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6 Financial Tips for Couples

By Financial Planning

Money can be a major obstacle for couples. Here are a few ways to overcome it.

Do you remember when you first met your partner? So many things about them might have captivated you. Maybe it was their eyes, their hair or their smile. Maybe you started talking and you fell in love with their outlook on life, their fun-loving attitude or their sense of humor. We’re willing to bet, however, it wasn’t your aligned financial philosophies that initially drew you to each other, even if financial stability was high on your list of priorities for potential partners.

At the same time, maybe that should be something you look for in your other half. Nearly 50% of Americans say they argue with their significant other about money, while 41% of Gen Xers and 29% of baby boomers attribute their divorce to financial disagreements [1]. One of our goals is to give you the stability that can eliminate financial stress, trimming your worries when it comes to your happily ever after. Here are six tips for couples looking to achieve their financial goals together!

  1. Communicate Effectively

Of course, communication is the key to a healthy relationship. It’s no secret. In fact, you’ve probably heard this old adage your entire life, but hearing it is different from comprehending it and acting upon it. Additionally, while it’s important when sharing your needs and overcoming conflict, it’s just as important to have open, honest, confident communication about your finances. In our experience, the majority of the battle is normalizing the conversation. Remember, you’re not just combining finances; you’re combining your entire lives, so this discussion shouldn’t be taboo. To make it easier, it can be a good idea to start with simple topics. Go over things like income, how you feel about different retirement accounts, your experience investing or how comfortable you feel with risk. You can then let the conversation naturally evolve to encompass more complex topics, or you can tackle new problems as they arise. It’s key to consider that you’re equal partners, both in life and in money, and it’s crucial to have these discussions before and during a serious relationship.

  1. Choose a Strategy

Once you’ve broken the barrier to financial discussion, it can be helpful to choose a strategy for how you’ll combine your finances. Some couples, for example, find it easiest to simply combine all their assets, giving meaning to the phrase, “What’s mine is yours.” Others, however, may feel more comfortable keeping their assets separate and handling their own personal expenses. Most commonly, a couple will land somewhere in the middle with a few select combined accounts and some solo accounts. This can help each person maintain some of their individuality and independence while also offering some guidance as to who’s responsible for different financial obligations. Spend some time discussing these options with your partner, and be completely open and honest to foster healthy communication in the present and future.

  1. Set Measurable, Realistic Goals

Identify goals that are important to both of you, especially if you want to achieve them together. Whether those are short- term goals or long-term, this gives you something to work toward, unifying your vision and objectives to keep you on the same page. It can also help you maintain control over your financial decisions and your priorities. Ensuring those goals are measurable and realistic is also important. In addition to the satisfaction that comes with watching yourself climb toward your objectives, reaching measurable milestones can be motivating, pushing you and your partner to continue saving and spending with the future in mind.

  1. Budget Effectively

As a couple, you’re a team. That means working together to reach common goals. There’s also power in finding financial strength together, so constructing a budget, controlling your spending, and expressing your thoughts freely can help you grow as a duo. When building that budget, it’s important to start by having a conversation about your priorities. Lay them out clearly, and work together to determine which expenses are “needs” and which expenses are “wants.” You’ll probably want to prioritize essentials, like food, your home, your transportation, and other necessary living expenses. You may want to move on to outstanding debt, determining how much you can realistically pay down in a given period. As partners, you should also hold each other accountable, knowing that sticking to the budget is what’s better for both. Then, know you can tweak your budget as your circumstances change and evolve.

  1. Choose the Right Financial Partner

The right financial partner or professional can help you develop and work toward your goals. Oftentimes, this means finding someone who understands your current circumstances, is able to read you and your partner as people, and is willing to work in your best interests. This can be tricky, but remember, this is your livelihood we’re talking about. It’s more than understandable if you’re skeptical when choosing someone to control your assets. Additionally, if you think it’s the right time to start working with a professional, ask many questions to determine if they’re the right person to help you achieve your goals. While you may feel like you’re on the hot seat as they ask about your saving and spending, it’s just as much of an opportunity for you to assess how effective or helpful they will be in the construction of your plan or portfolio.

