What Keeps You Working?

There are many reasons why people retire. There are also many reasons why people continue to work well into what some consider the “retirement years”. If you are one of those people working well into your 60s or 70s–or have decided you want to continue working well into those age ranges–what keeps you motivated to stay in the working world? In recent years, many have said that health and retirement benefits are a big factor for staying employed. For others, it can be the social aspect of the office that keeps them motivated to keep working. Some may have no Continue reading What Keeps You Working?

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?

The Stretch IRA is Dead. Does That Mean More Freedom?

If you’ve been staying on top of retirement news over the past 12 months, then you’ve probably read about the passage of the SECURE Act and it’s termination of the stretch IRA as an estate planning tool. Just a quick refresher, but a stretch IRA was an IRA inherited by a beneficiary in which the beneficiary then took required minimum distributions (RMDs) according to his/her life expectancy and not that of the original IRA owner. If the IRA was inherited by a young beneficiary, that meant the funds could grow, possibly over decades, before the inheriting beneficiary reaches 72 and Continue reading The Stretch IRA is Dead. Does That Mean More Freedom?

The Long Road Ahead for Baby Boomers

If you’re thinking seriously about retirement, then most likely you’re a member of the Baby Boomer generation. That means you were born at some point between 1946 and 1964, which currently puts much, if not all of that generation, right in that retirement sweet spot. However, given the havoc the Coronavirus has wreaked on the economy, you might be finding yourself rethinking your retirement plans. The reasons for this rethinking can vary. Maybe your nest egg took a hit in the market swings and you want to build it back up or maybe you lost your job and need a Continue reading The Long Road Ahead for Baby Boomers

Staying Focused on Retirement During Trying Times

I’ve focused a lot on Coronavirus and how it has or may affect retirement plans for many. I see no reason to change that theme now. While parts of the country are starting to re-open, many areas are still largely shut down. There is also a lot of uncertainty surrounding opening up parts of the country. What happens in infections spike in areas that are reopening and they have to shut down again? Many predict, such a situation is a real possibility for places opening without a proper plan. It can be easy to become cautious regarding saving for retirement Continue reading Staying Focused on Retirement During Trying Times

Coronavirus as Retirement Practice?

Have you found yourself out of a job thanks to retirement? Are you living off of unemployment and savings at the moment? While this may not be an ideal scenario, it can be a good time to practice a bit what life will be like in retirement. In retirement, you probably will have to make your savings last, especially if you don’t plan on working or don’t have passive income as part of your plans. You will need to work on skills such as budgeting and planning. If you are living on unemployment benefits you are already doing the same Continue reading Coronavirus as Retirement Practice?

To Tap or Not to Tap Your Retirement Savings?

It’s tough times out there for many Americans. We’re seeing record numbers of people filing for unemployment. For those who have lost jobs, it can be scary to think about where the finances will come from to continue paying things such as rent, mortgages, grocery bills, etc. Thus, during these times, it can be tempting to tap into retirement savings, especially if you have managed to build up a decent-sized nest egg. While I strongly, strongly discourage you from using your retirement savings to get you through these tough times, I realize that it may really be the only option Continue reading To Tap or Not to Tap Your Retirement Savings?

Retirement Decisions in the Time of Coronavirus

As my last blog post mentioned, it’s a tough time to be making retirement decisions. That’s regardless of whether it’s changing your retirement saving goals, deciding to actually retire, or making financial decisions in retirement. Make no mistake, the current economic situation will impact retirement decisions for at least the next year and probably even longer. It’s already forcing many older and retired Americans to make decisions about whether they should consider taking money out of their retirement accounts earlier than anticipated as well as whether they should file for Social Security sooner than they want to. Keep in mind Continue reading Retirement Decisions in the Time of Coronavirus

Unemployment Over 55: Early Retirement or Find a Job?

People are losing jobs. It’s what happens when the economy takes a turn for the worst. For those over 50, right now can be a downright scary atmosphere. Not only are people losing jobs, but it’s getting harder for those over 50 to get either their old jobs back or a similar job. This was true back after 2009–after the most recent recession–and it’s true now. For many people over 50, especially those over 60, they may just choose to stay jobless after all this is over; they’ll essentially retire. They will effectively be forced into retirement. Now, that doesn’t Continue reading Unemployment Over 55: Early Retirement or Find a Job?

Things Will Be Different In the Future

We are heading into uncertain times. The world is dealing with a dangerous pandemic that is wreaking having on the global economy. In a matter of a few short weeks the Coronavirus has drastically changed the way we socially interact with one another, the way we work, and the way we educate our children. Whether all this is good or bad remains to be seen. However, I can guarantee you that things will not be the same once we get through all this. And yes, we will get through this. It’s almost impossible to tell at this moment as to Continue reading Things Will Be Different In the Future