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Leslie L. Horgan

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Are You Sacrificing Retirement Savings for College Expenses?

Posted by Leslie L. Horgan | Client Service Specialist

November 30, 2016

If the answer is “yes,” you are among the 67% of parents who said that saving for their kids’ college education is more important than saving for retirement, according to an August 2016 T. Rowe Price Survey. The survey also produced some other insightful, “you’re not alone” data: T. Rowe Price found that 28% of parents have student loan debt (either for their kids or themselves), and 5% have student loan debt for both. The survey also revealed the average amount of student debt for parents that participated in the study was $27,078 – and that’s just for the parents themselves. The average amount of student loans for their kids was $10,768.1

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Retirement Planning 529 Plans

Helping You Understand the Basics of 529 Plans

November 3, 2016
529 plans are college savings plans sponsored by state or educational institutions. Congress created them in 1996 to provide a tax-advantaged way for people to save for college or other post-secondary education. There are numerous features of 529 plans and a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing one, so it’s prudent to consult a financial planner before making a decision. Below are some questions to help you understand the basics of 529 plans to help you get started. Who qualifies for a 529 Plan? Any U.S. citizen over the age of 18 and of any income level can open a 529 plan, and the beneficiary of the plan can be anyone with a Social Security number or tax I.D. The beneficiary can be a future college student of any age—the plan isn’t necessarily limited to people under the age of 18 who haven’t attended college yet. The owner of the 529 plan may also change the beneficiary (for example, to a different family member) if they wish. How do 529 plans work? Contributions to 529 plans are after tax, but the earnings grow tax-free on the federal level and may also qualify for state tax deductions. Once the beneficiary goes to college or a qualified post-secondary institution, distributions from the 529 plan that are used for qualified education expenses are not subject to federal tax. [+] Read More

Planning for Taxes in Retirement

June 2, 2016
Planning for a multi-decade retirement requires planning and tax planning should be one of your major considerations. Wise retirement investors create a plan that will provide adequate income year after year, but if you don’t take taxes into consideration, your income may be significantly reduced over the long run. [+] Read More

4 Easy Steps to Planning Your Retirement Income

January 21, 2015
Transitioning from the working world into retirement brings a wealth of exciting new opportunities – having more time to spend with your family, traveling the world with a loved one, or perhaps devoting fresh time to an old (or a new!) hobby. If there’s one challenge though, it’s making sure you have sound wealth management strategies in place to support all of your income needs. The good news is that it’s a challenge you can easily address with the help of a financial advisor, and it essentially boils down to four easy steps. [+] Read More

Ladies, Don’t Make this Social Security Mistake

October 7, 2014
There’s no disputing the fact that women live longer than men, but, according to a Nationwide Financial survey, only 3 percent of women wait to take their social security benefits until they’re qualified to receive the maximum amount. The decision to start receiving social security benefits at the full retirement age of 66, or even to start collecting them early at age 62, means that women can miss out on hundreds of thousands of dollars of much-needed retirement income - a social security mistake to avoid if possible. One in four women reaches the age of 92, and with rising healthcare costs, it’s increasingly important that women work with a financial advisor to create and monitor a retirement income plan. However, only 33 percent of women currently work with financial advisors. Those who don’t work with financial advisors are nearly three times as likely to report that their Social Security payments are less than they anticipated.1 [+] Read More

Protect Your Identity: Guarding Against Online Scams

September 17, 2014
“Phishing” attacks have been on a steady rise since 2005 and are used to steal sensitive information like Social Security numbers, bank account numbers and passwords. According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), over 70% of the phishing scams detected this year involved hackers pretending to be banks.1 Cybercrime is an unfortunate byproduct of the digital world, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and lower your chance of falling victim to online scams, which we’ll walk through for you below. [+] Read More

Will the Taxman Cometh for Your Social Security Benefits?

July 10, 2014
As you look forward to retirement, you may be picturing the easy life. Maybe you plan for the beach, maybe you will pursue a new hobby, charity work or even a new, more fulfilling career. As you are preparing to enter retirement remember that you Social security benefits can potentially be taxed and plan ahead. If you think of the six-fingered vizier Count Rugen from the movie "Princess Bride" and his egregious tax collection every time the IRS comes to mind, just remember, the IRS does not need to be scary. You do not have to be crafty to get prepared for retirement. The key is to plan ahead! How Much of Your Social Security Benefits are Taxable? The short answer is the IRS will probably want their portion. How much can vary based on how much income and the type of income. The IRS offered Publication 915 to help resolve the answer to my question "Are my social security benefits taxable?"1 [+] Read More

Inheriting an IRA: What are Your Options?

June 13, 2014
If you are the beneficiary of a Traditional, Simple, or SEP IRA and have just inherited the assets, you have a few reasonably simple options available to you. We’ve created a guide below to help you understand your choices. Inheriting an IRA means having a new set of financial decisions, and since your financial situation is unique it’s a good idea to ask for help. Your financial advisor should be able to guide you through these options so the transition goes smoothly and you can make a choice that’s right for you. Below we break it up into two sections: spouses who have inherited IRA assets, versus non-spouses. [+] Read More

2 Steps to Help You Fight the Effects of Inflation on Your Retirement

May 23, 2014
As we get older, spending habits tend to change and some things become a bit pricier. For example, health care expenses could rise and you may decide to increase your charitable contributions instead of travelling so much. Because of these changing spending habits and price increases, inflation for several items can be higher for those over 62.1 Our advice? Plan for it! A properly designed portfolio and investment plan that accounts for rising expenses can help you plan for them before they occur. We’ll touch on how to do that below. Retirees Experience Higher Inflation Relative to Other Consumers A recent study by JP Morgan shows that since 1985, inflation has increased at a faster pace for those aged 62 and older (the grey line, CPI-E, in the chart below). Older Individuals Experience Higher Inflation (Click chart for larger version) Source: JP Morgan Asset Management. *CPI-E is an experimental index from BLS that is based on elderly households with the referenced individuals at age 62 and older. **CPI-U is also referred to as Headline CPI. Source: Based on Consumer Price Indexes, BLS, J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Data as of December 31, 2013. [+] Read More

Tips for a Successful 401(k) Rollover

November 6, 2013
When someone leaves an employer to retire or join another employer, there are often decisions about what to do with their 401(k). There are several 401(k) rollover options and it’s not always as simple as just rolling it into an IRA. Here are some tips investors should consider before making a decision about how to rollover a 401(k). Tip #1: Use the Rollover as an Opportunity to Evaluate Your Financial Plan Rolling over a 401(k) involves creating a new account and choosing new investments. An investor should also use the opportunity to review all of their investments and evaluate their long-term goals. It’s a perfect time to think about investment objectives, risk tolerance, and to determine whether current funds or money managers are meeting the plan’s needs. Think of a 401(k) rollover as an opportunity to enhance your financial plan and investments. [+] Read More