It’s no secret that I am a big fan of the monthly pension compared to the lump sum. Unlike, Dave Ramsey and probably every one of your co-workers, I think that most people should take the monthly pension when they retire. A steady stream of monthly income in retirement that isn’t impacted by the stock market, is hard to beat. Still, the monthly pension is … Continue reading The 5 Biggest Risks of the Monthly Pension
Recently, a client of mine called because he is getting closer to retirement and feels like he needs to get more conservative in his 401(k). If you have ever read a finance book or listened to any financial “guru”, the investment advice is always the same; Invest more aggressively while you are younger and more conservative as you approach retirement. My client had heard this … Continue reading Planning on a Lump Sum Pension? May be Time to Up The Risk of Your 401(k)
A client recently told me that he was planning on taking the lump sum pension because he heard from Dave Ramsey this is the best option. Are you kidding me?! You are making one of the biggest financial decisions of your life based on a four paragraph article by Dave Ramsey? I know the guy is THE financial guru, but he doesn’t know your personal … Continue reading Disagreeing with Dave Ramsey Regarding the Lump Sum Pension
Everyday I get a new question regarding pensions. Almost all of these stem from a fellow co-worker who’s part-time gig is armchair financial advisor. Today, my client was shocked to hear from fellow automobile design engineer/lump sum expert, that he would only receive 45% of the lump sum, because the other 55% were eaten away by taxes. My clients co-worker wasn’t even close, and worse … Continue reading The 5 Biggest Myths About Pensions
If you are married and have a monthly pension, the recommendation is almost always to take the Joint & Survivor pension benefit option. This means that while both you and your spouse are living, you will draw a slightly reduced pension compared to a Single Life Annuity. The benefit is that if the pensioner dies first, the spouse will still receive a benefit for his … Continue reading Joint and Survivor Pension Benefit or Insure Yourself?
I can offer one piece of advice on making a decision between taking a monthly pension vs. a lump sum; don’t listen to your financial advisor! There may be nobody who benefits more from you deciding to take the lump sum than your financial advisor. And guess what, your financial advisor will almost always suggest a lump sum. Is this because your advisor has looked … Continue reading Should I Take the Lump Sum or Monthly Pension?
I grew up in Michigan and absolutely love it here. I’ve lived in Michigan essentially my whole life outside of an eight year ski trip that I took to Colorado. I was lucky enough to meet my wife in Colorado and after getting married, we had some decisions to make. We knew we wanted children and we also knew we wanted to live closer to … Continue reading How Long Does a $1 Million Retirement Savings Last in Michigan?