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Fresno Retirement Planning Update: How Can I Put My Inflation Stress In Check?

By Soutas Financial | September 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Fresno Retirement Planning Update: How Can I Put My Inflation Stress In Check?
Fresno Retirement Planning Update: How Can I Put My Inflation Stress In Check?

Historically, inflation has been highly correlated with unemployment levels. When more people were out of a job, inflation was lower. As more people got jobs, inflation increased. From an economic point of view, this makes sense. Jobs increase income, which increases spending, which increases demand — supplies drop and prices rise. The opposite is true when fewer people hold jobs.1

That’s one thing that makes economic policy so difficult to set. It requires a careful balance of cause and effect, keeping in mind that what’s good for some portions of the population is bad for others. During periods of rising inflation, it’s important to monitor how it might affect us personally, from buying household goods to managing a portfolio. While economists are keeping an eye on the direction and momentum of rising inflation now, you may want to consider adding inflation-protection measures to your investment portfolio at some point. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about allocations to treasury inflation-protected securities (known as TIPS), real-estate investment trusts or commodities to help hedge the effect of rising inflation.2

In April, the inflation rate grew to 4.2%, which drove speculation that the Federal Reserve might reconsider its current stance on interest rates and monetary policy. The consumer price index (CPI) rose significantly for used cars and trucks, food, housing, airline fares, recreation, motor vehicle insurance, household furnishings and operations.

Currently, the federal funds target rate (which serves as the benchmark for bank interest rates) ranges from 0 to 0.25%. Previously, the Fed indicated that it expects to maintain a near-zero interest rate through 2023. The central bank targets an average inflation rate of 2 percent throughout time, so it appears not particularly concerned with the recent spike. In recent comments, Fed chairman Jerome Powell noted that the committee was monitoring “a broad range of financial conditions,” rather than focusing on addressing just one.3

Besides, Fed officials expected inflation to increase as the U.S. economy reopened. The surge in prices is expected to be temporary, as it is simply a matter of a supply crunch after months of pent-up demand. It’s normal that prices for hotel rooms, rental cars, used vehicles, sporting events and restaurants will go back to their pre-pandemic levels. Once jobs, consumerism and inflation reach a level of normalization, the Fed will consider whether it needs to raise the target federal funds rate.4

In terms of the investment market response, CNBC’s Jim Cramer observed that people expected high inflation due to stimulus and jobs numbers. As a result, when the numbers were announced the market didn’t panic – thus far it has taken the high inflation number in stride. Cramer went on to note that raising interest rates won’t solve all the problems that occurred last year. In many cases, only time can resolve them.5

Likewise, time may resolve the current labor shortage, as restaurants and hotels struggle to find enough workers to fill open jobs. Additionally, the current strong economy could solve for the national minimum wage debate without the need to pass new legislation. For example, retailers Amazon, Costco and Target have all voluntarily increased wages to $15/hr or more to meet demand. This strategy follows the traditional economic principle of supply and demand, in which the only way to stay competitive in the labor market is to increase wages. After all, workers have to keep up with the rising costs of housing, childcare, food and transportation.

Speaking of childcare, after decades of working mothers in the labor market, it will be interesting to see if the rising economy also can address the problem of childcare. During the pandemic, more women than men left their jobs to stay home with children sidelined from schools and childcare centers. This phenomenon may continue until employers — or legislators — come up with a solution. It will be difficult for the American economy to advance while there are millions of unemployed women staying home because of trouble securing child care.

The pandemic also convinced twice the number of Baby Boomers to retire than the previous year. Raising wages and providing more childcare resources, paid parental leave and paid vacation time may be the only way to woo more people back into the labor force.6

Fresno Financial Consultant Takeaways 

When it comes to Fresno retirement planning Soutas Financial puts your future 1st.Jobs increase income, which increases spending, which increases demand — supplies drop and prices rise. The opposite is true when fewer people hold jobs.1While economists are keeping an eye on the direction and momentum of rising inflation now, you may want to consider adding inflation-protection measures to your investment portfolio at some point. Speaking of childcare, after decades of working mothers in the labor market, it will be interesting to see if the rising economy also can address the problem of childcare.

Diversifying your retirement assets among a variety of vehicles and alternatives—both insurance and investment oriented, depending on what is appropriate for your situation—may offer you a better chance of meeting your retirement income goals throughout your lifespan. We help our clients with problems sometimes associated with retirement such as stopping spend down and avoiding probate. In doing so we leverage strategic wealth management as well as retirement annuity designed to help accomplish those goals.

Are you trying to find an investment advisor? Look no further than Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. your Fresno financial planner is committed to helping take the complexity out of retirement planning. By using a variety of insurance and investment strategies that focus on Asset Protection, Long-Term Care Strategies, Legacy Planning, Tax-Efficient Strategies IRA, 401(k) & 403(b) Rollovers, Life Insurance, Annuities, Medicare, we can help you develop an overall retirement income strategy specific to you and your family. We have a strong team of professionals helping ensure you receive all the assistance you need not only in developing your retirement income strategy, but in maintaining it throughout your retirement. Contact us today at 559-230-1648 or visit us today at Soutas Financial to get your retirement plans on track for success!

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333 W. Shaw Avenue Suite 106
Fresno, CA 93704 
(559) 230-1648 
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Content prepared by Kara Stefan Communications.

1 Greg Depersio. Investopedia. Aug. 22, 2020. “What happens when inflation and unemployment are positively correlated?” https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/040715/what-happens-when-inflation-and-unemployment-are-positively-correlated.asp. Accessed June 11, 2021.

2 Greg Iacurci. CNBC. June 8, 2021. “Gold as an inflation hedge? History suggests otherwise.” https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/08/gold-as-an-inflation-hedge-history-suggests-otherwise.html. Accessed June 11, 2021.

3 Knowledge@Wharton. June 1, 2021. “Inflation: What Lies Ahead?” https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/inflation-what-lies-ahead/. Accessed June 12, 2021.

4 Patti Domm. CNBC. June 11, 2021. “Inflation is hotter than expected, but it looks temporary and likely won’t affect Fed policy yet.” https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/10/inflation-hotter-than-expected-but-transitory-wont-affect-fed-policy.html. Accessed June 11, 2021.

5 Tyler Clifford. CNBC. June 10, 2021. “Jim Cramer reacts to red-hot inflation number: ‘The market took it in stride’.” https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/06/10/jim-cramer-reacts-to-inflation-report-the-market-took-it-in-stride.html. Accessed June 11, 2021.

6 Sarah Hansen. Forbes. May 15, 2021. “Could Covid-19 Worker Shortages Create A $15 Minimum Wage—Even Without A New Law?” https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahhansen/2021/05/15/could-covid-19-worker-shortages-create-a-15-minimum-wage-even-without-a-new-law/?sh=1ae0db234929. Accessed June 11, 2021.

