Here are some headlines and key facts from recent articles:
Most of the financial advice world focuses on accumulating assets and rates of return. Very little time is spent on the effect of stock market crashes on one’s retirement assets; OR how to maximize your income from whatever retirement assets you have saved.
A recent 2021 Logica Research survey, sponsored by Schwab Retirement Services, found that 401(k) participants across America now believe they must save $1.9 million for retirement, up from $1.7 million in the 2019 survey.
There are only so many variables to any retirement plan: how much you save; your investment return on investment (ROI); how much you lose in taxes; and the income generated by your savings when you retire. There is a final factor, losses in future stock market crashes.
Just like a MD often gives a patient an annual or semi-annual physical exam, it’s time for your 2021 mid-year financial check-up. Let’s look at your job situation; real estate; investments; and tax plan.
In my previous 5/12/2021 article “Knowing Social Security Rules is Important Start”, I covered a case study of how a long-term federal employee could have $75,680 total Social Security (SS) and federal pension income by knowing the rules vs. $47,760, or $27,920 less.
This year we get to file our 2020 tax return on May 17, 2021 instead of the normal April 15, 2021. But what you really need are powerful tax-reduction strategies.