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“How much money will I need in retirement?”


It’s a question we get asked often, from people in all age groups, professions, income levels, and geographical locations. And from people with diverse spending habits.

Of course, lots of people stand ready to share a formula or fixed-target amount they’ve heard. One recent study found that average Americans believe they’ll need $1.7 million to retire. Another often-mentioned opinion suggests you’ll need 80 percent of your pre-retirement annual earnings after retiring.

But there is no cut-and-dry answer to the question. Therefore, our response when people ask us how much they’ll need for retirement is not what most expect to hear.

“You tell us,” we say.

The fact is, how much money you need for retirement depends on the lifestyle you want when you retire. And that requires asking yourself some questions.

Do you want to live in your current home, downsize, or move to a more pleasant climate? Are you planning to drive a similar car or splurge on that rebuilt 60s classic you’ve always wanted? Are you looking to travel more often and, if so, to where?

And those are the easy questions. Harder discussions involve how you plan to pay for healthcare, at what age you will begin drawing Social Security benefits, who else depends on your income, and how much debt you still have.

Only with answers to those and many more issues could we begin to project how much money you’ll need to set aside for retirement. So don’t be surprised when a professional financial advisor responds to your how-much-money-will-I-need-in-retirement inquiry with a list of questions for you.

The good news is that collecting answers to those questions enables your financial advisor to help you begin budgeting for retirement. So while we can’t provide a one-size-fits-all solution to determining how much you’ll need when you stop working, we can help prepare you to answer the question for yourself.

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Prepared by The Creative Block, Inc. Copyright 2020.
The Creative Block, Inc. does not provide investment, tax, legal, or retirement advice or recommendations. The information presented here is not specific to any individual’s personal circumstances.
To the extent that this material concerns tax matters, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Each taxpayer should seek independent advice from a tax professional based on his or her individual circumstances.
These materials are provided for general information and educational purposes based upon publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable—we cannot assure the accuracy or completeness of these materials. The information in these materials may change at any time and without notice.

What are catch-up contributions, and should you be making them?

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Man reviewing finances on tablet

If you’re among the millions of Americans putting money into a workplace retirement plan, you probably know that IRS rules limit annual tax-deferred contribution amounts. For example, 401(k) and 403(b) participants can set aside a maximum of $19,500 in income on a tax-deferred basis in 2020. But if you’re age 50 or older, you could be eligible to contribute amounts that exceed the standard IRS limitations.

Catch-up contributions, as the name implies, allow workers to save more tax-deferred income as they get closer to traditional retirement age. Allowable catch-up amounts vary depending on the type of retirement plan. For our 401(k) or 403(b) example, the catch-up amount is $6,500 in 2020.

Catch-up contributions only extend the amounts workers can contribute to their plans each year. They do not increase employer-match limits.

The IRS updates annual contribution limits each year—including catch-up contribution amounts—for each type of retirement plan. A professional financial advisor can explain the rules that apply to your specific account to you.

Should you get in on this?

If you’re 50 or over and looking to grow tax-deferred savings for retirement, and you already max out your plan’s limits each year, making catch-up contributions might be right for you.

On the other hand, if a large portion of your retirement savings is in tax-deferred dollars, you could be facing a sizable income-tax burden when you retire and begin taking plan distributions. In that case, there might be better retirement savings options for you than increasing your tax-deferred contributions.

Because everyone’s financial needs and objectives are unique, we can’t over-stress the importance of consulting a trained financial advisor when planning for retirement. A qualified professional can help forecast whether you’re saving enough for the retirement lifestyle you want—and help you determine if you have any “catching up” to do.

Talk to Steve


Prepared by The Creative Block, Inc. Copyright 2020.
The Creative Block, Inc. does not provide investment, tax, legal, or retirement advice or recommendations. The information presented here is not specific to any individual’s personal circumstances.
To the extent that this material concerns tax matters, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Each taxpayer should seek independent advice from a tax professional based on his or her individual circumstances.
These materials are provided for general information and educational purposes based upon publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable—we cannot assure the accuracy or completeness of these materials. The information in these materials may change at any time and without notice.

Turnwald joins Savage to serve Putnam County area

Dan Turnwald, associate*, has joined Savage and Associates to serve clients in Putnam County and beyond. Savage is a full-service financial, insurance, and group benefits services firm partnering with clients across the nation.

“Dan has an outstanding reputation throughout multiple northwest Ohio counties,” stated J.R. Toland, president and CEO, Savage. “We are thrilled to have him on board, and this now gives clients even easier access as we expand to our fourth location.”

Turnwald has more than 15 years of experience developing life protection plans for individuals and families. In only his second year, he qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) – an association that qualifies insurance and financial services professionals in exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. In 2009, he finished with the lowest lapse rating in North America, indicating very high client satisfaction.

