November 24, 2020

What Is the True Value of Your Business?

As business owners, we put a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and, yes, money into our businesses. So, when I said that you should NOT include your business when totaling your assets for your retirement wealth gap calculation, many people bristled at that statement. However, there’s a good reason why you shouldn’t include your business in that calculation. Basically, you don’t know what it’s worth. Even if you’ve had a business appraisal done, it’s still only a ballpark figure. In today’s entry, we are going to look at some of the factors that directly influence the value of your business. Join me as I discuss how to find the true value of your business!
November 19, 2020

Do Taxes Matter? Understanding How Taxes Impact Your Wealth Gap

Over the last few weeks, I have been going over some of the things that keep business owners up at night. More specifically, I’ve been discussing the wealth or retirement gap that we all face. In today’s entry, I want to continue with this subject by answering a very important question… do taxes matter? The short answer is yes, of course. But as I dig deeper, I’m going to show you how taxes impact your wealth gap and your ability to accumulate the wealth you will need for your retirement. Join me as I unpack all of the pertinent details of this subject.
November 5, 2020

Calculating The Wealth Gap

In the introduction to this series, we discussed some of the biggest fears that business owners face. As we move forward, I’m going to share several calculations with you that can help put your fears into perspective and even create plans to put them behind you. With that said, today’s post is all about the wealth gap. Not sure what that means? Basically, it’s the difference between where you currently sit, financially, and where you need to be to live the lifestyle that you want to live during your retirement.
January 26, 2018

Income for Life Retirement Series #12: Moving from Your Home

Downsizing, especially after the children are on their own, is a frequently used approach for managing your income for life. Reducing housing expenses can save tons of money. If you reside in a highly appreciated area where your home could be worth a lot of money, selling can free up a substantial amount of cash flow or even be used to wipe out debt. What is left over can then be added to your nest egg or even used to cover future long-term-care expenses. Keep in mind, if you are married you can protect up to $500k of your profit from capital gains taxes when you sell your home. If you single, it is half of that amount.
January 19, 2018

Income for Life Series #11: Planning for Health Care Expenses

We all know that healthcare costs are outrageous, no matter what your age it. However, the average couple can expect to spend close to $300,000 on out-of-pocket medical expenses, such as such as deductibles and Medicare premiums, during retirement. Sadly that is not factoring long-term care costs into the equation. When coupled with that, medical expenses can be a major budget buster, and you can see why planning for health care expenses is essential or better yet critical to maintaining an income for life.
January 12, 2018

Income for Life Retirement Series #10: Manage Pension Fund Payments

As we continue strategizing ways to ensure you have income for life, the next plan of action, may or may not apply to you—manage your pension fund payments. With these types of old style retirement accounts becoming akin to the rotary phone, if you do actually partake in one, consider yourself lucky. The choices you make concerning how you take your money could considerably affect the income you receive from it.
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