Wealth Management


Deciding when to retire may not be one decision but a series of decisions and calculations. For example, you’ll need to estimate not only your anticipated expenses, but also what sources of retirement income you’ll have and how long you’ll need your retirement savings to last. You’ll need to take into account your life expectancy and health as well as when you want to start receiving Social Security or pension...

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Each fall, it’s important to review your health care needs and consider your available insurance options for the coming year. A recent survey found that 53% of respondents with employer-based coverage say they’re likely to keep their current plan. Only 37% review their health insurance costs annually. Doing nothing can end up being an expensive proposition for you. Many plans change cost and benefit options, so you may pay more in...

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With the demise of guaranteed pensions, and in light of the risks you face in managing your own retirement assets, maximizing Social Security becomes a critical part of retirement planning. How claiming age affects the income stream One of the most important decisions a retiree faces is when to apply for Social Security benefits. This is not a decision to be made lightly; the lifetime, inflation-adjusted income promised by Social...

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Ignore the Distractions Beyond last month’s synopsis regarding how the markets are reacting to Washington, we’ll stay out of the political weeds and let you form your own opinions. The current environment in Washington is generating an enormous amount of political uncertainty. But, political and international uncertainty has yet to generate economic uncertainty. Hence—and this is important—it really is about the economy. We were told...

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If you’re a decade or so away from retirement, you’ve probably spent at least some time thinking about this major life change. How will you manage the transition? Will you travel, take up a new sport or hobby, or spend more time with friends and family? Should you consider relocating? Will you continue to work in some capacity? Will changes in your income sources affect your standard of living? When you begin to ponder all...

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