Financial Living Blog

How to Calculate Your FERS Retirement Benefit

Aug 12, 2020 9:24:36 AM

By Kurt Mears, Advance Capital Management Financial Adviser

What every federal government employee knows is that one of your primary retirement income sources will be the FERS basic benefit. Along with Social Security, this pension-like system is a coveted form of guaranteed income. What you may not know is how exactly your FERS retirement benefit is calculated.

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IRAs for Self-Employed Workers

Aug 5, 2020 9:23:46 AM

A common perk of working for a company is a retirement plan. What about if you work for yourself? Will you have a harder time retiring when you decide to call it quits?

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Advance Capital Management Named a 2020 Financial Times Top 300 RIA

Jul 30, 2020 9:31:59 AM

We are pleased to announce Advance Capital Management has been named to the 2020 edition of the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers. The list recognizes top independent RIA firms from across the U.S.

This is the fourth year in a row that Advance Capital Management has been listed.

“We are again honored to be named a top financial adviser in the U.S. and especially proud to have done it for four consecutive years,” said Joe Theisen, chief executive officer of Advance Capital Management.

This is the seventh annual FT 300 list, produced independently by Ignites Research, a division of Money-Media, Inc., on behalf of the Financial Times. Ignites Research provides business intelligence on investment management.

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Forbes 2020 Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors

Jul 27, 2020 11:45:59 AM

We are pleased to announce two financial advisors – Ryan Sheffer and Terra Hohf – have been named to Forbes magazine’s 2020 Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors list.

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Should You Invest in Individual Stocks?

Jul 21, 2020 10:34:19 AM

One look at the stock market and you wouldn’t think we have experienced a global pandemic and record rise in unemployment. After the end of the second quarter, it was essentially flat for the year.

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7 Valuable Non-Financial Retirement Assets

Jul 14, 2020 8:38:43 AM

Retirement planning is all about numbers. It centers around one question: do my financial assets – pension, 401(k)s/IRAs, Social Security, property, sale of a business, etc. – provide enough income to fund my desired retirement lifestyle? At least, that is what most people think.

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Using Medicaid to Pay for Long-Term Care

Jul 8, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The purpose of retirement planning is to optimally use your assets to fund your retirement goals, but also cover all the needs that may arise as you age. One of those needs for a growing number of Americans is long-term care. More than half of those turning age 65 today will require some form of long-term care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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When a Roth Conversion Makes Sense

Jul 1, 2020 8:08:16 AM

A Roth IRA provides several advantages in retirement when you start to use your savings for income. Whether you should consider a Roth conversion depends on your current and expected future financial situation, but sometimes also the state of the market and the economy.

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Can You Think Your Way to Wealth?

Jun 22, 2020 3:30:21 PM

For an extraordinary high-achiever like NBA legend Michael Jordan, you could reasonably attribute his success to one of many things. His natural athleticism. His high basketball IQ. His shoes. But to His Airness himself, it was the result of a relentless mindset:

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Should You Accept an AT&T SIPP Offer?

Jun 16, 2020 8:37:59 AM

For many AT&T employees, the opportunity to retire comes earlier than planned. To restructure its workforce, AT&T will at times present retirement-eligible employees with a Supplemental Income Protection Plan (SIPP) offer. This provides a financial incentive to voluntarily leave the company, should you accept it. Typically, you only have a short window of time, around 7-14 days, to decide.

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