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Can You Avoid a Layoff?

Nov 11, 2019 2:00:00 PM / by The Retirement Group posted in CAM Annuity, Chevron, ERB, ESRO, ExxonMobil, Financial Planning, Hewitt, In Service Withdrawal, Lump Sum, netbenefits, Northrop Grumman, Option 1, Option 1 Withdrawal, Pension, Pension Options, Retirement, Retirement Planning, Verizon, 401K, 401k, 72t, Age Penalties, age penalties, AT&T Pension, Benefit Commencement Date, Workshops, Verizon Workshop, TRG

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You may be a dedicated employee who has worked for the same employer for many years, yet you still may be susceptible to getting laid off. Sometimes getting laid off is inevitable, but rarely does a company lay off all of its workers. Usually, it retains those who are most valuable and offer the greatest benefit, sometimes at the least cost. Fortunately, there may be some things you can do to make the decision to lay you off a little harder.
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Lump Sum vs. Dollar Cost Averaging: Which is Better?

Feb 15, 2019 9:01:44 AM / by The Retirement Group (800) 900-5867 posted in CAM Annuity, Chevron, EISP, ExxonMobil, Financial Planning, Hewitt, hr1stop, In Service Withdrawal, Monarch, Option 1, Retirement, The Retirement Group LLC, 401K, 401k, Age Penalties, benefit commencement date, Verizon Workshop

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Distribution Funds: Putting Income on Autopilot

Feb 6, 2019 9:00:52 AM / by The Retirement Group (800) 900-5867 posted in ERB, Financial Planning, Hewitt, NGC, Northrop Grumman, Option 1, Pension, Pension Options, Specialist, top rated, 401k, 72T, ATT, Best adviser

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As baby boomers retire, they begin to focus less on accumulating assets and more on how those assets can be converted into an ongoing stream of income. Distribution funds are one way to simplify that process.

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Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

Aug 12, 2016 3:04:34 PM / by The Retirement Group (800) 900-5867 posted in CAM Annuity, Early Retirement, Economy, ERB, ESRO, Hewitt, In Service Withdrawal, Monarch, netbenefits, Northrop Grumman, Option 1, Option 1 withdrawal, PPA, The Retirement Group John Jastremski, 401k, 72T, Age Penalties, att workshop, Best adviser, medicaid, medical, medicare, Workshops

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If you're covered by Medicare, here's some welcome news--Medicare drug coverage can help you handle the rising cost of prescriptions. If you're covered by original Medicare, you can sign up for a drug plan offered in your area by a private company or insurer that has been approved by Medicare. Many Medicare Advantage plans will also offer prescription drug coverage in addition to the comprehensive health coverage they already offer. Although prescription drug plans vary, all provide a standard amount of coverage set by Medicare. Every plan offers a broad choice of brand name and generic drugs at local pharmacies or through the mail. However, some plans cover more drugs or offer a wider selection of pharmacies (for a higher premium) than others, so you'll want to choose the plan that best meets your needs and budget.

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Setting and Targeting Investment Goals

Aug 5, 2016 8:07:17 AM / by The Retirement Group (800) 900-5867 posted in CAM Annuity, EIPP, ERB, Hewitt, hr1stop, Lump Sum, Monarch, Northrop Grumman, Option 1, Pension Options, Retirement, Specialist, The Retirement Group LLC, top rated, 72t, access.att, att workshop, Benefit Commencement Date, Best adviser, Verizon Seminar

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Go out into your yard and dig a big hole. Every month, throw $50 into it, but don't take any money out until you're ready to buy a house, send your child to college, or retire. It sounds a little crazy, doesn't it? But that's what investing without setting clear-cut goals is like. If you're lucky, you may end up with enough money to meet your needs, but you have no way to know for sure.

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Medical Professionals: A Prescription for Your Financial Health

Jul 22, 2016 9:27:54 AM / by The Retirement Group (800) 900-5867 posted in ERB, ESRO, Exxon Mobil, Financial Planning, Hewitt, hr1stop, NGC, Northrop Grumman, Option 1, Pension, access.att, ATT, att workshop, benefit commencement date