We are an independent firm helping individuals create retirement strategies using a variety of insurance and investment products to custom suit their needs and objectives. Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. California Insurance License # OK48173 This material is intended to provide general information to help you understand basic financial planning strategies and should not be construed as financial or investment advice. All investments are subject to risk including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in periods of declining values.

The information contained in this material is believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed; it is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions. If you are unable to access any of the news articles and sources through the links provided in this text, please contact us to request a copy of the desired reference.

1028383 – 9/21

Fresno Retirement Consultant Update: What Is In Store For the Job Market?

By Soutas Financial | September 13, 2021 | Comments Off on Fresno Retirement Consultant Update: What Is In Store For the Job Market?
Fresno Retirement Consultant Update: What Is In Store For the Job Market?

Jobs data can be confusing. For example, the New York Federal Reserve reported in May that among businesses active before the pandemic, 35% remain closed, only 3% of service businesses still closed were likely to reopen, and only 4% of workers will be rehired by currently closed small businesses.1

One industry that has experienced the brunt end of the pandemic is food and beverage. Close to half of all restaurant workers were laid off in spring 2020, and the industry remains down 1.8 million jobs from pre-lockdown numbers.2

On the flip side, resort communities and amusement parks say they can’t find enough job applicants to fill summer positions. That’s particularly detrimental now that people are beginning to travel more, at least domestically. Places like Martha’s Vineyard usually hire labor on temporary visas this time of year, but given how poorly the rest of the world is coping with the pandemic, it’s been difficult to recruit from abroad.3

Job numbers are a leading indicator for the economy. Growing consumer demand creates jobs, and more people working generates even higher consumer demand – and a larger tax pool. The job market is expected to continue growing – barring any setbacks by a vaccine-resistant strain of the coronavirus – which should continue to drive the U.S. economic recovery. If you were affected by the virus, perhaps even benefitting by saving more money, we can help shore up your household finances with versatile insurance products offering both protection and income for emergencies and retirement. Contact us to learn more.

While the struggle remains for many small businesses, overall U.S. data continues to build in a positive direction. In May, the U.S. added 559,000 jobs –many going directly to severely affected industries. For example, food and beverage hired 186,000 more workers, the hospitality industry (composed of amusement parks, gambling and recreation) hired 58,000, and hotels picked up 35,000 jobs. With students resuming in-person classes around the country, state and local schools added 103,000 more jobs and private schools brought on 41,000. The health care sector increased by 46,000 jobs while manufacturing, transportation and warehousing sectors grew by 46,000 positions.4

However, the labor story has been quite different with white-collar jobs. Many companies were able to continue operations and full employment during the pandemic by shifting employees to remote work. Now, on the recovery side of the pandemic, many of those businesses are rethinking their traditional staffing model.

A recent poll by consulting firm West Monroe revealed a new hybrid trend that blends both home and onsite work. About half of executives surveyed said they expected to deploy their hybrid plans by the end of the summer.5 Note that remote work doesn’t just benefit employees – it also offers businesses the opportunity to recruit talent from anywhere in the world as opposed to just the local labor pool.

Fresno Retirement Consultant Takeaways 

Fresno portfolio advisor– Soutas Financial appreciated these points: The New York Federal Reserve reported in May that among businesses active before the pandemic, 35% remain closed, only 3% of service businesses still closed were likely to reopen, and only 4% of workers will be rehired by currently closed small businesses.1Job numbers are a leading indicator for the economy. Growing consumer demand creates jobs, and more people working generates even higher consumer demand – and a larger tax pool.

Diversifying your retirement assets among a variety of vehicles and alternatives—both insurance and investment oriented, depending on what is appropriate for your situation—may offer you a better chance of meeting your retirement income goals throughout your lifespan. We help our clients with problems sometimes associated with retirement such as stopping spend down and avoiding probate. In doing so we leverage strategic wealth management as well as retirement annuity designed to help accomplish those goals.

When searching for Fresno financial advisors, look no further than Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. your Fresno financial advisor variety of insurance and investment strategies that focus on Asset Protection, Long-Term Care Strategies, Legacy Planning, Tax Efficient Strategies IRA, 401(k) & 403(b) Rollovers Life Insurance Annuities Medicare, we can help you develop an overall retirement income strategy specific to you and your family. We have a strong team of professionals helping ensure you receive all the assistance you need not only in developing your retirement income strategy, but in maintaining it throughout your retirement. Contact us today at 559-230-1648 or visit us today at Soutas Financial your top financial advisors in Fresno, Ca., to get your retirement plans on track for success!

Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. California Insurance License # OK48173

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Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. 
333 W. Shaw Avenue Suite 106
Fresno, CA 93704 
(559) 230-1648 
Soutas.com 

Content prepared by Kara Stefan Communications.

1 Juliana Kaplan. Business Insider. May 5, 2021. “Only 4% of laid-off service workers will get their old jobs back, study finds.” https://www.businessinsider.com/laid-off-service-workers-only-4-percent-old-jobs-back-2021-5. Accessed June 4, 2021.

2 Sarah Ewall-Wice. CBS News. May 5, 2021. “Biden touts direct relief for businesses with Restaurant Revitalization Fund.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/joe-biden-restaurant-revitalization-fund/. Accessed June 4, 2021.

3 Megan Cerullo. CBS News. May 5, 2021. “Resorts and theme parks face worker shortage as they open for summer.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/seasonal-resorts-face-summer-worker-shortages/. Accessed June 4, 2021.

4 Eli Rosenberg. The Washington Post. June 4, 2021. “U.S. economy adds 559,000 jobs in May, as the recovery shows signs of strength.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/06/04/jobs-report-may-unemployment-shortage/. Accessed June 4, 2021.

5 Kathryn Moody. HR Dive. April 21, 2021. “1 in 5 employers already have implemented hybrid work, poll says.” https://www.hrdive.com/news/1-in-5-employers-already-have-implemented-hybrid-work-poll-says/598781/. Accessed June 4, 2021.

We are an independent firm helping individuals create retirement strategies using a variety of insurance and investment products to custom suit their needs and objectives. Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. California Insurance License # OK48173. This material is intended to provide general information to help you understand basic financial planning strategies and should not be construed as financial or investment advice. All investments are subject to risk including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in periods of declining values.

The information contained in this material is believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed; it is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions. If you are unable to access any of the news articles and sources through the links provided in this text, please contact us to request a copy of the desired reference.

1028383 – 9/21

Fresno Retirement Consultant News: When Is the Best Time to Withdrawal My Retirement Funds?

By Soutas Financial | September 10, 2021 | Comments Off on Fresno Retirement Consultant News: When Is the Best Time to Withdrawal My Retirement Funds?
Fresno Retirement Consultant News: When Is the Best Time to Withdrawal My Retirement Funds?

As hard as retirement saving and investing may seem, that’s the easy part. The real challenge is figuring out how to make your accumulated savings last throughout your and your spouse’s retirements. You need a strategy, and it’s best to have that strategy developed before retirement begins.

