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Author: Jeff Diamond, AIF®

Inflation and Retirement: Better Preserve Your Purchasing Power Post-Retirement

Retirement planning often centers around accumulating enough assets to enjoy a comfortable and secure lifestyle. However, one critical factor that can erode the value of these carefully saved funds is inflation. Inflation, the rate at which the general level of prices for goods and services rises, erodes purchasing power over time. For retirees, who typically rely on a fixed income, the impact of inflation can be significant, making it essential to develop strategies to protect against this diminishment of purchasing power in their golden years. Below, we’ll discuss this challenge, as well as strategies you may use to better protect your financial security.

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Succession Planning: Preparing Your Business for Retirement Transition

Tips to Plan for the Continuity of Your Company After Your Retirement

You’ve invested years into your small business – maybe even a lifetime – and yet the time will come when you may consider retirement, whether from necessity or desire. Crafting a business succession plan now may help you prepare the company for a smooth transition to new management or ownership when the time comes. Succession planning can also help you prepare for unforeseen circumstances, so developing a clear succession strategy may be an important step in keeping the business you’ve built thriving for years to come. Below, we’ll discuss some common key elements of succession planning that you might consider as you think about the future.

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Starting Your Year Clear: Consider a New Approach to Achieving Your Retirement Goals

Does Your Current Approach to Financial Planning Match Your Aspirations?

While it’s always smart to be thinking ahead about your retirement goals, the beginning of a new year offers an opportune time. This is because many of us are feeling motivated about the fresh start and potential opportunity a new year brings. So, as you consider your retirement goals and plans, ask yourself whether your current approach aligns with your aspirations. In this article, we’ll share helpful perspectives and strategic considerations that can help you gain clarity and purpose for your retirement strategy so that you can achieve more toward your goals this year.

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Wealth-Building Habits to Start the New Year Strong

Help Secure Your Financial Future and Find Peace of Mind

Building wealth is a goal for many – and one that you may be considering as the New Year dawns. In the vast majority of cases, it doesn’t happen overnight. You might think that you need an above-average income or a significant inheritance to build wealth, but in reality, the process starts with small but meaningful wealth-building habits. It takes discipline and patience to build your wealth, but the sooner you start, the sooner you can reap the benefits. With the wealth-building habits discussed below, you can find yourself on the way to greater possible financial freedom.

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Four Financial Strategies for Empty Nesters

Plan for the Next Chapter with Practical Money Moves

You’ve successfully launched your adult kids out into the world – congratulations! This can be a time of mixed emotions – pride and excitement on one hand, and feelings of sadness on the other – but it’s also important to consider your financial plan for this new phase. What should your priorities be? What are your financial goals for this phase of life and how will you reach them? In the article below, we share practical empty-nester financial strategies that can help you navigate this transition and continue moving forward to clarify and accomplish your financial aspirations.

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Year-End Charitable Giving: 5 Strategies to Know

Support Your Favorite Charities While Potentially Reaping Tax Benefits

Taxes are an unfortunate fact of life. However, if you develop a strategy to reduce your total taxable income, you may see a marked decrease in the amount you owe each year – which can be a welcome outcome as we approach the holiday season and begin spending more on gifts, travel, and entertaining. If you’re hoping to reduce your taxable income this year, you might be happy to hear that you can enjoy possible tax benefits while also making a positive difference in other people’s lives. To do so, you need to select the right year-end charitable giving strategy. Read on for five such strategies that may fit your needs, both from a philanthropic standpoint and as smart tax planning.

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Investor Tips: 9 Strategies that May Strengthen Your Investment Portfolio

These Methods May Help You Find Greater Investing Success

From a distance, the stock market can appear a bit unruly, intimidating beginner and veteran investors alike at times. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to navigate more successfully. When you make thoughtful investment decisions and rely on sound investor tips, you may find long-term success. In this article, we’ll discuss nine tactics you may consider taking advantage of right now. These strategies were developed with a long-term view in mind. They have been helpful to many past investors, and we believe they may be relevant for the current investing landscape, too.

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Advanced Estate Planning Tools for High-Net-Worth Individuals

Strategies to Consider for Helping Secure Your Wealth and Preserving Your Legacy

Estate planning is a critical aspect of financial management for anyone who is looking to further protect their wealth and ensure their wishes are honored after death. However, the planning process becomes even more intricate for high-net-worth individuals with significant assets to plan for. Because these individuals have accumulated substantial wealth over their lifetimes, they may need advanced estate planning tools to ensure a smooth transition of their assets to the next generation while also minimizing tax liabilities and maintaining financial security.

If you’ve accumulated significant wealth and are in the process of planning your estate, below are several advanced estate planning tools tailored to the unique needs of high-net-worth individuals that may be beneficial to your planning.

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4 Steps That May Improve Your Retirement Readiness

Guidance to Strengthen Your Preparations for the Future

Planning for retirement requires meticulous preparation, foresight regarding your finances, and a proactive mindset. Regardless of whether you’re at the beginning of your professional journey or nearing retirement age, it is helpful to take measures that bolster your retirement readiness right now. Through prudent decision-making and the implementation of effective strategies, you may pave the way for retirement years that are filled with greater enjoyment, reduced stress, and enhanced financial security. As you plan for retirement, these four steps may help improve your readiness and steer you toward a successful retirement journey.

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High-Net-Worth Estate Planning: Tax-Efficient Tips

Tax-Savvy Moves to Protect Your Legacy

Estate planning is a critical aspect of financial management, especially if you are a high-net-worth individual. To optimize your financial legacy while complying with legal requirements, it is essential to consider tax-efficient strategies. By implementing effective high-net-worth estate planning techniques, you may minimize tax liabilities and ensure a smooth transition of wealth to future generations. Below, we will explore a comprehensive range of tips for tax-efficient estate planning that may help you maximize the preservation and distribution of your assets.

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