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The demands on medical practitioners today can seem overwhelming. It's no secret that health-care delivery is changing, and those changes are reflected in the financial issues that health-care professionals face every day. You must continually educate yourself about new research in your chosen specialty, stay current on the latest technology that is transforming health care, and pay attention to business considerations, including ever-changing state and federal insurance regulations.
Like many, you may have transitioned from medical school and residency to being on your own with little formal preparation for the substantial financial issues you now face. Even the day-to-day concerns that affect most people--paying college tuition bills or student loans, planning for retirement, buying a home, insuring yourself and your business--may be complicated by the challenges and rewards of a medical practice. It's no wonder that many medical practitioners look forward to the day when they can relax and enjoy the fruits of their labors.
Unfortunately, substantial demands on your time can make it difficult for you to accurately evaluate your financial plan, or monitor changes that can affect it. That's especially true given ongoing health care reform efforts that will affect the future of the industry as a whole. Just as patients need periodic checkups, you may need to work with a financial professional to make sure your finances receive the proper care.
Maximizing your personal assets
Much like medicine, the field of finance has been the subject of much scientific research and data, and should be approached with the same level of discipline and thoughtfulness. Making the most of your earning years requires a plan for addressing the following issues.
Retirement
Your years of advanced training and perhaps the additional costs of launching and building a practice may have put you behind your peers outside the health-care field by a decade or more in starting to save and invest for retirement. You may have found yourself struggling with debt from years of college, internship, and residency; later, there's the ongoing juggling act between making mortgage payments, caring for your parents, paying for weddings and tuition for your children, and maybe trying to squeeze in a vacation here and there. Because starting to save early is such a powerful ally when it comes to building a nest egg, you may face a real challenge in assuring your own retirement. A solid financial plan can help.
Investments
Getting a late start on saving for retirement can create other problems. For example, you might be tempted to try to make up for lost time by making investment choices that carry an inappropriate level or type of risk for you. Speculating with money you will need in the next year or two could leave you short when you need that money. And once your earnings improve, you may be tempted to overspend on luxuries you were denied during the lean years. One of the benefits of a long-range financial plan is that it can help you protect your assets--and your future--from inappropriate choices.
Tuition
Many medical professionals not only must pay off student loans, but also have a strong desire to help their children with college costs, precisely because they began their own careers saddled with large debts.
Tax considerations
Once the lean years are behind you, your success means you probably need to pay more attention to tax-aware investing strategies that help you keep more of what you earn.
Using preventive care
The nature of your profession requires that you pay special attention to making sure you are protected both personally and professionally from the financial consequences of legal action, a medical emergency of your own, and business difficulties. Having a well-defined protection plan can give you confidence that you can practice your chosen profession without putting your family or future in jeopardy.
Liability insurance
Medical professionals are caught financially between rising premiums for malpractice insurance and fixed reimbursements from managed-care programs, and you may find yourself evaluating a variety of approaches to providing that protection. Some physicians also carry insurance that protects them against unintentional billing errors or omissions. Remember that in addition to potential malpractice claims, you also face the same potential liabilities as other business owners. You might consider an umbrella policy as well as coverage that protects you against business-related exposures such as fire, theft, employee dishonesty, or business interruption.
Disability insurance
Your income depends on your ability to function, especially if you're a solo practitioner, and you may have fixed overhead costs that would need to be covered if your ability to work were impaired. One choice you'll face is how early in your career to purchase disability insurance. Age plays a role in determining premiums, and you may qualify for lower premiums if you are relatively young. When evaluating disability income policies, medical professionals should pay special attention to how the policy defines disability. Look for a liberal definition such as "own occupation," which can help ensure that you're covered in case you can't practice in your chosen specialty.
To protect your business if you become disabled, consider business overhead expense insurance that will cover routine expenses such as payroll, utilities, and equipment rental. An insurance professional can help evaluate your needs.
Practice management and business planning
Is a group practice more advantageous than operating solo, taking in a junior colleague, or working for a managed-care network? If you have an independent practice, should you own or rent your office space? What are the pros and cons of taking over an existing practice compared to starting one from scratch? If you're part of a group practice, is the practice structured financially to accommodate the needs of all partners? Does running a "concierge" or retainer practice appeal to you? If you're considering expansion, how should you finance it?
Questions like these are rarely simple and should be done in the context of an overall financial plan that takes into account both your personal and professional goals.
Many physicians have created processes and products for their own practices, and have then licensed their creations to a corporation. If you are among them, you may need help with legal and financial concerns related to patents, royalties, and the like. And if you have your own practice, you may find that cash flow management, maximizing return on working capital, hiring and managing employees, and financing equipment purchases and maintenance become increasingly complex issues as your practice develops.
Practice valuation
You may have to make tradeoffs between maximizing current income from your practice and maximizing its value as an asset for eventual sale. Also, timing the sale of a practice and minimizing taxes on its proceeds can be complex. If you're planning a business succession, or considering changing practices or even careers, you might benefit from help with evaluating the financial consequences of those decisions.
Estate planning
Estate planning, which can both minimize taxes and further your personal and philanthropic goals, probably will become important to you at some point. Options you might consider include:

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Comparing Bond Yields

Jun 21, 2016 8:32:34 AM / by The Retirement Group (800) 900-5867 posted in CAM Annuity, Early Retirement, Exxon Mobil, Financial Planning, Hewitt, hr1stop, Northrop Grumman, Option 1, Option 1 withdrawal, resources.hewitt, 401k, Age Penalties, AT&T 401K, AT&T seminar, Verizon Workshop

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Coupon Rates and Current Yield

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RMD Options & Precautions

Nov 1, 2013 10:42:39 AM / by The Retirement Group (800) 900-5867 posted in CAM Annuity, In Service Withdrawal, Option 1, The Retirement Group, The Retirement Group LLC, 401K, 72t, age penalties, ATT, AT&T 401K, AT&T seminar, Benefit Commencement Date, Verizon Seminar

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A reminder about mandatory withdrawals from IRAs & other retirement plans.                   

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Counting on Your Husband's Retirement Income? Three Things Women Should Know

Feb 25, 2013 7:41:42 AM / by The Retirement Group (800) 900-5867 posted in Early Retirement, Economic Report, ESRO, Exxon Mobil, Financial Planning, In Service Withdrawal, Lump Sum, Northrop Grumman, Option 1, Option 1 withdrawal, Qwest, Retired, The Retirement Group, Verizon 401K, 72T, Age Penalties, att workshop, benefit commencement date, Best adviser

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Women face special challenges when planning for retirement. According to the Department of Labor,1 women are more likely than men to work in part-time jobs that don't qualify for a retirement plan. And women are more likely to interrupt their careers (or stay out of the workforce altogether) to raise children or take care of other family members. As a result, women generally work fewer years and save less, leaving many to rely on their husbands' savings and benefits to carry them both through retirement.

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IRAs

Feb 12, 2013 4:51:12 PM / by The Retirement Group (800) 900-5867 posted in CAM Annuity, Early Retirement, Economic Report, In Service Withdrawal, Michael Tomren, netbenefits, Northrop Grumman, Option 1, resources.hewitt, The Retirement Group, access.att, Age Penalties, AT&T 401K, benefit commencement date, Best adviser

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All about IRAs

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