Because life expectancy is longer these days, many retirees need to maintain a growth component in their investment portfolio during retirement. That adds an extra challenge to your distribution strategy. The goals for drawing down funds include minimizing market risk to an equity allocation, coping with variable income that may be impacted by market returns, minimizing taxes, and supporting an increase in income needs associated with late-stage medical and long term care. It’s important to understand how these goals and needs interact to customize a retirement distribution strategy, and we can help you with that. Contact us to learn more.

Given that an investment portfolio may need to keep growing even after you retire, it’s important to consider “sequence of returns” risk. This basically means that if you retire around the time of a significant market decline, you can greatly deplete the principal from which you draw retirement income throughout the long term, subsequently having to reduce your retirement lifestyle or risk running out of money. To combat this risk, retirees should remain flexible. For example, continue to work past your planned retirement date if the market has a setback, or even re-enter the workforce post-retirement to help supplement your income and give investments time recover.1

Once you retire, you can set up a systematic withdrawal plan if you need to supplement your regular household income. If your retirement plan indicates you’ll need more money at different stages, consider the bucket strategy, wherein you allocate certain investments (“buckets”) for different stages so you have new assets to tap as you age. This strategy may also enable you to retain a more aggressive equity allocation in buckets you plan to tap later.2

To help minimize taxes in a retirement portfolio, alternatives could be to first withdraw from taxable assets (e.g., brokerage account), then tax-deferred plans (e.g., 401(k) and traditional IRA) and finally tax-free assets (e.g., Roth IRA). This approach gives your tax-advantaged accounts more time to grow tax-deferred. By planning to tap tax-free assets last, there’s a better chance of leaving tax-free income for your heirs.

However, it’s important to tailor your draw-down strategy for your personal circumstances, taking into account your retirement tax bracket. For example, a moderate-income household with multiple account types may want to draw a combination of tax-free, taxable and tax-deferred assets from the beginning to stay within a lower marginal tax bracket.3

It’s also important to consider the best time to start receiving Social Security benefits. Here, too, conventional wisdom recommends delaying as long as possible; preferably to age 70 for maximum accrual. Wayne Pfau, co-director of the New York Life Center for Retirement Income, would like to see the Social Security Administration extend the age to which additional delayed retirement credits (8% a year starting at full retirement age) accrue on benefits until age 72. This would be an effective way to encourage people to work longer and reward them for doing so. Even if they don’t work longer, investors can draw down income from their taxable accounts to reduce the value of their employer accounts and IRAs. Then, when they do begin drawing their larger Social Security benefit for life, they also benefit from lower required minimum distributions (RMD) to help them stay in a lower income tax bracket.4

The key is to customize a retirement distribution strategy for each household’s situation, taking into consideration factors such as health and life expectancy (of both spouses), retirement income needs, where assets are invested, tax bracket management and what assets are best positioned for an inheritance.

Fresno Financial Planner Takeaways 

Fresno financial planning is our utmost concern here at Soutas Financial and we thought these takeaways were worth mentioning again:The real challenge is figuring out how to make your accumulated savings last throughout your and your spouse’s retirements. You need a strategy, and it’s best to have that strategy developed before retirement begins.The goals for drawing down funds include minimizing market risk to an equity allocation, coping with variable income that may be impacted by market returns, minimizing taxes, and supporting an increase in income needs associated with late-stage medical and long term care. It’s also important to consider the best time to start receiving Social Security benefits.

Diversifying your retirement assets among a variety of vehicles and alternatives—both insurance and investment oriented, depending on what is appropriate for your situation—may offer you a better chance of meeting your retirement income goals throughout your lifespan. We help our clients with problems sometimes associated with retirement such as stopping spend down and avoiding probate. In doing so we leverage Medicare long term care as well as risk management designed to help accomplish those goals.

When searching for Fresno financial advisors, look no further than Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. your Fresno retirement plan consultant is committed to helping take the complexity out of retirement planning. By using a variety of insurance and investment strategies that focus on Asset Protection, Long-Term Care Strategies, Legacy Planning Tax-Efficient Strategies, IRA, 401(k) & 403(b) Rollovers, Life Insurance, Annuities, Medicare, we can help you develop an overall retirement income strategy specific to you and your family. We have a strong team of professionals helping ensure you receive all the assistance you need not only in developing your retirement income strategy, but in maintaining it throughout your retirement. Contact us today at 559-230-1648 or visit us today at Soutas Financial to get your retirement plans on track for success!

Other Fresno Financial Advisor Articles 

Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. 
333 W. Shaw Avenue Suite 106
Fresno, CA 93704 
(559) 230-1648 
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Content prepared by Kara Stefan Communications.

1 BlackRock. 2021. “Will my income last a lifetime?” https://www.blackrock.com/us/individual/insights/retirement-income. Accessed June 4, 2021.

2 Curtis V. Cloke. Retirement InSight and Trends. May 4, 2021. “Advanced Annuity and Tax Strategies for Retirement Income.” https://www.retirement-insight.com/advanced-annuity-and-tax-strategies-for-retirement-income/. Accessed June 4, 2021.

3 T. Rowe Price. February 2021. “How to Get More Out of Your Retirement Account Withdrawals.” https://www.troweprice.com/content/dam/iinvestor/resources/insights/pdfs/how-to-get-more-out-your-retirement-account-withdrawals.pdf. Accessed June 4, 2021.

4 Ginger Szala. ThinkAdvisor. May 6, 2021. “Wade Pfau Makes Case for Raising Top Social Security Claiming Age to 72.” https://www.thinkadvisor.com/2021/05/06/wade-pfau-makes-case-for-raising-top-social-security-claiming-age-to-72/. Accessed July 7, 2021.

Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. is an independent financial services firm that utilizes a variety of investment and insurance products. Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. California Insurance License # OK48173 AE

This material is intended to provide general information to help you understand basic financial planning strategies and should not be construed as financial or investment advice. All investments are subject to risk including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in periods of declining values.

The information contained in this material is believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed; it is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions. If you are unable to access any of the news articles and sources through the links provided in this text, please contact us to request a copy of the desired reference.

Information regarding the RIA offering the investment advisory services can be found at https://brokercheck.finra.org/.

1028383 – 9/21

Fresno Financial Consultant Update: How Can I Catch Up on My Retirement Savings?

By Soutas Financial | August 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Fresno Financial Consultant Update: How Can I Catch Up on My Retirement Savings?
Fresno Financial Consultant Update: How Can I Catch Up on My Retirement Savings?

If you find yourself getting closer to the date you pictured retiring but you haven’t been able to save anything toward that goal, then you’re not alone. It’s actually a fairly common situation, financial advisors say.

“I think people just don’t want to talk about it because it’s almost taboo,” says Cory Phillips, a financial advisor at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh, who helps clients prepare for and live in retirement. For people in their 50s, the average retirement account has $160,000, according to Fidelity. But one out of every four adults has no retirement savings at all.

