Author - Richard T. Feight, CFP®

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Are You Tax Diversified?
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Organize Your Finances – Plan
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3 Ways To Reduce Living Expenses
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Rent Or Buy?
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HECM Reverse Mortgages

Are You Tax Diversified?

At a recent NAPFA conference in Las Vegas, a couple key note speakers said that good financial planning was a key element in retirees having a secure retirement. Obviously they may have been just trying to make all of us advisors feel good about ourselves, but they had some pretty compelling information to support the claim. One of the factors that benefited retirees that used comprehensive financial planners was tax savings. With tax loss harvesting, advanced tax deferral, and other tax strategies, financial planners were able to add value to their clients’ retirement and account values. But many of these …

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Organize Your Finances – Plan

Many of us of us struggle to keep up. Often times finances are the last thing on our minds until there is a problem with them. This is part of a series of articles written to help you Organize Your Finances. As other articles come out, you can find them by clicking on the Organize category, or Organize Your Finances tab at the top.

Now that you’ve set your goals, and taken stock of your situation with a cash flow analysis, you can determine the steps necessary to accomplish your goals. You do this by putting yourself in situations that …

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3 Ways To Reduce Living Expenses

There are many ways to fund your retirement goal. When the economy and stock market are not cooperating, another approach might be to lower how much you need to live off of. Here are a few things that you can lower your expenses:

Keep your housing costs low. According to a Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, 36% of all American households (both homeowners and renters) spend at least 30% of their pre-tax income on housing costs. You can lower your housing costs by paying off your mortgage faster. For ways to pay off your mortgage faster than …

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Rent Or Buy?

A recent Bloomberg article, Recession Generation Opts to Rent Not Buy Houses to Cars, illustrates how different generations manage their finances based on their economic experience. The article makes the case that the Great Recession may have hampered Gen Xers and Gen Yers chance for building wealth. The article states:

For those who choose to rent not buy, there’s a price to pay, said Lubell of the Center for Housing Policy. By foregoing purchases of assets like homes, young people are giving up on a chance to build wealth, he said.

“What you are seeing is a delay in all

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HECM Reverse Mortgages

Up until now I have always shied away from Reverse Mortgages. They were simply too expensive! With the collapse of the the real estate market and the volatility of the stock market, retirees and financial planners have been scrambling to figure out a way to preserve portfolios. Now there is another alternative: FHA’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Program, or HECM for short.

HECM providers allow seniors access to their equity at a more reasonable rate than previous reverse mortgage providers. According to the website:

"A lender can charge a loan origination fee of up to $2,500 if the home’s appraised

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