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The SECURE Act: What It Means to Your Retirement and Your Estate Plan

By Margaret Muldoon | January 31, 2020

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is the most significant retirement reform legislation in more than a decade. It was signed into law on December 20,… Read More

Gray Divorce: The Financial Risks of Divorce After 50

By Christine Palmer Hennigan | February 21, 2019

“Gray divorces” — where the couple is over the age of 50 — can have tremendous financial repercussions, putting retirements and even financial well-being at risk.

The Most Common Mistakes People Make in Saving for Retirement

By Penn Mutual | November 6, 2018

In my experience, when people say they’re planning for retirement, that simply means they’ve been putting money away every year. Don’t get me wrong – that’s an important first step – but simply saving for retirement may not count as planning for retirement.

Smart Tax Planning for the Soon-to-Be Retired

By Jason Wein | October 23, 2018

There’s such an emphasis on saving for retirement, yet no one puts much thought into the tax consequences. Without smart tax planning, taxes can be a major source of erosion on retirement income. Most of us would be thrilled to get a 6 to 8 percent return long-term on our retirement portfolios, yet the current minimum income tax rate is 10 percent, the maximum is 37 percent. Being smart about taxes can make your money go much farther in retirement.

Personal Finance When You’re About to Retire

By Michele Burkholder | August 21, 2018

Those last few years, months, and weeks before retirement can be both exciting and terrifying. We call it “go time” when talking with our clients. Among other things, it’s time to make sure you have everything in place. Here are five steps you need to take before you retire.

Life Insurance Can Balance Retirement and College Savings Goals

By Penn Mutual | June 12, 2018

Parents face a tough choice: Save for their children’s college education or save for retirement. Fortunately, this is not an either/or situation, because there are strategies that allow parents to save for both needs simultaneously. One important and often overlooked tool for achieving this is permanent life insurance.

5 Ways to Balance College and Retirement Savings

By Penn Mutual | April 10, 2018

Saving for one goal doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the other. Try these strategies to help you prioritize and balance college and retirement savings.

Four Commitments for Financial Success

By Carolyn Humphrey | February 6, 2018

Nowhere is a commitment more essential to success than when it comes to financial success. Here are four commitments you can make now that will help you understand what you need to do to reach financial success and, more importantly, the steps you need to take to make this happen.

How to Get Your Financial Life in Order on a Snow Day

By Cara Drew | January 23, 2018

Snow days can bring a welcome respite from the rush and bustle of everyday life. Suddenly housebound with nowhere to go and nothing to do, it can be a rare chance to just sit quietly watching the snow fall, or maybe to tackle some household projects you’ve been putting off. Here’s an idea that can combine deep thought with something you might have long neglected: Take some time to get your financial life in order. Here are a few financial things to think about if you find yourself with a snow day.

5 Reasons to Buy Life Insurance in Your 20s

By Penn Mutual | December 6, 2017

Buying life insurance in your 20s can yield some key benefits that you may lose out on by waiting to get covered. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing life insurance, but you’re not sure the time is right, here are five reasons not to put it off.