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Frazier Allen: Eight moves to whip your Tax Strategy into shape

 

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F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Tax season isn’t the only time you should be mindful of your taxes. Challenge yourself to tone up your tax strategy and help you keep your taxes in top form year-round. Of course, also be sure to consult your tax professional and financial advisor.

1. Find A Trainer

You’ll want a heavyweight tax professional in your corner. Don’t have one? Ask your financial advisor, other professionals, friends and family for a recommendation and get interviewing. You’ll need a tax trainer to keep you focused.

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Frazier Allen: Help your money last with these 7 tips to generate a retirement paycheck

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – With retirement within sight, now’s the time to figure out how to turn your savings and investments into a paycheck – so you can live comfortably and still achieve your goals.

For many, the challenge is easier said than done, and comes alongside fears of spending too much now and not having enough later or the worry of denying yourself if you don’t spend enough.

Here are seven ways to help you get and stay on the right track.

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Frazier Allen: 12 Resolutions for 2017

 

Start the new year right by reviewing and revamping your financial plan.

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Instead of hauling out those familiar New Year’s resolutions about eating less and exercising more, how about focusing on something that’s also very good for you in the long run – and even sooner?

We’re talking about your financial plan – your fiscal health, if you will. The approach of 2017 is a great time to review your plan and make any necessary revisions. With that in mind, here are 12 suggested resolutions that, if followed, can help ensure that your later years will be financially secure.

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Frazier Allen: Are You Ready for an Encore Career?

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – Four and a half million. That’s how many retired Americans, over age 50, decided to go back to work or take on part-time volunteer roles after retiring. And there are another 21 million who say they’re ready to join them, according to a 2014 Encore Career survey.

The reasons vary. Some want to make the most of their talents; some want social interaction; still others seek to keep their minds sharp and their bodies busy. The extra money doesn’t hurt either, especially since there are several unknowns that can cloud your retirement picture (e.g., longevity, inflation and long-term care needs).

More and more Americans are going back to work or volunteering after retirement.

More and more Americans are going back to work or volunteering after retirement.

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Frazier Allen: Four Smart Withdrawal Strategies

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – It’s official. You’re retired. As in, your days are yours alone. No early morning meetings. No deadlines. No paycheck.

Wait. What?

Without a job, you’ll no longer receive a salary. Something you’ve likely relied on every couple of weeks for the past 40 to 50 years.

It’s unlikely that Social Security alone will be enough to replace that flow of income and fully support your standard of living in retirement, which means it’s time to start drawing down the retirement income you’ve saved so diligently over the years.

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance gives tips to protect you savings.

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance gives tips to protect you savings.

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Frazier Allen: Can Taxes Scramble Your Nest Egg?

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, 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.

Proactive tax planning can help your retirement income last longer.

Proactive tax planning can help your retirement income last longer.

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Frazier Allen: Your Retirement Plan B

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, 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.

Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected.

Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected.

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Consumer Reports Survey shows 61 Percent of Recently Married Couples admit to Exceeding their set Wedding Budget

 

New report reveals money-saving strategies to help couples to save money and still wed in style.

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – It’s a day many dream about their whole lives and the $60-billion-a-year wedding industry knows just how to stoke expectations and drum up sales.  While many couples have a limit on what they plan to spend on their wedding, a new Consumer Reports survey found that many of them go over budget, with some even dipping into savings and retirement accounts to pay for the occasion.

Consumer Reports National Research Center surveyed 464 Americans who’d had a wedding reception in the last five years; 78 percent of those newlyweds reported they had budgeted for their reception.

Consumer Reports’ secret shoppers find that some vendors charge a “wedding surcharge” for products and services.

Consumer Reports’ secret shoppers find that some vendors charge a “wedding surcharge” for products and services.

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Frazier Allen: Beware of Costly Surprises in Retirement

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – Achieving a successful retirement requires not only planning for what you want to go right, but also for what might go wrong.

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.

Planning ahead can help you get the jump on some of these surprise costs.

Planning ahead can help you get the jump on some of these surprise costs.

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Frazier Allen: Double-Check Before Filing Your IRS Return

 

It may seem like common sense, but going back over the information you enter may be the most important part of your tax filing duties.

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – It’s tax time. And as you work with your advisor or tax preparer to maximize your refund, or at least minimize what you owe, keep in mind that one of the most important things taxpayers can do to limit errors is to double-check the information they input into software or a printed form.

It may seem like common sense, but going back over the information you enter may be the most important part of your tax filing duties.

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