Married Women Make This Mistake with their Social Security; Are You?

June 19, 2018 | posted in: Blog | by

A big gender gap exists in Social Security wealth because of married women’s retirement decisions, a National Bureau of Economic Research study found.
“Women tend to marry older men and to retire around the same time as their husbands even though they also live longer, on average, than men and may have had shorter careers because of childbearing.
By retiring early, the paper says, women often forego both substantial future earnings and significant amounts of prospective Social Security benefits that they would have received if they had worked longer.”
Click here to read the full article from Michael Fischer.

We’re Going to Tell You the Top 6 Things No One Tells You About Retirement

November 25, 2017 | posted in: Blog, Employee Education | by

According to The Motley Fool‘s Chuck Saletta, “To make your retirement years truly golden, understand what may be coming your way.  Many of us look forward to retirement as the reward for a lifetime of hard work.  While the post-work years can truly be golden for those who plan for them, many retirees are caught off guard by the facts of their new life.”
Click here to read about six important issues you should know about before you leave the working world for good.

How Important Are Retirement Savings? very, verrrry, VERY!!

April 27, 2017 | posted in: Blog, Employee Education, Plan Sponsor Corner | by
How important is saving for retirement? The Social Security Administration’s new study makes the answer pretty clear: very.

The biennial “Income of the Aged” report released this spring examines the retirement income of more than 34 million households, married and single, to produce a financial snapshot of those 65 and older in 2014, the most recent available data.

Savers have nearly doubled the annual income in retirement than nonsavers.
When a household is reduced to one person, income may decrease dramatically.
Income often decreases as a household ages.

Click here to read more about why savings now matter, especially for women.

You Can’t Afford to “Wing It” When It Comes to Retirement!

March 20, 2017 | posted in: Blog, Employee Education | by
Having a written plan makes it more likely you will stick to your plan.

You’ve heard this before: Failing to plan is planning to fail. This couldn’t be more true than when it comes to retirement. According to a recent survey conducted by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS), more than one-third (37 percent) of workers don’t have any strategy for their retirement. These people are truly winging it…leaving their futures to chance.
The study also found that almost half (47 percent) of all workers have a strategy, but it’s not written down. Such a plan is better than nothing, but most likely it’ll be incomplete.
Fewer than one in five workers (16 percent) have a written plan, which is ideal. Research in behavioral economics shows that having a written strategy increases a person’s commitment to carrying out the plan.
So what should go into a successful retirement strategy? Read more, and check out additional links, from MoneyWatch’s Steve Vernon.

The Value of Time

January 26, 2017 | posted in: Blog, Employee Education | by

When recent retirees are asked whether they would have done anything differently about their retirement planning process, many say they wish they’d started sooner.  The mistake that people at all income levels make with retirement accounts is not starting at a younger age.
Time is an important ally when saving and investing, because it allows you to recover from periodic bouts of market volatility. It took five and half years after the vertigo-inducing drop that deleted $11 trillion from stock portfolios for the Dow Jones Industrial Average to regain all of its losses and reach a new high. Those who did not panic and sell their stock investments in 2008-2009 have fully recovered.
Having time on your side makes it easier to accumulate money for retirement, because those who start early don’t have to set aside as much every month. Each decade you delay starting to save means you’ll have to approximately double your savings rate to meet your goal. For example, if socking away 5% per year starting in your early 20 will get you to your goal, waiting until your 30s may mean having to save 10%, and so on.
Time gives you the luxury to be able to develop a plan, and to adjust your savings strategy as you move through your first job, while building your career and preparing for the transition to retirement.
While you’re young, it’s fun to spend money and live in the moment. But, if this describes your philosophy of money, you should motivate yourself to start saving sooner. The longer you wait to save, the more you ultimately will need to save. By making small adjustments in your savings rate now, the easier it will be for you in the long run.
(c) 2013 Kmotion, Inc.*
*Kmotion, Inc., 412 Beavercreek Road, Suite 611, Oregon City, OR 97045; www.kmotion.com
This newsletter is a publication of Kmotion, Inc., whose role is solely that of publisher. The articles and opinions in this publication are for general information only and are not intended to provide tax or legal advice or recommendations for any particular situation or type of retirement plan. Nothing in this publication should be construed as legal or tax guidance; nor as the sole authority on any regulation, law or ruling as it applies to a specific plan or situation. Plan sponsors should consult the plan’s legal counsel or tax advisor for advice regarding plan-specific issues.

