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Companionship is a Survival Essential

In these challenging times, it is important to recognize the value of companionship; which was listed in The Survival of the Richest book as a secondary physical immediate survival essential (Criniti, 2016, p. 101). So many survivors of great tragedies in history have ranked loneliness as their top issue along with hunger and thirst. To be happy, we need people like we need air. This will also be the great lesson for the world of this current major event.

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Dr. Finance’s Finance Group

For those of you who are interested in finance and have a Goodreads account, please feel free to join the finance group called Dr. Finance’s Finance Group at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1041768-dr-finance-s-finance-group

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New Year Resolutions for Your Retirement Plan

J.P. Morgan’s 5 Resolutions for Your Retirement Plan

NEW YORK, Jan. 2, 2015, The beginning of the new year is a great time to check in on your retirement savings plan, according to J.P. Morgan Asset Management Chief Retirement Strategist Katherine Roy.  The firm has shared 5 tips for individuals to consider heading into 2015.

  1.  Know where you stand

“Whether you’re nearing retirement or still several decades away, it’s important to know where you stand now,” says Katherine. Find out if you’re on track with J.P. Morgan’s Guide to Retirement savings checkpoint: http://bit.ly/jpm_gtr_check

  1.  15 is the new 10

The single most important thing you can do is to target saving at least 15% of your gross annual income (before taxes) each and every year. Katherine offers these tips to help avoid “undersaving” and maximize your savings potential:

  • Pay yourself first with automatic deductions from each paycheck, so you are benefitting from dollar cost averaging throughout the year.
  • Max out on employer retirement plans – such as 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans. The 15% target includes your employer match.
  • If you aren’t covered by an employer plan, be sure to make your IRA contribution. If you are, consider a non-tax-deductible contribution to shelter more long-term income for income tax purposes.
  • Don’t forget to take advantage of catch-up contributions if you’re age 50 or over.
  • Get a better grasp of your spending behavior. The less you spend, the more you can save and invest.

Take a look at the chart to better understand the benefit of saving early from J.P. Morgan’s Guide to Retirement: http://bit.ly/jpm_gtr_saveearly

  1.  How you invest matters

How you invest will have a large impact on how much you have at retirement. No matter how much you save, investing in a portfolio that is too conservative is likely to lead to a poor outcome. “You can’t count on unrealistic investment returns to make up for saving too little,” says Katherine. “Maintaining a disciplined, balanced saving and investment strategy is critical.” And, now is a good time to take stock of how your retirement portfolio is allocated. http://bit.ly/jpm_gtr_returns

  1. Prepare to pay more for health care in retirement

The estimated annual out-of-pocket health care costs for the average 65-year-old retiree is currently about $4,000 a year and, in 20 years, is projected to grow to more than $10,000. For someone with high prescription expenses, those costs are around $7,000 per year, projected to grow to more than $14,000 in 30 years. http://bit.ly/jpm_gtr_hccosts

Katherine advises, “ensure your retirement portfolio is positioned for this growing expense. With health care costs rising faster than inflation, we recommend planning for 7% to account for both health care inflation as well as higher spending on health care costs as you age.”

  1. Consider delaying Social Security

As you can see in the chart, for every year you delay taking Social Security beyond your full retirement age (age 66 for those born 1943-1954; age 67 for those born in 1960 or after), you can expect an 8% per year increase in benefits up until age 70. If you can’t wait until age 70, at least hold off until your full retirement age. “If you start taking benefits earlier than full retirement age, you’ll not only lock in reduced benefits for your lifetime, but benefits to your survivors could also be significantly reduced,” says Katherine. http://bit.ly/jpm_gtr_delay

A well-informed plan can help take some of the emotion out of saving and investing. Work with a financial advisor who can help you develop a plan and course correct along the way. Katherine recommends, “Meet with your financial advisor at least annually to ensure your retirement plan stays on track.”

