With record numbers of baby boomers nearing retirement every year with a 401(k) savings plan, the question of what do with it has quickly became a common and very important question. One of the biggest challenges is figuring out which direction to take for your unique situation. Our 401(k) Survival Guide is designed to help you figure out what to do with your 401(k) and to give you a base level of understanding of your available options.
The 4 Pillars Newsletter includes articles about the previous quarter relating to topics on Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Insurance, and Investments.
The rules surrounding required minimum distributions can be confusing, so when it’s time to start withdrawing the money you’ve accumulated, you want to make sure you make the right decisions. This white paper will help you understand those rules along with the impact that RMDs may have on your IRA or retirement account as well as your tax situation.
Are you interested in planning your financial future but are unsure of where to start? If so, you are not alone. This article answers some of the most common questions about financial planning.
One of the biggest mistakes today’s retirees can make is to underestimate how important Social Security is to their retirement income strategies. 5 Things Retirees Should Know about Social Security covers information you can't afford to ignore.
Does your retirement portfolio account for yearly inflation? What about higher taxes? Have you considered how much of your savings you want left over for your beneficiaries? These are just a few of the many questions about your financial future that you should ask yourself upon retirement.
Year end tax planning is especially challenging this year because of uncertainty to whether Congress will extend the Bush-era tax cuts. This guide provides some tips to help reduce your potentially higher tax burden next year.
When forecasting your portfolio’s future, be sure to include the tax reduction strategies discussed in this article. Implementing them could be the difference between a stress-free or stressful retirement.
Financial Advisors are everywhere, so choosing the right one is extremely important. What questions should I ask? Where do I look? Download this white paper to find out!
On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law a budget deal that affects certain Social Security claiming strategies. This NEW white paper covers those recent Social Security changes and includes information on the following topics: file-and-suspend, restricted applications, how changes affect strategies, and more!
Planning on leaving your IRA funds to your kids, but concerned with how they will use the money after you’re gone? Naming a trust as your IRA beneficiary allows you to control your future legacy and protect inherited assets from taxes, creditors, divorces, spendthrifts and more. But like most things IRA-related, this can get tricky and complex.
If you just inherited an IRA, you may not be familiar with the rules that pertain to them. Download this white paper to help avoid mistakes that could lead to expensive consequences.
With both of these products offering tax-free investment growth, how can you decide which is the best option for you? While both accounts offer this benefit, the rules for each are very different. Download this white paper to find out the differences you need to consider before investing.
For many government employees, decisions about how and when to take their social security are very different from private-sector workers. Use this white paper to educate government employees on how their benefits may vary and what options may be best for them to consider.
Learn what’s important to consider when formulating your estate plan strategy. You work your whole life building, planning and maintaining your estate. Complete the included checklist to ensure that your estate plan is up to date and organized securely for distribution among your beneficiaries.
You work your whole life building, planning and maintaining your estate. Complete the following checklist to ensure that your estate plan is up to date and organized securely for distribution among your beneficiaries.
Have you ever wondered why most investors think there is less risk when the markets are good, and more risk when the markets are bad? In many situations, the markets may actually be more poised for a rebound after a down period. This is just one of the things you must plan for before retiring.
Exiting your business will be one of the defining moments of your career. The following workbook will help you analyze your expectations and strategize your exit plan before carrying out this momentous decision.
Bonds are a strategic companion to other investment options in a well-rounded portfolio due to their inherent stability and income potential. While they might not be exciting, they offer a much-needed component to many investment portfolios. This white paper explains how bonds work and why they may have a place in many investment portfolios.
Your financial advisor should feel a great deal of responsibility when preparing your financial future. Read the following to learn more about what you should expect from your financial advisor.
If necessary, be sure to include your parents’ financial future into your own. The following article explains the many financial programs available to the elderly, and how you can help your parents take advantage of them.
The effectiveness of any financial plan is dependent on the quality of information taken into account. Do-it-yourself online calculators are a great starting point, but you need more information to make recommendations that can truly be useful in creating a plan that can reach your goal.
While retirement is perceived as a permanent hiatus from working at a job, there is still plenty of work to be done on your retirement plan after you leave the workforce. Understanding the principles found within this article will help you plan to have enough money to last throughout retirement.