Can You Answer These Unusual IRA Questions?

Posted by Steve Johnian

February 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM

The rules and regulations for IRA-based retirement plans can get complicated. But, if you have clients with a significant amount of assets in retirement savings, you’ll want to be prepared to answer unusual IRA questions and help them steer clear of common errors. Here are a few you may encounter, with answers to help you be better prepared.

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Topics: Retirement Income Planning

NQDC Plans: Are the Advantages Worth the Risks?

Posted by Krista Teegarden

January 8, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Do you have highly compensated employees looking to reduce their taxable income or set aside additional money for retirement? With a nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan, you can help these clients accomplish both goals. Keep in mind, however, that there is some measure of risk to consider—unlike with other types of retirement plans, the money they’ve saved is dependent on the financial solvency of the employer. 

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6 Retirement Questions Financial Advisors Should Prepare For (And Every Client Should Ask)

Posted by Justin C. Duft, JD, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CLTC

July 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM

When it comes to planning for the future, clients will (understandably) have questions and concerns. As their advisor, you are in a position to guide them through the retirement planning process, helping them to make the best decisions for their specific needs and retirement goals.

But what will your clients want to know? How can you ensure that you are giving them the most relevant and valuable information? These six critical retirement questions are ones every financial advisor should prepare for (and every client should ask).

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A Medicare Do-Over? It Might Be Available to Some of Your Clients—But Act Fast

Posted by Anna Hays

January 30, 2019 at 1:30 PM

We’ve all been there—we make a decision we wish we could take back, or we go down one road when we should’ve taken another. Sometimes there’s no going back, but when it comes to Medicare, you may be able to offer your clients a solution. If your clients enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan last year and have doubts about whether it’s the right health insurance for them, you can help them facilitate a Medicare do-over during the new open enrollment period—but you’ll have to act fast, as the window isn’t open for long.

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Becoming Your Clients’ Best Social Security Planning Resource

Posted by Maureen Baxter, CLU, ChFC

January 9, 2019 at 1:30 PM

When it comes to social security, the biggest decision clients need to make is whether to claim at age 62, full retirement age (FRA), or age 70, right? It certainly can be that simple, but there are many next-level nuances to consider. To become your clients’ go-to resource for their social security planning needs, start by mastering the foundational rules—then, you’ll be prepared to address the more complex aspects of their situation, too.

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Topics: Retirement Income Planning

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