Clarksville, TN – Retirement is a time to enjoy family, hobbies, travel, volunteering, and maybe even taking a job that sounds fun and keeps you active. You may be in great health today and can’t imagine a time when you wouldn’t be able to do all the things you’ve dreamed about.
While we all hope to live independently throughout retirement and plan to take care of ourselves, it’s still wise to put contingency plans into place, to shock-proof our financial and estate plans just in case.
Clarksville, TN – Leonardo da Vinci called simplicity the ultimate sophistication. Bruce Lee called it the key to brilliance. And Gandhi, who many believe was the definitive minimalist, said the secret of life lies in never missing material things.
What’s no secret is having less seems to be bringing more peace and happiness to those who have embraced this way of life. From small cars that counterpunched the SUV to tiny houses with their own television shows, it’s an increasingly popular choice.
Clarksville, TN – When it comes to retirement planning, we typically tally up our daily expenses – housing, transportation, utilities, food, insurance, healthcare, entertainment – and budget accordingly for enough income to cover those wants and needs.
But we may not factor in an annual expense we can’t avoid: taxes. One reason may be that our complex tax code treats various sources of retirement income differently, so it can be hard to estimate what you’ll have after taxes using back of-the-envelope calculations.
Clarksville, TN – As you consider a long, happy retirement, give some thought to the largest aspects of your budget.
Where your money actually goes may surprise you.
Wealth alone cannot buy a quality retirement any more than it can buy happiness – but having a solid financial foundation can make those years more enjoyable.
Clarksville, TN – Imagine this. You’ve spent decades working, saving and planning for your version of the ideal retirement.
But life decides to throw a little kink into your plans. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is now strongly encouraging you to take an early retirement – five years before you’re ready.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee has been named No. 4 in a recent analysis of the 10 Best States for Retirement 2016 by Kiplinger.com, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice. The report rated all 50 states based on quantifiable factors that are important to retirees.
Affordability, especially in terms of lower taxes on retirees and lower health care costs, was a key factor in the research. The economic health of the state, as well as the overall health of the population, was also taken into account. States with prosperous populations of residents age 65 were also important in the comprehensive analysis.
Clarksville, TN – Retirement means different things to different people. Some envision their next chapter taking place abroad. Some want to stay at home for as long as possible. Others worry they may not have saved enough, so retiring elsewhere represents a way to stretch their dollars in areas with lower costs of living, as well as a way to experience other cultures.
Still others may see a retirement move as a new adventure. Whatever the reason, there are many things to consider when deciding whether to unwind in another country or right here in the States.
Clarksville, TN – Growing up, many of us viewed Social Security as a continuation of our work income, something we’d automatically receive upon retirement. Then reality struck, and we learned there’s more to claiming and receiving Social Security benefits.
So much more. And the strategies to maximize this important source of retirement income can be complicated.
One strategy, known as “file and suspend,” became popular among married couples. The higher earning spouse would file for Social Security benefits once he or she reached full retirement age (FRA) – and immediately suspend them.
Clarksville, TN – As an investor, there are always choices to make: pros and cons to weigh with your advisor.
Deciding on your retirement savings vehicles is no different.
There are so many options, but a Roth IRA, if you qualify, can really help with your retirement savings if you follow the rules.
Many investors have found that retirement can bring on unwelcome surprises, some of them significant enough to derail a retirement plan.
Healthcare Costs: Expert estimates of what a couple spends during retirement for healthcare range from $400,000 to well over $1 million.
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