Have you heard that June is Annuity Awareness Month? I can imagine some of you saying, “No, but I hear that annuities are expensive and lock up your money with little to nothing paid out as you get older.” Well, that misperception is why I want to discuss what an annuity is and why you might buy one.
As a financial advisor helping clients with their Medicare decisions, I’m frequently asked if they need to enroll in Medicare while working. When I provide the answer, I’m often met with, “Well, that’s not what my friend said.” And that isn’t surprising.
When you hear the term “risk” in a conversation, your heart may skip a beat. The thrill of doing something risky can be very tempting for some people. I have a niece who wanted to experience sky diving. I thought, good for her! But I knew that thrill wasn’t for me. When it comes to your money, the term “risk” may cause a different type of excitement. For some, it may be downright scary. In financial planning, the phrase “risk tolerance” is one of the many pieces of financial jargon that is often misunderstood. Let’s shed some light on risk tolerance and why it’s important to know yours.
As the American population ages, we can count on two things – the likely increase in cognitive impairment and the increased instance of, and losses from, financial fraud against the elderly.
Recently I read a few articles addressing increases in the amount of debt held by retirees. Carrying debt into retirement isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you have enough cash flow to pay your bills and live comfortably. However, increasing debt levels could derail an otherwise well-planned retirement. Let’s talk about some common causes of debt and how to manage debt in retirement.
When you’ve got financial questions, the internet probably has some answers. Your friends and family may also offer advice. But is any of that advice right for you and your situation?
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