Posts by Mark Henry

Managing Your Finances

We work with dozens of people to help them create retirement plans. But in order to get to a successful retirement, there are thousands of small decisions along the way. Like, should you drive through your local coffee place and grab a latte this morning? Go with the office gang for lunch at that little bistro across the street, which usually costs you around $15? Should you order pizza delivered for dinner tonight because you didn’t go to the grocery store yesterday? Grab that new shirt because it’s 50% off? Sticking to a budget is the beginning of mastering your
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Categories: Financial Ideas and Lifestyle.

5 Tips for Setting Better New Year’s Resolutions

If you typically give up on your goals by March, you’re not alone. Try these tips for 2019. Go ahead and set them again. Even if you’re one of the majority of people who have set New Year’s Resolutions in the past but gave up on them within a few weeks, try again. Because there is good news about setting goals, even if you haven’t quite mastered the follow-through. According to one study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, people who set New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to actually change their behavior than people who don’t
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Categories: Financial Planning and Lifestyle.

5 Things to Know About Long-Term Care

November is long-term care (LTC) awareness month. Here are five things you should know.   There are different types of facilities providing increasing levels of care.1 If you hear the words “long-term care” and automatically think “nursing home,” you should know that long-term care encompasses a wide range of options and a progression of choices. The most self-sufficient seniors might live in independent retirement living facilities, while assisted living often adds medication management, daily personal care, meals and housekeeping. Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) offer a tiered approach so that seniors can transition on site as they require more services.
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Categories: Long term care.

When should you begin collecting Social Security? It’s complicated.

The question of when to file for Social Security benefits might seem simple—until you get into your 60s and start learning about the dozens of ways to file, especially if you are married. The age consideration alone is your first big decision. You can file as early as age 62—for a reduced benefit of around 70% of what you will get if you wait until your full retirement age. (So how old is that, you might ask?) Full retirement age used to be 65, but now it’s 66 or 67, depending on your month and year of birth. If you
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Categories: Retirement and Social Security.

The 401(k) Rollover Process is Antiquated

Ever had to do a 401(k) rollover? Most of the time, you have to request a physical check by mail from your 401(k) provider, receive it in the mail, print out a form, fill it out, then mail that form with the check to the new provider. With, like, stamps and envelopes! Not only that, but the 401(k) provider usually requires verification from your old employer’s human resources department before you can do anything with your retirement nest egg. (And, let’s face it, that old HR department may or may not consider your request a high priority.) The sad state
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Categories: 401k Rollovers.

Top 5 Things Baby Boomers Should Know

The Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment) in 2019 will be 2.8%. This is the largest COLA increase from the Social Security Administration since 2012.1 Social Security benefits are often taxed. If you work and are at full retirement age or older, you can earn as much as you want and your benefits will not be reduced; however, you may have to pay taxes on them. If your annual combined income is from $32-$44,000 filing jointly, you may have to pay taxes on 50% of your benefits. If your income is more than $44,000 filing jointly, then you may
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Categories: Estate Planning, Medicare, Retirement, Social Security, and Tax Planning.

Estate Planning Basics

October is “Estate Planning Awareness Month.” Here are some basics about estate planning that everyone should know. Everyone should have a plan Even if you think “you’re not rich enough” to have an “estate,” unless you’re homeless or destitute you should have an estate plan in place. Estate plans provide for the people you leave behind when you pass away, and help ensure that your final wishes get carried out. The last thing you want is your family members fighting over dishes or fishing poles when you’re gone, or having to sell the family home or take other drastic measures
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Categories: Estate Planning and Financial Literacy.

Resist Tapping Into Your 401(k), Employer-Sponsored Plan If You Can

‘Leakage’ can erode assets and negatively impact your retirement wealth If you find it difficult to save or pay for big financial emergencies when they arise, tapping into a pot of money can be tempting – even if it’s your 401(k)-style employer-sponsored plan. But if you’re able to resist, rewards do come from the power of compounding. The problem, though, is that a small percentage of Americans take early withdrawals and withdrawals after age 59½ from their 401(k)s each year or cash out of their plan when they switch jobs. A large percentage – typically about 20% of plan participants
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Categories: Financial Ideas and Retirement.

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month

Risk Management Is About More Than Your Investments A lot of financial services professionals talk about “risk” when it comes to your stock market investments. But risk can encompass more than your investment risk tolerance. The broader definition of financial risk is the possibility of loss from any unexpected life event. For instance, what will happen to your family’s income if one spouse passes away, becomes disabled or unable to work, or needs long-term care? What happens to your kids’ education fund, or your retirement? Risk management in this case means shifting risk of financial loss from adverse events to
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Categories: Financial Literacy and Life Insurance.

The Message to Millennials Is Gaining Steam

As part of his ongoing campaign to teach millennials about the importance of saving even small amounts of money for their retirement over time, the New York Post picked up Mark Henry’s message in their August 18th article by Gregory Bresiger. As Social Security turned 83 on August 14th, many millennials are convinced they won’t collect a cent by the time they retire. Millennials — those born around the turn of the century — “face unique concerns for saving for retirement,” said Mark Henry, CEO of Alloy Wealth Management in Charlotte, NC. Assuming the worst, millennials should “start saving on
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Categories: Financial Planning and Retirement.