Start saving and harness compound interest

If you have about a decade to go until retirement, there’s still plenty of time for your money to grow in a retirement account like an IRA or an employer-sponsored plan such as a 401(k) or 403(b). When invested in stocks and bonds, your money has the potential to double in as little as seven to 10 years, according to experts, so put as much into those accounts as you can afford to as soon as possible.

You can put up to $19,500 into your 401(k) in 2021, and if you’re 50 and older you can take advantage of catch-up contributions, which allow you to stash an additional $6,500 in your 401(k) account this year. The contribution limit for an IRA stands at $6,000 for 2021, plus an extra $1,000 for those age 50 and above.

Take Your Deductions

It’s important to note that standard deductions aren’t for everyone. In fact, if you have a large amount of mortgage interest, deductible taxes, business-related expenses that weren’t reimbursed by your company, and/or charitable donations, it probably makes sense to itemize your deductions.

Sit down with a CPA and go over your personal situation to determine whether it makes sense to itemize. Then get in the habit of saving receipts and keeping good records. Remember, in the end, it’s not always what you make, but what you save that counts—particularly as you get closer to retirement.

Try to delay collecting Social Security

One of the best and simplest ways to increase your income in retirement is to delay collecting Social Security. To do this, consider continuing to work part-time to cover expenses up until a later age. It can be difficult to remain in the workforce as you age, but Parrish recommends you attempt if at all possible, “because that’ll yield more than just saving some more money,” he says.

Get Disability Coverage

Don’t forget to either obtain disability coverage or make certain that your job offers some sort of group disability benefit. The idea behind obtaining such coverage is simple: to protect yourself and at least a portion of your income and nest egg just in case the worst should happen.

Fresno Financial Consultant Takeaways 

Fresno portfolio advisor– Soutas Financial appreciated these points:If you have about a decade to go until retirement, there’s still plenty of time for your money to grow in a retirement account like an IRA or an employer-sponsored plan such as a 401(k) or 403(b). In fact, if you have a large amount of mortgage interest, deductible taxes, business-related expenses that weren’t reimbursed by your company, and/or charitable donations, it probably makes sense to itemize your deductions. Consider continuing to work part-time to cover expenses up until a later age.Don’t forget to either obtain disability coverage or make certain that your job offers some sort of group disability benefit.

Diversifying your retirement assets among a variety of vehicles and alternatives—both insurance and investment oriented, depending on what is appropriate for your situation—may offer you a better chance of meeting your retirement income goals throughout your lifespan. We help our clients with problems sometimes associated with retirement such as stopping spend down and avoiding probate. In doing so we leverage Medicare long term care as well as risk management designed to help accomplish those goals.

When searching for Fresno financial advisors, look no further than Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. your Fresno financial planning consultant is committed to helping take the complexity out of retirement planning. By using a variety of insurance and investment strategies that focus on Asset Protection, Long-Term Care Strategies, Legacy Planning, Tax-Efficient, Strategies IRA, 401(k) & 403(b) Rollovers, Life Insurance, Annuities, Medicare, we can help you develop an overall retirement income strategy specific to you and your family. We have a strong team of professionals helping ensure you receive all the assistance you need not only in developing your retirement income strategy, but in maintaining it throughout your retirement. Contact us today at 559-230-1648 or visit us today at Soutas Financial to get your retirement plans on track for success!

We are an independent firm helping individuals create retirement strategies using a variety of insurance products to custom suit their needs and objectives. Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. California Insurance License # OK48173

This material is intended to provide general information to help you understand basic retirement income strategies and should not be construed as financial advice.

The information contained in this material is believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed; it is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions. If you are unable to access any of the news articles and sources through the links provided in this text, please contact us to request a copy of the desired reference.

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333 W. Shaw Avenue Suite 106
Fresno, CA 93704 
(559) 230-1648 
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Our firm is not affiliated with the U.S. government or any governmental agency. Individuals are encouraged to consult with a qualified professional before taking any withdrawals from their retirement assets or insurance policies.

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Fresno Financial Consultant News: Can Working Past 65 Affect Your Medicare Premiums?

By Soutas Financial | August 27, 2021 | Comments Off on Fresno Financial Consultant News: Can Working Past 65 Affect Your Medicare Premiums?
Fresno Financial Consultant News: Can Working Past 65 Affect Your Medicare Premiums?

More than half of Americans age 40 and up expect to continue doing paid work after retirement, according to TD Ameritrade. This includes 86% of people in their 50s, while a remarkable 92% of people in their 40s expect to keep working after dialing back their main career. If you plan to work into your retirement years, financial advisors say there are a few factors to keep in mind.

Hold off Drawing Social Security

Drawing Social Security earlier than full retirement age (that’s 67 years old for people born in or after 1960) reduces your monthly payment, so conventional wisdom says you should wait until full retirement age to claim if possible.

If you plan both to earn income and draw Social Security between the ages of 62 and when you reach full retirement age, take note: For that period of time, your Social Security benefits will drop by $1 for every $2 earned above $17,640, and $1 for every $3 earned above $46,920. These deductions stop after you reach full retirement age.

If you work for a big company

The general rule for workers at companies with at least 20 employees is that you can delay signing up for Medicare until you lose your group insurance (i.e., you retire). At that point, you’d be subject to various deadlines to sign up or else face late-enrollment penalties.

While everyone’s situation is different, there’s a good chance your current insurance through work is a more cost-effective option, said Danielle Roberts, co-founder of insurance firm Boomer Benefits in Fort Worth, Texas.

This may be due to lower premiums and other cost-sharing aspects such as copays or co-insurance, or lower costs for prescriptions under the group plan.

Do the Medicare Math

How much you earn also impacts how much you pay for certain parts of Medicare. “Your Medicare Part B premium is based on your taxable income,” Russell says. An individual with an income of $87,000 or less pays $144.60 a month in 2020 for Part B, but someone with income from above $87,000 up to $109,000 pays $202.40 a month. The highest monthly premium, for individuals making $500,000 or above, is $491.60 (Note that your 2020 Part B premium is based on your 2018 income.)

Fresno Financial Planner Takeaways 

When it comes to Fresno retirement planning Soutas Financial puts your future first.If you plan to work into your retirement years, financial advisors say there are a few factors to keep in mind.Drawing Social Security earlier than full retirement age (that’s 67 years old for people born in or after 1960) reduces your monthly payment, so conventional wisdom says you should wait until full retirement age to claim if possible.until you lose your group insurance (i.e., you retire). At that point, you’d be subject to various deadlines to sign up or else face late-enrollment penalties.

Diversifying your retirement assets among a variety of vehicles and alternatives—both insurance and investment oriented, depending on what is appropriate for your situation—may offer you a better chance of meeting your retirement income goals throughout your lifespan. We help our clients with problems sometimes associated with retirement such as stopping spend down and avoiding probate. In doing so we leverage Medicare long term care as well as risk management designed to help accomplish those goals.

