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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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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