The American Dream: Paying off Debt before Retirement

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The American Dream: Paying off Debt before Retirement By Corey Keltner, Practice Development Specialist Part of the American Dream is paying off a mortgage and other debt before retirement. But we know that more Americans are carrying debt into retirement. According to a Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies survey: 28% of Retirees had mortgage debt 45% of Retirees had non-mortgage …

Is Social Security Going Bankrupt?

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Is Social Security Going Bankrupt? By Corey Keltner, Practice Development Specialist You are likely dealing with prospects and clients regularly who believe Social Security is going to run out of money. Unfortunately, your clients may end up making rash decisions that can affect them for the rest of their lives. We do know the Social Security Trust Fund is projected …

Social Security Taxation

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Social Security Taxation By Corey Keltner, Practice Development Specialist Today I would like to discuss a misunderstood concept about how Social Security taxation actually works. Understanding this concept can help clients reduce or avoid Social Security taxes in certain situations while reducing federal taxes at the same time. The basic issue is that IRA distributions have the ability to cause two …

Life Transitions in Pre-Retirement

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Life Transitions in Pre-Retirement By Corey Keltner, Practice Development Specialist Let’s discuss how you can help married couples through different life transitions, starting in pre-retirement, with a focus on the Roth conversion as a way to strategically pay taxes now and avoid them later. Keep in mind that Roth distributions* avoid Federal taxes and are not included in the Social …

Help Middle Income Clients Avoid this Social Security Trap

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Help Middle Income Clients Avoid this Social Security Trap By Corey Keltner, Practice Development Specialist In 1983, Congress passed a rule that made Social Security distributions taxable for the first time since it began. Up to 50% of Social Security could become taxable under a quirky formula if “combined income exceeds a threshold amount” which, at the time, was $25,000 …

Social Security and the Big Financial Planning Picture

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Social Security and the Big Financial Planning Picture By Corey Keltner, Practice Development Specialist The first Social Security tip I want to discuss relates to the bigger financial planning picture. It’s easy for clients to think that Social Security is just a switch that can be flipped on when they are ready to retire, but we really need to convince …