Six common misconceptions empty nesters have about retirement

  Six common misconceptions empty nesters have about retirement We have been advising retirees and aspiring retirees for over 20 years. Recently a conversation occurred about what lessons retirees could teach aspiring retirees, especially those empty nesters who are zeroing in on retirement. What resulted from that conversation was a list of six common misconceptions…

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How do I protect my portfolio against inflation?

Mike Salmon 40 under 40

 How do I protect my portfolio against inflation? We pay more than double for most things we buy these days than we did 25 years ago. This loss of purchasing power, otherwise known as inflation, is a reality that investors must deal with prudently. Inflation is a fact of life. Inflation seems to be…

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Can Social Security be fixed?

Can Social Security be fixed? Despite the fears stoked during an election year, Social Security is not going away. However, there is a need to shore up the system’s finances because according to the latest report from the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees, the trust fund that supports retirement benefits is expected to…

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How the SECURE Act affects retirement accounts

How the SECURE Act affects retirement accounts Several tax code changes were enacted when the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) took effect on January 1, 2020. We thought it would be more valuable to spare our clients the chore of perusing the 1,770 page document covering the entire bill and…

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Can I get money from my IRA tax free due to Covid-19?

Can I get money from my IRA tax free due to Covid-19? In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the CARES Act changed several IRA and retirement plan rules for people of all ages. The Act allows qualified individuals to take distributions during 2020 of up to $100,000 penalty-free, but not tax-free, from their IRAs or…

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Can I buy real estate in my IRA?

Can I buy real estate in my IRA? You cannot buy a personal residence in your IRA but you can buy other properties. For most people, it is either not practical or not a good idea. Here a few of those reasons: If the rules are not followed properly and a “prohibited transaction” occurs, the…

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