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There is some good news for your retirement planning. If you have an employer-sponsored 401(k) retirement plan, or any of a number of similar plans, you’ll be able to increase your annual contribution this year by $1000, as part of the federal government’s scheduled inflation adjustment. The limit increase means work-based retirement plans can reach[…]

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Annuities are often a popular investment vehicle to supplement retirees’ Social Security benefits, guaranteeing a lifetime income stream. Considering that only about 35 percent of retirees have a pension, having an annuity can provide a sense of security and confidence that you won’t outlive your money. Annuities are insurance products, so, naturally, they are sold[…]

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Retirement planning may be a little different for the self-employed, but it’s just as important, if not more so. 60% of working Americans have access to a 401k plan through their employer.  But if you are among the nearly 10 million self-employed, you are entirely responsible for your retirement plan. There are other types of[…]

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It’s a question that’s on the minds of many of our clients. When is the best time to begin collecting Social Security benefits?  While the question may be common, the answer is a highly individualized one that depends on each person’s circumstances. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at several key factors involved with[…]

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Whether or not your pension is taxed depends on the type of pension—years of service or disability—and the type of tax—federal, state, or social security. The Federal Government and Military Retirement Pay If you’ve spent twenty or more years in military service, you’re entitled to a military pension upon retirement. The federal government considers this[…]

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The customary advice about cashing out your retirement plan early is: don’t. There are very few situations that would make it financially worthwhile. A standard IRA or 401(k) provides before-tax contributions and tax-free compounding, deferring taxes to retirement. A Roth IRA, although contributed to with after-tax dollars, provides for tax-free compounding and tax-free distributions in[…]

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