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Monday, 09 March 2020

How is the coronavirus infecting the market?

Written by The Rehmann Team

While it may appear that we are getting through the initial market shock, coverage of the coronavirus continues and as the scope of the virus remains uncertain, it is common for the global market to follow suit. Equities detest uncertainty. The market’s reaction to the coronavirus are justified — events like this certainly have negative impacts on the economy and short-term growth. There will be a point in time when the scope of the impact becomes clearer and stability should return shortly after...

Published in COVID-19
Monday, 17 February 2020

Hidden Gem: HSAs in Retirement

Written by Forefield, Inc.

When saving for retirement, you're probably aware of the benefits of using tax-preferred accounts such as 401(k)s and IRAs. But you may not be aware of another type of tax-preferred account that may prove very useful, not only during your working years but also in retirement: the health savings account (HSA). HSA in a nutshell An HSA is a tax-advantaged account that's paired with a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). You can't establish or contribute to an HSA unless you are enrolled in an HDHP...

Published in Wealth Management
Monday, 17 February 2020

Market Outlook | Q1 2020

Written by The Rehmann Team

Economy In its quarterly global economic update, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) trimmed its outlook for global growth in 2020 from 3.4 percent to 3.3 percent since its last forecast in October 2019. Weakness within the Indian economy was the largest detractor to the outlook...

Published in Wealth Management
Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Tips for targeting your retirement savings goal

Written by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc

What if you're saving as much as you can, but still feel that your retirement savings goal is out of reach? As with many of life's toughest challenges, it may help to focus less on the big picture and more on the details. Regularly review your assumptions Whether you use a simple online calculator or run a detailed analysis, your retirement savings goal is based on certain assumptions that will, in all likelihood, change. Inflation, rates of return, life expectancies, salary adjustments, retirement expenses, Social Security benefits — all of these factors are estimates...

Published in Wealth Management
Thursday, 16 January 2020

New spending package includes sweeping retirement plan changes

Written by Forefield, Inc.

The $1.4 trillion spending package enacted on December 20, 2019, included the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which had overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives in the spring of 2019, but then subsequently stalled in the Senate. The SECURE Act represents the most sweeping set of changes to retirement legislation in more than a decade. While many of the provisions offer enhanced opportunities for individuals and small business owners, there is one notable drawback for investors with significant assets in traditional IRAs and retirement plans...

Published in Wealth Management
Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Key retirement and tax numbers for 2020

Written by Forefield, Inc.

Every year, the Internal Revenue Service announces cost-of-living adjustments that affect contribution limits for retirement plans and various tax deduction, exclusion, exemption, and threshold amounts. Here are a few of the key adjustments for 2020. Employer retirement plans Employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), and most 457 plans can defer up to $19,500 in compensation in 2020 (up from $19,000 in 2019); employees age 50 and older can defer up to an additional $6,500 in 2020 (up from $6,000 in 2019). Employees participating in a SIMPLE retirement plan can defer up to $13,500 in 2020 (up from $13,000 in 2019), and employees age 50 and older can defer up to an additional $3,000 in 2020 (the same as in 2019)...

Published in Wealth Management
Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Hindsight is 2020: What will you do differently next year?

Written by Forefield, Inc.

According to a recent survey, 76 percent of Americans reported having at least one financial regret. Over half of this group said it had to do with savings: 27 percent didn't start saving for retirement soon enough, 19 percent didn't contribute enough to an emergency fund, and 10 percent wish they had saved more for college. The saving conundrum What's preventing Americans from saving more? It's a confluence of factors: stagnant wages over many years; the high cost of housing and college; meeting everyday expenses for food, utilities, and child care; and squeezing in unpredictable expenses for things like health care, car maintenance, and home repairs...

Published in Wealth Management
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Take This Quiz: The Social Security Retirement Earnings Test

Written by Forefield, Inc.

Can you work and receive Social Security retirement benefits at the same time? Yes, but the Social Security Administration (SSA) will apply an earnings test. Part or all of your monthly benefit may be withheld if you earn too much. To help avoid surprises, take this quiz to find out what you know — and don't know — about Social Security earnings test rules...

Published in Wealth Management
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

How to Give Like a Billionaire When You Don't Have Billions to Give

Written by Forefield, Inc.

Since Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett created the Giving Pledge in 2010, more than 200 of the world's wealthiest individuals and couples have committed to giving the majority of their wealth to philanthropic or charitable causes. Although the Giving Pledge only invites billionaires to join, "it is inspired by the example set by millions of people at all income levels who give generously — and often at great personal sacrifice — to make the world a better place."* You don't have to be a billionaire to embrace the spirit of the Giving Pledge: When people come together to give, regardless of wealth, they can improve the lives of others. Decide which causes matter most to you Giving Pledge billionaires are a diverse group, coming from 23 countries and ranging in age from their 30s to their 90s...

Published in Wealth Management
Thursday, 14 November 2019

Living the dream of early retirement

Written by Thomson Reuters

Many people dream of retiring early so they can pursue activities other than work, such as volunteering, traveling and pursuing their hobbies full-time. But making this dream a reality requires careful planning and diligent saving during the years leading up to the anticipated retirement date. It all starts with retirement savings accounts such as IRAs and 401(k)s. Among the best ways to retire early is to build up these accounts as quickly as possible by contributing the maximum amount allowed by law each year...

Published in Wealth Management
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