4 Steps to Guide Your Clients into Retirement

Posted by Mike Baum

December 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM

According to CNBC, 10,000 baby boomers reach retirement age each day. As such, you are likely seeing large portions of your client base transitioning into the retirement distribution phase. Their assets in defined contribution plans will need to be rolled over and managed by a competent professional. Considering the tremendous wealth held in retirement plans (and the fact that boomers number more than 70 million), this represents a significant opportunity for you.

To help you seize this opportunity, here we’ll discuss four steps to guide your clients into retirement. By developing a solid retirement income planning process, you’ll help your clients make their money last and establish yourself as a go-to retirement resource.

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Topics: Retirement Income Planning

Pushing 100: Tips for Addressing Longevity Risk with Clients

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

December 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Even today, living to age 100 is considered an impressive accomplishment. But it isn’t as rare as it used to be, thanks to the efforts of those in the medical research field. In fact, according to an article published on DailyMail.com last year, Dutch scientists believe that life expectancy will increase to an astonishing 125 years by 2070! While this may be welcome news to many, it has created new pressures for the financial planning community to help clients prepare for retirement income needs that go past the long-accepted mark of age 90.

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Topics: Retirement Income Planning, Estate Planning

Which Clients Should (and Shouldn’t) Convert Assets to a Roth IRA?

Posted by Mike Triana, CRPS

June 27, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Roth IRAs can be extremely efficient retirement savings vehicles. They are funded on an after-tax basis, and as a long as certain requirements are met, distributions are free of tax and penalty.

Clients can fund their Roth IRA in one of two ways: via annual Roth contributions or by converting assets from a qualified plan or another type of IRA they already own. But whereas annual Roth contributions are subject to modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) limits, Roth conversions are not. It’s one of the reasons any of your clients could decide to convert assets to a Roth IRA.

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Topics: Retirement Income Planning

The HSA—A Powerful Retirement Savings Option

Posted by Heather Zack, JD, LLM, CAP

June 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Over the past few years, the health savings account (HSA) has increasingly been referred to as an exceptional retirement savings option. But what exactly are HSAs, who is eligible to open them, and what makes them so great? And—most important—how can you, as an advisor, get involved in the HSA business?

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Topics: Retirement Income Planning

Are You Ready to Answer Client Questions About the New Medicare Card?

Posted by Anna Hays

May 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM

If you’re like most financial advisors, you’ve supported your clients through many phases of life, and now, a number of them are enrolling in Medicare. As your clients enter into this next phase, they’re likely to come to you for answers to their questions about health care in retirement. By educating yourself and your team on how to respond to these concerns, you can provide a value-added service to guide older clients through this time of transition.

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Topics: Retirement Income Planning

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