Market Taking a blood bath

Stocks are heading for an absolute bloodbath.

Yesterday, we took out THE line for stocks, DESPITE
the ECB promising to do more.

The clock is ticking on a collapse.

Indeed, we could very well see another 2008-type event.

Corporate debt is back to 2007 PEAK levels.
Stock buybacks are back to 2007 PEAK levels.
Investor bullishness is back to 2007 PEAK levels.
Margin debt (money borrowed to buy stocks) is at 2007 PEAK levels.
Investor complacency is at a record LOW.

We have the very makings of a Crash.

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Warren

Is There Any Such Thing As a Zero Risk Investment? By Warren Elkin, Norhill Wealth Strategies

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we lived in a world where we could earn a high rate of return on an investment without accepting any risk? While we readily accept that most of us won’t be buying into that type of scenario, as we head closer to retirement age, we would like to have some of our retirement funds in zero risk investments.

What Constitutes a Zero-risk Investment?

A riskless investment is one in which the return on the investment is a known figure and the issuer of the investment is a highly trustworthy agency. Generally speaking, securities offered by the United States government such as Treasury Securities are considered riskless. Although the U.S. government could potentially default on payment, most experts agree that the country would be in dire straits should such a default ever actually occur.

Savings accounts and certificates of deposits, or CDs, at insured financial institutions are also types of zero-risk investments that people have found useful, especially when higher interest rates were available.

Why not choose solely no-risk investments?

A major drawback of zero-risk or low-risk investments is that their yield is extremely low in the present financial environment. People want their capital to earn money, preferably at rates that at least keep up with current inflation rates each year.

According to the U.S. Inflation Calculator, inflation rates in the United States from 2007 to 2013 ranged from a high of over 4% to a low of about .01%. Inflation rates will continue to fluctuate, so those investors who hold onto cash positions actually lose money each year as their purchasing power declines according to the rate of inflation.

While there is no way any financial adviser can guarantee you a high rate of return in exchange for little or no risk, we can advise you in making sound investment decisions where you trade risk for reward as best fits your position and financial requirements. Contact us or visit our website to learn more.

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Best Retirement Income Practices by Warren Elkin, Norhill Wealth Strategies

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Retirement Income Tax Tips. For many of our working years we concentrate on saving for retirement. When the time comes to actually retire, our concerns shift to how best to allocate the funds we worked so hard to save. Your withdrawal plan should be formulated around many factors, including the taxes you’ll need to pay. It’s impossible to get around paying taxes on retirement accounts that were funded with tax-deferred money. However, you can implement an advantageous withdrawal strategy that can provide some tax relief. Consider four retirement income tax tips.

  1. Start with tax-deferred accounts. You’ll pay taxes on 401 (k) and IRA account withdrawals since they were funded with money that is usually removed from your paycheck before income taxes are taken out. However, remember that you can count losses to these accounts, which can help offset the taxes on the withdrawals. Additionally, some of the investment growth will qualify for a lower long-term capital gains rate.
  2. Let tax-free accounts sit as long as possible. We call them tax-free, but in reality you paid taxes on the money before you deposited it. A Roth 401(k) is the most common type of account with this structure. Saving these accounts for last gives the balance more time to grow without the tax burden, giving your overall retirement balance some added cushion.
  3. Remember the government deadlines. Being overly conservative with your withdrawals may bite you in the long run. The federal government requires you to withdraw a minimum amount from 401(k)s and IRAs by the age of 70 1/2. A 50 percent tax awaits those who do not comply.
  4. Be ready to make changes. No two retirement strategies are the same, and the same person’s strategy may change over time. Many factors come into play, including legislation. Tax laws and rules governing retirement accounts change rapidly. Stay up-to-date and make needed adjustments.

Determining how to structure your retirement withdrawals is challenging. The amount of tax to be paid is just one variable to consider. Contact us for help developing a retirement strategy that fits your needs.

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Social Security, Medicare and Cobra by Warren Elkin, Norhill Wealth Strategies

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Lifetime Retirement Income Planning with Warren Elkin

Decide when to claim Social Security. Social Security statements became available online for the first time in 2012, and more than 1 million people have already downloaded them. Check your statement to make sure your earnings were accurately posted to your Social Security record, and make note of how much you will receive from Social Security at various dates. Most baby boomers can claim the full amount of Social Security they have earned beginning at age 66. Boomers who sign up before age 66 will get a reduced payout. Retirees can further boost their monthly payments by delaying claiming up until age 70. You don’t have to sign up for Social Security in the year you officially retire.

