Tag: Retirement

Buckets

What is Your Money For?

Across most of the world, our American work ethic is perceived as crazy. There was an article in Business Insider called, 11 American Work Habits Other Countries Avoid at All Costs.1.  It named these: Crazy long hours Very little vacation time Not enough family leave Americans eat at their desk Breaks during the day are…
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January 30, 2024 0
Handshake

Fiduciary Roles of a Retirement Plan

What is a fiduciary? A person or organization that acts on behalf of another person, putting their clients’ interests ahead of their own, with a duty to preserve good faith and trust. Being a fiduciary thus requires being bound both legally and ethically to act in the other’s best interests. –Investopedia.com With retirement plans, there…
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December 5, 2023 0
Roth IRA

Should You Convert to a Roth IRA?

There is nothing like waking up on a Monday morning…and taking a look at our national debt. That certainly ought to get your juices going, so let’s take a good look: Are you aware that as of September 2023, it costs 879 billion dollars to simply maintain our debt each year? This is 14% of…
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October 31, 2023 0
Stressed

How Bad Will Inflation Effect My Retirement?

Let’s face it, inflation hurts. You may be buying a little less these days…or not, and just spending more. You may be performing a tango between the two. No matter, if you are breathing and spending your own money then chances are you’re starting to see the effects of inflation on your lifestyle. I heard…
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October 3, 2023 0
Credit Score

Is Your Credit Score Important in Retirement?

The phrase “if you don’t use it, you will lose it” applies to more ways than one in retirement…It’s not just your health or mind – it could be your credit, too! You can spend a lifetime building and maintaining perfect credit only to watch it dwindle when you stop using it. Well, is it…
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June 21, 2023 0
Stress

Stress – Financial, Business, Life?

The irony of stress is realizing it isn’t good for you, then stressing about being stressed. Keeping with the theme of Mother’s Day this week, ask yourself…what advice would your mom offer you? …Hold your horses. …Take it down a notch. …What part of ‘no’ don’t you understand? …Shut the door! Who do you thing…
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May 16, 2023 0
Million

How Much is a Million Dollars Really Worth?

That is the million-dollar question…no pun intended. It sounds like a lot – and it is – but well, it’s not. It is exciting when that life event you’ve been anticipating finally occurs: retirement or selling your ranch or business. It is especially exciting when there is a seven-figure check involved. However, it is important…
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May 10, 2023 0
Book

Top 5 Retirement Books

A question we are often asked is, “What should we be doing before we retire?” One of the most important things to do is to start practicing retirement now. Too many people enter retirement unprepared. Don’t let that be you. Here are the top five must reads to help you start practicing your retirement: Power…
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March 27, 2023 0
RMD

RMDs – A New Year with New Rules

Let’s start with a reminder of what a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) is: A required minimum distribution (RMD) is the amount of money that must be withdrawn from an employer-sponsored retirement plan, traditional IRA, SEP, or SIMPLE individual retirement account (IRA) by owners and qualified retirement plan participants of retirement age.1 The main question here is…
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January 10, 2023 0

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