The Roth IRA Conversion: Why & How to Use This Strategy in Your Retirement Planning

Roth IRA conversions have emerged as a compelling strategy in retirement planning, offering a range of benefits and opportunities. Converting your tax-deferred retirement plans to a Roth IRA can be a strategic move, particularly for individuals seeking tax diversification, potential long-te …

What to Do with Your Retirement Money When You Leave a Job

When you leave your job or retire, you have an opportunity to manage your funds that have been accumulating in an employer sponsored retirement plan such as a 401(k), 403(b) or government 457(b) plan. Depending on the situation, you generally have four options when you leave your employer.

6 Signs It’s Time to Ditch DIY Retirement Planning

Retirement planning is a journey that generally takes decades to complete and most of us start out along the do-it-yourself path. More than likely, your first step was to enroll in an employer-provided plan such as a 401(k) or setting up an individual retirement account, also known as an IRA.

4 Moves You Can Make with Your Old 401(k)

By Matt Kory, Vice President, Retirement Programs   Changing careers is an emotional move – there’s excitement for the new opportunity, sadness about leaving your favorite coworkers behind, depression if you weren’t ready to leave, worry about how to financially bridge the unemployment …

Your Retirement Planning Starter Pack

Although there are some basic guidelines, your financial life is as unique as your fingerprint. Your lifestyle, goals, family situation, risk tolerance and even your wildest dreams will give a unique signature to your portfolio. Let’s look at a few of the starting points today for a healthy …

Without a Plan You’ll Be Left in the Cold

By Scott Keegan, CFP®, ChFC®, COO & Wealth Advisor Personally, I hate the cold, but my love for the Kansas City Chiefs is greater. Recently my wife, Claire, and I went to the Chiefs and Dolphins Playoff game and let me tell you, it was cold! The temperature at kickoff was a bitter -4 de …

The Journey from “Should” to “Can”: Embracing the Freedom of Retirement

By Nick Gertsema, CEO & Wealth Advisor, CFP®, ChFC®, RICP®, AIF®   Throughout our lives, we’re conditioned to follow a well-trodden path. From the early days in school, we’re told to excel to get into good courses. Then in high school, the pressure mounts to secure a spot in …

Yes, You Can Make a Solid Long-Term Care Plan: Here’s How and Why It’s Important

By Matt Lewis, CLTC®, Vice President, Insurance In today’s world it’s fair to say that most reasonable people believe they are going to live a long life. And when you live a long life, it’s also fair to say that sooner or later, we’re going to need some form of care.

Medicare and Managing Health Care Costs in Retirement

Health care costs in retirement aren’t going anywhere. Naturally, as our bodies get older, it costs more to keep them running. And with U.S. health care spending expected to rise at a rate 1.1% faster than the annual GDP, this cost will come home to our pockets. Statistics like this m …

Medicare Time – Now What? Things to Know as You Start Out

By Matt Lewis, CLTC®, Vice President, Insurance You’re turning 65 this year and Medicare is on your mind. Medicare is a subset of Social Security and run by the Social Security Administration. In my experience, it may be almost as complicated as the Internal Revenue Code! With that said, le …

11 Tips for a Happy Retirement

I was looking online about retirement subjects and read an article by the NHS website for England ( which is UK’s biggest health website.  The information that interested me was the “Tips for a Happy Retirement”, from keeping fit and healthy to making the mental adjustment to mak …

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