The author of today’s article – who is fortunate enough to have a pension – is concerned about the majority of Americans (including his own children) who are not so fortunate, and who will have to rely on Social Security and their investments to fund their retirements. His fear? “Even if these folks are saving regularly, they don’t really understand how to invest or how to manage their nest egg once retired.” He proceeds to outline everything involved in making a pension-less retirement work. For more, CLICK HERE.
If you’re one of the fortunate Americans with a pension, you are faced with a critical question: are you better off receiving it as a lump sum payment or as an annuity? In attempting to answer this question, the author of today’s article runs some numbers to illustrate the costs and benefits of each payout method at different points of life. For more – including what the author highlights as “The one thing that the Lump Sum offers that the Annuity doesn’t” and the most important question to consider when making the lump sum vs. annuity determination – CLICK HERE.
The old three-legged stool for retirement consisted of a pension, Social Security and personal savings. However, with pensions now largely obsolete and the future of Social Security in question, the author of today’s article outlines “the new three-legged retirement stool”, which he sees as consisting of personal pre-tax savings, personal after-tax savings, and income from personal hustle. For more on the new three-legged retirement stool – and how to build one that is solid – CLICK HERE.
When it comes to withholding taxes in retirement, the author of today’s article advises that you want to withhold just the right amount: over-withhold and you miss out on earned interest; under-withhold and you risk getting hit with a penalty tax by the IRS. However, despite the importance of getting your withholding as close as possible to your actual tax liability, the author notes that “Many upcoming retirees aren’t quite sure how taxes in retirement are calculated.” As such, they outline some sample calculations showing how to calculate your tax withholding in retirement. CLICK HERE.
While traditional pension plans are largely becoming a thing of retirement past, 25% of pre-retirees are still fortunate enough to participate in one – but the author of today’s article warns those individuals not to get too comfortable with their apparent advantage when it comes to funding their golden years, cautioning that “there’s a good chance your pension plan is taking on a questionable investing strategy.” To read more, CLICK HERE.
To lump or not to lump? When it comes to how they want to receive their pensions or 401(k)s, many Americans are choosing lump sums over guaranteed monthly installments – and proceeding to deplete that money within 5 ½ years on average, according to one survey. Why are so many people choosing lump sums over annuities, and where is that money quickly disappearing to? And, in the lump sum vs. annuity debate, what “have it both ways” option does the author recommend may be best for many people? CLICK HERE to find out.
Uncle Sam wants (to help) YOU! Today’s article highlights several ways in which the federal government, “mindful that a lot of people are falling behind in financial matters, or never really got started, … has been making efforts just to get more Americans to Square One” in terms of retirement readiness. From new tools (e.g. myRA accounts) to established programs that appear to be underused due to a lack of public awareness about them (e.g. The Saver’s Credit) to a guide to help navigate the decision on whether to take one’s pension as a lump sum or through payments, CLICK HERE to learn what resources Uncle Sam has to offer. to read about all five considerations you may want to discuss with your partner.