  1. Develop an Actionable Plan

Once you understand your cashflow, habits, budget and goals as a couple, it’s time to develop a plan that offers specific direction and sets you into motion. Oftentimes, this is the blueprint for your future, giving both you and your partner rules to adhere to. It should also be comprehensive, meaning that it accounts for each aspect of your life. Determine how you’ll utilize specific retirement accounts, as well as if you’re comfortable having your money exposed to market risk. You can also explore options for insurance policies, which can be crucial if you want to protect your loved ones in the event of the worst. Furthermore, revisit your plan on a regular basis. Maybe your risk tolerance has changed, you feel you can contribute more to your savings vehicles, your beneficiaries have changed, you need different levels of insurance coverage, or you’re ready to graduate into retirement. Your plan plays a key role in achieving both your short- and long-term goals, and having one that you believe in can make all the difference.

We believe that money should never hinder your relationship. If you have any questions about how you can effectively combine and develop a plan for your finances as a couple, give us a call today!




5 Things You Should Know if You’re Retiring in 2024

By Retirement, Retirement Planning

Heads up! If you plan to retire this year, you should know these five things.

Are you planning to enter the most exciting phase of your life in 2024? A phase where you get to do what you want to do, not what you have to do? With the right planning and preparation, it’s possible, but you should be aware of the year-over-year changes that occur for retirees, especially if this is your first year. Here are five changes you should know about if you plan on entering retirement in 2024.

  1. Higher Income Tax Brackets [1,2]

Traditionally, tax brackets rise with inflation on an annual basis, and 2024 is no different. For instance, the top end of the 0% capital gains bracket is up from $44,625 to $47,025 for single filers and from $89,250 to $94,050 for those who are married and filing jointly. Retirees who expect to withdraw from accounts subject to income tax—like traditional 401(k)s—may also expect to see a bit more relief this year in their income. See below for 2024’s ordinary income tax brackets.

Rate (%) Filing Single Married Filing Jointly Married Filing Separately Head of Household
10% $0 to


$0 to


$0 to


$0 to


12% $11,601 to $47150 $23,201 to $94,300 $11,601 to $47,150 $16,551 to $63,100
22% $47,151 to $100,525 $94,301 to $201,050 $47,151 to $100,525 $63,101 to $100,500
24% $100,526 to $191,950 $201,051 to $383,900 $100,526 to $191,950 $100,501 to $191,950
32% $191,951 to $243,725 $383,901 to $487,450 $191,951 to $243,725 $191,951 to $243,700
35% $243,726 to $609,350 $487,451 to $731,200 $243,726 to $365,600 $243,701 to $609,350
37% $609,351 or


$731,201 or


$365,601 or


$609,351 or



  1. Higher RMD Ages [3]

As of Jan. 1, 2023, retirees must begin taking required minimum distributions at age 73 unless they’ve already started. This was part of a gradual change made by SECURE Act 2.0 that will again raise the RMD age to 75 in 2033. This change can offer more flexibility to retirees who don’t need the money from their qualified accounts and otherwise would have incurred unnecessary income taxes. It also gives them an extra year to find other sources of income or to convert those funds to tax-free money. If you are turning 73 in 2024, your first year required minimum distribution from your qualifying accounts must be withdrawn by Apr. 1, 2025. In subsequent years, they must be withdrawn by the end of the year, or you may incur a 25% excise tax, which may be dropped to 10% if corrected in a timely manner.

