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How Women Can Prepare For Retirement

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 11:45 AM on May 14, 2020

A practical financial checklist for the future.

When our parents retired, living to 75 amounted to a nice long life, and Social Security was often supplemented by a pension. The Social Security Administration estimates that today’s average 65-year-old woman will live to age 86½. Given these projections, it appears that a retirement of 20 years or longer might be in your future.1,2 

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Topics: Working Women, Financial Planning, Retirement, Retirement Income

The SECURE Act

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 4:31 PM on May 7, 2020

The SECURE Act - What you actually need to know. . .

This act intends to improve retirement security for Americans, with many new provisions for those saving for retirement. Of course, SECURE is actually an acronym: Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement. This act will affect most Americans eventually, and it is important that you understand its implications for your retirement. Here are four things you should know about the SECURE Act:

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Topics: Financial Planning, Tax Benefits, Taxes in Retirment

Traditional Vs. Roth IRA

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 2:18 PM on April 23, 2020

Do you know the difference?

Traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA), which were created in 1974, are owned by roughly 33.2 million U.S. households. Roth IRAs, however, were created as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act in 1997, are owned by nearly 22.5 million households.1

Both are IRAs. And yet, each is quite different.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, IRA, Roth IRA

Pullbacks, Corrections, and Bear Markets

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 12:30 PM on April 9, 2020

What’s the difference? What do these terms mean for you?

The COVID-19 outbreak has put tremendous pressure on stock prices, prompting some investors to blindly and indiscriminately sell positions at a time when the entire market is trending lower. Worried investors believe "this time it's different." When the market drops, some investors lose perspective that downtrendsand uptrendsare part of the investing cycle. When stock prices break lower, it's a good time to review common terms that are used to describe the market's downward momentum.1,2

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, Stock Market

Reducing the Risk of Outliving Your Money

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 2:17 PM on April 2, 2020

What steps might help you sustain and grow your retirement savings?

“What is your greatest retirement fear?” If you ask any group of retirees and pre-retirees this question, “outliving my money” will likely be one of the top answers. In fact, 51% of investors surveyed for a 2019 AIG retirement study ranked outliving their money as their top anxiety.1

 

Retirees face greater “longevity risk” today.The Census Bureau says that Americans typically retire around age 63. Social Security projects that today’s 63-year-olds will live into their mid-eighties, on average. This is a mean life expectancy, so while some of these seniors may pass away earlier, others may live past 90 or 100.2,3

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Topics: Money Matters, Planning, Saving, Social Security income

Who Is Creekmur Wealth Advisors?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 9:54 AM on March 19, 2020

Founded 25 years ago by John Creekmur, CFP® Creekmur Wealth Advisors is a full-service financial planning firm. Our primary purpose is to help provide goal-based financial planning to our clients. We strive to partner with our clients to maximize their finances in pursuit of their goals and dreams.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Retirement

Ways To Repair Your Credit Score

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 11:30 AM on March 12, 2020

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Steps to get your credit rating back toward 720.

We all know the value of a good credit score. We all try to maintain one. Sometimes, though, life throws us a financial curveball and that score declines. What steps can we take to repair it?

 

Reduce your credit utilization ratio. Your credit utilization ratio (CUR) is the percentage of a credit card’s debt limit you have used up. Simply stated, if you have a credit card with a limit of $1,500 and you have $1,300 borrowed on it right now, the CUR for that card is 87%. Carrying lower balances on your credit cards tilts the CUR in your favor and promotes a better credit score.1


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Topics: get my credit score reviewed, Planning, Saving

Coronavirus & More

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 11:00 AM on February 28, 2020

The 24-Hour News Cycle moves from Impeachment to COVID-19 to the Primaries – What’s next?

In recent weeks, we’ve seen several major stories in the news. On the political front, in addition to the arrival of the presidential election through the 2020 caucuses and primaries, we have just experienced the third presidential impeachment in American history. In international news, the latest coronavirus outbreak has hit China, now referred to as COVID-19, leading to closed borders and heightened screening at hospitals worldwide.1

 

It’s not so much the facts of what’s going on that are unusual – none of these matters are unprecedented – but the way that they are reported in the media can be alarming. Even frightening.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Market turbulence, market volatility, Planning, Retirement

When A Windfall Comes Your Way

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 11:15 AM on February 27, 2020

What do you do with big money?

Getting rich quick can be liberating, but it can also be frustrating. Sudden wealth can help you address retirement saving or college funding anxieties, and it may also allow you to live and work on your terms. On the other hand, you’ll pay more taxes, attract more attention, and maybe even contend with jealousy or envy. You may also deal with grief or stress, as a lump sum may be linked to a death, a divorce, or a pension payout decision.


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Topics: Financial Planning, Planning, Retirement, Saving

The Major Retirement Planning Mistakes

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 11:45 AM on February 6, 2020

Why are they made again and again?

Much is out there about the classic financial mistakes that plague start-ups, family businesses, corporations, and charities. Aside from these blunders, some classic financial missteps plague retirees.   

Calling them “mistakes” may be a bit harsh, as not all of them represent errors in judgment. Yet whether they result from ignorance or fate, we need to be aware of them as we plan for and enter retirement.        

Leaving work too early. As Social Security benefits rise about 8% for every year you delay receiving them, waiting a few years to apply for benefits can position you for higher retirement income. Filing for your monthly benefits before you reach Social Security’s Full Retirement Age (FRA) can mean comparatively smaller monthly payments. Meanwhile, if you can delay claiming Social Security, that positions you for more significant monthly benefits.1       

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Topics: Wealth Management, Financial Planning, Investments and risk, market risks, Retirement

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