13
Aug

Back To School Financial Guide For 2019

Back To School Financial Guide For 2019

In a recent study conducted by the ‘National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights and Analytics’, it was found that the average American family will spend just south of $700 for back-to-school costs in 2019. Is your child soon to be a college student? The same survey reported you should be ready to spend a little less than $1,000 alone for start-up school supplies. While this cost seems large, it’s just a part of your financial portfolio. Back-to-school time is not only a great time to plan a scholastic budget, but also reviewing and reassessing your financial plan. Below is your Official 2019 Back-To-School Financial Guide to make sure your student, and your financial goals, stay on track:

Create a Baseline Report

How has your year progressed in terms of finances? Have you met or succeeded in your goals? Developing a spreadsheet and comparing where you were at the beginning of the year to where you are now can help you asses how aligned you are with your financial goals. Building this report toward the latter of the year will also give you time to adjust your plan (if needed), throughout the remainder of 2019.

Rethink Insurance Needs

Life happens, which is why insurance was invented. Whether you want to provide for your family in case of an emergency or someone forgets to turn off the stove…again; insurance of all sorts can help cushion the blows to your wallet and financial well-being. However, just as life is always changing, so too are your insurance needs and costs. Once a year, you should reevaluate your insurance needs and coverage for any change. While you may not be able to change health insurance in the middle of the year, items like car and home can be changed with a little research and not much effort.

Develop or Update Your Budget

Regardless if you are married, single, with or without dependents, it is crucial to create and maintain a workable budget. Life changes on a regular basis and your budget must coincide with your current income, needs wants, and goals. Back-to-school time is an ideal time to revisit your budget. It’s a relatively slow time on the tail end of summer travels and on the steps leading up to the holiday season. Budgets should be regularly checked throughout the year and especially after any life changes like marriage, death, education, etc. 

Plan Out Taxes for 2019

Now is the best time to make sure you are receiving the most tax breaks you can on income for 2019. Items like 401(k), charitable contributions, and retirement contributions are all fantastic ways to reduce your tax liability. Consider boosting certain contributions to reduce what you’ll pay in taxes. While ‘tax season’ is still months away, it’s important to start looking at your 2019 year from a financial perspective and start looking out other ways to save on taxes before years end. 

Back-to-school season signifies the approach of cooler weather, the quick onset of school costs, and the ultimate approach of years end. Make sure you have a great start to 2020 and finish off 2019 by utilizing this guide when looking at the remainder of your financial year. Although these are good recommendations to start with, you should connect with a financial professional to see where you are on your financial journey and how these tips could benefit you.

For those who are looking for financial advice, we realize the available options are many and deciding who to work with is a challenging problem. At Open Air Advisers, we know that it is your retirement, and you should have control over it. We offer our experience and knowledge to help you design a custom strategy for financial independence. Contact us today to schedule an introductory meeting!

Content derived from www.money.usnews.com and www.usatoday.com

Disclosure: This information is provided as general information and is not intended to be specific financial guidance. Before you make any decisions regarding your personal financial situation, you should consult a financial or tax professional to discuss your individual circumstances and objectives.

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9
Jul

Sizzlin’ Summer Series: PART 3

Sizzlin’ Summer Series: PART 3

What does Summer remind you of? Maybe it’s the feeling of jumping into a cool pool after a day in the summer heat; or maybe it’s the sound of the ice cream truck as you are bolting out the door with whatever change you could get your hands on. From lazy days in air conditioning to random road trips and more; summer is full of memories, and more importantly, choices.

In Part 3 and the final installation of ‘SIZZLIN SUMMER SERIES’, we will go into the top 3 financial choices you should research before making a decision:

  1. 401(K) and 401(k) Roth:

Up until recent, most companies would only offer a traditional 401(k) to employees; however, a Roth 401(k) has become a regular option as well. The difference comes down to one simple, yet complex word: taxes. In short, a traditional 401(k) is taxed when you pull the money out when you retire. Opposite of traditional; a Roth 401(k) is taxed now, so you don’t have to pay Uncle Sam when you retire. So which one is best? It all depends on your tax bracket and current tax rate. For instance, tax rates are the lowest they have ever been in the last 100 years, so it would make sense to rollover to a Roth 401(k).

Key Point: A 401(k) is a vital part to any retirement portfolio. When looking at the 2 types, consider your current tax bracket, how your income will change in the coming years, and tax rate predictions.

  1. Variable Annuity and Fixed Index Annuity:

In short, an annuity is a fixed sum of money paid to someone, typically for the rest of their life on a annual basis. While guaranteed income is a great addition to any retirement plan, its crucial to know the two types of annuities and how they differ. A Fixed Index Annuity (FIA) typically provides a set amount of money annually in exchange for a lump purchase payment. An FIA is the safest annuity type as it is offers no market downturn and a guaranteed rate of interest. On the contrary, a Variable Annuity provides irregular payments based on investment funds designed by the insurance company. In addition, directly correlates with the market, so any downside in the market will reflect in a loss in return.