Plan Sponsors Ask…

December 30, 2016 | posted in: Plan Sponsor Corner | by

Q: Women are better retirement savers but still lag behind men in outcomes. What gives?

A: Indeed, there is a noteworthy imbalance in retirement wealth accumulation among men and women. Men consistently come out ahead, despite women’s superior savings behaviors.

Women are more likely to save, but men have higher account balances, according to a Vanguard white paper. Its data shows that women are 14% more likely than men to participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plan. Further, once enrolled, women save at higher rates—typically 7%-16% higher than men. Don’t “autopilot” provisions like auto-enrollment equalize things? On the participation front, yes; for savings, no. Among auto-enroll plan participants, men and women participate at similar rates, but men defer at 5% higher rates. Moreover, women are conscientious savers, and auto-enrollment provides them an advantage. Sixty percent fall into lower wage brackets than men, but lower-income individuals experience more positive impacts on savings due to auto-enrollment. What’s more, higher incomes cancel out default features. Among male Vanguard participants, average wages were 25% higher, accounting for higher contribution rates by men in auto-enroll plans. In voluntary-enroll plans, women save at 6% higher rates. Vanguard’s paper highlights a lingering income disparity between men and women and shows that American employers have more work to do to close the gender gap in retirement outcomes.
Read more at http://tinyurl.com/WomenAreBetterSavers.
Q: Many younger participants are simultaneously saving for retirement and paying off student loans. How do we help them successfully accomplish both?

A: Putting off retirement savings to pay down student loans is among the biggest financial mistakes younger workers can make.

In fact, LIMRA found that a 22-yearold with $30,000 in student loan debt could have $325,000 less in savings at retirement than his or her debt-free counterpart. So what’s a plan sponsor to do? Emphasize holistic financial well-being by:
• Encouraging DC plan participants to make the minimum monthly payments on their student loans, and also reminding them to save enough in their retirement plan to get matching contributions. According to Financial Engines, 1 in 4 employees don’t take advantage of the match, meaning they’re leaving up to $43,000 on the table over 20 years.
• Emphasizing creating an emergency fund for unforeseen expenses so they won’t be tempted to borrow from their retirement account or use credit cards.
• Advising them to direct any remaining funds strategically, either by paying down high interest student loans or investing more into their retirement portfolios and putting the money to work through compounding.
• Encouraging participants to stash that extra cash in their retirement accounts once their debt is paid off. Many experts say workers should be saving 15% of their income by age 25 to ensure a comfortable retirement.
Visit http://tinyurl.com/LIMRAStudentLoanResearch and
http://tinyurl.com/StudentDebtVsRetirement to find out more about helping workers save for retirement while paying off student loans.
 
For plan sponsor use only, not for use with participants or the general public. This information is not intended as authoritative guidance or tax or legal advice. You should consult with your attorney or tax advisor for guidance on your specific situation.
Kmotion, Inc., 412 Beavercreek Road, Suite 611, Oregon City, OR 97045; www.kmotion.com © 2016 Kmotion, Inc. This newsletter is a publication of Kmotion, Inc., whose role is solely that of publisher. The articles and opinions in this publication are for general information only and are not intended to provide tax or legal advice or recommendations for any particular situation or type of retirement plan. Nothing in this publication should be construed as legal or tax guidance; nor as the sole authority on any regulation, law or ruling as it applies to a specific plan or situation. Plan sponsors should consult the plan’s legal counsel or tax advisor for advice regarding plan-specific issues.