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How many retirement plan rules saw changes in the past year? How many are expected to go into effect over the next year or two? Contribution limits, required minimum distributions, catch-up contributions, income limits, tax rates — the retirement planning landscape is always in flux.
The differences between a traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k) are considered common knowledge among financial professionals and plan sponsors. But for the average employee who participates in a defined contribution plan, it’s not always cut and dried.
Securing one’s continued insurance coverage through retirement is critical. With so much to take care of, it can be overwhelming for retirees to make sure everything is in order as they sunset out of working life. Medicare in particular can be confusing.
Those on the cusp of retirement may begin to have more questions about how to navigate the complexities of Medicare. Here’s an overview of Medicare’s parts and retirees’ healthcare options that can help inform financial and human resources professionals who often face questions from workers as retirement approaches.
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Leaves are falling. There’s a chill in the air. It can only mean one thing: Annual benefits enrollments are right around the corner!
The world of finance is constantly evolving, and technological advances have changed the way many individuals are saving, investing and planning for retirement. Digital tools and calculators, e-learning, automation options and a vast array of software applications are at the fingertips of practically every plan participant with internet access.
Lying can often cause more problems than it’s meant to avoid, and this is particularly true when someone lies to their significant other about financial matters.
Many Americans find it a challenge to build a more financially secure future due to higher inflation, rising interest rates and volatile market conditions. And many are, in fact, struggling to grow their wealth. The U.S. median real household income fell 2.9% between 2019 and 2020.1
Eighty-five percent of Americans report feeling stressed about their personal finances, so it’s smart to assume at least some plan participants could use a little extra help addressing their biggest financial concerns.1
It’s been said that knowledge is power. That often proves true when it comes to avoiding costly financial mistakes.
A 2022 survey by the National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) found the average person scored only 58 out of 100 on a financial literacy test and that a lack of financial literacy carries a high cost. The estimated average loss directly resulting from a lack of knowledge about personal finances was $1,819 in 2022, the highest in more than six years.1 That’s an expense of more than $150 each month.