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The Problems We Solve

People often come to us for help in solving problems. Below are some of the more popular problems we solve.

How much can I spend in retirement?

Another way to phrase this problem is “will I run out of money?” When you were working and had a paycheck coming in each month you knew how much you could safely spend. Once retired, you may need to supplement your social security, pensions, and other steady income with money from savings. You need an income plan that can both help you establish how much you can spend, and provide a way to see if you are on track as the years go by. A good plan may allow you to spend more in the early, more active “go-go” years of retirement, then cut back as you move into the “slow-go years.” Creating an income plan is one of the key things we do for clients.

Do I have the right investments?

In today’s world, we are constantly being pitched a wide variety of investment options. Once you get to retirement how do you know what to choose? It all starts with the income plan. If you don’t have a plan for where the money will come from for the rest of your life how can you begin to know what to invest in? Yet many people we meet with seem to have a “junk drawer” of investment statements, with no idea how they fit into their retirement income goals. We help clients develop a plan, then fund it with investments it calls for.

I’m paying too much in taxes.

We have yet to meet the person that wants to pay more than their fair share of taxes. While working a person’s regular income usually came from a taxable paycheck, you had little control over the taxes you paid. This changes in retirement. For the first time, you may have significant control over where you take the money from and thus how much you pay in taxes. You may be able to balance the withdrawals over time to minimize your taxable income. You may even be able to “pre-pay” some taxes in a lower bracket using strategies like Roth conversions. We work with a client and their tax preparer to integrate their tax plan with their retirement income plan.

How will I pay for Long Term Care?

The good news is we're living longer. The bad news is it often means we have increased medical cost. Traditional Long Term Care insurance has gotten more and more expensive. At the same time, newer “hybrid” policies have appeared on the market, opening up options we didn’t have before. We can help you compare your options and decided what strategy might be right for you.

January/February 2018 – Retirement Strategies Newsletter

Inside This Issue:

  • Savorez – A Must Try!
  • The Bookshelf
  • Sandy’s 5 Star Cider!
  • Saving Fuel in the Winter
  • Maintaining Winter Health
  • Upcoming Events in Wilmy
  • Winterize Your Home

Savorez – A Must Try!

If you’ve been reading our newsletter for a long time, you know that I’ve never used this space to hock restaurants. We are fortunate to have many wonderful restaurants in the Wilmington area, but I don’t fancy myself a food critic, in part, because I can only come up with so many sophisticated ways to say “Yummy!” It takes more than superior food to encourage me to write about a restaurant; it takes a level of personal bonding beyond taste and presentation. And that is exactly why this is the first time I’m writing about a restaurant.

I got the idea for this article when one of our favorite restaurants, Savorez, was named the top new restaurant in North Carolina by Buzzfeed and Yelp. And it’s ours, all ours, Wilmington! Are we lucky or what? Take that, Raleigh! Savorez is a charming little 36-seat restaurant at the corner of Chestnut and 4th Street in Downtown Wilmington. Its flavor palate is Central American, but you need only an appreciation for a good meal and the slightest touch of adventure in your soul to be delighted with Savorez. The staff is so friendly and upbeat that it doesn’t take long to feel like family (kind of like Mel’s Diner on a gourmet level).

Their regular menu is simple and delicious (Sam and David favor the Gatos Tacos while I ask for a spoon to capture every bit of the delicious sauce in the Langousta Y Coco—lobster ceviche), but you can never go wrong with one of the specials. It is with the specials that they exercise their creativity and allow their imaginations to soar. If you see a special you like, order it! You may never see anything quite like it again. Their cocktails are just as creative and unique.

We’re there a lot and, in fact, our family celebrated New Year’s at their first (annual, I hope) New Year’s Champagne Dinner. A great time was had by all. And the food was —you got it— yummy. And, of course, champagne!

The owner and chef of Savorez is Sam Cahoon (his father, coincidentally, is Larry Cahoon, a marine biology professor at UNCW, whom I’ve seen at a number of GenX forums advocating for our clean water). As a general rule, I can only see Sam’s torso through the narrow window into the kitchen, but he obligingly stepped out so I could take a picture. He has such a nice natural smile that I only needed to take one shot and it was just perfect.

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Three ‘Spy Secrets’ That Can Protect You, Your Family and Your Business

Imagine yourself in a vintage tuxedo, sipping a “shaken, not stirred” martini as you make eye contact across the bar with a beautiful secret agent who is about to covertly hand you a dossier with information that will help prevent World War III.

Okay—that’s almost certainly never going to happen to you. But you can use some of the same strategies employed by professional spies and operatives to prevent criminals from harming you, your family and your company.

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