With the addition of Turnwald and his location at 150 Church St., Glandorf, Ohio 45848, Savage – which started in 1957 – also has offices in Maumee, Bowling Green and Findlay.

(* Dan Turnwald is not affiliated with Royal Alliance Associates, Inc.)
(Qualifying membership in the MDRT is based on minimum sales production requirements and gross business generated within a year. Each MDRT status designation is granted for one year only. All members must apply every year to continue their affiliation with the Million Dollar Round Table. Third-party rankings and recognitions are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance or results. These ratings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor by any client nor are they representative of any one client’s evaluation.)

Are you ahead of the pack?

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Do you ever wonder whether you’re doing enough to plan for retirement?

Man out for a jog
Do you question, from a savings perspective, whether you’re on track to retire when you hope to? Have you thought about how much retirement savings you should have at this point in your life?

If those questions sound familiar, you’re not alone. Clients often ask how their current financial situations compare to others in their age groups. The national statistics might shock you.

According to the nonprofit think tank Economic Policy Institute, nearly half of working-age families lack any retirement savings at all. Zero. That means whatever amount you’ve accumulated puts you further ahead than many people. Unfortunately, most individuals who do have retirement savings accounts are significantly behind where they need to be to retire comfortably.

Retirement Savings by Age Group

Looking at typical retirement accounts—for only those who have one—helps provide a perspective on how your savings compare to your age-group cohorts.

The following table uses data from the Federal Reserve to show both average and median retirement account balances by various age groups. NOTE: The material is provided for informational purposes only and not intended as investment advice.

Age Group
Average Retirement Account
Median Retirement Account
Under age 35
$32,500
$12,300
Age 35 – 44
$100,000
$37,000
Age 45 – 54
$215,800
$82,600
Age 55 – 64
$374,000
$120,000
Age 65 – 74
$358,000
$126,000
Dollar amounts rounded to nearest hundred.

What’s Your Plan?

Now that you know how you stack up to others when it comes to saving for retirement, it’s time to consider more relevant questions. First, how much income will you need in retirement? And second, what steps should you be taking toward reaching your retirement savings goals?

Every person’s situation is unique, of course. That’s why it’s helpful to work with a professional financial advisor when planning for retirement. A trained advisor can help project the retirement income you’ll need to enjoy life the way you want. And with that knowledge, your advisor will work with you to develop and execute a comprehensive retirement savings plan.

Talk to Steve


Prepared by The Creative Block, Inc. Copyright 2020.
The Creative Block, Inc. does not provide investment, tax, legal, or retirement advice or recommendations. The information presented here is not specific to any individual’s personal circumstances.
To the extent that this material concerns tax matters, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Each taxpayer should seek independent advice from a tax professional based on his or her individual circumstances.
These materials are provided for general information and educational purposes based upon publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable—we cannot assure the accuracy or completeness of these materials. The information in these materials may change at any time and without notice.

Savage announces hiring of four area college students

Savage and Associates has hired four college students to join the advisor internship program this summer which provides formal training, access to mentors, opportunity to acquire professional licenses, and other valuable experiences.

Joining the program are the following students:

  • Cody Bartels – student from Bowling Green State University, majoring in finance
  • Lauren Hehl-Myers – student from Bowling Green State University, majoring in finance
  • Kirby McLoughlin – student from University of Toledo, majoring in finance
  • Lily Powell – student from University of Toledo, majoring in finance and professional sales

“As a major regional financial services company with more than 120 associates, many of them started at Savage right out of college,” stated J.R. Toland, president and CEO, Savage and Associates. “So we know all too well the importance of growing from within as well as ensuring the talent pool that is cultivated here in our area … stays in our area.”

Along with working to acquire their life and health license, the students will learn some of the basic risk products, meet regularly with industry experts, learn the importance of ensuring clients are well rounded in their portfolio of bank accounts, investments and insurance, as well as grow in several areas to enhance their industry knowledge. The internship program runs through mid-August.

Students interesting in learning about the advisor internship program should contact Liz Harmon, practice development and recruitment coordinator, Savage and Associates, at 419-725-7211 or liz.harmon@savageandassociates.com.

Savage and Associates adds three advisors

Savage and Associates announced the addition of three advisors to its team, bringing the total number of associates to its highest level in company history:

  • Craig Bruning, financial professional
  • Julie Fullerton*, benefits advisor
  • Joshua Holzemer, employee benefits consultant

“More than ever, Savage has the resources to service clients to a wider area and through a larger scope with the addition of Craig, Julie and Joshua,” stated J.R. Toland, president and CEO, Savage and Associates. “They each have a unique skill set and expertise that will provide great value to our clients.”

