5 Common Factors Affecting Retirement Income

5 Common Factors Affecting Retirement Income

When it comes to planning for your retirement income, it's easy to overlook some of the common factors that can affect how much you'll have available to spend. If you don't consider how your retirement income can be impacted by these common factors you may not be able to enjoy the retirement you envision.

3 Ways To Balance a Retirement Portfolio with Asset Allocation

3 Ways To Balance a Retirement Portfolio with Asset Allocation

Balancing how much of each asset class you should include in your retirement portfolio is one of your most important tasks as an investor. That balance between growth, income, and safety/stability is called your asset allocation. It can help you manage the level and type of risks you face. Learn 3 Ways to balance your retirement portfolio with asset allocation.

Estate Planning: Protecting Your Assets

Estate Planning: Protecting Your Assets

You're beginning to accumulate substantial wealth, but you worry about protecting it from future potential creditors. Whether your concern is for your personal assets or your business, various tools exist to keep your property safe from tax collectors, accident victims, health-care providers, credit card issuers, business creditors, and creditors of others

Keeping Your Business in the Family

Keeping Your Business in the Family

You may want to keep your business in the family, as opposed to selling it to an outside party or another business. If this is your plan, you should be aware of some of the issues that can contribute to the success or the failure of the business as it is transferred to the successor generation.

Understanding Defined Benefit Plans

Understanding Defined Benefit Plans

You may be counting on funds from a defined benefit plan to help you achieve a comfortable retirement. Often referred to as traditional pension plans, defined benefit plans promise to pay you a specified amount at retirement.

To help you understand the role a defined benefit plan might play in your retirement savings strategy, here's a look at some basic plan attributes. But since every employer's plan is a little different, you'll need to read the summary plan description, or SPD, provided by your company to find out the details of your own plan.

Health Insurance While Traveling

Health Insurance While Traveling

You were having a great time on your vacation--until your grand-daughter woke up from her nap with a fever. If you were at home, you'd take her to the pediatrician right away and rely on health insurance to pay for her care. But what do you do now that you are miles away? Here are some things you need to know about health insurance while traveling.

Have you thought if your father needs Long-Term Care Insurance?

Have you thought if your father needs Long-Term Care Insurance?

We live in an age of medical miracles. People live longer than ever before, and life expectancies are increasing at a steady rate. This means that many of us will be fortunate enough to still have our father with us as we ourselves reach retirement age. As our he ages, however, his health may decline, and the greater the chance becomes that he will require home care, nursing home care, or other assisted-living arrangements.

Celebrating the Father of SWMG

Celebrating the Father of SWMG

In June we celebrate a holiday that has become tradition to most households, Father’s Day.  This gives us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the fatherhood of our accomplished CEO, Josh Strittmatter.  Josh is a father in many ways; a father to 3 beautiful girls, a father to a well-respected wealth management firm, and a father to an entirely new Strittmatter legacy.

Fundamental Concepts for Investors

Fundamental Concepts for Investors

Investing involves setting goals for the future and weighing the risks and potential rewards associated with a wide variety of investment opportunities. If you are a new investor, this might seem like an overwhelming task.

But take heart. Becoming familiar with a few basic concepts could help you have more confidence in your investing decisions. So don't be intimidated by complicated-sounding jargon, and don't hesitate to ask questions — after all, this is your money.

Weighing the Choice between Taxable and Tax-Free Bonds

Weighing the Choice between Taxable and Tax-Free Bonds

If you're considering the purchase of an individual bond or even a bond mutual fund, one of your first concerns will be its yield. However, when comparing various yields, you need to make sure you're not comparing apples to oranges. The yield on a tax-free bond may be lower than that paid by a taxable bond, but you'll need to look at its tax-equivalent yield to compare them accurately.

How Will I Manage to Send My Child to College?

How Will I Manage to Send My Child to College?

Being able to send your child to college is near the top of the wish list for most parents. But that diploma doesn't come cheap. Unless you are very well off financially, it's difficult to sit on the sidelines for years and then suddenly find the money to pay for college when your child is ready to go. The best thing to do is to start saving as early as possible, even if you're able to save only a small amount at first.

Understanding Social Security

Understanding Social Security

Approximately 67 million people today receive some form of Social Security benefits, including retirement, disability, survivor, and family benefits. (Source: Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2018) Although most people receiving Social Security are retired, you and your family members may be eligible for benefits at any age, depending on your circumstances.

Creating an Investment Portfolio

Creating an Investment Portfolio

You've identified your goals and done some basic research. You understand the difference between a stock and a bond. But how do you actually go about creating an investment portfolio? What specific investments are right for you? What resources are out there to help you with investment decisions? Do you need a financial professional to help you get started?

How Much Can You Truly Afford?

How Much Can You Truly Afford?

An old rule of thumb said that you could afford to buy a house that cost between one and a half and two and a half times your annual salary. In reality, there's a lot more to take into consideration. You'll want to know not only how much of a mortgage you qualify for, but also how much you can afford to spend on a home. In order to know how much you can truly afford, you need to take an honest look at your lifestyle and your standard of living, as well as your income and what you choose to spend it on.