Learning Event: Preparing for your retirement

Wondering what you need to do to ensure you’re ready for retirement? This informative, interactive session is designed to share information, address questions and highlight key issues for planning for your retirement.Watching Time

Who should attend? Anyone planning to retire!

What we’ll cover:

We’ll provide insight on the following questions so that you can make informed retirement decisions.

– Can I retire?

– When should I start Social Security?

– What are my Medicare options?

– Should I choose a lump sum or monthly income pension?

– What is a rollover?

– How should my investment accounts be invested?

– How much can I withdraw each year?

– When do I have to take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)?

– How much will I pay in taxes?

– Should I buy long-term care insurance?

Seating for our learning events is limited so please register below or call Traci at 262-554-4500 x105.[mk_content_box heading=”Register for this Event”][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”false” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] Preparing for your retirement

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location: Financial Service Group | 4812 Northwestern Avenue, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406

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Defining your next specific action can help you achieve your goals

Many financial goals are fairly broad or generic such as building cash reserves, retiring or paying for a child’s college education. Unfortunately, there are many distractions that keep us from ever refining and achieving our goals. Taking a cue from personal productivity guru David Allen, the key to achieving any of these goals is defining the next specific action. In particular, the next specific action that moves you one step closer towards your goal.

Some of the distractions or obstacles that prevent us from achieving our goals include lack of clarity around the desired outcome, other commitments for our time or money, and difficulty with determining the specific next action. Entire books are written about building financial plans around your various goals which can be helpful with determining the feasibility and understanding the decisions that are necessary.next specific action

It can also be debilitating in terms of making progress when just getting started appears overwhelming. Rather than rehashing the same old adages to make a plan or work with an advisor, I’d rather just see people get started doing something. The inertia of overcoming the first step is arguably the greatest obstacle to achieving financial success.

What does the first step look like? Here are a couple of examples based on the different goals outlined above. If you’re lacking a “rainy day” fund, the next time you’re at the bank (or online), open a separate savings account and setup an automatic transfer each month for a nominal amount of $50-$100. They key is to start with an amount that isn’t too large that you’ll give up after a couple of months because you needed the money for something else.

If your goal is retiring, ask your payroll department or go online to increase your retirement plan contribution rate by one percent. Once again, the idea is to gradually make the change so you don’t reduce it six months from now. Will this magically allow you to retire at age 65? Probably not, but it starts the process without a whole lot of effort on your part. Plus, you probably won’t even notice the reduction in income.

Do you want to help your children or grandchildren go to college? Consider opening a college savings plan for $50 per month through Wisconsin’s state-sponsored plan at www.edvest.com. This won’t cover all their expenses either but it’s a start and better than what most people have done because they just haven’t gotten around to it.

The key is not to figure everything out before starting but rather start doing something now. You’ll be ahead of everyone with the perfect plan but no results because they never acted on it. What’s your next action you’ll take today? Write it down and you’re even more likely to achieve your goals.

As published in the Racine Journal Times | May 3, 2017

Justin’s Watch.Listen.Read picks for August 2016

As a member of the FSG fee-only financial planning team, Justin Moilanen is an avid reader and content consumer.  He’s always on the prowl for content that our clients and visitors might find useful, informative, entertaining, or enlightening. Some of the pieces are directly related to retirement planning, tax strategies, estate planning or other financial topics.  Some of the pieces are not, but nonetheless engaging. Each month, he shares a few of his ideas with our Financial Service Group clients and friends through various media outlets.  Here are Justin’s top picks for August, 2016.  Watch.Listen.Read. and enjoy!

If you’re interested in learning more about the other good folks at Financial Service Group, please check out our profiles!
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Watch.

Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth (02:40)

“There’s battle lines being drawn. Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.”

Listen.

On Being – The Alchemy of Pilgrimage (51:00)

“Every morning, I find myself a different person. I’m always a mystery to myself. If I knew in the first hours of the morning, what I’m going to do, what is going to happen, what attitude or decision should I take, I think my life would be deadly boring because, well, what makes life interesting is the unknown. It is the risks that we take every single moment of a single day.”

Read.

MarketWatch – How much money will gold medal winners in Rio take home? (352 words)

“When swimmer Joseph Schooling edged out Michael Phelps and a tight field in the 100-meter butterfly event on Friday night, he became the first athlete from Singapore to win a gold medal — and he will be the first to earn the country’s $753,000 gold-medal bonus.”