Category: Retirement

June 11, 2024

The Importance of an Annual 401(k) Checkup: Keeping Your Retirement Plan on Track

As financial planners, we often emphasize the importance of regular financial health assessments. Just as you visit a doctor for an annual checkup, your 401(k) deserves a yearly checkup to ensure it’s aligned with your financial goals. A well-maintained 401(k) can significantly impact your retirement readiness, so let’s explore how to give your account the [...]

Contributions from: Colby Stirrat, CFP®

October 26, 2023

Getting the Most from Your Amazon Benefits

Amazon provides generous company benefits that can help you build wealth, manage risk, and secure your future. It’s important to consider how to best integrate the additional compensation, retirement, and health benefits into your financial plan. Equity Awards Your grants of Amazon restricted stock units (RSUs) can help increase your cash flow or meet long-term [...]

Katie Mietus
Contributions from: Katie Berntson, CFP®

May 23, 2023

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Rolling Over Your 401k to an IRA

Rolling over a 401k to an IRA can be a wise decision, but it is important to weigh the pros and cons before doing so. While a 401k is a retirement plan sponsored by employers that allows employees to save and invest a portion of their paycheck on a tax-deferred basis, an IRA is a [...]

Contributions from: Anne Marie Stonich, CFP®, CPA

December 6, 2022

Do You Really Need To Retire?

When I sat down to write this article, I was supposed to create a retirement checklist but instead I kept thinking about Greg… I met Greg this summer while golfing in Maine with my brother. In those four hours, I gathered that he had a wicked New England accent, a very low handicap, was in [...]

Rachel McCracken
Contributions from: Rachel McCracken, CFA®, MBA
tax-friendly states for retirees

December 2, 2022

12 Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

Congratulations if you are retired or if retirement is imminent – extended relaxation is just around the corner! Thoughts of retirement bring up important questions like when and where? What would your home look like if not tethered to a neighborhood by your office commute or kids’ school district? There might be great places to live [...]

Contributions from: Hilary Massee Clark

November 14, 2022

3 Reasons Why Consulting After Retirement Can Be a Smart Move

Many of our clients who retire from large technology companies or start-ups have been approached with opportunities to consult or serve as a board member. While it’s tempting to step away from work entirely, there are several reasons why setting up a business and taking on part-time work may be beneficial for your overall retirement [...]

Contributions from: Anne Marie Stonich, CFP®, CPA

October 7, 2022

Save More for Retirement with Your Health Savings Account

As you plan for retirement, consider using one of the best options for building tax-advantaged savings – a Health Savings Account (HSA). An HSA is a medical savings account available to anyone enrolled in an HSA compatible high-deductible health plan (HDHP). For the year 2022, the IRS defines an HDHP as a plan with a deductible of [...]

Eric Schuehle
Contributions from: Eric Schuehle

April 1, 2022

3 Simple Ways to Optimize Your 401(k)

Spring is the perfect time to check in on your 401(k) and make sure your plan is optimized for this tax year. Here are three simple things to make sure you are maximizing the tax and investment benefits available to you. 1. Am I on track to maximize my contributions? Most 401(k) plans offer an [...]

Contributions from: Anne Marie Stonich, CFP®, CPA

February 15, 2022

Retiring Early? Don’t Forget Health Insurance

If you’re planning to retire early, remember to include the cost of health insurance in your financial plan. Medicare eligibility begins at age 65, but until that time you’ll need to enroll in a private insurance plan.  Be sure to check your eligibility with COBRA from your prior employer as well.  COBRA premiums can be [...]

Eric Schuehle
Contributions from: Eric Schuehle, Rich Merrifield, CFP®, AIF®