When searching for Fresno financial advisors, look no further than Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. your Fresno retirement planning advisor is committed to helping take the complexity out of retirement planning. By using a variety of insurance and investment strategies that focus on Asset Protection, Long-Term Care Strategies, Legacy Planning Tax-Efficient Strategies, IRA, 401(k) & 403(b) Rollovers, Life Insurance, Annuities, Medicare, we can help you develop an overall retirement income strategy specific to you and your family. We have a strong team of professionals helping ensure you receive all the assistance you need not only in developing your retirement income strategy, but in maintaining it throughout your retirement. Contact us today at 559-230-1648 or visit us today at Soutas Financial to get your retirement plans on track for success!

Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. California Insurance License # OK48173

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via If you’ll still be working at age 65, here’s how to handle Medicare

via How Working Past 65 Can Affect Your Social Security Benefits and Medicare Premiums

We are an independent firm helping individuals create retirement strategies using a variety of insurance products to custom suit their needs and objectives. Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. California Insurance License # OK48173. This material is intended to provide general information to help you understand basic retirement income strategies and should not be construed as financial advice.

The information contained in this material is believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed; it is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions. If you are unable to access any of the news articles and sources through the links provided in this text, please contact us to request a copy of the desired reference.

-1001261 – 8/21

Fresno Financial Planner Update: Are Annuities Worth the Investment?

By Soutas Financial | August 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Fresno Financial Planner Update: Are Annuities Worth the Investment?
Fresno Financial Planner Update: Are Annuities Worth the Investment?

New research by Mark Warshawsky, the retirement income guru who’s now a visiting scholar at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, suggests more retirees should consider making an immediate annuity part of their retirement portfolio—and also highlights a reason why many people may simply ignore this advice.

When it comes to turning retirement savings into lifetime retirement income, many retirees and advisers rely on the 4% rule—that is, withdraw 4% of savings the first year of retirement and increase that amount by inflation each year to maintain purchasing power (although in a concession to today’s low yields and expected returns, some are reducing that initial draw to 3% or even lower to assure they don’t deplete their savings too soon).

Pros

It’s nerve-wracking to land on the right kind of retirement savings because, let’s face it, that’s what you have to live off of for the rest of your life! Let’s start with the reasons you may want to get a longevity annuity. A longevity annuity:

  • Provides peace of mind: Guaranteed lifetime income can provide you with peace of mind through a paycheck that you won’t outlive. The longer you live, the more you’ll get out of the benefit.
  • Offers optimal tax benefits: The IRS designates longevity annuities to get the same tax treatment as IRAs. In other words, you don’t have to pay taxes when you take money out of your account as long as it’s a qualified longevity annuity. However, you purchase nonqualified annuities with post-tax funds and might have to pay income taxes each year. Make sure you know what type of annuity you’re looking into.
  • Simplifies your retirement planning: With a longevity annuity, you’ll automatically get a paycheck during retirement. It can ultimately simplify knowing what to invest, what to invest in and takes the DIY out of retirement planning.

Cons

Naturally, you’ll face some cons that affect choosing longevity annuities. Let’s take a look at the cons: 

  • More illiquid than stocks and bonds: You can accelerate some monthly payments, but in general, you’re “stuck” with the same monthly amount. 
  • No cash value: You don’t have a cash value that you can withdraw for with a longevity annuity.
  • Your money becomes isolated from the market. In other words, even if the stock market performs well, you can’t take advantage of the upswings in the market.

Clearly, we all have to make our own decisions based on our particular circumstances about the best way to turn savings into income that we can count on throughout retirement, while also assuring we have a stash of assets we can tap for emergencies and unexpected expenses. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. That said, I think it’s a good idea for anyone nearing or already in retirement to at least consider an annuity as a possibility. If you rule it out, that’s fine. Annuities aren’t for everyone. Just be sure that if you’re nixing an annuity, you’re doing it for valid reasons, not because of a misplaced faith in your ability to earn outsize returns or because you’re unduly swayed by lump-sum culture.

Fresno Retirement Advisor Takeaways 

As your Fresno financial advisor we thought this was a good takeaway: Millions of workers suffered from job loss and wage reductions this year. If you’re among them, your income is likely lower than in past years, which — since you need to pay income tax on the amount you convert — would reduce how much income tax you pay when making this change. You have to meet specific income requirements to contribute to a Roth IRA, and you’ll also face a maximum contribution limit that varies based on your age. Keep in mind that not everyone can contribute to a Roth IRA — at least not the full amount. In 2021, married filings with a modified adjustable gross income (MAGI) below $198,000 can contribute the full amount to a Roth IRA.

Diversifying your retirement assets among a variety of vehicles and alternatives—both insurance and investment oriented, depending on what is appropriate for your situation—may offer you a better chance of meeting your retirement income goals throughout your lifespan. We help our clients with problems sometimes associated with retirement such as stopping spend down and avoiding probate. In doing so we leverage stop spend down as well as long-term care strategies designed to help accomplish those goals.

When searching for Fresno financial advisors, look no further than Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. your Fresno financial planning consultant is committed to helping take the complexity out of retirement planning. By using a variety of insurance and investment strategies that focus on Asset Protection, Long-Term Care Strategies, Legacy Planning, Tax-Efficient Strategies, IRA, 401(k) & 403(b) Rollovers, Life Insurance Annuities, Medicare, we can help you develop an overall retirement income strategy specific to you and your family. We have a strong team of professionals helping ensure you receive all the assistance you need not only in developing your retirement income strategy, but in maintaining it throughout your retirement. Contact us today at 559-230-1648 or visit us today at Soutas Financial to get your retirement plans on track for success!

Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. California Insurance License # OK48173

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via Which Generates More Retirement Income—Annuities or Portfolio Withdrawals?

via Is a Longevity Annuity a Good Guaranteed Retirement Savings Strategy for You?

We are an independent firm helping individuals create retirement strategies using a variety of insurance and investment products to custom suit their needs and objectives. Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. California Insurance License # OK48173. This material is intended to provide general information to help you understand basic financial planning strategies and should not be construed as financial or investment advice. All investments are subject to risk including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in periods of declining values.

The information contained in this material is believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed; it is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions. If you are unable to access any of the news articles and sources through the links provided in this text, please contact us to request a copy of the desired reference.

1001261 – 8/21

Fresno Financial Planner News: How Can I Plan For Old Age?

By Soutas Financial | August 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Fresno Financial Planner News: How Can I Plan For Old Age?
Fresno Financial Planner News: How Can I Plan For Old Age?

Thelma Sutcliffe turned 114 years old in April, making her the oldest living American and the seventh-oldest person in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group. The Omaha, Nebraska, resident attributes her relative good health and longevity to the fact that she never had children, never smoked and made it a habit not to worry.1

Not many people make it to 114, but those who do outlive their friends and loved ones. That’s why it’s important to develop passions and hobbies you can enjoy for the rest of your life, no matter how long you live. It’s also a good idea to establish a plan that provides a confident retirement. That may include living below your means and casting a wide net of friends to help ensure you have close ones to grow old with. It also may include buying insurance policies that offer reliable income. If you’d like help planning, please give us a call.

