Protecting Retirement Assets from Cyber Threats

Posted on Apr 10, 2024

Cybersecurity is critically important for retirement accounts due to the substantial financial resources and sensitive personal data they contain. Retirement accounts like 401(k)s and pension plans represent a significant portion of an individual's financial wealth, accumulated over their working years.

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Retiring Overseas: Pros and Cons of International Retirement

Posted on Mar 11, 2024

Retiring abroad can be an attractive option for individuals seeking a change of scenery, a lower cost of living, or new cultural experiences and adventures during their golden years. While the idea of retiring overseas is enticing, it comes with both advantages and challenges that prospective retirees should carefully weigh.

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How Your HSA Can Supplement Retirement Savings

Posted on Feb 16, 2024

HSAs offer a triple tax advantage for retirement savings—contributions are tax-deductible, earnings grow tax-free, and withdrawals for qualified medical expenses are also tax-free. By contributing the maximum allowed, maintaining a cash reserve for short-term expenses, and investing the rest, individuals can maximize their retirement savings and healthcare cost management.

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A Fresh Start: Financial Planning for the New Year

Posted on Jan 18, 2024

Embarking on a journey of financial planning for the new year requires dedication and strategic thinking. By budgeting wisely, building an emergency fund, managing debt, saving for goals, reviewing investments, planning for retirement, and continually educating yourself, you’ll pave the way for financial security and peace of mind in the year ahead.

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Generational Savings: Boomers to Gen Z

Posted on Dec 19, 2023

Each generation has its unique approach to savings, shaped by their specific economic, political, and societal contexts. Baby Boomers focus on securing retirement, Gen X balances familial responsibilities with future planning, Millennials prioritize short-term goals amid economic challenges, and Gen Z, as digital natives, is just beginning to navigate personal finance.

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Long-Term, Part-Time Rules

Posted on Nov 14, 2023

As part of the SECURE Act, Long-Term, Part-Time (“LTPT”) rules were created in 2019. Effective for plan years beginning after 12/31/2020, 401(k) plans must begin to track employment of LTPT employees and, once eligible, the employees defined as LTPT employees must be allowed to enter a retirement plan solely for deferral purposes.

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Don’t Let Health Care Costs Derail Your Retirement

Posted on Oct 10, 2023

One common misconception is that Medicare is free. While most people rely on Medicare coverage once they retire, they must still plan to pay premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) is free for most retirees, but Part B, medical insurance, is not. In 2023, Medicare Part B premiums start at $164.90 per person per month but can cost more depending on your income.

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Employers: Now’s the Time to Act!

Posted on Sep 15, 2023

If you’re an employer with a SIMPLE IRA plan and want to switch to a 401(k) profit-sharing plan by January 1, 2024, you must notify employees by November 1, 2023. A 401(k) profit-sharing plan offers discretionary contribution employer matches or profit-sharing each year, with the amount determined by the company's financial wellness.

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Two-Year Delay Roth Catch-Up Contribution Provision

Posted on Aug 28, 2023

This two-year transition period gives employers, sponsors, and record-keepers more time to prepare, especially for those employers who do not currently allow Roth deferrals in their retirement plans.

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Understanding Retirement Catch-Up Contributions in 2024

Posted on Aug 25, 2023

The SECURE 2.0 Act, implemented in December 2022, introduces changes to retirement savings catch-up contributions, allowing Americans over 50 to contribute more to their 401(k) accounts, with special provisions in 2024 for high-earners to make Roth contributions and a new contribution limit in 2025 for those aged 60-63. These catch-up contributions aim to help older Americans bridge the gap in their retirement savings.

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