As part of his responsibilities, Bruning will assist clients in a holistic way through investments, risk management, and group health. Fullerton has more than 15 years of experience in health insurance, specializing in Medicare supplements and individual health insurance. Joining his father’s practice, Holzemer will primarily focus on employee benefits, in addition to offering investment services and individual strategies.

Founded in 1957, Savage is a full-service financial, insurance, and group benefits services firm partnering with clients across the nation.

(* Julie Fullerton is not affiliated with Royal Alliance Associates, Inc.)

Brimley earns AIF designation

Investment advisor representative Jonathan Brimley of Brimley & Frisch Wealth Management, a part of Savage and Associates, achieved his AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. This certifies that Brimley has reached expert fiduciary care standards (a fiduciary acts on behalf of an individual or more to manage assets) – and how to apply those standards in their investment management practices. Earning this professional certification involves participating in a rigorous training program, passing a comprehensive exam, satisfying experience requirements, and agreeing to abide by the Center’s code-of-ethics and conduct standards.

Jonathan and his family

“Jonathan always talks about putting his clients first, and this designation is another great example of his unwavering dedication toward those he serves,” stated Russ Karban, vice president and managing executive, Savage and Associates. “For those in the Findlay area, and surrounding communities, are in very good hands with Jonathan as their advisor. It’s no wonder his practice continues to grow each year through so many pleased clients.”

Brimley specializes in comprehensive goal-based planning for his clients, largely in the Findlay, Ohio market, striving to give them increased confidence and maintainable wealth. To learn more visit: https://www.facebook.com/BrimleyFrischWealth/

Leading health care strategist to visit northwest Ohio

Known as one of the nation’s most prominent and respected speakers in the health care industry, Bradford Koles, vice president and national spokesperson, Advisory Board – a best practices firm helping health care organizations worldwide – will speak on the current and future status of the industry, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at The Pinnacle in Maumee, Ohio, sponsored by Savage and Associates.

“Savage is thrilled to have Mr. Koles present to our region, particularly with the strong attention the health system will receive with the upcoming presidential election,” stated Scott Walsh, vice president of employee benefits and partner, Savage and Associates. “This will be an outstanding value added to our clients, as well as others who would like to gain some fascinating insight.”

Based in Washington, D.C., Koles has significant expertise in health care economics, strategy, and reform initiatives including coverage expansion, vertical integration and physician partnership models, managed care and payer contracting, and quality-based payment.

There is no cost to attend, and a free continental breakfast will be provided. Doors open at 8 a.m. for check-in and networking. Advanced registration is required at savageandassociates.com/rsvp/.

Savage’s Frisch earns ChFC® designation

Curtis FrischCongratulations to Savage’s own Curtis Frisch, CFP®, for earning yet another professional designation. He achieved his ChFC® (Chartered Financial Consultant) designation from The American College of Financial Services – the leader in financial services education.

Estate, special needs clients, divorce, business succession, behavioral finance and financial plan development are all part of the preparation for this designation, which prepares an advisor to assist clients on a highly diverse set of financial matters.

Frisch is an owner of Brimley & Frisch Wealth Management – a part of Savage. Their company focuses efforts on individuals and businesses in the Findlay, Ohio market.

Frisch’s niche in the industry is spending necessary, focused time on comprehensive financial plans that analyze cash flow, risk management, investments, taxes, employee benefits, retirement planning, estate planning and education planning.

To learn more visit: https://www.facebook.com/BrimleyFrischWealth/

 

Savage and Associates named a 2020 top workplace

Savage and Associates has been named one of the region’s top workplaces for the fourth consecutive year by the Toledo Blade.

For the second time in four years, Savage was the highest-ranked business on the list of midsize companies in the region (those employing 75-299).

“We are humbled and honored to receive this distinction for the fourth year in a row,” stated J.R. Toland, president and CEO, Savage and Associates. “The award is a direct result of the incredible passion from our advisors and staff.”

Being named a top workplace is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC.

The Blade partnered with Energage to conduct the anonymous survey that uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, to name a few.

“For more than a decade, the Top Workplaces award has helped organizations stand out among their competitors to attract talent,” said Eric Rubino, CEO, Energage. “This differentiation is more important than ever in today’s tight labor market. Establishing a continuous conversation with employees so you have a deep understanding of your unique culture is proven to help achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double the employee engagement levels. No longer is recognition simply a much-deserved cause for celebration, but it’s fast becoming mission-critical to establish a competitive advantage for recruitment and retention.”

Third-party rankings and recognition are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a client—or a prospective client—will experience a higher level of performance or results. The rankings mentioned on this web page should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor by any client, nor are they representative of any one client evaluation.

 

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