8 Social Security Myths

8 Social Security Myths

Cracking the 8 Social Security Myths – Once and for All

For many individuals planning to retire, benefits paid by social security play a big part in their retirement plan. According to the Social Security Administration, in 2020, about 65 million Americans will receive over $1 trillion in benefits.

Many individuals, though, don’t have a good understanding as to when the best time for them to begin taking benefits. Having a good understanding of how the program works is still a mystery to a lot of people, and the main reason Social Security myths persist.

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3 Principles To Save Money for Retirement

3 Principles To Save Money for Retirement

Three Simple Principles That Will Help You Save Money for Retirement

If you’ve been thinking about your retirement, you might have this question on your mind – ‘How do I save money for retirement?’ You’ll often come across flashy advertisements and click-bait articles on the Internet that promise to teach you how you can save a million dollars in 6 steps.

But many of these self-proclaimed financial gurus are simply out for their own profit. Very often, they’re selling products, books, or subscription services that you don’t really need, claiming that they contain valuable insights when that’s not really the case. As a result, it’s very easy to become cynical and distrustful about online financial planning resources in general.

My advice is simple – do not trust any person who claims they’ll teach you exactly what you need to do to retire wealthy. That’s because financial stability and retirement are goals that can be achieved in any number of ways. It all comes down to 3 simple commonsense methods – View full post…

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4 Basic Steps on Saving for Retirement

4 Basic Steps on Saving for Retirement

4 Steps on Saving for Retirement & Why You Should Start Early

It’s safe to assume that most people will agree that having a good amount of savings before you retire is something that’s really important. Once you stop working, even if you do get a pension, having a nice cushion of money to pay your bills, move, go on vacation, or spoil your grand kids with will be really nice!

In fact, a study conducted in December of 2019, showed that almost half of all Americans made the resolution to save more money in 2020. It ranked just as much in importance as getting a lot more exercise, eating healthier and losing weight.

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5 Retirement Questions to Ask

5 Retirement Questions to Ask

5 retirement questions to ask before ‘How much should I save?’

(BPT) – How do I plan for a comfortable retirement? This question is top of mind for many Americans. Yet how to afford that dream retirement remains a mystery to most. According to The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2019 Retirement Confidence Survey, only 42% of working-age people have tried to calculate just how much they need to save to live comfortably in retirement.

But “how much money you need to retire” is not the only retirement questions you should be asking — and not even the initial one. There are a few key questions you should consider first to help determine what “retirement” means to you, which will help paint a clearer picture of that magic savings number. Before you pull out your calculator, consider these View full post…

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Incredible Retirement Strategies

Incredible Retirement Strategies

Underutilized Retirement Strategies

(BPT) – Across the nation, thousands of seniors have used a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), commonly called a reverse mortgage loan, as a savvy way to access the equity in their homes as part of their retirement strategies.

Those who are interested in a reverse mortgage loan should know that there are six main phases to the process: 1) educating and qualifying 2) counseling, 3) approval, 4) funding, 5) using and 6) settling.

1. Educating and qualifying

The HECM process begins by contacting an FHA-approved lender who will review the borrower’s situation, educate them on the HECM program, and determine if they would likely qualify for a reverse mortgage loan. This is a controversial type of loan and must be carefully considered as a part of your retirement strategies.

“Once the lender has determined that the borrower is eligible, they work closely with them to shape the loan so it fits their needs,” says Paul Fiore, Chief Sales Officer for American Advisors Group, the leading reverse mortgage lender in the nation. “At AAG, this is a highly personalized process View full post…

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Save for Retirement First

Save for Retirement First

Do You Know What’s More Important – To Save for Retirement First or Your Child’s College?

This topic is a hot potato in many respects. Should the parent’s primary responsibility be to save for the child’s education first or to save for retirement? The answers to that question will vary depending upon who responds – the parent or the child.

As parents, we know all too well how high college costs are and the student loan problems that exist today. We all want our children to be successful and have many of the financial advantages that we didn’t have. Student loans now average $35,000 to $37,000 per college graduate, and no parent wants this burden for their child.

However, many financial advisers are of the opinion that a parent can take better care of the child if they take care of themselves first. By this, they mean that the parent should save for retirement first, then college. Following are some of the reasons View full post…

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Retirement Planning Mistakes

Retirement Planning Mistakes

Do You Make These Retirement Planning Mistakes?

Retirement planning is usually difficult for a variety of reasons. Some say its equivalent to rolling the dice because retirement may be decades away and you’re forced to make spending assumptions now.

What makes it worse is that if your guess is too far off, it can make a happy and comfortable retirement into one that is a nightmare.

Once you’re already in retirement, it can be very difficult to recover financially if some unforeseen large expense occurs. Some retirees try to find a job to supplement their income, but many others cannot. Either they’re not able physically, or the job market may be cold.

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How to Save for Retirement

How to Save for Retirement

Do You Know How to Save for Retirement?

If you’re employed by a firm that has a 401(k) plan, you know how to save for retirement…it’s a no brainer. But suppose you’re an entrepreneur who just started a new business?

More often than not, saving for retirement isn’t a priority at this time. The new business isn’t making a profit and cash flow is very limited due to the high start-up costs. As a matter of fact, some entrepreneurs use current retirement accounts to fund the new business, which is not a good idea.

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Retirement Savings By Millennials

Retirement Savings By Millennials

Retirement Savings – Issues That Worry Millennials

Just when you thought that retirement savings meant putting away as much money as you needed for your lifestyle…now, making plans for unknown factors creeps in.
For the millennial generation, unfortunately, much is unknown. There are four primary concerns that we will list here and then elaborate later on:

1. Will social security and Medicare survive?
2. Will they have to take care of their elderly parents?
3. What will future health care costs be?
4. Are their retirement funds being managed properly?

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How Much To Save for Retirement

How Much To Save for Retirement

How Much To Save for Retirement – What’s Your Magic Number?

This question has been asked so many times and there is no one simple answer. Well maybe there is if you say “as much as you can”. How much to save for retirement has so many variables it will make your head spin.

You can read opinions from many financial planners citing actuarial tables and formulas, but the bottom line is start saving for retirement as early as you can and save as much as you can.

According to statistics and studies made, Americans aren’t the best at socking away money for their retirement years. They go on to say that in excess of 80% of us have no idea on how much to save for retirement.

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