  1. Elimination of RMDs for Roth 401(k)s [4]

One of the perks of the Roth IRA is that it does not come with required minimum distributions because you purchase them with already-taxed money. Roth 401(k) accounts through your employer were the same—except for the employer matching part. Before the passage of the SECURE 2.0 legislation, if your employer offered matching contributions and you chose a Roth 401(k) instead of a traditional 401(k) account, employer matching funds had to be placed into an entirely separate pre-tax traditional account which was taxable. Then, upon reaching RMD age, withdrawals were mandated for both accounts, even though taxes were only due on the matching portion.

Now, as of the passage of the SECURE 2.0 legislation, employers at their discretion can offer their matching amounts on an after-tax basis into Roth 401(k)s or Roth 403(b)s. If your employer offers this option and you choose it, you will owe income taxes on the employer match portion in the year you receive the money, but RMDs will no longer be due.

  1. Preparation for 2026 Tax Cut Sunsets [5]

Though tax cuts sunsetting at the end of 2025 won’t immediately impact 2024 retirees now, it may be crucial to begin preparing for the 2026 tax year. While the federal estate and gift tax exemption amount is currently $13.61 million per individual, it’s expected to drop back down to below $7 million in 2026. For those with larger estates, that could slice the amount of tax-free money going to beneficiaries in half. Income tax rates could also revert to what they were prior to 2018, meaning that it may be helpful to convert taxable income to tax-free income—for instance, by using Roth conversions—in the next two years. Additionally, those impacted by this change could also look to work with a financial professional to implement long-term tax strategies that give them the opportunity to pass their wealth to their beneficiaries as efficiently as possible.

  1. Higher Medicare Costs but Increased Social Security Payments [6,7]

Medicare costs are also up in 2024. Though Part A is free to beneficiaries, it does come with an annual deductible, which is up $32 from $1,600 to $1,632. Medicare Part B premiums are also up in 2024 from $164.90 to $174.40, an increase of roughly 6%. It’s important to know that those premiums are traditionally deducted from Social Security payments, which typically also rises with a cost-of-living adjustment determined by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, or the CPI-W. In 2024, that increase is 3.2%, so while the adjusted checks won’t be entirely proportionate to the higher Part B premiums, the COLA may help to offset the extra costs.

If you think you’re ready to retire in 2024, we can help! Give us a call today to work with a professional and start the transition into the most exciting time of your life. You can reach Drew Capital Group in Tampa at 813.820.0069.




Your 2023 Year-End Financial To-Do List

By Financial Planning

The end of the year is upon us. Here are some tasks to check off before 2024 arrives!

It’s that special time of the year when the holiday spirit is in the air, good friends are always near, and family time fills up our schedules. It’s also the perfect time to take financial inventory and reassess your plan to see if it still aligns with your goals. You may need to make tweaks, as your circumstances have almost certainly changed. Maybe that’s because of a major life event or an unexpected expense, which most people experience or incur over the course of a year. It’s only normal, but it can be helpful to ensure that you’re still on track toward the future you idealized. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for the turn of the calendar!

  1. Review Your Financial Plan

Your financial plan is never meant to be a “set-it-and-forget-it” type of document. Just like the economic landscape, it’s supposed to change, and the end of the year can be the perfect time to make necessary adjustments that get you back on track toward your goals. Sometimes, those changes can even be for the better or because you had a successful year. For example, maybe you are quickly approaching or have already surpassed a goal you set at the beginning of the year. You can recalibrate your approach for both the short and long term to keep yourself motivated. If you find that you’ve suffered an unfortunate setback, that’s also okay. Your plan is a great place to start when trying to get back on track toward your ideal destination.

  1. Adjust Your Monthly Budget

As we near the end of the calendar year, you may have a better idea of your current income and expenditures. Sometimes, that can help you create a more accurate budget, especially if that budget aligns with your financial plan. Additionally, you might have received a nice annual bonus or raise, giving you some more leeway or freedom in your budget, or giving you extra funds to save or create an emergency fund. On the other hand, maybe you had a baby or accrued unforeseen home, auto or medical bills, forcing you to take a moment and reprioritize. Whether you believe you’ve taken a step forward or a step back, mapping out your expenditures and tweaking your budget accordingly can be helpful as we head into 2024.

