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The Financial Pyramid Series - Building Wealth Part 5

Regardless of what stage of life you're in, building wealth is always a great goal to have. When you have access to ample savings and cash reserves, you'll be prepared in the event of an emergency and will be able to more effectively maintain your lifestyle during retirement. While everyone has different levels of wealth that they wish to build towards, there are some basic guidelines and suggestions that should help you get started. Below is an in-depth guide on how to build wealth over time.

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Social Security Changes for 2021

Here is what to expect next year for the Social Security program:

  • Recipients will receive a 1.3% increase
  • Maximum earnings subject to SS Tax increased to $142,800
  • Working Social Security recipients can earn $50,520 before their benefits are reduced
  • There is a slight rise in disability benefits
  • Social Security tax rates remain the same for employees and self-employed

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CARES Act Distribution Information

Under the CARES Act, individuals were eligible to take $100,000 of coronavirus-related distributions from retirement plans. In addition to the distributions being free of penalty there are also accommodations with the IRS for claiming the income as well as repayment of the distributions.

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Financial Literacy #7: Your Retirement Income Plan

As you approach retirement, you’ll want to think through your retirement income plan. Common retirement income strategies include:

Drawing off the income

After you’ve spent years saving for retirement and building your nest egg, you’ll want to find a balance between a withdrawal rate that gives you assurance that your savings will last, but doesn’t shortchange your standard of living.

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Risk Management / Long-Term Investments

What is your Risk Tolerance? Identifying and analyzing your preferred level of potential loss is essential in Financial Planning. Once you have saved toward any given goal, the idea is to leverage it so that you can gain more. Risk Management involves the trade off – how much you are willing to risk on the downside to potential gain on the upside.

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Net Worth / Cash Flow

Assets, Liabilities, Income and expenses – analyzing what we have financially effectively and honestly can be a confusing task but integral in order to assess where a person is financially and their ability to accomplish their financial goals. Planning properly requires more than black and white numbers on a page – understanding how these numbers relate to and impact your Financial Plan. This is an often overlooked portion of building a sound Financial Plan by many people but is a huge part of the data gathering process done by Financial Planning Professionals and an insightful financial advisor can utilize details found in both to assist them in helping you reach your goals.

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A Brief Guide to Social Security

If you're starting to plan for retirement, Social Security may be an important source of retirement income. Millions of Americans depend on Social Security today. For some, it is their primary source of retirement income, and for others, it is supplemental income.

Benefits of Social Security

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