We’re Half Way Through 2020…Can You Handle Another Half?

Wow, 2020 has been a wild ride so far. We started the year off with what seemed like a strong stock market, solid economy, and no fears of COVID-19. That quickly changed less than three months into the year as much of the country came to a standstill after Coronavirus reached our shores. It’s fair to say it’s been a bit of a rough ride since then. It’s also hard to say what the rest of the year will bring. However, 2020 has also brought some big changes to retirement saving and planning. First off, the SECURE Act was signed Continue reading We’re Half Way Through 2020…Can You Handle Another Half?

Retirement Accounts and Government Coronavirus Relief

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27. It’s a massive relief package designed to help Americans get through these difficult economic and financial times. Yes, this is the legislation that also includes the one-time payments from the government for those below a certain annual salary. While most of the reporting on the CARES Act tends to focus on helping those of working age who find themselves without a job, it does have some advantages for retirees. First off, many retirees will be eligible to receive the highlight of the legislation–those Continue reading Retirement Accounts and Government Coronavirus Relief

The SECURE Act and Successor Beneficiaries

Now that the SECURE Act has been signed into law, you will want to know how it might affect aspects of your retirement, retirement planning, and your estate. While I’ve talked here about how the SECURE Act will expand retirement benefits for many workers, I haven’t talked much about how the legislation can impact your beneficiaries and their beneficiaries, also known as a successor beneficiary. A successor beneficiary might end up being someone such as the offspring of a beneficiary or one that the original beneficiary listed on proper documentation associated with the inherited account. The old rules–pre-SECURE Act–allowed a Continue reading The SECURE Act and Successor Beneficiaries

The SECURE Act Passed. What Does That Mean?

I’ve written about the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act a number of times over the past year or so. I’m writing now following it’s passing Congress last week as part of the year-end spending bill. Now that President Trump has signed it into law, it goes into effect on January 1, 2020. The legislation is a relatively large overhaul to retirement savings accounts. The two biggest changes are to contributions and required minimum distributions (RMDs). First off, the new law eliminates the age limit for traditional IRA contributions. This means that if you are still working, Continue reading The SECURE Act Passed. What Does That Mean?

How Longer Lifetimes Can Affect Your Financial Plans

It’s a well-known fact that the average human lifespan is longer today than it has been in past generations. I’ve written about it in past blog posts, but there are various reasons for that, ranging from advancements in medicine to a better understanding of our diets and health. The increase in average lifespans is not only having an impact on the world population, but is also having an impact on financial and retirement planning. Of the many things you need to think about when planning for retirement or your financial future, you probably haven’t considered the impact that longer lives Continue reading How Longer Lifetimes Can Affect Your Financial Plans

Do You Understand Your Employer Retirement Benefits?

Many companies offer retirement benefits. Those benefits can range from simply offering 401(k)s to a wide range of financial resources that can include financial planning and multiple retirement account options. Furthermore, with legislation working it’s way through Congress that could allow small businesses to band together to offer retirement savings plans, more Americans could find themselves working for an employer that offers such benefits. Regardless of the size of the company you work for, if you are taking advantage of any employer offered retirement benefits, you need to make sure that you understand what those benefits entail and what their Continue reading Do You Understand Your Employer Retirement Benefits?

Will You Really Need RMDs at 70 1/2?

I’ve written about the SECURE Act here many times in recent months as it is legislation that could open up a lot of retirement saving opportunities for a wide swath of Americans. Officially titled as “The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019,” this bill could allow for small businesses to band together to offer retirement savings plan benefits, increase the age for required minimum distributions (RMDs), and allow IRA and 401(k) plan holders to purchase annuities with money in the accounts. While all those a good things, this post is really going to focus on the Continue reading Will You Really Need RMDs at 70 1/2?