Sign up for Medicare on time. You can first sign up for Medicare beginning three months before the month you turn 65. This initial enrollment period lasts until three months after age 65. If you don’t sign up during this seven-month window around your 65th birthday, your monthly premiums will increase by 10 percent for each 12-month period you were eligible for, but did not enroll in, Medicare Part B. If you are covered by a group health plan based on your or your spouse’s current employment after age 65, you need to sign up within eight months of leaving the job or health plan to avoid the penalty. For people who retire before age 65, you need a plan to maintain health coverage until you become eligible for Medicare, such as through COBRA continuation coverage or a spouse’s health plan.

Make sure you are vested in your retirement benefits. While you always get to keep the money you contribute to your workplace retirement account, you don’t necessarily get to keep your employer’s contributions until you are vested in the retirement plan. Some retirement accounts don’t allow you to keep any employer contributions until you have been with the company for a specific number of years, while others allow you to keep a proportion of your benefit based on your years of service. Find out the date upon which you can keep all of your benefits, especially if you have only been with your current employer for a few years. In some cases, it can be worth it to stick around for a few extra weeks or months to get a bigger retirement payout.

Protect your savings. Shift your primary investment strategy from growth to protecting what you have.

Spend down your assets. Retirees need a plan for how they will convert their retirement savings into a stream of income that will pay their monthly bills. Factor in the income tax that will be due on traditional 401Ks and IRA withdrawals.

Don’t forget to take the required minimum distributions from your traditional 401K and IRA accounts. There is a stiff 50% penalty for failure to take distributions by 70 1/2.

Make sure you have all the facts necessary to make the right decision with your financial future by calling us today! We can help you with information regarding Annuity, Annuities, Fixed Annuity, Fixed Annuities, Variable Annuity,Variable Annuities, Immediate Annuity, Immediate Annuities, Income Annuity,Income Annuities, Deferred Annuity, Deferred Annuities, Index Annuity, Index Annuities, 401k Rollover, IRA Rollover, Retirement Income Planning, Immediate Fixed Annuity, Immediate Fixed Annuities, Annuities Calculator, Deferred Variable Annuity, Immediate variable Annuity, Immediate Income Annuity, Immediate Income Annuities, Deferred Variable Annuities, Best Fixed Annuities,
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Diversify Your Retirement Plan and Achieve Success

How do you define someone as having a successful life?  Better yet, how does one achieve a life of success? It’s a loaded question, I know.  However, with so many possible answers, there is a single theory at its very core…diversification.

Ultimately, a successful life can be achieved by financial stability and a comfortable home life, which leads into an enjoyable retirement.  To get here, one needs to have strategies in place that are creative enough to achieve whatever your definition of success may be.  The more diversified your funds and retirement plans are, the happier you will be in the long run. For example, a retiree is better having their money work for them in multiple, successful ways rather than putting their nest egg completely in one basket.  The potential for success is higher when multiple opportunities to reach this success are presented.

Often, my clients come to me with questions and concerns about the stock market thinking that this unpredictable platform is the only way to invest their money.  The truth is, there are a handful of valuable outlets and strategies you can use when preparing for your future.  In fact, financial expert Walter Updegrave stated in a CNN Money article that the addition of annuities in your financial plan “could provide lifetime income regardless of how your investments perform.”  What is a more successfully diverse plan than this? Don’t limit your money; spread it to various outlets where it can help increase your overall returns and lead you into a comfortable retirement.

Saving money and strategic planning is the key to a successful retirement, but you don’t have to do it alone.  Call today and ask about our one-on-one consultation! You can speak with me directly at 877-476-5051 or email me at warren@warrenelkin.com.

For more information go to www.warrenelkin.com and learn more about our unique process to make sure your financial decisions are made in your best interest.

Sources:

http://money.cnn.com/2013/03/15/pf/expert/retirement-savings.moneymag/index.html

http://www.ehow.com/about_5544897_retirement-planning-statistics.html

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Plan For Tax Season and Avoid The Mess

Tax season is upon us and I can already see the stress that is overcoming many of my clients.  With only a month left to get your taxes taken care of, I continue to hear all sorts of questions.  Will I receive the amount on my tax returns that I am anticipating?  What should I do with my refund?  What are stealth taxes?  These are important questions that come about every year during this season.  Just like retirement planning, it’s important to have a plan for your taxes and to make sure you’re asking the right questions.

Adam Spiegel, a Miami-based certified public accountant and partner with Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra summed tax planning up with a very simple acronym, PLAN.

P stands for ‘prepare your records ahead of time.’

L stands for ‘list your issues and questions.’

A stands for ‘analyze your financial statements for accuracy.’

N stands for ‘note the changes in laws during the year and discuss them with your tax advisor.’
As a Retirement Income Specialist, planning and preparation are at the root of all of my clients’ strategies.  In this field of work, the better prepared you are, the more educated your decisions can be about future finances and investments.  Before you begin completing your taxes, complete a consultation with me, Warren Elkin, and get your finances in line so you’re ready for your CPA.  Don’t be a victim to the mistakes that many people make during tax season; learn what questions to ask your CPA to cut your taxes now and avoid tax problems in your future.

