Grand Rapids Magazine Interviews Steve Starnes on Shifting Retirement Expectations

“Retirement is changing.” So begins a recent Grand Rapids Magazine Look+Feel column, “A Shift in Retirement.” As retirees are living longer with less access to traditional pension plans, Steve Starnes, MBA, CFP® notes that financial planning plays an even more important role in the ability to retire as we desire. Plus, there’s lifestyle planning. “Not doing anything [in retirement] is hard for a lot of people,” says Steve, “whether they need the money or not.”

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Anastasia Wiese Shows GRBJ Readers How to Tend to Retirement with a Target-Date Fund

When spring flowers bloom, we discover how our earlier plantings have paid off. Likewise, how you “seed” your financial garden today determines whether you can later harvest rich rewards. In a June 2 Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® described how to use a target-date fund to save for retirement: “It can be nice to have retirement investing on autopilot through payroll deduction and a single self-maintained investment option,” says Anastasia. “However, as with any investment tool, there are things you should consider when choosing to invest in a target-date fund.”

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Anastasia Wiese’s GRBJ Commentary: Pay Off Debt or Invest?

In today’s climate of low interest rate loans, many investors have been asking a variation on the same question: Is “extra,” discretionary cash best used to pay down debt – such as mortgages, auto loans, student loans or credit card balances – or to invest toward retirement? In her February 22 Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® covers how to make good choices either way: “Ultimately, every action you take to advance your overall financial picture should move you closer to a place of decreased anxiety and increased satisfaction with your financial situation.”

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Anastasia Wiese Describes RMD Put-Backs

Did you take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA earlier this year? If so, to help with the financial fall-out from COVID-19, the IRS is allowing you to reverse your 2020 RMD distribution … but you must act by August 31. In a July 28th Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® describes how the RMD “put-back” works, and whether to consider taking advantage of the opportunity.

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Anastasia Wiese’s GRBJ Commentary: Understanding Sequence Risk

In a June 25th Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® described how current uncertainties may expose retirees to “sequence risk,” or the risk of encountering negative investment returns early in retirement. Specifically, the random sequence — or order — in which you earn your returns early in retirement can impact your lasting wealth. How does sequence risk work, and how can you manage it if it happens to you?

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GRBJ Features Steve Starnes on Making Good Financial Choices in Uncertain Times

Even in “normal” times, it’s hard to make good financial choices. With today’s increased uncertainty, the challenge is even greater. In a recent Grand Rapids Business Journal, Steve Starnes, MBA, CFP® describes a process for avoiding expensive money-management mistakes during the heightened medical, economic, and financial unknowns.

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Anastasia Wiese Authors a GRBJ Article Summarizing the CARES Act

There are a lot of provisions rolled into H.R. 748 – otherwise known as the CARES Act. Plus, Congress continues to clarify the many details involved. In an April 20th Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® offered an overview of the Act, and its primary sources of relief aimed at helping individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus.

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Jeff Williams Comments in MiBiz on Business Owners’ Financial and Succession Planning

Most successful business owners build their company’s financial strength through strategic planning and adept execution. But as Jeff Williams, CFP®, CPA/PFS comments in a recent MiBiz article, far fewer business owners bring these skills to their personal financial planning. When it’s time to implement a business succession plan, “not soon enough” financial planning can interfere with their own and their company’s optimal outcomes.

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Why “Safe Harbors” Can Be Risky Business

During heightened market turbulence, many investors are tempted to abandon the markets and flee to cash and cash-like “safe harbor” holdings. While it usually makes sense to allocate some of your wealth in this manner, too much “safety” can actually put your wealth at risk. Jeff Williams, CFP®, CPA/CFS explains how.

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Anastasia Wiese Comments on the SECURE Act and Retirement Planning in Recent GRBJ Article

How does the SECURE Act, passed at year-end 2019, help people better prepare for today’s retirement realities? In a February 2020 Grand Rapids Business Journal article, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® weighed in on how the newly enacted legislation can enhance retirement planning for employers and employees alike.

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