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Frazier Allen: Debunking Social Security myths

September 5, 2017

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – It’s time to shine some light on common Social Security misconceptions to help you get the most from your hard-earned benefits.

Myth #1 – Social Security won’t be around

FACT – Social Security is replenished by working Americans, interest on its bonds and taxes on some retiree benefits. Should the existing surplus be depleted, future retirees may be paid a portion of the benefits promised, but not zero. 

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Frazier Allen: Smart Retirement Withdrawal Strategies

June 4, 2017

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – For many, tapping into your retirement principal causes some anxiety.

Whether you’re months or years from retirement, work with your advisor to develop a withdrawal strategy that gives you confidence that your money will last as long as your retirement does.

Fortunately, there are flexible strategies that can be used alone or in combination. With each of these strategies, it’s a good idea to start with a conservative withdrawal rate and increase it as your portfolio grows.

Planning ahead for your retirement withdrawal strategy.

Planning ahead for your retirement withdrawal strategy.

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Frazier Allen: Retirement Readiness Takes Getting in Step

April 17, 2017

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – When Fidelity Investments asked couples how much they think they will need to save for retirement to maintain their current lifestyle, 48% had “no idea.”

Forty-seven percent disagreed on the amount needed (the disagreement highest among those closest to retirement). In some ways, that’s not surprising – many couples disagree on financial and lifestyle matters long before they’ve stopped working. But while adjustments (hopefully) can be made and differences resolved, things can become more difficult in retirement.

Many couples don't agree on when, where or how they're going to retire.

Many couples don’t agree on when, where or how they’re going to retire.

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Frazier Allen: 12 Resolutions for 2017

January 1, 2017

Start the new year right by reviewing and revamping your financial plan.

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Instead of hauling out those familiar New Year’s resolutions about eating less and exercising more, how about focusing on something that’s also very good for you in the long run – and even sooner?

We’re talking about your financial plan – your fiscal health, if you will. The approach of 2017 is a great time to review your plan and make any necessary revisions. With that in mind, here are 12 suggested resolutions that, if followed, can help ensure that your later years will be financially secure.

Frazier Allen

Frazier Allen

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Frazier Allen: Learning to be a Retiree

November 27, 2016

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – Most of us really look forward to the idea of well-deserved, unstructured free time. A time to do exactly what we please when we please. Until we get it.

A retirement satisfaction survey from EBRI found that half of retirees (51.4%) in 2012 reported being somewhat or not at all satisfied with their retirement. Some retirees underestimate how long it takes to adjust to a new lifestyle; others miss friends from work; still others find themselves with too much free time.

Half of retirees reported being somewhat or not at all satisfied with their retirement.

Half of retirees reported being somewhat or not at all satisfied with their retirement.

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Frazier Allen: Are You Ready for an Encore Career?

September 24, 2016

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – Four and a half million. That’s how many retired Americans, over age 50, decided to go back to work or take on part-time volunteer roles after retiring. And there are another 21 million who say they’re ready to join them, according to a 2014 Encore Career survey.

The reasons vary. Some want to make the most of their talents; some want social interaction; still others seek to keep their minds sharp and their bodies busy. The extra money doesn’t hurt either, especially since there are several unknowns that can cloud your retirement picture (e.g., longevity, inflation and long-term care needs).

More and more Americans are going back to work or volunteering after retirement.

More and more Americans are going back to work or volunteering after retirement.

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Frazier Allen: Four Smart Withdrawal Strategies

September 5, 2016

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – It’s official. You’re retired. As in, your days are yours alone. No early morning meetings. No deadlines. No paycheck.

Wait. What?

Without a job, you’ll no longer receive a salary. Something you’ve likely relied on every couple of weeks for the past 40 to 50 years.

It’s unlikely that Social Security alone will be enough to replace that flow of income and fully support your standard of living in retirement, which means it’s time to start drawing down the retirement income you’ve saved so diligently over the years.

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance gives tips to protect you savings.

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance gives tips to protect you savings.

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Frazier Allen: Social Security Myths and Misconceptions

September 3, 2016

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – There’s no doubt about it. Filing for Social Security can be daunting.

On top of all that, there’s a ton of information – and misinformation – to weed through, as well as the need for some calculations based on several variables. Your benefits depend on your age, how long you’ve worked, what you earned, your marital status and number of dependents.

Seems like you have to factor in everything but your IQ. So to help, we offer some common misconceptions as well as some guidance on ways to get the most from your hard earned retirement benefits.

What you don't know you don't know and what you can do about it.

What you don’t know you don’t know and what you can do about it.

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Frazier Allen: Your Retirement Plan B

July 12, 2016

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Imagine this. You’ve spent decades working, saving and planning for your version of the ideal retirement.

But life decides to throw a little kink into your plans. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is now strongly encouraging you to take an early retirement – five years before you’re ready.

Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected.

Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected.

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Frazier Allen: The new Social Security claiming rules

May 18, 2016

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Growing up, many of us viewed Social Security as a continuation of our work income, something we’d automatically receive upon retirement. Then reality struck, and we learned there’s more to claiming and receiving Social Security benefits.

So much more. And the strategies to maximize this important source of retirement income can be complicated.

One strategy, known as “file and suspend,” became popular among married couples. The higher earning spouse would file for Social Security benefits once he or she reached full retirement age (FRA) – and immediately suspend them.

Goodbye, File and Suspend. Now What? New rules eliminated this Social Security claiming strategy, but there are other options.

Goodbye, File and Suspend. Now What? New rules eliminated this Social Security claiming strategy, but there are other options.

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