October 15, 2019

Retirement Plans Comparison – A Comprehensive Assessment

As we begin our investing portion of the Personal Finance for the Business Owner series, I thought that it would be wise to, first, do a small business retirement plans comparison. Being prepared for our retirement is so vitally important, but there’s another reason for digging into this subject matter before we go much deeper into investing. When you are ready to begin investing, you need to know where to purchase those investments. Retirement accounts offer so many benefits and options in helping us to maximize our dollar and minimize our taxation, especially for business owners. With that said, get comfy because this is a lengthy post, but it is an extremely valuable one comparing retirement plans.
October 13, 2019

When Do I Need to Hire a Financial Advisor?

If you’ve ever wondered, “Do I need to hire a financial advisor?”  Then more than likely you do. Perhaps you want to, but you don’t know where to begin. A financial adviser (however in the investment world it is spelled: advisor) is there to lend a hand in building a customized financial plan that helps you to achieve your financial goals. Because the hiring a financial advisor is such a significant step, it’s important that you feel relaxed in the relationship you develop with the advisor you hire. So how do you do that?
August 20, 2019

Should I Purchase a Life Insurance Policy to Fund My Retirement?

Today, I want to discuss using a life insurance policy for retirement funding. There are plenty of people out there selling this as a sound financial strategy to avoid the penalties of early withdrawal from a more traditional retirement plan. Let’s go over this and see if a life insurance policy is really the best way to fund your retirement.
June 11, 2019

Can You Avoid the 10% Early Retirement Penalty? 10 Possible Ways

Not surprisingly, people want to make sure they have the income to last throughout their lifetimes. If you plan well, you could theoretically retire at age 55, 50, 45 or sooner. Maybe you’ve sold your business for profit, you’ve maximized your retirement account contributions for years, you’ve invested in non-qualified accounts, and you own multiple rental properties. At that point, you could take a blended distribution from various accounts and investments so that your money continues to grow tax-sensitive to you. However, if you take distributions from your retirement accounts before age 59 ½, many times, you will owe the IRS a 10% early distribution penalty. Sometimes, though, the government will waive that 10% early retirement penalty if certain conditions are met.
March 7, 2019

Are You Making a Million Dollar Mistake by Investing in Target-Date Funds?

Last week I was meeting with a client, and we discovered a one million dollar mistake specifically related to Target-Date Funds in his 401(k). Are you making the same mistake? Let’s dig in and find out.
March 5, 2019

3 Reasons Why You Will Never Retire…to a Life of Leisure

We all have hopes and dreams for retirement — traveling, relaxing, playing golf every day. Personally, I see myself sitting on a beach after a morning of wetting a line (a.k.a. fishing)… basically enjoying the vacation life every day. However, unless you take necessary steps you simply won’t be able to retire to the full lifestyle they often picture in TV commercials and magazine ads.
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