Wealth Management

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

7 Ways to Reduce Fiduciary Liability

Written by RPAG

In 2020, nearly 100 lawsuits alleging breach of fiduciary duty were filed. And with the number of 401(k) lawsuits on the rise targeting plans both large and small, sponsors are well-advised to consider taking additional measures to mitigate fiduciary risk where practicable. Here are a few to consider.  Create and follow an IPS...

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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Life Insurance Beneficiary Mistakes to Avoid

Written by Broadridge, Inc.

Life insurance has long been recognized as a useful way to provide for your heirs and loved ones when you die. Naming your policy's beneficiaries should be a relatively simple task. However, there are several situations that can easily lead to unintended and adverse consequences you may want to avoid. Not Naming a Beneficiary The most obvious mistake you can make is failing to name a beneficiary of your life insurance policy...

Published in Wealth Management
Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Don't Let Debt Derail Your Retirement

Written by Broadridge, Inc.

Debt poses a growing threat to the financial security of many Americans — and not just college graduates with exorbitant student loans. Recent studies by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR) and the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) reveal an alarming trend: The percentage of older Americans with debt is at its highest level in almost 30 years, and the amount and types of debt are on the rise. Debt Profile of Older Americans In the 20-year period from 1998 to 2019, debt increased steadily for families with household heads age 55 and older; in recent years, however, the increase has largely been driven by families with household heads age 75 and older. From 2010 to 2019, the percentage of this older group who carried debt rose from 38...

Published in Wealth Management
Thursday, 10 June 2021

Managing your personal finances during the economic recovery

Written by Derrek Klimek, CFP, CPA, Rehmann

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on us all—but not everyone has been affected in the same way. When it comes to the economic consequences of the pandemic, individual impact has varied widely. As we head toward a potential economy recovery, financial planning should be reflective of how the pandemic has impacted you personally. As such, it’s helpful to think about ourselves in one of two categories: those who have been negatively impacted financially by the economic downturn, and those who have not...

Published in Wealth Management
Thursday, 27 May 2021

Corporate Debt: Are Juicier Yields Worth the Extra Risk?

Written by Broadridge

In response to a pandemic-induced sell-off in March 2020, the Federal Reserve announced that it would purchase corporate bonds, including riskier junk bonds, as part of its effort to stabilize the financial markets. Fed bond buying, along with a pledge to keep interest rates near zero for as long as needed, helped to calm the nerves of investors and to keep money flowing into corporate debt. In fact, U.S...

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If you lose a job, switch employers, or step into retirement, you might consider rolling your retirement plan savings into an IRA. But this isn't your only option; it could make more sense to keep the money in your previous employer's plan or move it to your new employer's plan (if allowed by the plan). You could also cash out, but that's rarely a good idea. Withdrawals from tax-deferred retirement accounts are taxed as ordinary income, and you could be hit with a 10% tax penalty if you are younger than 59½, unless an exception applies...

Published in Wealth Management
Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Growing Interest in Socially Responsible Investing

Written by Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc

U.S. assets invested in socially responsible strategies topped $17.1 trillion at the start of 2020, up 42% from two years earlier...

Published in Wealth Management
Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Should You Convert Your Term Life to Permanent Life Insurance?

Written by Broadridge

Term life insurance provides life insurance coverage for a specific time period (the term). The face amount of the policy is paid if you die during the term of the policy. When you live longer than the term of coverage, nothing is paid, as there is no cash surrender value. Permanent life insurance provides protection for your entire life, regardless of your age or health, as long as you pay the premium to keep the policy in force...

Published in Wealth Management
Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Real Estate for Income and Diversification

Written by Broadridge

An estimated 145 million Americans own real estate investment trusts (REITs) in their retirement accounts and other investment funds.1 The primary appeal of REITs is the potential for a consistent income stream and greater portfolio diversification. Of course, like all investments, REITs also have risks and downsides. Pooled Property Investments An equity REIT — the most common type of REIT — is a company that uses the combined capital of a large number of investors to buy and manage residential, commercial, and industrial income properties...

Published in Wealth Management
Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Revisiting the 4% Rule

Written by Broadridge

Saving for retirement is not easy, but using your retirement savings wisely can be just as challenging. How much of your savings can you withdraw each year? Withdraw too much and you run the risk of running out of money. Withdraw too little and you may miss out on a more comfortable retirement lifestyle...

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