Data Breach From – What Retirees Need To Know Today

Equifax data breach

As a sign of the times, there is another data breach, this time it is Equifax, affecting millions of people. There are numerous sources for what do do as a consumer in response to this latest breach, but what about retirees? Is there anything additional that you need to know to protect yourself?

Check out this article from MaketWatch.com for a couple of good suggestions. There are a couple of suggestions you should consider regarding your Social Security and Medicare numbers.

 

Final Installment – Important Retirement Savings – Age 70 1/2

Last but not least – age 70 1/2

We’ve reached the end of our series sharing important information you need to know for your retirement milestones. Here we are at age 70 1/2 – what’s left to know?

Required distributions? Yep! After age 70 1/2, your traditional IRA, ROTH 401(k) and traditional 401(k) require distributions each year with large tax penalties for missing those deadlines. What are those deadlines? How can you avoid taxes on IRA withdrawals? Can you delay withdrawals from your 401(k)? When are you no longer eligible for tax deductions on new IRA contributions? All important questions!

Check out this minute and a half video from US News and World Reports for more details.

If you missed any of the milestones in this series, you can link to those below

Age 50

Age 59 1/2

Age 65

Age 66

MORE Important Retirement Savings – Age 66

Continuing our series: Age 66 – What you need to know now.

This is the next to the last installment in our series. I hope you’ve learned a lot! Maybe it hasn’t applied to you to this point so you’re just joining us now. In either case, what do you need to know about your retirement planning at age 66?

Social Security! We all have been waiting – hoping it will be there when we finally are eligible to collect. Those of you who are baby boomers are indeed eligible to receive full benefits at age 66, however, there are increases in monthly benefits if you wait until age 70 to start claiming them. Claiming Social Security before age 66 can mean significant reductions in your monthly pay outs. The opposite is also true – if you wait – you will see a significant increase in those same monthly benefits.

What if you aren’t a baby boomer, but you are looking ahead – as a wise person should? The requirements are different for you! Check out this full video from US News and World Reports for all the details.

Missed one in the series? Just click below. Want to be sure you catch the last installment regarding important information for your retirement by age?  Watch for it on Thursday September 28th.

Age 50

Age 59 1/2

Age 60

MORE Important Retirement Savings – Age 65

What? Age 65 and I can still make a difference in my retirement savings?

With yet another installment in our series: if you have 90 seconds to spare, I found some awesome more important information that can enhance your retirement savings if you are turning age 65!

We’ve covered age 50 and 59 1/2 in previous posts. Now, what if you’ve reached the golden age of 65?  Yes, there are still important things you need to know regarding your retirement savings with this new birthday. Who said aging stinks? The benefits keep piling up!

Let’s talk Medicare: there is a window where you first become eligible for signup beginning 3 months before your 65th birthday and until 4 months after your 65th birthday. Signing up after that can mean permanent cost penalties can be added to your plan. There are a host of other deadlines you need to keep on your radar for the next few years.

Check out all the details in this short video from US News and World Reports.

Important Retirement Savings – Age 59 1/2

Do you have 90 seconds to enhance your retirement savings?

If you have 90 seconds to spare, I found some awesome information that can enhance your retirement savings if you are at least age 59 1/2!

There may be times in your life where you feel like you need to dip into that retirement savings, but by waiting until age 59 1/2, you can avoid hefty penalties when you include the taxes also due on the withdrawal. There are some exceptions though.

Check out this video from US News and World Reports for more details. The video is literally 1 minute and 14 seconds. That’s about how long it takes to ride the escalator to your office! 1 minute and 14 seconds that could save you a bunch of money – knowledge is power!

Important Retirement Savings – Age 50

Do you have 90 seconds to enhance your retirement savings?

If you have 90 seconds to spare, I found some awesome information that can enhance your retirement savings if you are at least age 50!

Did you know that the closer you get to retiring, there are changes in rules regarding contributions and withdrawals from  your IRA and 401(k) accounts? Once you turn age 50 you can save more in your 401(k) account than younger coworkers. By maxing out your 401(k), you can save a significant amount in taxes. After age 50, IRA accounts also allow you to make larger catch up payments and to defer taxes on more money than younger investors.

US News and World Reports has a great recap of these rules in short video located here. It’s really just over a minute long.

 

Self Driving Cars for Retirement

Self Driving Cars – Good For the Elderly?

Is it really possible that self driving cars are within reach? Congress is even starting to expedite the introduction of these cars. The benefits could prove revolutionary to senior citizens as well as disabled individuals.

Melody Hahm of Yahoo Finance outlines how this could be a major win for the elderly as well as other benefits you could see. As our population is rapidly aging, more and more people could find themselves able to move about with freedom.

Check out the full article here.

Do You Need Insurance Changes In Retirement

Insurance Changes

Who doesn’t look forward to retirement and the greater freedom to choose your own schedule? Sounds great to someone who has worked for years. But with any change in life circumstances, you may need to make some insurance changes in retirement as well.

But with the tremendous changes that come with retirement come the need for changes in your spending and don’t forget – insurance. You may need more or less coverage than what you have now.

Barbara Marquand of NerdWallet suggests evaluating your needs in the following areas:

  1. Ask about car insurance discounts. The fact that you are no longer commuting to work may allow for a decrease in your car insurance. Many states require companies to give discounts to drivers age 55+. Other organizations such as AARP and AAA provide discount opportunities as do completing drivers ed courses. But, if you’re planning to travel in rental cars, you may want to evaluate the amount and type of insurance you will require.
  2. Contact your homeowners insurance. Because retirees are often home more, the likelihood of burglary is reduced which makes for a good reason to offer a reduction in homeowner insurance. However, if you’re planning to do a great deal of traveling, you may want to increase your spending in this area.
  3. Revisit life insurance and long term care. Seems obvious, but health changes come with age. Your personal health may allow for decreases or require increases to maintain financial health.
  4. Sign up for Medicare. There is a 7 month window where you are eligible to sign up for Medicare. It begins 3 months before your 65th birthday. Follow current regulations at medicare.gov.  Late enrollment may mean having to pay higher prices.

Everyone’s retirement will look different with the many factors in play. If you need assistance, please look for a reputable financial adviser in your area.

You can read the full article here.

 

10 Steps You Can Take Right Now

10 stepsDaunting Task

Are you concerned about having enough savings and assets to retire? Does it feel like the bills just keep coming in like the tide? Do you feel like you don’t really understand what it is you need to do to prepare in the first place? Do you wish that someone would give you 10 steps to success?

10 Steps

Well, look no further! If you aren’t sure where to begin, here’s a great list of steps from bankerate.com. First of all, step one says, to begin with an assessment. What should you evaluate, you ask? Read all about it here.

Is Retirement Possible Without $1 Million?

Retirement$1 Million Retirement

Of course entering retirement with a million dollars makes things easier, but you can absolutely live well without having met that magical goal. Preparing ahead of time and making small changes – or big ones – can pay off big in the long run.

5 Strategies

There are a few things you can try to help meet your goals like boosting your Social Security payments. Here are 5 strategies, from our friends at USNews.com that  you can employ to make your (less than $1K 401(k)) retirement a joy!

We would love to know if any of these suggestions have worked for you or if you think any of these strategies might help. We would also love to hear what else might have made your less than $1K savings work for you.

 

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