Monthly Archives: October 2012

CAN WE AVERT THE “FISCAL CLIFF”?

2013 isn’t far off, yet both sides of Congress could end up far apart.

Presented by Jason Kolinsky, Financial Advisor at Kolinsky Wealth Management

Recently, you may have heard about the “looming fiscal cliff”, the “coming fiscal cliff” and so forth. What exactly is it?

Briefly stated, the “fiscal cliff” is a potential $7 trillion dilemma facing Congress this fall – a Congress not known for ready cooperation. If America goes over it, our economy could stumble.1

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HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO KEEP YOUR STATEMENTS?

One year? Three years? Seven years? It depends.

Provided by Jason Kolinsky, Financial Advisor at Kolinsky Wealth Management

You’ve probably heard that you should retain copies of your federal tax returns for 7 years. Is that true, or a myth? How long should you keep those quarterly and annual statements you get about your investment accounts? And how long should you keep bank statements before throwing them away?

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WHAT IS A “REASONABLE” RETIREMENT SAVINGS RATE?

How much salary should you defer into a retirement plan? Ultimately, the answer is “however much your budget allows you to contribute”. The big-picture question, however, is whether you need to contribute more to your retirement savings in order to maintain your lifestyle after your career is done.

An Aon Hewitt analysis (The Real Deal: 2012 Retirement Income Adequacy at Large Companies) finds that the average corporate employee makes a pre-tax contribution equal to 7.2% of his or her pay to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Aon Hewett has found this level of contribution to be pretty consistent across the past few years. The Employee Benefit Research Institute puts the number at 7.5%.1,2

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