Preservation Specialists, LLC Blog

We help individuals and families work toward achieving their ideal retirements.

Will Retirement Be Better in the Future?

March 15, 2023

Retirement — like fads and fashion — changes with time. Those sprawling, cookie-cutter retirement communities in places like Florida that have been so popular for decades? Those are quickly falling…

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Stash That Cash (Anywhere But Your Mattress)

March 1, 2023

Have you heard the story about the contractor renovating a bathroom and finding more than $180,000 stashed in the walls?1 In times of economic uncertainty, people often rush to pull…

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Downsizing in Retirement

February 15, 2023

If you’ve tuned into HGTV or any home renovation show in the past few years, you’ve likely noticed a new trend — the tiny house. These architectural wonders take the…

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February Digital Newsletter

February 8, 2023

FROM THE FOUNDER Where Do We Go From Here? As we look at what is ahead for 2023, the biggest topic in economics these days always revolves around the ‘R’…

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Inflation, Interest Rates and the Economy

February 1, 2023

As inflation has soared to the highest levels in nearly four decades, the Federal Reserve has aggressively moved to try to cool an overheated economy. November of 2022 saw the…

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RMDs in 2022

October 14, 2022

In 2020, the Setting Every Community Up for Security Enhancement (SECURE) Act increased the age for required minimum distributions (RMDs) from 70½ to 72. The purpose of RMDs is to…

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Should Your Retirement Be Custom-Built?

July 30, 2022

Unbelievably, this year marks 25 years that I have been helping people plan for their retirement – most of that as a retirement financial advisor here in Columbia, SC. Over…

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The Nature of Risk

The Nature of Risk

June 7, 2022

When you invest money, you are putting it at risk — all investments can lose money. The key is to gauge your risk, and to not put more money at…

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The Financial Stress Toll (of Late)

May 31, 2022

In a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, more than 80% of American adults said they were feeling increased financial stress due to: Higher inflation (87%) Ongoing supply chain…

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Market Volatility: Taken in Perspective

May 24, 2022

Global turmoil and rising inflation have presented today’s investors with some pretty daunting risks. But remember, this is the situation for which you built a long-term asset allocation strategy. If…

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The War on Oil Prices

May 17, 2022

As with any major global conflict, we learn things. The pandemic taught the U.S. the importance of reshoring manufacturing jobs, so we aren’t beholden to other nations, like China, for…

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Worry during retirement

The Value of Multiple Retirement Streams

May 10, 2022

Retirement planning was historically a little easier. For instance, the average life expectancy in 1950 was 68 years old.  If you retired at age 62, your retirement plan might need…

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2022 Financial Outlook

Windfalls Imaginings

May 3, 2022

Have you ever thought about what you would do if a windfall dropped in your lap? It’s not that unusual. After all: The U.S. is experiencing the greatest wealth transfer…

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How the Russia-Ukraine Conflict Could Affect Americans

April 26, 2022

When Putin invaded Ukraine in late February 2022, President Biden announced sanctions targeting Russian banks, the country’s sovereign debt and Russian oligarchs, warning that Russia would pay an even steeper…

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Are We Back To Normal Yet?

April 20, 2022

It’s been two years since COVID-19 hit U.S. shores, but are we anywhere near pre-pandemic normal yet? It doesn’t look like it. The stock market, while volatile, recovered nicely from…

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