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Archive | March 3, 2013

The Sequestration and Entitlement Reform?

Will the sequestration bring about entitlement reform?  Obama reached out to lawmakers over the weekend regarding exploring options to end the automatic budget cuts that were put in place on Friday as no deal was reached.  As the argument in DC has intensified and agreement seems out of reach, the President is now proposing to  Click to Continue

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Retirement Calculator

Most pre retirees have high hopes for retirement. Almost two-thirds of Americans believe retirement to be many days of traveling, enjoying their favorite hobbies and living the rest of their days with their families. Facts say that most retirees will fall short of the income needed to enjoy this comfy lifestyle in retirement.   Actually  Click to Continue

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End of Paper Social Security Checks

Seniors have been getting warned for months and the time has come.  March 1 was the official launch date to the end of paper Social Security checks.  Many receiving paper checks will need to sign up to receive the benefits via direct deposit into a checking or savings account.  If one doesn’t have a bank  Click to Continue

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Retirement Income Taxes in Kansas

With your house paid off and your kids no longer living under that same roof, you are limited in the deductions you can take from your income in retirement.  It’s important to understand how your retirement income is taxed in the state you live in so you can make your retirement savings go farther.    Click to Continue

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Indexed Annuities

An indexed annuity is a great retirement tool for someone looking to protect their downside, but participate partially in any market upside.  An indexed annuity is an annuity which is linked to one of the market indexes.   The pros to an indexed annuity are that you may participate partially in market upside.  This is  Click to Continue

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Is Your Advisor’s Retirement Calculator Accurate?

Search online for “Retirement Planning Software” or “Retirement Calculator” and you will find thousands of results.  Almost every advisor uses planning tools of some kind to assist them in developing your retirement planning strategy.  Every financial and insurance company offers much of the same programs on their sites.  These tools are vital to calculating some  Click to Continue

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