That First Distribution from Your IRA

What you need to know. When you are in your seventies, Internal Revenue Service rules say that you must start making withdrawals from your traditional IRA(s). In I.R.S. terminology, these withdrawals are called Required Minimum

A 2019 Market Review

Wow, what a ride! Since 2009, the markets have experienced tremendous growth. Many have been surprised that the markets have performed so strongly over the past 10 years. It seems like every other week we

The SECURE Act

Long-established retirement account rules change. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is now law. With it, comes some of the biggest changes to retirement savings law in recent years. While the

The Benefits of Donating Appreciated Stock

In Matthew 6:20 Jesus encourages us to “…lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…”  One of the most basic ways that we can apply this teaching is to give generously of our financial resources to

Diversification, Patience, and Consistency

Three important factors when it comes to your financial life. Regardless of how the markets may perform, consider making the following part of your investment philosophy: Diversification. The saying “don’t put all your eggs in

Saving Your Elderly Parents from Financial Fraud

Talk about precautions with the seniors in your family.   Elders are financially defrauded in this country on a daily basis. Only a few of these crimes are made public. In fact, the National Adult

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

When You Retire Without Enough

Start your “second act” with inadequate assets, and your vision of the future may be revised.  How much have you saved for retirement? Are you on pace to amass a retirement fund of $1 million