  1. Review Your Investments

How did your investments perform this year? If you can’t answer that question, it’s probably a good idea to look, especially if you plan on using that money in retirement. Remember, the years leading up to retirement and the first few years of retirement are the most dangerous times to experience market volatility, as you likely take those losses when your asset totals are the highest. It can also be helpful to further diversify your portfolio or build a new asset allocation that aligns better with your goals. Though diversification certainly doesn’t promise either growth or protection, different asset classes can offer different features, potentially giving you the opportunity to achieve protection through varying and potentially less volatile investment or saving vehicles.

  1. Recalibrate Your Retirement Account Contributions [1,2,3,4]

No matter which stage of your career you’re currently at, it’s important to know how much of your income you can contribute to your various retirement accounts, such as 401(k)s, IRAs, 403(b)s, 457 plans, SEP IRAs and SIMPLE IRAs. For example, in 2023, the contribution limit for traditional and Roth IRA accounts is $6,500. That amount will increase to $7,000 for the 2024 tax year. If you’re older than 50, you can also make catch-up contributions up to $1,000. The contribution limit for a 401(k) participant is $22,500 for the 2023 tax year; however, that will rise to $23,000 in 2024. Catch up contributions of up to $7,500 can also be made to 401(k) accounts for those 50 and older. NOTE: These limits are imposed on individuals, not accounts, so the limits are on total contributions to all of your different employer-sponsored accounts or IRAs. It’s also important to remember that you can contribute to your IRA for 2023 until Tax Day of 2024, which is on Monday, Apr. 15. 401(k) contributions, however, must be made by the end of the year.

  1. Take Your RMDs [5,6]

If you must begin taking RMDs in 2023 or you’ve already begun taking RMDs, those funds must be withdrawn by the end of the calendar year to avoid incurring a 25% excise tax. That makes right now the perfect time to ensure that you’ve withdrawn an adequate amount, as there is still time to pull from your qualified retirement accounts. It can also be beneficial to speak to your financial advisor who can help you calculate your RMDs, as they’re typically determined by your expected lifespan and asset total. To see when you must begin taking RMDs, please refer to the chart below!

Date of Birth RMD Age
June 30, 1949, or Before 70 ½
July 1, 1959, to Dec. 31, 1950 72
Jan. 1, 1951, to Dec. 31, 1959 73
Jan. 1, 1960, or After 75


  1. Spend Money Left in Your FSA [7,8]

Flexible savings accounts, or FSAs, are accounts funded by pre-tax money that allow you to use tax-free funds to pay for qualifying health expenses. They can be extremely helpful for those looking for tax advantages for services that are not covered by their health care plan, including deductibles and co-pays. While you may have a grace period provided by your employer, with most FSAs you must spend the money for qualifying health expenses by the end of the year or risk losing it. Some expenses that traditionally qualify include general wellness appointments, annual physicals, visits to specialists, dental cleanings, eyeglasses or in-home care equipment.

Similar to FSAs, HSAs, or health savings accounts, can be used for medical expenses, but the accounts are permanent and stay with the owner. HSAs are tax-deductible and can grow and build up tax-free to cover a long list of medical, health, dental and vision expenses, usually in retirement. In order to open and begin contributing to an HSA, you must purchase a high-deductible health plan that qualifies, or be offered an HDHP through your employer. You cannot contribute to an HSA when you are over the age of 65.

  1. Review Your Workplace Benefits and Beneficiaries

Most benefits plans change on a year-to-year basis, and those changes are typically outlined by your human resources department during the open enrollment period. If your employer provides benefits packages, be sure to go through your benefits guide to know exactly what you’re entitled to and how you can leverage those perks to your advantage. For example, you may be able to select from different health care packages, or you might be able to opt into an HSA or FSA. It’s also important to review beneficiaries who are on your plan, as their needs may differ on a year-to-year basis.

