David Cechanowicz | March 31, 2019
he universe of potential Social Security retirement benefit claimants is divided into two groups that are separated by one date: January 2, 1954. All individuals who were born on or after that date are limited to one Social Security benefit claim when it comes time to file for benefits.
Married (or formerly married) workers born prior to that date have the potential ability to claim one Social Security benefit while allowing the second, the larger benefit, to grow by up to 32% before claiming it. The first benefit in question is called the spousal benefit and it has a special application for households with claimants born prior to January 2, 1954. Read more. Read More
David Cechanowicz | September 26, 2018
Last quarter, this newsletter focused on the Retirement Planning section of REDW Stanley’s Wealth Management map. We looked at the inter-relationships between various aspects of financial planning and how retirement planning can span decades and often dominate other planning goals.
At the bottom of the diagram are three additional sections we refer to as the lenses through which we view the decisions that are made in the main planning areas. Because we at REDW Stanley are fiduciaries, we must first act in our client’s best interest. Then we measure and account for the tax impact of planning decisions, and finally, we factor in how those decisions affect risk.
When risk is considered, the following are possible responses... Read more. Read More
David Cechanowicz | June 29, 2018
This month, we are focusing our attention on the Retirement Planning section of REDW Stanley's Universe of Financial Advice, Planning and Wealth Management map. We’re starting here because most of the planning advice we are asked to provide centers on retirement-related issues. Whether you are near or far from the subject, most people have long range goals that revolve around retirement. Read more. Read More
David Cechanowicz | January 3, 2018
One of the cornerstone principals of financial planning is the need to adequately evaluate risks to achieving long-term goals and objectives. Often times that process is referred to as risk management. At its core, the management of “life” risks is often divided into the following: dying too soon, becoming disabled, living too long, or not having enough assets. The foundational product that has been developed to meet the risk of dying too soon is life insurance. Read more. Read More
David Cechanowicz | October 13, 2017
If you only look at the headlines these days, you might be compelled to think that the best of all plans, financial and otherwise, is to dig a really big hole and hide.
Unfortunately, good planning requires that we look to the facts and avoid the noise. It’s a truism that “bad news sells newspapers.” However, in spite of the headlines, it is important for us to be making our financial and retirement decisions with data based on facts, and not the headline of the day. Take Social Security for example. Read more. Read More
David Cechanowicz | June 26, 2017
Recently, I read an article on retirement income planning that focused on the “best” combination of investments for a couple approaching retirement. The authors proposed that three hypothetical investors set out on their retirement journey with a healthy pot of money in the cookie jar and $24,000 of annual Social Security benefits as foundational income. The analysis then proceeded to look at three different ways to invest the nest egg to allow for the most flexibility in retirement.
I am quite sure that some investors are drawn to the mechanics of portfolio management and asset allocation while others are quite content to hire professionals to manage their accounts. But let’s compare this approach to retirement income planning with three different families that are about to go on an extended vacation, car and trailer included. Read more. Read More