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Is Feeling Younger the Secret to a Longer Life?

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | August 3, 2017

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” ~George Bernard Shaw While some people accept getting older as a natural part of life, many others are on a mission to fight the aging process and maintain a youthful attitude and appearance. Although we are often reminded to “age…

Divorce During Retirement

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | July 26, 2017

A funny thing happens when you get busy with trying to achieve all the things you want out of life: You lose a few along the way. Unfortunately, some people lose their marriage.1 However, for those who are truly unhappy and can’t see a way back to blissful partnership, a “gray divorce” isn’t necessarily all…

Taxes and Retirement Planning

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | July 20, 2017

The White House recently introduced what it billed the “biggest tax cut” in U.S. history. While a presidential tax proposal is not likely to get passed without significant changes, the fact that Republicans dominate both chambers of Congress suggests 2017 may well be a year in which significant tax reform is engineered.1 One thing should…

How Much Money Do You Need to Retire?

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | June 21, 2017

How much money do you need to retire? That’s about as personal a question as, “What do you look for in a spouse?” or “What is your dream job?” The answer is different for everyone. So are questions about when you want to retire, how you want to retire (suddenly or gradually) and where you…

Simplify Your Life

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | June 9, 2017

Life has its highs and lows. Sometimes when we go for a long stretch — everybody in the family is healthy, finances are on track, you’re enjoying yourself — we get that nagging feeling that our good fortune just can’t last. Often, that’s true. There’s inevitably a repair needed on your car, an appliance breaks…

The Fiduciary Standard: What It Means

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | May 17, 2017

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor published the final regulation of what is known as the “Fiduciary Rule,” delaying implementation for 60 days from its scheduled start date. The newly expanded definition of fiduciary investment advice is scheduled to go into effect June 9, 2017.1 The rule holds certain financial professionals to a fiduciary standard…

How Government Regulations May Impact the “Average Joe”

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | May 9, 2017

We tend to take government regulations for granted. They can be annoying, like having to sign the HIPAA privacy notice before a doctor’s visit, or time consuming, like the yearly requirement of filing a tax return. In fact, there’s a near-even split among Americans who think we don’t have enough regulation of the financial industry…

Trends in the ETF Market

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | April 25, 2017

In recent months, there has been a recent movement out of actively managed investments into passively managed instruments such as exchange-traded funds. Globally, ETFs gained more than $270 billion in 2016.1 An ETF is a single investment vehicle that tracks all of the securities within an index, a commodity, bonds or a group of assets…

What Is a “Safe” Retirement Withdrawal Rate?

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | April 18, 2017

In an investment portfolio, the withdrawal rate is the monetary percentage from which a retiree draws from his account each year. A “safe” withdrawal rate is a fixed percentage distributed as a systematic withdrawal that reasonably expects portfolio funds to last throughout the retiree’s lifetime. When determining your personal retirement withdrawal rate, it’s important to…

Medicare Reform Outlook: Uncertain

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | April 6, 2017

With a new administration in the nation’s highest office, there is growing debate about Medicare reform. The federal program, which helps provide health insurance to those over 65 and certain younger people with disabilities, is partially funded by participant premiums and a 1.45 percent payroll tax, matched by employers. Yet, it routinely exceeds its funding…

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