Key Point: An FIA is the most commonly used Annuity type and offers guaranteed upside potential with no downside risk. A Variable Annuity has the opportunity to earn much more return in less time than an FIA, but usually carries an aggressive risk.

  1. Risk and Reward

Learning to ride a bike and creating an investment strategy have one key trait in common, balance. Where as a bike requires hand eye coordination and practice, a proper investment portfolio requires constant attention and updates. This is because life is always changing, from career change, to starting a family, to new bills and more, finances need to say in tune with your current needs, wants, and goals. While someone who is younger with a time horizon of 5+ years may choose a riskier portfolio, another, older couple may choose a safer portfolio with little to no downside risk.

Key Point: A successful investment strategy does not require a balance beam or seesaw to work properly. What it does require is consistent checks and adjustments to make sure your portfolio is in the best spot for your current goals and financial situation.

A financial plan has a lot of moving parts and just like a car, requires upkeep and maintenance to keep things rolling smoothly. Regardless of where you are on your financial journey, chat with a financial professional today to see how you can achieve your retirement goals.

 

Content derived from www.schwab.com,  www.investopedia.com, and www.businessinsider.com

Disclosure: This information is provided as general information and is not intended to be specific financial guidance. Before you make any decisions regarding your personal financial situation, you should consult a financial or tax professional to discuss your individual circumstances and objectives.

 

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7
Jun

Sizzlin’ Summer Series: PART 2

Sizzlin’ Summer Series: PART 2

The official start of Summer – June 21st – is right around the corner. As we cruise into part two or our Sizzlin’ Summer Series, we will make a splash with the best cities to retire in 2019.

Get your Hawaiian shirts on, coolers filled, and beach towels ready, because here come the Top 4 Places To retire!

  1. Independence, Kentucky

Ranked the 31st safest city in the U.S., Independence, Kentucky offers everything you can expect from a larger city, with a quaint feeling of an upscale suburban atmosphere. Beyond its centralized location between two large metropolitan areas, Independence offers a mild climate with extremes of 20’s and 80’s and a vast landscape of trees and greenery. Top it off with Kentucky’s retirement-friendly tax structure that does not tax Social Security benefits and has little to no tax impact on other retirement income sources, you can see why this was one of the top places to retire in 2019.

  1. Little Elm, Texas,

The first thing to note about Little Elm, Texas is there is nothing little about this city bustling with activities and sites to see.  This 22nd safest city in the nation – according to RetirementLiving.com, a retirement news source – surrounds 29,000 acres of the well-known Lewisville Lake and offers a lush landscape. For those who enjoy weather that never goes below freezing and sees the highest temperatures in the 90’s, Little Elm is a fantastic retirement option. Throw in no tax on social security, retirement income or state income tax, and things are looking even better. Did we mention the nationally ranked UT Southwestern Medical Center is minutes away in Dallas?

  1. Iowa City, Iowa

Coming in at the #1 on Milken Institutes list of best cities for successful aging, Iowa City, Iowa has a lot of offer exploring retirement options. Out of the total population of 158,370, roughly 11% make of the 65 and older demographic. This along with a low unemployment rate and strong small business growth make Iowa City a top choice when retiring in the U.S. Milken Institute also ranks Iowa City #1 in healthcare for small cities. Whether you want to be within walking distance to downtown or enjoy small town living, Iowa City is a great place to discover.

  1. Bethel Park, Pennsylvania

Coming in last but certainly not least, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania is positioned on the Blue and Red Lines of the Pittsburgh Port Authority; allowing easy access to South Park and Pittsburgh without the need to drive. In addition to having UPMC Hospital- ranked #11 in geriatric care in the U.S. – within easy access to the transit system, Bethel Park also offers retirees no Social Security Benefits tax and a few options for property tax rebates. And for those who like being minutes away from outdoor activities, Bethel Park contains a 2,013 acre section of South Park, bustling with community events, Golf, ice-rink, hiking trails, historic buildings and more.

Whether you are nearing retirement or still in the planning stages, there is a plethora of places in the United States that offer great opportunities when considering retirement. Next time we will take a dip into the final installment of our Summer Series! Tune in Next Month to see how we’re keeping your summer sizzlin’ and cool!

 

Content derived from www.retirementliving.com

Disclosure: This information is provided as general information and is not intended to be specific financial guidance. Before you make any decisions regarding your personal financial situation, you should consult a financial or tax professional to discuss your individual circumstances and objectives.

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