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Why do Roth IRAs exist?

Lately, I have been getting this question frequently. For some folks, it’s the first time they’re hearing about tax-free growth. For others who have been saving in a Roth for a long time, or are converting pre-tax dollars to Roth IRA, they have never really considered just how beneficial tax-free growth truly is. This is especially true when you have a 10, 15, even 20+ year timeline.

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Do’s and Don'ts of 401k’s

Now, more than ever, the workplace is in constant change. The level of education and direction regarding what is for most people the largest portion of their retirement, your 401k or 403b, is solely put on your shoulders. With little direction, you may only have an 800 number or website to give you some assistance to help you decide the best direction for your future. We believe that education is key for everyone who is trying to save for retirement and has a goal to strive for. This is the perfect time to begin working with a qualified Financial Advisor to better understand your options.

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Why the IRS May Be the Biggest Benefactor of Your Retirement Investments

As a financial and retirement planner, I have learned that people hate paying taxes. The truth is, the history of taxation is a complicated one full of wars, audits, jail time, and factions of society that were created in rebellion to the idea itself. To make things worse, the “rules” laid out by the IRS when it comes to tax are extremely complicated, ever-changing, and leave a ton of room for discretion. So, how might one go about reducing or entirely removing the IRS as a benefactor to their retirement investment they have worked so hard to save?

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How to Enjoy Retirement and Still Provide a Legacy

For retirees that wish to truly enjoy their retirement but still want to provide a legacy, setting priorities and finding a balance will be key. Most would agree that ensuring one's stability in retirement should be the top priority. The first step to ensuring you can enjoy retirement is to make sure you have enough money saved in the right type of accounts to make this happen.

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Social Security- What You Need to Know Before You Claim

Before claiming social security there are some things you should know. When do you meet your full retirement age because that impacts how much you collect. Take a look at your longevity, your Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) and your spousal benefits. Lastly, keep in mind that there may be taxes and penalties that come with claiming too soon. We realize that this is a complex subject and encourage you to work with a financial planner, CFP® or ChFC® who is proficient in retirement planning.

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