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Income Strategies for an 8,000-Day Retirement

By Jon Magoch | October 12, 2017

By 2030, it’s estimated that 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over age 65.1 That means a fifth of all Americans will be on the fringe of retirement or already retired, a milestone that’s generally perceived to come late in life. But consider this, there are approximately 8,000 days in today’s average retirement. That’s approximately the same number of days from:

  • Birth to college graduation
  • College graduation to mid-life crisis
  • Mid-life crisis to retirement

Eight thousand days translates to about 22 years. That may seem long for retirement, but it’s actually quite common these days: Retire at 65 and live to 87; retire at 70 and live to 92; retire at 80 and live to 102. More people are doing this all the time.

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Freedom and Independence: Similarities of Retirement & Start-ups

By Jon Magoch | August 29, 2017

Working for a startup can be a very stressful enterprise. While it may seem glamorous to those toiling away at a traditional 9 to 5 grind, the reality is a bit starker. Disregard whatever preconceived notions you may have about quitting your job and building something from scratch – this won’t be like working for Facebook or Google. They are well-defined, carefully manicured corporate cultures that defied the odds and did the near impossible: spread their wings and somehow managed to survive and thrive. The reality is that most start-ups don’t make it.

Pull back the rose-colored curtain and look past the casual dress code, impromptu afternoon ping pong tournaments and well-earned after work liquid libations bought on the company credit card. What lies beyond are 16-hour work days and a dizzying array of multitasking hats (which might not necessarily be your style, size or color, but boy-oh-boy you better find a way to make them fit if you want to survive). Along with the demanding work, frantic pace, ever-shifting job duties and overall trial by fire that are hallmarks of life inside a startup, there lie the possibilities of freedom and independence (should the enterprise succeed). These same goals of financial freedom and independence are at the heart of retirement planning goals and expectations.

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3 Common Questions About Social Security

By Jon Magoch | July 17, 2017

While Social Security shouldn’t be relied upon to be the sole source of income during retirement, it can play an important role in your overall financial strategy for retirement. But making sense of the basic ins and outs of Social Security can be overwhelming. Here are three questions people commonly ask as they approach retirement…

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Selling Your Home? Do These Things Before You List.

By Jon Magoch | July 10, 2017

Ahhh, summer. The time of year when our thoughts turn to swimming, frozen treats, and … moving? Reports indicate that summer is the most popular time to relocate, with 48 percent of moves happening between May and August.1 In May, the National Association of Realtors announced existing-home sales are forecasted to jump 3.5 percent in…

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Tax Cuts Coming? Planning Suggestions

By Jon Magoch | June 30, 2017

The White House recently introduced what it billed the “biggest tax cut” in U.S. history. While a presidential tax proposal is not likely to get passed without significant changes, the fact that Republicans dominate both chambers of Congress suggests 2017 may well be a year in which significant tax reform is engineered.1 One thing should…

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Keeping Connected With the Ever-Changing Internet

By Jon Magoch | June 21, 2017

If you’ve watched national news in the past year or two, you’ve likely heard debates about net neutrality, which is the principle that internet providers should allow access to content regardless of the source and without blocking certain sites. In the waning days of the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission passed a rule preventing…

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How to Help Make Retirement Income Last

By Jon Magoch | June 8, 2017

Building up a retirement nest egg is one thing, but making it last throughout your lifetime is quite another. With a larger share of the financial responsibility for retirement shifting from employers to employees, it’s more important than ever to explore all income strategies to help determine what is most appropriate for your situation. One…

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How Long is ‘Till Death Do Us Part?’

By Jon Magoch | June 2, 2017

One result of today’s longer lifespans is that marriages last longer too — unless they’re cut short by divorce. People may have been more likely to stay married when retirement lasted just 10 or 20 years, but now that more retirees live into their 80s and 90s, divorce is a more common option. Between 1990…

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So You Think You Know

By Jon Magoch | May 19, 2017

The American College recently made this 2107 Retirement Income Literacy Quiz available.   Many think they know all they need to when it comes to managing finances in retirement, but the stats of the survey show that almost THREE QUARTERS of respondents didn’t post a passing grade.  You can read more about the quiz results here or take…

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Keeping Up With The Fiduciary Standard

By Jon Magoch | May 5, 2017

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor published the final regulation of what is known as the “Fiduciary Rule,” delaying implementation for 60 days from its scheduled start date. The newly expanded definition of fiduciary investment advice is scheduled to go into effect June 9, 2017.1 The rule holds certain financial professionals to a fiduciary standard…

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