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The Steward Approach to Managing Market Volatility

Over the past few months, investor concerns about rising interest rates, oil prices, tech stocks, trade wars and a variety of other daily “headline issues” have resulted in significant market volatility. Looking ahead, volatility may continue as markets adjust to potentially higher inflation and interest rates. To help frame the current market volatility, we offer the following reminders:

Why Taking a Loan from Your Retirement Plan is a Bad Idea

Thinking about borrowing money from your 401(k), 403(b), or 457 account? Think twice about that because these loans are not only risky, but injurious, to your retirement planning.

What To Do When a Windfall Comes Your Way

Getting rich quick can be liberating, but it can also be frustrating. Sudden wealth can help you address retirement saving or college funding anxieties, and it may also give you the opportunity to live and work on your terms. On the other hand, you’ll pay more taxes, attract more attention, and maybe even contend with jealousy or envy. You may also deal with grief or stress, as a lump sum may be linked to a death, a divorce, or a pension payout decision.

Retirees...Check Your Withholdings

It may need to be adjusted due to the 2017 federal tax reforms.

Dream About Retiring Abroad? It Doesn't Need To Be Just a Dream.

If you’ve always dreamed of living abroad, now may be the best time. Today, there are around 400,000 American retirees residing outside the United States, with that number expected to grow over the next few years. Cost of living is often cited as one of the main reasons for the move.

Are Changes Ahead for Retirement Accounts?

A bill now in Congress proposes to alter some longstanding rules.

Most Americans are not saving enough for retirement, despite ongoing encouragement to do so (and recurring warnings about what may happen if they do not). This year, lawmakers are also addressing this problem, with a bill proposing big changes to IRAs and workplace retirement plans. 

The Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA), introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch, would amend the Internal Revenue Code and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in some significant ways.1   

Can Taking on Your Kids College Debt Harm Your Retirement?

Should You Help Take On Your Kids College Debt? 

An unsettling trend is emerging among pre-retirees and retirees. Parents are picking up a greater share of college education costs, and in doing so, they may risk damaging their retirement prospects.

Social Security Update

The Social Security board of trustees just published their annual report which now shows that total Social Security income will fall below expenses in 2018 for the first time since 1982. In addition, the report now projects that trust fund assets available to pay benefits will be depleted in 2034, based on the current program.  At that point there is projected to be revenue sufficient to fund 77% of benefits, so if your benefit is supposed to be $1,000 you would might only get $770.

Good Reasons to Retire Later

Working longer might work out well for you.

Are you in your fifties and unsure if you have enough retirement savings? Then you have two basic financial choices. You could start saving and investing more of your pay than you currently do, or you could work longer so you have fewer years of retirement to fund.

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