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This Social Security Mistake Could Cost You $100,000.

When to claim Social Security.

This one Social Security mistake is costing the average household $111,000.00! Only 4% of retirees claim Social Security at the most “financially optimal time.” That means the remaining 96% are missing out on $3.4 trillion dollars, which averages out to just over $100,000.00 for most families!  Yes, you can claim Social Security benefits starting at […]

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Proactive Planning – 2023

2022 was a brutal year for investors. 2023 is sure to be challenging, but there are some action steps you can take now, to set yourself up for success no matter how the market behaves. In this video, we walk through these 5 Resolutions:  1. Rebalance  2. Pay Down Debt, Lower Expenses  3. Keep Saving for […]

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Should I Consider a Roth Conversion?

Roth IRA Conversion

In this video we break down the important things to know if you’re considering converting to a Roth IRA. Keep in mind, we are in a historically low tax rate environment. Paying your taxes now will allow your money to grow tax deferred, and the growth can be accessed tax free presuming it’s a qualifying distribution. […]

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Secure Act 2.0: Later RMDs, 529-to-Roth Rollovers, and Other Tax Planning Opportunities

Secure Act 2.0. Later RMDs. RMD penalties, QCD's.

Congress recently passed SECURE Act 2.0, which will bring several changes to retirement account rules. In this video we break down the big takeaways, including:*RMD Age Increase*RMD Penalties*QCD Changes*529 PlansKeep in mind, when you delay those Required Minimum Distributions, it will lead to larger account balances at death, which could create a significant tax burden […]

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Can You Make a Deductible IRA Contribution For 2022?

Can You Make a Deductible IRA Contribution For 2022?  It depends on several things including whether you or your spouse have earned income, whether you’ve contributed to a Roth IRA, and whether you or your spouse have access to a company sponsored retirement plan. If you do have access to a company sponsored retirement plan like […]

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How Much Can You Contribute To a Traditional IRA For 2022?

How much can you contribute to a Traditional IRA for 2022?  It depends on your age, whether you have already contributed to a Roth IRA, and whether you or your spouse have earned income or not.  It’s also important to note that just because you can contribute to a Traditional IRA that does no necessarily mean […]

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Will Social Security Be There For Me When I Retire?

Many have concerns as to whether Social Security will be there for them when they retire. Social Security certainly has it it’s financial challenges. According to the 2022 Trustees Report they are projecting that they will be able to pay promised retirement and survivor benefits until 2034. They estimate at that point the trust fund will be depleted and they would only be able to pay 77 cents on the dollar.

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Social Security Changes For 2023

In this video we will talk about some of the important changes to know for Social Security in 2023. The cost of living adjustment (COLA) is 8.7%. The maximum taxable earnings for payroll taxes is going up, and so are the retirement earnings test exempt amounts. Full Transcript: Social Security has announced changes for the year 2023. […]

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Can You Afford To Retire? Perhaps Yes Even If You Are Thinking No.

Many people can actually afford to retire that don’t think they can. Others think they need to work much longer than they actually to or need to save up a lot more money than they actually need.Life is short. Do you work at a job that you really don’t like or are burnt out and […]

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How Do Penalties And Free Withdrawals Work On Annuities?

When you withdraw money from a deferred annuity you will pay a surrender charge on the amount that you withdraw that is more than the free withdrawal amount. Many deferred annuities such as fixed annuities and fixed annuities allow you to withdraw 10% per year without penalty. Some allow you to withdraw the money if […]

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