Today’s Retirement Plans Could Use a Shift from the 4 Percent Rule

Back in the mid-90’s the rule of thumb for retirement planning was the Four Percent Rule. This rule was authored in 1994 by a financial advisor, basically stating that retirees should plan to withdraw about four percent from their retirement funds per year to live on with an inflation adjustment each year. This was projected […]

The Fed Plans to Keep Interest Rates Low Until Inflation Catches Up

Federal Reserve Officials are planning to keep loan interest rates historically low and near zero through at least 2023. This is a tactic to hopefully help the rest of the economy back to full strength after the recession caused by the pandemic brought things to slump. All of this was communicated in their September policy […]

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SECURE Act: How Does It Affect Your Retirement Planning

On December 19th, 2019, the U.S. Senate approved a bill called the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act or the SECURE Act which became law on January 1st, 2020. This bill includes significant provisions to improve the state of retirement security for all Americans by helping you gain increased access to tax-advantaged accounts […]

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Lost Your Job Or Laid Off? What You Need To Know About Managing Your Retirement Plan

Due to the current global pandemic, numerous businesses have been seriously affected and either had to downsize by laying off employees or even close their doors permanently. This is especially true for organizations that were experiencing significant financial issues prior to the pandemic. Unfortunately, Alcoa’s Intalco Works aluminum smelter near Ferndale in Whatcom County is […]