One key factor to consider is where you want to live in retirement, particularly during the later years when you may need help. Paying for full-time care in your own home can be very expensive. However, COVID-19 has caused some hesitation moving to assisted living and nursing homes due to the potential for disease outbreaks in the future. You may want to start thinking and talking with family members about the possibility of moving in with them later in life, if necessary. You could even use proceeds from the sale of your home to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) next to their home. Also known as a backyard cottage or granny flat, an ADU can help cut expenses to pay for in-home care – so there is less burden on family members.2

Some ADU floorplans even feature two bedrooms, so you could hire a full-time caregiver and provide room and board. Later, your heirs can use the ADU for rental income or to plan for their own long-term care.

Apart from financial and housing plans, consider developing hobbies you can enjoy later in life. You may cultivate a love of history, art or music early in retirement through volunteer efforts. For example, work as a docent, usher or fundraiser for a local museum, art gallery or concert hall. A heartfelt appreciation of the arts has a way of eliciting joy, even if you develop mobility or cognitive issues.

Fresno Financial Consultant Takeaways 

When it comes to Fresno retirement planning Soutas Financial puts your future 1st. Don’t forget these great reminders:It’s also a good idea to establish a plan that provides a confident retirement. That may include living below your means and casting a wide net of friends to help ensure you have close ones to grow old with.You could even use proceeds from the sale of your home to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) next to their home.You may cultivate a love of history, art or music early in retirement through volunteer efforts.

Diversifying your retirement assets among a variety of vehicles and alternatives—both insurance and investment oriented, depending on what is appropriate for your situation—may offer you a better chance of meeting your retirement income goals throughout your lifespan. We help our clients with problems sometimes associated with retirement such as stopping spend down and avoiding probate. In doing so we leverage strategic wealth management as well as retirement annuity designed to help accomplish those goals.

Are you trying to find an investment advisor? Look no further than Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. your Fresno financial planner is committed to helping take the complexity out of retirement planning. By using a variety of insurance and investment strategies that focus on Asset Protection, Long-Term Care Strategies, Legacy Planning, Tax-Efficient Strategies IRA, 401(k) & 403(b) Rollovers, Life Insurance, Annuities, Medicare, we can help you develop an overall retirement income strategy specific to you and your family. We have a strong team of professionals helping ensure you receive all the assistance you need not only in developing your retirement income strategy, but in maintaining it throughout your retirement. Contact us today at 559-230-1648 or visit us today at Soutas Financial to get your retirement plans on track for success!

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Fresno, CA 93704 
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Content prepared by Kara Stefan Communications.

1 Leah Asmelash. CNN. April 29, 2021. “She just became the oldest living person in the US and all she wants is to be able to eat meals with her friend again.” https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/29/us/oldest-living-american-trnd/index.html. Accessed May 3, 2021.

2 Zillow. March 18, 2021. “What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) – and Tips for Building One.” https://www.zillow.com/resources/stay-informed/2021/03/18/how-to-build-accessory-dwelling-unit-adu/. Accessed May 3, 2021.

We are an independent firm helping individuals create retirement strategies using a variety of insurance and investment products to custom suit their needs and objectives. Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. California Insurance License # OK48173 This material is intended to provide general information to help you understand basic financial planning strategies and should not be construed as financial or investment advice. All investments are subject to risk including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in periods of declining values.

The information contained in this material is believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed; it is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions. If you are unable to access any of the news articles and sources through the links provided in this text, please contact us to request a copy of the desired reference.

1001261 – 8/21

Fresno Financial Advisor Update: What Tax Strategies Should I Keep In Mind?

By Soutas Financial | August 21, 2021 | Comments Off on Fresno Financial Advisor Update: What Tax Strategies Should I Keep In Mind?
Fresno Financial Advisor Update: What Tax Strategies Should I Keep In Mind?

In an effort to pay for new legislation, the Biden administration has proposed higher taxes for the nation’s highest earners. The president advocates returning the top tax rate to 39.6% for individuals earning $452,700 or more, and married couples with more than $509,300 in combined taxable income.1

This top tax rate was just reduced in 2017 (to the current 37%), which emphasizes a very important point: Tax rates are going to rise and fall. While it may be prudent to make adjustments to income, investments, deductions and other tax strategies in response to changes, it’s always important to do what’s best for your circumstances. Making adjustments every few years could end up derailing your long-term goals. Before making any changes based on proposed or even enacted tax laws, be sure to consult with experienced financial and tax professionals to develop a sound strategy that works for the long haul. Feel free to call us if you’d like to discuss tax strategies.

With that in mind, there are tactics you can use to help minimize your tax obligations and still remain aligned with your goals. For example, if you are currently retired and regularly make charitable contributions, you can use your required minimum distributions (RMD) to donate directly from your IRA account. Those assets would no longer be reported as income, so you would not have to pay taxes on them. It’s a way to continue your charitable goals but minimize your taxes.2

Another asset that could be targeted for higher taxes is an inherited home. Today, heirs enjoy a step-up in basis, which means the home’s cost basis is adjusted to market value at the time of the owner’s death. If the heir sells the home immediately, he or she will owe no capital gains tax. Also, heirs can defer paying taxes on that value until they actually sell the home. However, Biden’s proposed inheritance tax would remove the step-up and tax capital gains upon the death of the parent, as if the home was sold. The current proposal includes tax exemptions up to $1 million for single heirs and up to $2.5 million for couples.

That may sound like a lot, but the heirs may have to sell the property if they don’t have ready cash to pay the gains tax. For example, say a son inherits his parents’ home. It was originally purchased for $300,000 and is valued at $1.5 million when he inherits it. Under the Biden proposal, he can subtract both the original cost ($300,000) and the exclusion rate ($1 million), but that still leaves $200,000 on which he would owe capital gains taxes.3

Another tax strategy being pursued by this administration is to collect taxes legally owed that are not currently being collected. According to the IRS, that’s about $1 trillion a year based on analysis from 2011 to 2013. However, between the proliferation of virtual currencies and the impressive growth in billionaire wealth just over the past year, the amount of uncollected tax revenues could be a lot higher than that now. In fact, IRS analysis has found that illegal and foreign-sourced income that is not currently being reported would yield an additional $175 billion in tax revenues from America’s wealthiest households. In an effort to avoid raising taxes on middle and lower-income households, Biden has proposed a 10.4% increase in IRS funding to help enforce tax laws already on the books.4

Fresno Retirement Consultant Takeaways 

Fresno portfolio advisor– Soutas Financial appreciated these points:The president advocates returning the top tax rate to 39.6% for individuals earning $452,700 or more, and married couples with more than $509,300 in combined taxable income.1Making adjustments every few years could end up derailing your long-term goals.With that in mind, there are tactics you can use to help minimize your tax obligations and still remain aligned with your goals.Another tax strategy being pursued by this administration is to collect taxes legally owed that are not currently being collected.