About J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Retirement

J.P. Morgan Retirement, part of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, is a leading provider of comprehensive retirement solutions and is dedicated to improving individual retirement outcomes. The group has defined contribution assets under management of nearly $135 billion, as of September 30, 2014.

About J.P. Morgan Asset Management

J.P. Morgan Asset Management, with assets under management of $1.6 trillion, is a global leader in investment management. J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s clients include institutions, retail investors and high net worth individuals in every major market throughout the world.  J.P. Morgan Asset Management offers global investment management in equities, fixed income, real estate, hedge funds, private equity and liquidity.  JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), the parent company of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, is a leading global asset management firm with assets of approximately $2.4 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries.  Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com

 

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Financial Educators of the Year Honored

Transamerica Retirement Solutions Today Honored Financial Educators of the Year

Inaugural awards ceremony recognized outstanding financial advisors who help increase financial literacy for their communities and clients

HARRISON, New York, April 25, 2014, Transamerica Retirement Solutions today recognized two financial advisors with its inaugural Transamerica Financial Educators Award.  The awards ceremony took place during Transamerica’s second annual Retirement Readiness Summit (April 23-25) and coincides with National Financial Educators Day on April 25.

The awards acknowledged the work of two financial advisors whose efforts to improve financial literacy have positively impacted their communities and clients – Tom Hoffman with Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc. and Jania Stout with the Fiduciary Consulting Group at PSA.

Mr. Hoffman received the Transamerica Financial Educators Award for community education for his outstanding educational outreach to high school students in Massachusetts. Through his successful, community-based financial education program, local high school students have learned real-world financial management skills such as how to create a budget and manage financial events like unforeseen health expenses.

Ms. Stout received the Transamerica Financial Educators Award for employee engagement for her unique educational program for retirement plan participants. To address the challenge of low retirement savings rates among U.S. workers, Ms. Stout developed the Retirement HERO Program to provide an easy-to-understand method of saving for retirement. Ms. Stout’s four-step program encourages workers to have a budget, eliminate debt, know their retirement number, and own their plan.

A special Financial Education Leadership Award was also presented by the National Financial Educators Council to Deb Rubin, senior vice president of TPA and specialist advisor distribution for Transamerica Retirement Solutions, for her leadership and dedication to improving retirement outcomes for American workers.

“Financial education is an integral part of any effort to help American workers achieve a secure retirement. Transamerica is proud to recognize the winners of the Transamerica Financial Educators Award for their efforts to increase financial literacy in their communities,” said Stig Nybo, president of pension sales and distribution for Transamerica Retirement Solutions. “We’re especially proud of Transamerica’s Deb Rubin. She is passionate about improving financial security and her work to promote the importance of financial education will help create better retirement outcomes for many Americans.”

Transamerica is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Transamerica Financial Educators Award.  To submit a nomination, apply online at trsretire.com.

About Transamerica Retirement Solutions

Transamerica Retirement Solutions (Transamerica) is a leading provider of customized retirement plan solutions for small to large organizations.

Transamerica partners with financial advisors, third party administrators, and consultants to cover the entire spectrum of defined benefit and defined contribution plans, including: 401(k) and 403(b) (Traditional and Roth); 457; profit sharing; money purchase; cash balance; Taft-Hartley; multiple employer plans; nonqualified deferred compensation; and rollover and Roth IRAs.

Transamerica helps more than three million retirement plan participants save and invest wisely to secure their retirement dreams. For more information about Transamerica Retirement Solutions Corporation, please visit trsretire.com.

About The National Financial Educators Council

The National Financial Educators Council is a personal finance company dedicated to creating a world where people are informed to make qualified financial decisions that improve their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and the lives of people they impact around the globe. The NFEC promotes advocacy campaigns, sets standards, conducts research and shares best practices that further the financial literacy movement.  Learn more at FinancialEducatorsCouncil.org.

Transamerica Retirement Solutions Corporation is not affiliated with the National Financial Educators Council.

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Julie Quinlan Phone: +1-213-742-5134 Email: julie.quinlan@transamerica.com

 

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