Retirement talk: A few things to save up for

There are more people excited about retirement than one might come to expect. Why? Retirement is seen as freedom from all the responsibilities that come with being a worker bee. As long as it’s well-prepared for, retirement can be paradise. It can be a series of adventures that people will never forget. But yes, the trick is financial planning. Once a person has saved enough, retirement can be treated like hitting the lottery.

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One of the most fun parts of retirement is that retirees have all the time in the world to do what they’ve always wanted to do. Traveling is often on top of that list. With enough money saved up, they can finally visit places they’ve only dreamed of.

Another activity that attracts a lot of retirees is studying. Yes. Believe it or not, a huge percentage of retirees have confessed to having one great frustration – not being able to study what they’ve always wanted to study. Be it oil painting or playing the saxophone, retirement affords people time and opportunity to learn.

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But of course, all these things pale in comparison to the time spent with loved ones. Retirees can book flights or cruises with their families. They can even take their children and grandchildren to the nearest theme parks.

Again, retirement isn’t a drag – if people prepare for it financially.

Andrew Corbman founded ASC Financial, Inc. to help retirees in investment planning and wealth management. For more information on retirement planning, visit this website.


Sound Perspectives To Avoid Financial Risks With Your Retirement Money

It’s easy to get lured by the plethora of enticing investment packages in the market. But a close study of one’s starting financial situation is key for any retiree hoping to gain future-proof security and stability. Here are some considerations before diving into the market and risking your hard-earned retirement money.
First, be familiar with taxes. Your IRA rollover may look like a lot of money on paper, but many retirees fail to account for tax deductions. Take time to compute the actual amount that you have to devote for any investment venture. Keep this in mind: if you’re in the US, taxes are unlikely to go down anytime soon given the country’s trillion-dollar debt.
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Keep tabs and weigh both your assets and your expenses. Do not overvalue your holdings and downplay the expenses. Always think of assets in terms of liquidation value, and how the ration of asset-expenses will look like in the next few years. Drawing money from your principal regularly is a bad sign; you must address this quickly so that expenses come from income. If this means letting go of a property just to get back to a cash-flow plateau, then so be it.
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Lastly, always think in the long term. Have a clear picture of how your portfolio will fare in terms of both performance and composition further down the line, say, in five years. This might mean being familiar with the risks or volatility that you are willing to take vis-à-vis the projected cash growth for sustainability. For example, consider fixed annuity over the typical bonds, stocks, and cash options.
Andrew Corbman helps clients make intelligent, forward-thinking decisions on investment and asset management for retirement and beyond. For more tips on handling your retirement assets, drop by this website.

Weighing in the advantages of cash-value life insurance for retirement

Life insurance is usually associated with the young. Younger adults, particularly those with children under their care, are typically encouraged to take a life insurance policy to ensure that their dependents have some sort of financial backing in the event of their untimely demise. Beyond this, these policies can also serve as an invaluable tool in the retiree’s financial arsenal, particularly for those who have maxed out their contributions to 401(k) and other retirement accounts.

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Life insurance policies can provide a retired married couple with some assurance that their spouse would have an additional, tax advantaged source of funds should one of them outlive the other. The death benefit payout received by the bereaved widow or widower would then be used to fund other sources of retirement funds.

The many varieties of cash-value life insurance can also provide retirees with another tax-advantaged place to store their excess retirement funds, delivering an interest payout as the funds accumulate. These funds can be accessed while the individual policyholder is still alive, in the form of a loan or withdrawal, which are tax-free. When used at the appropriate circumstances, this method can deliver some retirees with yet another source of retirement revenue.

However, there are a few disadvantages to this strategy as well. Insurance costs can affect the performance of the policy as an investment asset. Likewise, policyholders should choose when they take out a loan or withdrawal from the policy carefully; the amount is deducted from the final death benefit unless it is paid back.

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Andrew Corbman and the ASC Financial team help older adults explore their options and maximize their revenue streams for retirement. Visit his company’s website for more information.

Examining The Options For Life Insurance In Legacy Planning

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When one mentions legacy planning, the image that comes to mind often involves the elaborate trusts and estate plans associated with the wealthy. In actuality, a legacy plan can be as simple as leaving a will. Due to its finality, it is rarely brought up by all but the most concerned adults (less so by young adults who have even younger heirs), but it remains an important aspect of financial planning. Tackling this issue as soon as possible would smooth out potential problems in the process and ensure a fitting financial legacy for heirs.

At its broadest sense, a legacy plan is a means of bequeathing of the asset of one’s estate upon death, according to the wishes laid out by the deceased person when he or she was still alive. Legacy plans often encompass strategies to maximize the value of the assets received by heirs. They can also include an elaborate setup of funds meant to maximize financial returns while minimizing tax liabilities.

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Life insurance is among the assets included in many estate plans. Although far from comprehensive, life insurance does provide a fundamental base with which to start planning for the financial future of one’s heirs, especially in the event of an untimely death. Indeed, without the degree of financial security provided by a life insurance policy, a person wouldn’t have much of a financial legacy to speak of.

Selecting the right insurance policies to include in one’s trust assets plays a key role in preserving and building wealth for the trust throughout a lifetime.

Andrew Corbman heads ASC Financial, which helps clients broaden their life insurance options to meet their legacy planning goals. Visit this website for more on his company’s retirement and legacy planning services.