Planning for your own retirement is enough of a challenge. Combine that with aging parents that haven’t adequately prepared for their’s and the task is beyond overwhelming. When faced with the task of financial planning for elderly parents, where do you turn? That is precisely the question a client of mine brought to me. His father had recently died, and his mother now faced doing life alone. He came to me asking advice about how to make his mother’s money last for the rest of her life.
As a small business owner, I understand the desire and importance of taking care of your employees. The task of providing for your family and your employees’ families can be daunting. You can do both! However, providing retirement plans for small businesses requires us business owners to be very cost-conscience. This attention to cost needs to be a driving force when looking at the different plans, but not the only consideration.
I typically start my day by reading emails. I generally have tons of emails from companies wanting me to sell their products to my clients. I receive emails from Real Estate Investment Trusts, Cash Value Life Insurance companies, ETF’s, Stocks and mutual funds. I even get emails trying to get me to push individual stocks and annuities! These sales pitches just aggravate me. Let me explain why. RANT WARNING!!!!
When it comes to transitioning yourself out of your company, one method is to sell your business to employees. A method of doing this is by setting up an ESOP, or an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Although the implementation can get complicated, ESOPs can offer sellers and employees many benefits over other stock buyouts. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of this particular way to sell your company.
When looking for investment strategies to help you increase your retirement, one of the hottest options out there right now to invest in is individual real estate. Pundit after pundit is screaming, “Buy real estate! Buy real estate!” And while I don’t necessarily disagree with this concept, I do have a few suggestions to make before you start using retirement funds to buy real estate investments.
With close to 65% of Americans failing at saving for retirement, perhaps one of the reasons why is that they don’t understand the investment choices that are available. For example, just the other day I had a young investor call me and ask, “Justin, what is an IRA?” Maybe you’ve wondered that very same thing. Well today, we’re examining the details of IRA’s for you.