  1. Talk to Your Financial Professional or Advisor

Your financial professional, planner or advisor is meant to be your personal advocate and consultant when it comes to your financial and lifestyle goals. That means they can help you determine whether you’re on track to reach your goals. If not, they can work with you to set more reasonable expectations, but if you find yourself on the right track, they can help you further purpose your money for both the short- and long-term future. Additionally, your advisor should soon be calling to set up an annual meeting with you to discuss updated options, new regulations, developments in the marketplace and more. As we close out the year, now is the perfect time to have that meeting and prepare for new circumstances and the new year.

If you have any questions about your year-end financial to-do list and how you can prepare for the year ahead, please give us a call today! You can reach Drew Capital Group in Tampa at 813.820.0069.





All information contained herein is derived from sources deemed to be reliable but cannot be guaranteed. All views/opinions expressed in this newsletter are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views/opinions held by Advisory Services Network, LLC.

Advisory Services Network, LLC does not provide tax advice.  The tax information contained herein is general and is not exhaustive by nature.  Federal and state laws are complex and constantly changing.  You should always consult your own legal or tax professional for information concerning your individual situation.



Why Long-Term Care is an Important Part of a Financial Plan

By Financial Planning, Long Term Care

It’s National Long-term Care Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to discuss the importance of preparing for the potential need for care.

Financial planning can be a complex process, especially for those looking for a comprehensive plan that accounts for every aspect of their life. That comprehensive plan traditionally includes budgeting, investing, tax-mitigation, estate planning, and as you get closer to retirement, should even include Medicare and Social Security. One aspect that often goes overlooked, however, is planning for long-term care, or the potential of needing this extremely intricate, intimate and pricey care. Let’s go over why it’s important to include long-term care planning as part of your holistic financial plan, as well as a few ways you might be able to mitigate the potential of it draining your savings.

It Can Help You Preserve Your Hard-Earned Assets [1,2,3]

The unfortunate reality is that seven in 10 of today’s 65-year-olds will need some type of long-term care, and 20% will need it for longer than five years. When long-term care can cost more than $100,000 per year for a private room in a nursing home, it’s easy to see how even a short-term stay be detrimental to a financial plan by draining savings and upending long-term plans. Preparing early for the possibility of needing long-term care can help you avoid the stress and pressure of scrambling for the funds or clearing out the savings accounts you’ve worked so hard to grow.

It’s Not Covered by Medicare

A common misconception is that long-term care or extended stays in assisted living or nursing home facilities are covered by Medicare. It does cover some stays in skilled nursing care if, for example, a medical condition has necessitated that level of service; however long-term care is considered a lifestyle expense rather than a medical expense, so it’s not covered by the federal program. That means that even if you work with a financial professional to find the right Medicare or Medicare Advantage plan for you, you may still be lacking the coverage you need, again forcing you to foot a bill that can quickly deplete funds for even the most diligent savers.

It May be Able to Extend Your Independent Lifestyle

Planning for long-term care is about so much more than just the care itself. It’s about giving yourself the opportunity to make life-altering decisions in any scenario. A clearly defined plan to pay for long-term care can help you retain your agency and decision-making power, even if you’re no longer capable of living on your own. It can also be helpful to know that you have a plan in place in the event of the worst, potentially giving you confidence and saving you from the stress that can come with having to make a decision and arrange for your care at the last possible moment.

You Can Shoulder the Burden for Loved Ones

Just as your plan is about more than the care itself, your plan is also about more than you. If you create a comprehensive plan that determines how you’ll be cared for as well as how you’ll pay for that care should you need it, your family may not be subjected to the emotional and financial burden that can come with making those decisions at a moment’s notice, especially if your health and capabilities have deteriorated beyond being sound of mind. Additionally, a plan can give your family the same assurance it gives you, as they can potentially gain confidence that you’ll be in capable hands should you need high-level care for an extended period.

