can’t insure your retirement accounts in the quite same way, but there are a few tried and true strategies that can help safeguard them.

1. Save for retirement even during…retirement

There is no rule that you have to stop investing when you hit your golden years. One of the best hedges to outliving your retirement assets is to continue investing even when you reach retirement age. While there are mandatory age distributions from 401(k) retirement plans and traditional IRAs, you can continue to make investments in other assets during your retirement.

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Grow up financially while you’re still young.

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

imagesThe old adage of ‘the earlier you start to save for retirement, the better’ holds true today especially today. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself when starting to think about your options:

How much should I save?

Try to start out at around 15 percent, and that’s a minimum figure — 15 percent of your salary. It should be as easy putting that much away and more into a 401(k) plan. If you have a 401(k) with a match, up to half can of your savings can come from your employer.

Where should I invest my savings?

Index funds are a great way to get started since they allow you a wide range of investments including funds that invest in domestic stocks and bonds, and international stocks. A solid investment portfolio mixes equal parts of all three. The key aspect of an index fund is that it is generally cheaper.

What if I have a low paying job that doesn’t allow me to save much? (more…)