Why You Need A Financial Advisor (Jul 17, 2018)

You wouldn’t consider running a marathon without first undergoing a medical and some fitness training. If you’re serious, you might even hire a professional trainer to create a personalized workout that maximizes your chances of crossing the finish line.

Think of a financial advisor as a trainer – but for your money. They evaluate your current financial fitness, learn about your wealth goals, and develop a customized plan to secure your current and future financial wellbeing. While everyone’s reason for hiring an advisor differs, there are commonalities, like saving for retirement, the loss of a spouse, or starting a business. Here are ten reasons why you need a financial advisor.

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8 Tips For Financial Independence And Success (Jul 6, 2018)

The true meaning of financial independence is different for everyone. For some people, financial independence is the ability to buy a house, or to support oneself in retirement. For others, it’s the ability to transfer wealth to children or grandchildren. In its broadest sense, financial independence means accruing sufficient assets to support the lifestyle you envision for you and your loved ones, both now and in the future.

Whatever financial independence means to you, it’s worth taking the time to evaluate your success on a regular basis, and to formulate next steps towards financial freedom. We offer eight tips to help you achieve financial independence and success.

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Warning: Annuity Sales Could Be On The Rise (Jun 5, 2018)

The outlook for annuities was dim in 2017. Now that the Department of Labor (DOL)’s fiduciary rule has, at a minimum, been postponed, annuity sales could be on the rise, as commission-based agents have the ability to sell in greater volume. Annuities offer slick marketing materials, but sadly, the contents are often misleading. This is largely because they’re considered insurance products, exempting them from many SEC regulations.  We offer tips on reviewing annuities, and red flags to beware of.

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What You Need To Know About Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) (May 15, 2018)

Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are an important part of your financial landscape in retirement. Most people must start taking RMDs from qualified retirement accounts at age 70½, or earlier for inherited IRAs. Here’s what you need to know about RMDs: what RMDs are, accounts subject to RMDs, important deadlines, and more. Understanding RMDs will help avoid penalties and optimize your distributions for tax purposes.

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National Family Wellness Month (May 7, 2018)

May marks #National Family Wellness Month, a time to focus on health and well-being together by getting active after the long winter, eating right, and thinking positive.

As a top-ranked investment and wealth manager in the DC area, we think that your family’s sense of wellbeing should also extend to your finances. A strong financial foundation fosters confidence, security, and peace of mind, supporting a healthy and happy lifestyle for you and those you care about. Here are some tips to ensure financial wellness for the whole family.

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Top 10 Retirement Myths (Feb 27, 2018)

You’ve probably heard some retirement myths, or read them online. While quick-fix retirement myths can be tempting, it’s important to evaluate their accuracy relative to your personal finances. Furthermore, many retirement myths are decades old, when lifestyles and retirement were far different than today.

Whether you’re a Millennial just starting out, an individual at the height of your career, or you’ve already retired, it’s vital to make the most of your retirement savings. This begins with establishing a personalized retirement plan – and reconsidering the validity of the following retirement myths.

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5 Questions To Ask Yourself About Saving For Retirement (Feb 1, 2018)

Do you have trouble envisioning your retirement? Are you realistic about both your current budget and future retirement expenses? Do you even know where to start when it comes to saving for retirement? These are all classic traits that can impede your retirement success.

The good news is that you can change your approach to retirement. Jennifer Myers was recently quoted in US News and World Report and we offer five quick questions about saving for retirement, and the benefits of working with a financial advisor to achieve your retirement objectives.

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Age 62 – Early Social Security (Jan 19, 2018)

Age 62 is a milestone birthday. It’s the earliest age you can start receiving Social Security retirement benefits. It’s also the most popular age to start claiming retirement benefits, especially among women.

Collecting early retirement benefits can make sense for some people. However, be aware that collecting benefits before your Full Retirement Age (FRA) means that your monthly retirement benefit will be permanently reduced.

Here are some of the factors to consider when deciding whether to start collecting Social Security retirement benefits early.

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Age 65 – Enrolling In Medicare (Jan 18, 2018)

Congratulations if you’re approaching your 65th birthday, or have already turned 65.

This is an important milestone birthday, as it’s the age at which you become eligible for Medicare, he Federal health insurance program for those aged 65 and older, plus other eligible adults.

Here’s what you need to know about the basics of Medicare.

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Age 66 – Social Security Full Retirement Age (Jan 17, 2018)

Your full retirement age depends on the year in which you were born.

Age 66 is Social Security’s full retirement age for people born before 1960. You’re now eligible to receive your full Social Security benefit. You’re also no longer subject to the earnings limit, so if you continue working, your benefits won’t be reduced.

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