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Posted by Camille Parmashwar-Smith on Mar 26th, 2018

How much do you need to retire? Simple question – no easy answer. Everyone has their own number, and there are many ways to calculate it.

Some methods are based on your annual salary. For example, one method recommends that by age 30, you should have the equivalent of your annual salary set aside. By age 35, twice your annual salary; by age 40, three times; age 45, four times – increasing the multiplier each five years until by age 65 you have eight times your annual salary set aside.

A similar rule-of-thumb is to have the equivalent of your salary saved by age 30 and have 10 times your final salary saved (if you want to retire by age 67).  But it should be noted that unlike this method, life is not linear – for example, you may have to adjust for major life events.

Other methods are based on your anticipated annual expenses – how much you’ll need to support your retirement lifestyle. To determine that figure, you’ll need to imagine what your retirement life will look like and then establish fixed versus discretionary costs. (One of the hardest costs to project and control will probably be healthcare. In fact, it may even be the biggest expense you have during retirement.)

It might be easier to anticipate fixed costs, like rent or other living expenses, than try to come up with lifestyle costs, such as entertainment or travel. But it’s important to establish the full picture of retirement finances. Knowing how much you’ll need to withdraw annually will help establish a savings goal.

One such expenses-based method, the 4 percent rule, theorizes you need enough saved to be able to meet your annual expenses of year one of retirement by withdrawing 4 percent of your savings. It’s more of a guideline than a rule, and there are several variations that have been developed since it was first presented in 1994. Factors that affect these models include the economy, asset allocation and the kind of retirement lifestyle you want to live.

Call our office today. We can help you imagine your retirement lifestyle and set a financial goal that works for you.

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Posted by Camille Parmashwar-Smith on Mar 21st, 2018

Stay hydrated! Drinking lots of water helps flush out fat and toxins from your body.

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Posted by Camille Parmashwar-Smith on Mar 20th, 2018

ERISA plans that include disability benefits must comply with the new procedural protections, effective for claims that are submitted after April 1, 2018.

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Posted by Camille Parmashwar-Smith on Mar 19th, 2018

Are you thinking of paying off your mortgage before retiring? According to a Center For Retirement Research study most, but not all, households would be better off for it. Is paying it off right for you? As with many things in life and finances – it depends. To get the conversation started, ask yourself – do you want to stay in your house during retirement? Is it in the right city? Will you be able to take care of it as you age? Other key things to consider:

Risk: Will the after-tax return of paying it off exceed the after-tax cost of the mortgage payments? If you have more funds to invest in the market and you’re comfortable with the risk of stocks, carrying the mortgage could make sense.

Assets: If you’re conservative and hold most of your assets in bank accounts and CDs, paying off the mortgage could work in your favor – the interest you’re paying out probably exceeds the interest you’re earning in the bank account. If the assets are in a taxable investment portfolio and you’re earning more on the investments than you’re paying out on the mortgage, paying it off may be your best bet.

Taxes: For most people who itemize tax deductions, mortgage payments are fully deductible; the after-tax cost of the payments could be substantially less. In general, the higher your marginal tax bracket and the larger your mortgage interest payments, the greater the tax benefit of keeping the mortgage.

Retirement costs: Retirement brings its own risks, like increased medical costs. You may need a financial pool to cover them. If you have large amounts of assets, this may have little impact. But for most, it has major consequences. If you use your financial assets to pay off your mortgage, you’ll have to continue contributing to your portfolio to compensate for the withdrawal – which may be difficult, or even impossible.

Peace of mind: There are many legitimate factors to consider when thinking about paying off your mortgage before retiring – not all of them are logical. Owning your home outright and not having to worry about paying on it during retirement could be a major life goal and will provide you with a sense of security.

Call our office today. We can help you determine if paying off your mortgage is a better option than carrying it into retirement. 

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Posted by Camille Parmashwar-Smith on Mar 14th, 2018

Plan your time out to avoid stress. Think ahead about your day and write a to-do list to decide which tasks are most important!

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Posted by Camille Parmashwar-Smith on Mar 13th, 2018

Did you know? - Life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was 51.7 years in 1916. Life expectancy at birth was 78.6 years in 2016. Thus, life expectancy has increased by 10 years every 37 years (source: National Vital Statistics Report, BTN Research).

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Posted by Camille Parmashwar-Smith on Mar 12th, 2018

Retired – but looking for work? You’re not alone. A 2016 Federal Reserve study found one-third of retirees at all income levels change their mind and return to full- or part-time work  – that’s nearly double 1985 figures, and the number is expected to keep rising.

There’s more than one reason to pick up a job after you retire. Retirees in lower-income brackets often return to work for supplemental income. But returning to work isn’t always based on need. The study revealed the majority of retirees who reverse course and return to work do so because retirement life doesn’t prove as appealing as imagined.

Life expectancies now average 15 years beyond retirement age. With that much time, it’s easy to become bored with retirement leisure and feel disengaged since work is a source of identity and purpose. And when money is no longer a pressing issue, options open up, especially in today’s economy.

Today’s gig economy is characterized by the rise of independent contractors and freelancers making money through apps and social media on their own schedule. While the lack of a steady income might not be the most reliable when planning for retirement, it can work out well if you’re already in retirement. Retirees can take advantage of the benefits of the gig economy, most notably, freedom and flexibility, while avoiding its potential pitfalls, such as financial uncertainty or lack of time.

The most common example of a gig is driving for Uber or Lyft. A beautiful day to drive some golf balls – or a great day to drive for extra cash? As a retiree, you get to decide.

The opportunities for work are many. Tired of the career you had preretirement? Indulge in the job you wanted that didn’t make the pay cut. Follow your passions, old or new, such as performing in a band or writing a blog. Did you love your career? Leverage your skills, expertise and contacts as a consultant. Or use what you learned at your old company to start your own small business. With so many options, the question might not be whether or not you should pick up a side-gig in retirement, but which one should you choose.

It’s never too late to pursue your dream job, and retirement might just be the best time to do so. Call our office today. We can help you decide whether reversing your retirement is right for you.

1 https://www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/feds/2016/files/2016053pap.pdf  

2 https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2017/article/older-workers.htm

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Posted by Camille Parmashwar-Smith on Mar 8th, 2018

Overview:

On March 5, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2018-18 to announce changes to certain tax limits for 2018, including a reduced contribution limit for health savings accounts (HSAs).

The new tax law enacted late last year—the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—changed the consumer price index for making annual adjustments to the HSA limits. Based on this new index, the IRS lowered the HSA contribution limit for individuals with family coverage under a high deductible health plan (HDHP) from $6,900 to $6,850. This change is effective for the 2018 calendar year. The IRS’ other HSA and HDHP limits for 2018 remain the same. 

Action Steps:

Employers with HDHPs should inform employees about the reduced HSA contribution limit for family HDHP coverage. Employees may need to change their HSA elections going forward to comply with the new limit. Also, any individuals with family HDHP coverage who have already contributed $6,900 for 2018 must receive a refund of the excess contribution in order to avoid an excise tax. 

 

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Posted by Camille Parmashwar-Smith on Mar 7th, 2018

Shop smart at the grocery store. The next time you need to go shopping, eat a snack beforehand, always use a shopping list and choose 100 percent whole-wheat or whole-grain bread and crackers.

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Posted by Camille Parmashwar-Smith on Mar 6th, 2018

Two out of three millennials (66 percent) expect to change jobs within the next five years. Millennials were born between 1981-97 and are age 21-37 in 2018 (source: 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey, BTN Research). 

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