Returning to Work During Covid-19: Your Finances Versus Your Health (May 27, 2020)

As all 50 states begin to reopen during COVID-19, millions of people in the workforce face a new dilemma. Are they ready to return to work, balancing their finances and their health? If you’re able to work from home then your decision is easy, but not everyone is as fortunate. Before deciding whether to head back to the office, take early retirement, or resign, consider the following key factors to assess your physical and financial health.

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Understanding Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) (Jan 22, 2020)

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 72 (previously 70 ½). 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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Age 65 – Medicare Enrollment (Jan 22, 2020)

If you’re approaching age 65, now’s the time to consider your Medicare enrollment. Medicare is the Federal health insurance program for those aged 65 and older (plus other eligible adults). With healthcare costs listed as one of the top three financial worries for most Americans [1], familiarizing yourself with the Medicare program can help maximize your entitlements. SageVest Wealth Management outlines the basics of Medicare enrollment at age 65.

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Age 72: Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) (Jan 22, 2020)

Congratulations on celebrating your 72nd birthday! Age 72 is the age at which most people must begin taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from Traditional IRA and other qualified retirement plans. SageVest Wealth Management discusses the various factors to consider about RMDs at age 72 here.

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Age 62 – Early Social Security Retirement Benefits (Jan 22, 2020)

Age 62 is the earliest age at which you can start receiving Social Security retirement benefits. It’s also the most popular age to claim benefits [1], especially for women. Deciding whether to claim now or wait until Full Retirement Age is an important decision. Claiming early Social Security retirement benefits can make sense for some people. However, it permanently reduces your monthly payment amounts and can impact total lifetime benefits. Here’s what to consider before claiming early Social Security retirement benefits at age 62. 

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Retirement Catch-Up Contributions (Aug 9, 2019)

Most people think of retirement as a period where you live comfortably, with the time, money, and other resources available to enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle. To achieve these retirement goals, you need to plan ahead financially. That includes contributing regularly to a retirement savings plan. Once you reach age 50, you can make additional ‘catch-up’ contributions to help your retirement nest egg grow faster. SageVest Wealth Management outlines retirement catch-up contributions.

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Student Debt And Saving For Retirement (Aug 6, 2019)

In just the first quarter of 2019, student debt in the US rose by $29 billion dollars. Student debt negatively impacts both the current and future wealth of students and their families, especially when it comes to saving for retirement. Jennifer Myers outlined some options for capturing vital retirement savings while still paying off student loans. Her comments are featured in MarketWatch’s recent article, ‘The “Elephant In The Room” That’s Keeping Millions From Saving Enough For Retirement’.

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Countdown To Retirement (Apr 24, 2019)

Retirement marks the climax of your career and the beginning of a new life episode. Whatever your age, it should be a focal point of your financial planning. Making prudent wealth decisions over time helps to establish a solid foundation for your retirement. However, once the countdown to retirement begins, some 5-10 years out from your intended retirement date, it’s time to stop, take stock, and confirm that you’re financially and emotionally ready for your future. Here’s what you need to consider financially during the countdown to retirement.

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A Simple Way To Estimate How Much You Need For Retirement (Mar 1, 2019)

Without  a doubt, the most common question SageVest Wealth Management advisors hear is “How much do I need to retire?”

In reality, there’s no universal answer. Retirement dreams are different for everyone, and they change as life constantly evolves. However, there is a universal objective to be financially comfortable. The amount of income you need today can offer insights into what you’ll need to replicate tomorrow. If you haven’t already explored retirement planning, we offer a quick and easy chart as an initial gauge of your preparedness.

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