Friday, July 5, 2013

Creating the Perfect Personal Finance Strategy for Middle-Aged and Senior Citizens

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With the recent financial meltdown debilitating the job sector and leaving an entire generation’s financial security compromised, it’s hard to imagine the troubles faced by middle-aged and senior citizens when the younger generation is in so much hot water. Transitioning to a life with no full-time job and, more importantly, no fixed income can be overwhelming if you’re not prepared for it. 

Whether your retirement plans involve moving back to your old house in Exton PA or settling down comfortably in Napa Valley, you must have excellent dominion over your finances to help you realize these dreams. If you’re pushing 50 or 60 years of age, then here are five key questions to ask yourself in order to choose the most effective strategy for keeping your financial boat sailing smoothly under all conditions.

What Assurance Does Your Health Insurance Give You?

Blindly rejoicing under the blanket of assumed safety of Medicare may not be the smartest idea. It is imperative to be well-versed with all the fine print mentioned in the insurance policy you sign up for and back it up with another policy that covers the loopholes of the former one. It will save you the rude shock of getting a colossal medical bill you’re not prepared to handle.

Are Your Financial Records In Order?

Keeping vigilant records of your expenses and savings is the first step to developing a successful financial plan that will help you enjoy a comfortable retirement. They make it easier to identify any possible deductions such as employment costs, mortgage payments, or commuting expenses that will lower your taxable income. Consult a reputable financial planner by showing them your financial records in order to get a better assessment of your financial status.

What Are Your Tax Liabilities?

Sometimes getting a raise may not be the best thing to happen if you don’t possess the financial savvy to manage it. In fact, graduating to a higher tax bracket may do your bankroll more harm than good. That’s why it’s quintessential to keep track of any revisions in IRS and Social Security policies and adjust your financial planning strategy accordingly.

Is Social Security Really The Ultimate Safety Net?

Contrary to popular perception, Social Security isn’t always a financial guardian angel for your retirement years. If you look at the rules and laws governing Social Security policy, you’ll find out that they’re uncomfortably dynamic in nature is because the age of retirement specified in the Social Security policy keeps changing. Thus, you should maximize your income while reducing your taxable Social Security income as much as possible.

How Bulletproof Is Your Investment Portfolio?

Most financial planners agree that middle-aged citizens should focus on maintaining a growth-oriented investment portfolio with a healthy mix of blue-chip stocks and bonds. As a citizen crossing the age of 50, it’s recommended that you stick to making only stable investments with a low risk factor to ensure guaranteed returns.

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