Carve Your Own Path & Create Your Dream Retirement

Posted by Creekmur Staff on 9:00 AM on September 14, 2021

How often do you think about retirement?

Most of us think about it a lot — at least four times a week.1

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Topics: Goals, Retirement, Retirement Income

Retirement Spending: Sequence of Returns Matters

Posted by Andy Anderson, CFP® on 9:00 AM on August 31, 2021

You've spent years planning for retirement. But now you're wondering if your retirement dollars will last through the ups and downs of the stock market.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Retirement

Countdown to College - How to Prepare During Each Year of High School

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 9:00 AM on August 24, 2021

Best ways to prepare for college during each year of high school.

As a parent, of course you want to give your child the best opportunity for future success, and for many, attending college is part of that opportunity. If you have a high school student, it's time to start preparing them for their college years. Ideally, you have been saving funds to pay for education, but, if not, now if the time to begin serious planning for how your family plans to cover college costs. Today, the average college graduate owes $37,731 in debt, while the average salary for a recent graduate is $49,785.1

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Topics: College Planning, long term objectives

Free Fall or Controlled Descent - Planning for Retirement Spending

Posted by Creekmur Staff on 9:42 AM on August 17, 2021

You've reached the retirement summit - now what?

We put a lot of time into saving and investing money for retirement, but we don’t spend nearly as much effort developing a strategy for withdrawing those assets once we retire.
However, developing a retirement strategy is similar to planning a mountain trek — how we get down from the peak is just as important as how we scale up it.

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Topics: Retirement, Retirement Income

Are you Prepared for Rising Costs in Retirement?

Posted by Creekmur Staff on 9:00 AM on August 10, 2021

If it seems like the cost of, well, everything has gone up lately, it’s true.

The inflation rate jumped in the first half of 2021, leading to price increases on everything from gas and groceries to bigger ticket items such as cars and homes.
The jump in inflation can be especially jarring after nearly a decade of steady, low rates.1  But what causes fluctuations in the inflation rate?

And most importantly, could rising prices pose a risk to your plan for retirement?

This topic is showing up more often in news stories which can cause anxiety. As with all financial decisions, it's important that we gather information and think logically about how inflation could impact our future plans

Today we'll explore some of the common questions about inflation. We’ll also look at how to think about inflation as you plan for a retirement that could span 20, 30 or even 40 years.

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Topics: Retirement, Retirement Income, inflation

A 6.1% Bump in Social Security?

Posted by Creekmur Staff on 7:30 AM on August 7, 2021

Cola and Social Security.

The news keeps getting better for Social Security recipients.

It's now projected that benefits will increase 6.1% in 2022, up from the 4.7% forecast just two months ago. That would be the most significant increase since 1983.1,2

It’s all about inflation. Social Security cost of living adjustments (COLA) are based on the consumer price index, which rose 5.4% in June — its largest 12-month increase since 2008. The official announcement is expected in October and, once it’s confirmed, the revised payment will go into effect in January 2022.3

More than 65 million Americans receive Social Security, and the annual cost of living adjustments are designed to help recipients manage higher costs. At the start of 2021, recipients saw a 1.3% increase.4

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Topics: Retirement, Social Security, Retirement Income, inflation

Six Secrets to Becoming a Smart Investor

Posted by Creekmur Staff on 9:00 AM on August 3, 2021

In a perfect world, logic would always guide our financial decisions. Emotions wouldn't come into play. However, we don't live in a perfect world. . . far from it.

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Topics: Invest, Investing, emotions in investing

ABC's of Insurance Planning

Posted by Andy Anderson, CFP® on 9:00 AM on July 20, 2021

At Creekmur Wealth Advisors, our job is to design unique strategies that help our clients reach their goals in the most efficient manner possible. However, despite our best efforts to plan for the future, sometimes life steps in and throws us a curveball. Experiencing a catastrophic life event could quickly derail an otherwise effective plan and leave us scrambling to pick up the pieces.

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Topics: Disability Insurance, Financial Planning, Insurance Risk, Life Insurance

Don't Overlook Your Most Valuable Asset

Posted by Creekmur Staff on 9:00 AM on July 13, 2021

What would you say if someone asked you to name your most valuable financial asset? Many high earners believe their most valuable assets are their savings and investments. You may have substantial savings in both your home, savings, and investment accounts. They’re the most significant part of your tangible asset portfolio. And yet, none of these is your most valuable asset.

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Topics: Disability Insurance, Insurance, Insurance Risk

Insurance When You Marry After 40

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 8:30 AM on July 6, 2021

When you marry, you buy life insurance. Right? You buy it out of consideration for your spouse, and also realize that in the event of either your untimely death or your spouse’s untimely death, your household could be left with one income to shoulder expenses that may not lessen.

These days, people are marrying later in life. Take first marriages, for example. A recent study by the Pew Research Center says the median age for marriage in America is now 30 for men and 28 for women, compared to respective median ages of 23 and 21 in 1968. Today, 16% of us are waiting until at least our late forties to marry.1,2

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Topics: Build True Wealth, Insurance, Insurance policies, Investing, Life Insurance, Newlyweds

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