Posts by Patrick Strubbe

Naming Guardians For Your Minor Children

One of the crucial decisions in life if you have minor children is to make arrangements for the guardian or guardians who will finish raising your children if you and your spouse should happen to die in a common accident or weather disaster. A will likely find that a lot of thought and planning have…

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Your Tax Return & Your Retirement

This years tax deadline is behind us. If you received a refund, what’s your plan? Some taxpayers choose to spend the entire check on clothing, shoes, and their appearance.  They never look into investing their money for their own personal future. In a sense, you may be temporarily happy about your purchases or your new…

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Taxes and Your Retirement Years

Taxes are on the minds of many as we just passed the 2019 tax deadline.   Unfortunately, many retirees every year fail to properly account for taxes when deciding things such as budgets, withdrawal rates, and whether or not they have the flexibility to make larger purchases. So, what are a variety of techniques that…

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Could Your Retirement Be Delayed?

Many people spend years dreaming about the day they will retire. They envision spending time in their vacation home’s with their family and friends at their sides. However, for some, this vision doesn’t become reality.  Instead, they spend their golden years working instead of at the golf course or having coffee with friends. If you…

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At 59 ½ – You Can Take Control!

Before you turn 60 years old, your 401k plan has a set up that you may want to take advantage of. In the past, there has been a lot of middle-aged taxpayers who were scared to open certain bank accounts. Nowadays, those thoughts of being financially taken advantage of are not what investors are thinking…

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Your Retirement Paycheck Matters

Retirement income is not a one size fits all calculation as wants and needs vary significantly from one person to the next. Several factors such as life expectancy inflation, and balances do play a huge part but considering your retirement expectations for the “golden years” will help in the planning process to make the most…

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How Does Your Retirement Income Compare?

With each passing year, more baby boomers are reaching retirement age. There is a lot of discussion surrounding the management of retirement savings and how to turn this money into an income stream. This conversation is becoming increasingly important as pensions are obsolete for many and the Medicare system is being squeezed for all it…

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Avoid Tax Season Scams

Tax season is once again in full swing. While many concerned taxpayers file tax returns to meet the required deadline, criminals work harder to cash in taking advantage of the hectic tax season. Tax fraud remains a growing concern nationally, and counterfeit scams cost millions of dollars. Individuals who take a proactive approach can deter…

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What is the Social Security 2100 Act?

Democratic Congressman John B. Larson introduced the Social Security 2100 Act on January 30, 2019. The proposed legislation seeks to raise payroll taxes to keep Social Security solvent and expand benefits. Payroll Tax Increases Some say that Social Security is in crisis. The program has had a deficit every year since 2010. If Congress does…

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Buying A Vacation Home In Retirement

If your retirement dream includes bouncing around between a beachfront condo in the winter and a mountain retreat in the summer, you are in good company. Perhaps you want to keep a small condo close to the kids while also maintaining a home in an area more conducive to how you plan to spend many…

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