Call today! Speak with me now at 877-476-5051 or email me directly at warren@warrenelkin.com.  For more information go to www.warrenelkin.com and learn more about our unique process to make sure your financial decisions are made in your best interest.

Have a great day,
Warren Elkin

Sources:
http://www.inc.com/guides/2010/06/tax-season-planning.html

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Low savings? No problem, retirement is still possible!

Will I ever have enough to retire? Will I outlive my savings? How can I catch up if I haven’t been saving? As a Financial Advisor, these are questions I often hear when meeting with new clients, and it is my job to help my clients plan and prepare for their future retirement.

In general, my clients usually fall into two major categories, early-bird planners or fashionably late planners.  One situation is not necessarily better than the other, there is just a different strategy depending on your financial situation.  When my clients come to me early in their career, it gives us more time to layout a long-term strategy of investing and saving for when retirement does come. But just because you don’t have a large savings built up does not mean you can’t enjoy retirement; it simply means you must plan differently.

Planning for retirement may seem like a daunting task that is far off in the distance, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. If you seem to be hitting roadblocks, give me a call and let’s make sure you have all the facts necessary to make the right decision with your financial future. Speak with us now at 877-476-5051 or email Warren at warren@warrenelkin.com.

Some professional guidance will help make sure you have all the facts necessary to make correct decisions when designing your specific retirement plan. For more information about our company visit www.warrenelkin.com and learn all about our unique processes that help make sure your financial decisions are made in your best interest.

Have a great day,
Warren Elkin

 

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Getting Ready is the Secret to Success

Henry Ford once said, “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.”  This is something that is most definitely relevant in the finance world today.  As a Retirement Income Specialist, I preach preparation.  The more you focus on situating your finances now, the better prepared for retirement you will be.  Retirement is designed to be a time in your life to relax, not a time to stress over your finances.

According to a 2012 report from the Center for Retirement Research, “at Social Security’s earliest retirement age of 62, only about 30 percent of households are prepared for retirement…By age 66, Social Security’s current Full Retirement Age, about 55 percent of house-holds are projected to be prepared for retirement (this figure includes the 30 percent already prepared by age 62).” Too often I run into clients who fall into this category, they are emotionally ready for retirement, however their finances are not in the same place. This is a significant part of planning for retirement as there are a variety of pitfalls to avoid and questions to ask before just waiting until you are the correct age and signing up. Planning early is key and that’s where I can help! Call me today at 877-476-5051.

Don’t be a statistic. It’s time you protect your money, receive a guaranteed income stream and retire with confidence.  The goal should be not to simply retire from something or some job, but to retire into a lifestyle that is pleasing to you!

If you have questions about your retirement call us today and make sure you have all the facts necessary to make the right decision with your financial future! Speak with us now at 877-476-5051, email Warren at warren@warrenelkin.com, or go to www.warrenelkin.com to learn more about Warren Elkin and his unique process to make sure your financial decisions are made in your best interest.

 

Have a great day,

Warren Elkin

 

Source:

Center for Retirement Research, Boston College. National Retirement Risk Index: How much longer do we need to work?  Retrieved from http://crr.bc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/IB_12-12-508.pdf

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Do you have all the pieces to retire?

The conversation about retirement brings a lot of different topics for discussion; it also brings about the controversy over many myths surrounding retirement planning.  It is not uncommon for me as a Retirement Income Specialist to see these financial “myths” scare retirees away or put off planning for their future.

I am here to tell you that while these myths make planning for retirement seem daunting, it is not as complex as it seems!  Having a well thought out financial plan will indeed make things less stressful and less confusing when retirement draws near.  There are a lot of pieces that go into planning for retirement and understanding each piece will help you put together the whole puzzle.  Annuities are often the most misunderstood and therefore overlooked piece, but they can play a vital role in your planning.  FoxBusiness.com illustrates this role perfectly when it makes the comparison that “annuities work exactly like a company pension or your Social Security benefits.” Take a look at annuities if you feel you’re missing that last piece of the retirement puzzle.

I have over three decades of experience working in the financial industry and would be delighted to guide you and clear up any misunderstandings about your retirement that you may have. If you are nearing or planning for retirement, don’t let the financial “myths” lead you astray.

If you have questions about your retirement call us today and make sure you have all the facts necessary to make the right decision with your financial future! Speak with us now at 877-476-5051, email Warren at warren@warrenelkin.com, or go to www.warrenelkin.com to learn more about Warren Elkin and his unique process to make sure your financial decisions are made in your best interest.

 

Have a great day,

Warren Elkin

 

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