Are You Retiring Within the Next 5 Years?

What should you focus on as the transition approaches? You can prepare for your retirement transition years before it occurs. In doing so, you can do your best to avoid the kind of financial surprises [...]

Three Key Questions to Answer Before Taking Social Security

When to start? Should I continue to work? How can I maximize my benefit? Social Security will be a critical component of your financial strategy in retirement, so before you begin taking it, you should [...]

Starting a Roth IRA for a Child or Grandchild

This early financial decision could prove profoundly positive over time. Do you have a child or grandchild earning some income? Indirectly, that after-school or summer job might present a savings opportunity for that teenager. You [...]

Is Generation X Preparing Adequately for Retirement?

Future financial needs may be underestimated. If you were born during 1965-80, you belong to “Generation X.” Ten or twenty years ago, you may have thought of retirement as an event in the lives of [...]

Retirement Plan Contribution Limits Increase for 2019

We have some exciting news to report for 2019 for those who are contributing to their retirement accounts!  The IRS recently announced increases to the annual contribution limits to various types of retirement plans for [...]

Tax Considerations for Retirees

Are you aware of them?      The federal government offers some major tax breaks for older Americans. Some of these perks deserve more publicity than they receive. If you are 65 or older, your [...]

Financial Elder Abuse: Perception vs. Reality

Someday, you or your parents could be at risk. You may know victims of financial elder abuse. According to a new Wells Fargo Elder Needs Survey, almost half of Americans do.1 As you read or [...]

Understanding the Gift Tax

Most of us will never face taxes related to money or assets we give away.  “How can I avoid the federal gift tax?” If this question is on your mind, you aren’t alone. The good [...]

An Estate Plan or a Wealth Transfer Strategy?

Basic estate planning documents may not communicate your intentions. There are three degrees of estate planning: advanced, basic, and none at all. Basic is better than none, but elementary estate planning can still leave something [...]