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Retirement Blindspots

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 3:41 PM on December 17, 2020

Some life and financial factors that can sometimes be overlooked.

We all have our “blue sky” visions of the way retirement should be, yet our futures may unfold in ways we do not predict. So, as you think about your “second act,” you may want to consider some life and financial factors that can suddenly arise.

You may end up retiring earlier than you expect. If you leave the workforce at “full” retirement age (FRA), which is 67 for those born in 1960 and later, you may be eligible to claim “full” Social Security benefits. Working until 67 may be worthwhile because it will reduce your monthly Social Security benefits if you claim them between age 62 and your FRA.1

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Topics: Aging, Claiming Social Security, Financial Planning, long term objectives, Retirement

End-of-the-Year Money Moves

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 12:00 PM on December 11, 2020

Here are some things you might consider before saying goodbye to 2020.

What has changed for you in 2020? For many, this year has been as complicated as learning a new dance. Did you start a new job or leave a job behind? That’s one step. Did you retire? There’s another step. Did you start a family? That’s practically a pirouette. If notable changes occurred in your personal or professional life, then you may want to review your finances before this year ends and 2021 begins. Proving that you have all of the right moves in 2020 might put you in a better position to tango with 2021.

Even if your 2020 has been relatively uneventful, the end of the year is still a good time to get cracking and see where you can manage your overall personal finances.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, Tax Benefits

Speed Bumps & Headlines

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 6:30 AM on November 26, 2020

Focus on your overall approach during times of short-term volatility.

As an investor, it can be tempting to get caught up in daily news headlines. Consider how news about the election and COVID-19 vaccines have moved the markets over the past several weeks. But having a financial strategy can help you ignore short-term volatility and focus on your long-term vision.

As you know, investing is a process based on your goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance. Interestingly enough, it’s also a process that may help you prepare for life’s financial challenges.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, Investments and risk, market volatility

Managing Money as a Couple

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 11:45 AM on November 19, 2020

What are the keys to prepare to grow wealthy together?

When you marry or simply share a household with someone, your financial life changes—and your approach to managing your money may change as well. The good news is that it is usually not so difficult.

At some point, you will have to ask yourselves some money questions—questions that pertain not only to your shared finances but also to your individual finances. Waiting too long to ask (or answer) those questions might carry a price. In the 2019 TD Bank Love & Money survey of consumers who said they were in relationships, 40% of younger couples described having weekly arguments about their finances.1

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What if I need Long-Term Care?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 4:47 PM on November 16, 2020

Health care costs are rising, and even the healthiest among us is likely to need some sort of enhanced health care during our later years.  Have you considered the impact that long-term care costs could have on the later years of your retirement? And how would long-term care for one spouse impact the healthier spouse? As you consider these questions, take a look at the following recent statistics:

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Topics: long-term care

2021 Limits for IRAs, 401(k)s and More

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 11:15 AM on November 12, 2020

Numbers to know for the new year.

On October 26, the Treasury Department released the 2021 adjusted figures for retirement account savings. Although these adjustments won’t bring any major changes, there are some minor elements to note.

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How and When to Sign Up for Medicare

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 7:00 AM on November 5, 2020

Breaking down the enrollment periods and eligibility.

Medicare enrollment is automatic for some. For those receiving Social Security benefits, the coverage starts on the first day of the month you turn 65.1

If you are not receiving Social Security benefits at 65, you may be delaying until you reach full retirement age, or until you reach 70. If you’re coming up on 65 and not receiving Social Security benefits, SSDI, or benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board, you can still apply for Medicare coverage. You can visit your local SSA office or visit www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly/ to determine your eligibility.1

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Topics: Details about Medicare, Medicare Parts A & B, Medicare Enrollment

How do Presidential Elections Impact the Stock Market?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 9:00 AM on November 2, 2020

Over the past months much has been said about how the presidential election might impact the stock market. Although we can't predict what will happen in this unexpected year, we can learn a lot from history.

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Topics: Tolerating Risk with Investments, Investing, Retirement, impact of presidential elections

Do you have a Zombie Retirement Plan?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 9:00 AM on October 29, 2020

Do you have a "Zombie Plan" roaming around somewhere in your financial past? An old 401(k), 403(b), or other employer sponsored plan that's been neglected and untouched for so long that it's almost left for dead!

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Topics: 401k, 403(b), Retirement, rollover

Year-end Financial To-do List

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 9:00 AM on October 26, 2020

We're quickly approaching the end of another year - for many it can't come soon enough! But, before you start on your holiday to-do list, you might want to check out this "Financial To-Do List." Experience tells us that those who run through these items annually are well set up to reach financial goals in the new year!

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Topics: Financial Planning

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