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Retirement in Sight – March 2021

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MONTHLY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES PRESENTED BY UPAL – MARCH 2021 QUOTE OF THE MONTH “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” ANNA QUINDLEN NEED CASH? AVOID TAPPING YOUR RETIREMENT ACCOUNT Imagine if your 35-year-old self magically appeared in front of you one day and asked for a percentage of your retirement savings or a bit of your retirement income. While this would never happen, something financially analogous happens in the lives of too many people. They withdraw assets…

Retirement in Sight – February 2021

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Monthly News and Information for Current and Future Retirees Presented by UPAL – FEBRUARY 2021 QUOTE OF THE MONTH “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” PAULO COELHO EVALUATING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN EARLY RETIREMENT The pandemic has hastened the retirement of some baby boomers, and the linked furloughs and layoffs in many industries have led others to wonder if a retirement transition might come sooner than they think. Buyouts became common last year as businesses cut costs. What if you receive…

Retirement in Sight – January 2021

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MONTHLY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES PRESENTED BY UPAL – JANUARY 2021 QUOTE OF THE MONTH “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” BRENE BROWN TO RETIRE, OR NOT TO RETIRE? For some of us, the coronavirus pandemic has complicated the question. As Yahoo! Finance reports, a Harris Poll study conducted this past summer found that 25% of Gen Xers and 14% of baby boomers think they will retire later than they planned, because of the pandemic’s financial impact on their lives. Will this perception…

Retirement in Sight – December 2020

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MONTHLY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES PRESENTED BY UPAL – DECEMBER 2020 QUOTE OF THE MONTH “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” DOLLY PARTON THIS YEAR, THERE IS MORE INCENTIVE TO GIVE When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act became law in March, it broadened charitable tax deduction opportunities. These special 2020 tax provisions are worth reviewing before they expire on December 31, 2020. First and foremost, the CARES Act allows individuals and couples taking the standard federal…

Retirement in Sight – November 2020

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MONTHLY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES PRESENTED BY UPAL – NOVEMBER 2020 QUOTE OF THE MONTH “In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.” ERIC HOFFER MOST AMERICANS THINK THEY WILL WORK IN RETIREMENT A life of leisure? That may not be what retirement looks like for baby boomers and Gen Xers—and in fact, it may not be what they want their retirements to look like. Market research firm Ipsos surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. adults earlier this year, and found…

Year-End Estate Strategies

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What you need to know to get ready for the end of the year. Provided by UPAL With one year ending and a new one on the cusp of starting, many people will consider their resolutions—not their estate strategy. But the end of the year is a great time to sit down and review your preparations, especially when you’re spending more time with your loved ones; even more important if you have a complicated estate that may need to get managed after you’re gone. Call a family meeting. Many people…

The Social Security Administration Announces 2021 COLA

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What you should know about the most recent cost-of-living adjustment. Provided by UPAL On October 13, 2020, the Social Security Administration (SSA) officially announced that Social Security recipients will receive a 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2021. This adjustment will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Additionally, increased payments to more than 8 million Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2020.1 Is this a COLA lite? Many may be disappointed by this modest bump compared to…

Retirement in Sight – October 2020

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MONTHLY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES PRESENTED BY UPAL – OCTOBER 2020 QUOTE OF THE MONTH “Somewhere there’s a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, and be as engaged as you can.” BILL MURRAY ARE CAR OR TRUCK COSTS BLOCKING THE ROAD TO RETIREMENT? On a purely logical level, investing tens of thousands of dollars toward retirement may make more sense than adding an equivalent consumer debt here and now. On a practical level, though, we need…

Annual Financial To-Do List

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  Things you can do for your future as the year unfolds.  Provided by UPAL What financial, business, or life priorities do you need to address for the coming year? Now is an excellent time to think about the investing, saving, or budgeting methods you could employ toward specific objectives, from building your retirement fund to managing your taxes. You have plenty of choices. Here are a few ideas to consider: Can you contribute more to your retirement plans this year? In 2021, the contribution limit for a Roth or…

Election 2020

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Preparing for Any Outcome.  Provided by UPAL  As the U.S. presidential election draws near, expect to see more and more headlines that propose, “What will happen next if this person is elected?” or, “What policy changes to prepare for in the next four years?” In reality, however, it isn’t easy to anticipate what may happen with the financial markets after the November elections. An ambitious investor would have to forecast the election results, evaluate which policies may become law, estimate a potential economic impact, and assess how the financial markets…