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Why Planning is Important

By | 2017-05-09T22:14:05+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

If you have spent any significant time with the Mackey Advisors team, you have probably realized that we sometimes sound like a broken record when it comes to the concept of “planning”.  That is because almost every new client we work with, we continue to reinforce this huge importance. Often that importance is not just placed [...]

10 Years and Counting: Points to Consider as You Approach Retirement

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:52+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

If you're a decade or so away from retirement, you've probably spent at least some time thinking about this major life change. How will you manage the transition? Will you travel, take up a new sport or hobby, or spend more time with friends and family? Should you consider relocating? Will you continue to work in [...]

Planning Your Financial Future

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:51+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Let’s take a few minutes to discuss personal financial planning – or as we call it Prosperity Planning™.  When we take a step back for a minute it is quite astonishing to think of everything we plan for.  We make plans for dinner, lists for the grocery, and schedules for kitchen duty at the office.  Kids [...]

Student Loan Debt Limiting Careers, Marriage, Home Buying and Retirement, Survey Reveals

By | 2017-04-18T20:53:56+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Categories: Press Room|Tags: , , , , , , , |

reposted from GoodCall.com by: Terri Williams June 8, 2016   Many students pursue a college degree to obtain the necessary skills, education, and training needed to enjoy many of life’s pleasures, such as pursuing a dream job, getting engaged and married, and purchasing a home or new car. However, student loan debt has created a catch-22 [...]

Marriage and Money

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:48+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

U.S. Supreme Court decisions have given same-sex married couples the same rights and privileges as opposite-sex married couples. If you're married or on your way to the altar, you'll want to sort through the financial implications and potential opportunities you have. 1. Evaluate your employee benefits Once you're married, you may want to coordinate workplace benefits [...]

IRA Contributions

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:47+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

So instead of wasting your time trying to convince you how great they are, I would rather discuss the mechanics of how you take advantage of them. Devise a savings strategy and start the automatic saving. IRAs come in two flavors: Traditional and Roth.  Traditional IRAs are tax-deferred, i.e., money grows year-after-year without Uncle Sam collecting [...]

When & How to Ask for Financial Help

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:45+00:00 January 6th, 2016|Categories: On Our Minds, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

When is the best time to plant a tree?  Twenty years ago. When is the next best time?  Today. The same thinking applies to getting financial help. When is the best time to get financial advice?  Twenty years ago.  When is the next best time?  Today. Seriously, the answer is always earlier is better.  The Boomer [...]

IRA and Retirement Plan Limits for 2016

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:44+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

IRA contribution limits The maximum amount you can contribute to a traditional IRA or Roth IRA in 2016 is $5,500 (or 100% of your earned income, if less), unchanged from 2015. The maximum catch-up contribution for those age 50 or older remains at $1,000. (You can contribute to both a traditional and Roth IRA in 2016, [...]

Five Questions and Answers about New Social Security Claiming Rules

By | 2015-11-18T14:24:57+00:00 November 18th, 2015|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

When Congress unexpectedly eliminated two Social Security claiming strategies as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, retirement planning got a little more complicated for people who expected to use those strategies to boost their retirement income. Here are some questions and answers that could help if you are wondering how the new rules might [...]

College Planning – 7 Steps to Keep Your Money & Your Sanity

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:30+00:00 May 21st, 2015|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

One of the most financially savvy gifts a parent or guardian can give their child is to send them to college. Even with student debt, the difference in a college graduate’s lifetime earnings vs that of someone with only a high school diploma is substantial. This wage difference spread over 40+ years in the work force [...]