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Planning for 2015

The new year has begun, and that means there’s very little you can change at this point to impact your financial goals for 2014. But it’s a great opportunity to look ahead and see what you may do to potentially help you reach your financial goals for 2015.

New Year Financial Resolutions

Have you resolved to do a better job with your finances in 2015? Great! But keep in mind that people who make New Year’s resolutions tend to forget about them within a couple of weeks.

When is Social Security Taxable?

According to a recent article in USA Today, more than 59 million Americans will receive a total of over $860 billion in Social Security benefits by the end of this year.

Charitable Giving

Giving to others, whether it’s with money, resources, time, services, or assets, may truly help make the world a little bit better for ourselves and future generations. For every reason you may think of to give, there’s probably a charity with a matching need. Perhaps there’s an organization that you want to help reach its… View Article

Social Security Disability Benefits

Many people plan on working all the way through to their planned retirement age, whatever age that might be. But sometimes things can happen that disrupt those plans. What if a disability were to prevent you from doing the work that’s been the source of your income? If you become disabled, Social Security may provide… View Article

Roth IRA Vs. Traditional IRA

The Roth versus traditional IRA debate has been around since 1998. Which one is better for you? Of course the answer depends on many factors, but the kind of IRA you choose can have an important effect on your long-term savings. Thus, it helps to understand the differences between the two. First, there are income… View Article

Planning For Medicare

Professor Rick Plum made an interesting comment on our program a little while back. He said that when people are projected to receive a certain amount on their Social Security check, the amount they’re expecting may not be the amount they actually receive. This is partly because of the Medicare premium that will be deducted… View Article

The Social Security Income Penalty

If you’re still working and are considering taking Social Security benefits it’s important to know that your benefits could be reduced or eliminated under certain circumstances.

Sequence-of-Return Risk

Large ups and downs in the stock market can be scary for a new retiree. When volatility reigns, those who depend on their portfolios for support through their retirement years can start to feel queasy.

The Pension Maximization Strategy

The pension maximization technique is not for everyone, but could be worth considering as you evaluate your pension benefit options.

The Social Security Restricted Application Strategy

One of the most important decisions you’ll make about your retirement is when to begin taking your Social Security payments. It’s often times more complex than just deciding between taking a lower benefit at age 62 or a higher benefit later.

Sorting Out The Retirement Plans

You may have seen the many different retirement plans that are out there, along with their associated IRS code sections, but how do you determine which plan is best suited for you?

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