Don't Wait to Maximize Your Financial Contributions

Posted by Andy Anderson, CFP® on 10:00 AM on October 9, 2021

With Fall officially arriving, we are reminded once again that we are closer to the end of the year than we are to the beginning. Along with that comes the holiday season, family time, and last-minute shopping. And while we may not be able to assist with the cooking, cleaning, and shopping that’s just around the corner, we want to help in the best way we know how—making sure your end of year financial checklist is complete!

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Topics: Retirement

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

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

3 Tips for Self-Employed Workers

Posted by Andy Anderson, CFP® on 9:00 AM on June 29, 2021

Much of the material available regarding personal finances is directed towards W-2 workers, or what we would consider a traditional “employee.” This makes sense, research from 2019 showed that roughly 72% of Americans are traditional employees.1 But, the other 28% of our working population has some specific financial planning needs as well. Today we want to touch on a few tips to help self-employed workers keep their financial house in order.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Retirement, small business owner, self-employed

3 Questions to Answer about Retirement Plan Options

Posted by Andy Anderson, CFP® on 9:00 AM on May 18, 2021

Do you know someone that is retired and receiving a nice, predictable pension check every month? Maybe you're lucky enough to be covered by a pension plan—perhaps your benefit is still growing, maybe it’s frozen, or perhaps you are already receiving payments. While the word pension still means something in our vocabulary, more and more the pensions of old are going the way of the dinosaurs.

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Topics: Retirement

Three Biggest Risks to Your Retirement

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

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin

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Topics: Retirement

Is the 4% Safe Rule Still True?

Posted by Drew Creekmur, MSPFP on 9:00 AM on April 13, 2021

 

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Topics: Retirement

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