Diversifying your retirement assets among a variety of vehicles and alternatives—both insurance and investment oriented, depending on what is appropriate for your situation—may offer you a better chance of meeting your retirement income goals throughout your lifespan. We help our clients with problems sometimes associated with retirement such as stopping spend down and avoiding probate. In doing so we leverage strategic wealth management as well as retirement annuity designed to help accomplish those goals.

When searching for Fresno financial advisors, look no further than Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. your Fresno financial advisor variety of insurance and investment strategies that focus on Asset Protection, Long-Term Care Strategies, Legacy Planning, Tax Efficient Strategies IRA, 401(k) & 403(b) Rollovers Life Insurance Annuities Medicare, we can help you develop an overall retirement income strategy specific to you and your family. We have a strong team of professionals helping ensure you receive all the assistance you need not only in developing your retirement income strategy, but in maintaining it throughout your retirement. Contact us today at 559-230-1648 or visit us today at Soutas Financial your top financial advisors in Fresno, Ca., to get your retirement plans on track for success!

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Content prepared by Kara Stefan Communications.

1 Kate Duffy. Business Insider. April 29, 2021. “Biden’s tax hike will hit married couples earning more than $510,000 combined, report says.” https://www.businessinsider.com/joe-biden-tax-rise-hits-married-couples-earn-less-400000-2021-4. Accessed May 3, 2021.

2 Steven A. Morelli. Insurance News Net. April 9, 2021. “Advisors Dealing With A Flood Of Tax Anxiety.” https://insurancenewsnet.com/innarticle/advisors-dealing-with-a-flood-of-tax-anxiety. Accessed May 3, 2021.

3 Kate Dore. CNBC. April 29, 2021. “Biden’s plan for inherited real estate may impact more people than just the wealthy.” https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/29/bidens-tax-plan-for-inherited-homes-may-impact-more-than-the-wealthy.html?recirc=taboolainternal. Accessed May 3, 2021.

4 Aaron Lorenzo. Politico. April 13, 2021. “IRS chief says some $1T in taxes going uncollected annually.” https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/13/irs-one-trillion-taxes-uncollected-annually-481128. Accessed May 3, 2021.

We are an independent firm helping individuals create retirement strategies using a variety of insurance and investment products to custom suit their needs and objectives. Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. California Insurance License # OK48173. This material is intended to provide general information to help you understand basic financial planning strategies and should not be construed as financial or investment advice. All investments are subject to risk including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in periods of declining values.

The information contained in this material is believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed; it is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions. If you are unable to access any of the news articles and sources through the links provided in this text, please contact us to request a copy of the desired reference.

-1001261 – 8/21

Fresno Financial Advisor News: What Will the Labor Market Look Like in the Post-Pandemic Era?

By Soutas Financial | August 19, 2021 | Comments Off on Fresno Financial Advisor News: What Will the Labor Market Look Like in the Post-Pandemic Era?
Fresno Financial Advisor News: What Will the Labor Market Look Like in the Post-Pandemic Era?

According to the most recent Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum, 50% of employees will need new skills training by 2025 as the pace of technological innovation continues to grow. Among business leaders, 94% say they expect employees to learn new skills while on the job, compared to just 65% who made that claim in 2018.1

However, the amount of time it takes to reskill will depend on the industry, according to the online learning platform Coursera. For example, only one or two months is necessary to acquire skills in emerging professions such as content writing, sales and marketing; in contrast, it could take up to three months to expand skills in product development, data and artificial intelligence. Skills needed for roles in cloud computing and engineering could take up to four months. Among soft skills that will increase in demand, critical thinking and problem-solving top the list. But post-pandemic, skills in resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility also are highly valued.2

This recognition of the need for new skills training opens up avenues for all types of people, even retirees and middle-aged professionals who would like to change careers. After all, the acquisition of skills based on new technologies means no one will have a huge edge in terms of experience. Therefore, people with the ability to learn technical skills quickly – who already possess high-value soft skills – have strong potential to vie for a new career. If you’re thinking about making such a move, we’d be happy to review your financial portfolio to help make sure you are on the right path toward your retirement.

Another labor trend is the rise of remote work and its impact on employees’ lifestyles. With the pandemic clearing the way for many white-collar workers to work remotely, younger workers have been able to move to more affordable locales and buy their first homes. On the other hand, established homeowners can now consider relocating to wherever they’d like to retire, trading in their current home equity for their retirement home – with a plan to pay off that final mortgage while they’re still working. This way, they can move and start enjoying a retirement lifestyle near the beach, lake or mountains while still gainfully employed, albeit working remotely.3

Unfortunately, low-skilled, blue-collar professions are on the other side of that coin. Many either lost jobs during the pandemic or were classified as high-risk “essential workers.” Just because grocery store clerks became essential, it doesn’t necessarily mean an increase in pay or benefits. While the debate over raising the national minimum wage continues in Washington, there’s little doubt that many low-paying jobs will always be necessary, but experienced workers in those positions are not necessarily low-skilled.4

For example, what is the value of caregivers who can skillfully attend to mobility-challenged people? Or workers who serve multiple tables of hungry and thirsty patrons who want their meal yesterday? Skills like patience and equanimity have not traditionally received the same level of pay as an office worker, but they are no less valued or necessary. It will be interesting to see, post-pandemic, if these types of jobs begin to translate into fair pay and good benefits.5

After decades of steady decline, labor unions are hoping for greater respect and participation moving forward – based on support by President Joe Biden’s administration. Today, only one in five households has a union member, and the Economic Policy Institute estimates the decline of unions translates to an average loss of $3,250 per year for a full-time worker. Biden is advocating passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) bill, which would abolish state laws that ban mandatory collection of dues as a condition of employment, penalize businesses that retaliate among union drives and extend federal labor rights to independent contract workers. So far, the House has approved the legislation, but it faces a more difficult path in the Senate.6

Fresno Financial Planner Takeaways 

Fresno financial planning is our utmost concern here at Soutas Financial and we thought these takeaways were worth mentioning again:According to the most recent Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum, 50% of employees will need new skills training by 2025 as the pace of technological innovation continues to grow.people with the ability to learn technical skills quickly – who already possess high-value soft skills – have strong potential to vie for a new career.Skills like patience and equanimity have not traditionally received the same level of pay as an office worker, but they are no less valued or necessary.

Diversifying your retirement assets among a variety of vehicles and alternatives—both insurance and investment oriented, depending on what is appropriate for your situation—may offer you a better chance of meeting your retirement income goals throughout your lifespan. We help our clients with problems sometimes associated with retirement such as stopping spend down and avoiding probate. In doing so we leverage Medicare long term care as well as risk management designed to help accomplish those goals.

