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The Generic 60/40 Portfolio May Need an Examination

The Generic 60/40 Portfolio May Need an Examination Cornerstone Wealth Management

As the holidays approach, you may be rounding up your finances for the end of the year. If so, one thing you may want to keep an eye on is the design of your financial portfolio. Your portfolio may not be set up with the best possible spread of investments and assets. If you’re using […]

Reexamining the Retirement Investment Portfolio

Reexamining the Retirement Investment Portfolio Cornerstone Wealth Management

When talking about retirement financial planning, we often take investment strategy at face value. But what does an investment strategy really consist of? An investment strategy is utilized to help your wealth not only retain its value against inflation but hopefully grow as well. When it comes to retirement, there’s another aspect of income generation […]

Should I Convert My 401(k) To A Roth IRA?

Should I Convert My 401(k) To A Roth IRA? Cornerstone Wealth Management

Let’s say you’ve just changed jobs. What are you going to do with your 401(k)? You may be able to convert your 401(k) to a Roth IRA, but is that a good option for you? In this article, we’ll talk about what happens when you make this conversion and give you some examples of different […]

Target-Date Funds: The Backbone of Many Retirement Accounts

Target-Date Funds: The Backbone of Many Retirement Accounts Cornerstone Wealth Management

A target-date fund is an investing tool, often in the form of an ETF or mutual fund, that adjusts its investment strategy based on how much time there is until the target date. The investments are strategized for long-term growth when you are further away from the target date and strategized for wealth preservation the […]

How Long Can I Keep My Money in My Retirement Account?

In most cases, you can’t actually keep your money in your retirement accounts forever. Even if you don’t need the money from your retirement accounts, many of them will require you to begin withdrawing from them when you are 73 years old.[1] This is called a required minimum distribution (often shortened to RMD). More specifically, […]

Don’t Forget the Tried-and-True Value of Compounding Interest

Don’t Forget the Tried-and-True Value of Compounding Interest Cornerstone Wealth Management

If you forgot what compounding interest was, let’s refresh. Compounding interest is the process by which the interest earned on an investment is reinvested so that the initial investment grows over time. It may not seem like it, but compounding returns is a powerful tool that can significantly increase the value of an investment over […]

Simplifying the Differences Between IRAs and 401(k)s

Simplifying the Differences Between IRAs and 401(k)s Cornerstone Wealth Management

An IRA (Individual Retirement Account) and a 401(k) are both types of retirement savings plans that allow individuals to set aside money for the future. However, there are some significant differences between these two types of plans. One of the main differences between an IRA and a 401(k) is the way that they are funded. […]

2 Reasons to Reassess the Generic 60/40 Model

2 Reasons to Reassess the Generic 60/40 Model Cornerstone Wealth Management

Starting out your investing journey, you may have been advised to follow the 60/40 allocation strategy. This strategy tells you to put 60% of your portfolio in equities and 40% in bonds or other fixed-income offerings. For decades, this strategy has been revered for its balance, offering high growth potential from stocks and a safety […]

The Value of Creating Art in Retirement

Retirement can be a time of great change and adjustment, as people transition from full-time work to a more leisurely pace of life. For many people, this can be a difficult and challenging time, as they sometimes struggle to rediscover the purpose in their lives. One option that can be particularly rewarding is taking up […]

What You Need to Know about Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

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On their surfaces, ETFs may seem simple. They offer diversification of assets and are commonly invested in a basket of stocks that aim to meet a certain investment goal. However, there are many key distinctions that make ETFs unique. Understanding the differences between varying ETFs could be crucial to your portfolio. ETFs as Index Funds […]

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Birthdays Over 50 Worth Celebrating
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Birthdays Over 50 Worth Celebrating

Before you start planning for retirement, make sure you put these relevant dates in your calendar. Beginning at 50 years old, there are several birthdays that are essential to be aware of as they can influence your retirement timeline and overall financial plan.

The Fundamentals of Estate Planning
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The Fundamentals of Estate Planning

Estate planning can be an emotional process. After all, it’s difficult to think about things like who will raise your children, or which loved one will best manage your financial assets. Estate planning is necessary, however, because without a will, your estate may end up in court. This means it could be divvied up based on a judge’s ruling, rather than on your personal wishes.

Making the Transition to Retired Life
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Making the Transition to Retired Life

After all your years of hard work and disciplined saving, you’ve made it to retirement – congratulations! Now, the challenge becomes tackling common retirement transition concerns so that you can live out the ideal retirement you’ve dreamed of.

Addressing Market Volatility in Today's World
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Addressing Market Volatility in Today's World

Planning for retirement is never a “set it and forget it” task. There are unexpected disasters, market drops, and changing laws that could cause retirees to reevaluate their financial situation. Ultimately, there’s no way to predict everything that will cause market downturns. However, you can prepare yourself for one by having a solid financial strategy in place.

What to Consider in Your Charitable Giving Plan
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What to Consider in Your Charitable Giving Plan

Congratulations! You’ve decided to give to a charitable organization. Charitable giving is a wonderful way to help further causes you are passionate about and feel good while doing it.

The Importance of Designating Beneficiaries
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The Importance of Designating Beneficiaries

When life gets hectic and your to-do list seems endless, it can be easy to let financial planning details slip through the cracks. However, updates to your designated beneficiaries on 401(k) plans, IRA accounts, and other retirement assets is vitally important.

Managing Inflation in Retirement
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Managing Inflation in Retirement

You may have noticed that the things you buy regularly have become more costly, and you may be pondering if inflation will stay high. For individuals close to retirement or already retired, it is essential to take measures to protect themselves from the eroding effects of inflation.

Birthdays Over 50 Worth Celebrating
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Birthdays Over 50 Worth Celebrating

Before you start planning for retirement, make sure you put these relevant dates in your calendar. Beginning at 50 years old, there are several birthdays that are essential to be aware of as they can influence your retirement timeline and overall financial plan.

The Fundamentals of Estate Planning
READ OUR LATEST GUIDE

The Fundamentals of Estate Planning

Estate planning can be an emotional process. After all, it’s difficult to think about things like who will raise your children, or which loved one will best manage your financial assets. Estate planning is necessary, however, because without a will, your estate may end up in court. This means it could be divvied up based on a judge’s ruling, rather than on your personal wishes.

The Birth of a Grandchild
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The Birth of a Grandchild

Congratulations! The arrival of a grandchild is always an exciting time. Since many grandparents wish to assist in covering their grandchildren’s future financial needs, it’s also a good time to consider financial preparations for the future. If you hope to provide funds to your grandchildren, both 529 plans and trusts are beneficial options.

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Making the Transition to Retired Life
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Making the Transition to Retired Life

After all your years of hard work and disciplined saving, you’ve made it to retirement – congratulations! Now, the challenge becomes tackling common retirement transition concerns so that you can live out the ideal retirement you’ve dreamed of.

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