When searching for Fresno financial advisors, look no further than Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. your Fresno retirement plan consultant is committed to helping take the complexity out of retirement planning. By using a variety of insurance and investment strategies that focus on Asset Protection, Long-Term Care Strategies, Legacy Planning Tax-Efficient Strategies, IRA, 401(k) & 403(b) Rollovers, Life Insurance, Annuities, Medicare, we can help you develop an overall retirement income strategy specific to you and your family. We have a strong team of professionals helping ensure you receive all the assistance you need not only in developing your retirement income strategy, but in maintaining it throughout your retirement. Contact us today at 559-230-1648 or visit us today at Soutas Financial to get your retirement plans on track for success!

Other Fresno Financial Advisor Articles 

Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. 
333 W. Shaw Avenue Suite 106
Fresno, CA 93704 
(559) 230-1648 
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Content prepared by Kara Stefan Communications.

1 Kate Whiting. World Economic Forum. Oct. 21, 2020. “These are the top 10 job skills of tomorrow – and how long it takes to learn them.” https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/10/top-10-work-skills-of-tomorrow-how-long-it-takes-to-learn-them/. Accessed April 30, 2021.

2 Ibid.

3 Liam Dillon. Los Angeles Times. April 30, 2021. “The remote work revolution is transforming, and unsettling, resort areas like Lake Tahoe.” https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-04-30/covid-wfh-boosts-palm-springs-lake-tahoe-housing-markets. Accessed April 30, 2021.

4 Annie Lowrey. The Atlantic. April 23, 2021. “Low-Skill Workers Aren’t a Problem to Be Fixed.” https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/04/theres-no-such-thing-as-a-low-skill-worker/618674/. Accessed April 30, 2021.

5 Ibid.

6 Steve Matthews and Payne Lubbers. Bloomberg. April 15, 2021. “Biden Confronts Decades of Union Decline in Bid to Boost Pay.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-15/biden-confronts-decades-of-union-decline-in-bid-to-boost-wages?sref=wFA4tJCq. Accessed April 30, 2021.

Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. is an independent financial services firm that utilizes a variety of investment and insurance products. Investment advisory services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management, LLC (AEWM). AEWM and Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. California Insurance License # OK48173 AE

This material is intended to provide general information to help you understand basic financial planning strategies and should not be construed as financial or investment advice. All investments are subject to risk including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in periods of declining values.

The information contained in this material is believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed; it is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions. If you are unable to access any of the news articles and sources through the links provided in this text, please contact us to request a copy of the desired reference.

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1001261 – 8/21

Can Annuities Really Offer Peace of Mind During Choppy Markets?

By Soutas Financial | July 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Can Annuities Really Offer Peace of Mind During Choppy Markets?
Can Annuities Really Offer Peace of Mind During Choppy Markets?

These insurance products offer the promise of guaranteed income, an attractive proposition for many retirees in a volatile market. Variable annuity sales rose 16% in the first quarter over the same period last year. 

What’s an annuity?

In simple terms, an annuity is a contract between a customer and an insurance company. The customer makes a lump-sum payment (or sometimes a series of payments). In return, the insurance company sends the customer a regular monthly payout that’s guaranteed and typically continues for the rest of the customer’s life (as long as the insurance company remains in business; it’s important to buy from a highly rated carrier). The trade-off is the loss of liquidity for a portion of your portfolio. And if you liquidate those other investments now to buy the annuity, you lock in losses by selling when stocks are down.

Annuities come in three types: fixed, indexed, and variable. The differences lie in the details of how your insurance company invests your money and determines your monthly payout. The most basic type, a fixed income annuity, pays a specified, guaranteed interest rate on your lump-sum payment. An indexed annuity pays an interest rate that’s based on the performance of a market index, such as the S&P 500. Variable annuities pay out sums that vary based on the performance of an underlying mutual fund portfolio.

A good choice for some

Even with those costs and limitations, a simple annuity can be a good tool for people near or in retirement, with investment portfolios that might not return enough to continue paying their essential monthly expenses.

An annuity is preferable to taking uncomfortable risks with a portfolio that isn’t quite big enough, says Joshua Knauss, a financial planner in Lewisburg, Pa. “It can be a good tool if you don’t have quite as much saved as you’d like or you don’t want to reach for both growth and income,” he says.

Funding the Spending Gap

Why might a simple annuity be helpful in retirement? For many households, the guaranteed income from Social Security (and a pension, if you’re lucky enough to have one) won’t cover 100% of basic living costs. A popular strategy to fund that essential-spending gap has been to move a chunk of money into cash and/or bonds to cover those living expenses for a few years.

Experts call this the “bucket approach,” with the money for near-term expenses parked in cash or cash equivalents and rest of your money in stocks. That way, you won’t have to worry about stock fluctuations affecting your ability to pay your bills in the near term, yet you can still capture stocks’ long-term growth to help your portfolio outpace inflation over time.

Tapping Your Principal

Pfau also threw a bit of cold water on another popular retirement income strategy: investing in stocks and bonds with the intention of only spending the income they throw off. Retirees are often loathe to tap their principal, but they shouldn’t be, he says.

“When you invest for income, you start tilting to riskier parts of the market….you might have a higher dividend rate but you might be more exposed to capital loses and ultimately a lower sustainable income level.” Pfau suggested that a total return approach to retirement income could be a better way to go.

Fresno Financial Consultant Takeaways 

Fresno portfolio advisor– Soutas Financial appreciated these points: In simple terms, an annuity is a contract between a customer and an insurance company. The customer makes a lump-sum payment (or sometimes a series of payments). Even with those costs and limitations, a simple annuity can be a good tool for people near or in retirement, with investment portfolios that might not return enough to continue paying their essential monthly expenses. Why might a simple annuity be helpful in retirement? For many households, the guaranteed income from Social Security (and a pension, if you’re lucky enough to have one) won’t cover 100% of basic living costs. A popular strategy to fund that essential-spending gap has been to move a chunk of money into cash and/or bonds to cover those living expenses for a few years.

Diversifying your retirement assets among a variety of vehicles and alternatives—both insurance and investment oriented, depending on what is appropriate for your situation—may offer you a better chance of meeting your retirement income goals throughout your lifespan. We help our clients with problems sometimes associated with retirement such as stopping spend down and avoiding probate. In doing so we leverage Medicare long term care as well as risk management designed to help accomplish those goals.

When searching for Fresno financial advisors, look no further than Soutas Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. your Fresno financial planning consultant is committed to helping take the complexity out of retirement planning. By using a variety of insurance and investment strategies that focus on Asset Protection, Long-Term Care Strategies, Legacy Planning, Tax-Efficient, Strategies IRA, 401(k) & 403(b) Rollovers, Life Insurance, Annuities, Medicare, we can help you develop an overall retirement income strategy specific to you and your family. We have a strong team of professionals helping ensure you receive all the assistance you need not only in developing your retirement income strategy, but in maintaining it throughout your retirement. Contact us today at 559-230-1648 or visit us today at Soutas Financial to get your retirement plans on track for success!

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