You May Prepare and Gain Access to Better Care

The flexibility you offer yourself by preparing early can also give you access to the quality of care you need, whether that be at-home care or assistance in a long-term living or nursing facility. It can also help you build the financial resources or secure a spot if you need a specific level of care, such as memory care, that often sees openings fill quickly at the best facilities. Furthermore, depending on the saving vehicle you use, you might be able to build more assets you can use to fund your stay. Those funds might help you relieve the stress of finding new methods of payment, relocating to a different facility or falling into the hands of a family member who likely isn’t capable of providing you with the assistance you need.

There Are Modern Options to Pay for It

Modern times have brought about innovative solutions to pay for long-term care. Long-term care policies of old still exist, giving policyholders the option to pay premiums for a service they may never use, but now, long-term care insurance can be tacked onto other types of insurance products, such as permanent life insurance policies, to combine benefits. This means that your long-term care policy can come with the same features as permanent life insurance. This is important because it can potentially eliminate the “use-it-or-lose-it” aspect of long-term care policies of old. The cash value portion of the hybrid policy that is protected and guaranteed by the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance carrier can be used to pay for long-term care if you need it or as a death benefit for your beneficiaries if you don’t. It’s still important to work with a financial advisor to see if one of these hybrid policies matches your goals.

If you have any questions about how you can prepare to fund long-term care, please give us a call today! Give us a call today to explore your options. You can reach Drew Capital Group in Tampa at 813.820.0069.




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Why Estate Planning is About More Than Money

By Estate Planning

October is National Estate Planning Awareness Month! Here’s how the right plan can help you protect your family.

Estate planning is only for the extremely wealthy. I don’t have enough assets to need a will. My family will figure it out. Things will sort themselves out. I’m way too young to start thinking about a legacy plan. Making an estate plan is just too expensive right now. These are just some of the most commonly believed myths about estate planning we hear directly from our clients. But the fact is, they’re just that: myths. They hold little weight and don’t account for the true value of estate planning, which goes beyond asset total, age and what’s going to happen to your possessions after you pass.

An estate plan is about so much more than money. It’s about retaining your autonomy and continuing to have a positive influence on your family, your business and the world. You also might be surprised to discover just how easy and affordable it can be to develop an efficient and effective estate plan. Here are just a few ways a legacy plan can provide more than just financial protection.

  1. Peace of Mind for Your Family

It can be extremely difficult to lose not just a provider but a valued, trusted and loved head of a household. An estate plan can give your loved ones a bit of peace of mind when you pass, no matter how much money or which assets you plan on transitioning to them. Your estate plan can save them from being thrust into the emotional turmoil that can come with facing costly and time-consuming probate courts and distributing what remains of any assets themselves. It can also prevent potential inter-family battles over property, money and possessions. While it’s not uncommon to find that heirs would rather receive items with sentimental value than monetary value, disputes can happen within even the most normally-agreeable family members during this stressful time. An estate plan can give final directives that outweigh any arguments between beneficiaries.

  1. Protection for an Uncertain Future

It’s important to remember that no one can predict the future, and while we can weigh options and place ourselves in advantageous positions or mitigate the potential of risk, there’s always at least a semblance of uncertainty. An estate plan can protect against the worst-case scenario, especially for those who are newly married, just starting their careers or in the beginning stages of building a family. Of course, it can be difficult to have the conversation about what will happen if a provider unexpectedly passes, but it might be worth it to know that you won’t be caught off guard. It can also be helpful during periods of uncertainty in tax legislation and regulation. One of the most common uses of an estate plan is to mitigate tax obligation, and it may offer strategies that can help more of your hard-earned wealth land in the hands of those who are important to you.

  1. Security for Your Dependents [1,2]

Though the last will and testament is the most well-known document in an estate plan, your plan should also include medical powers of attorney, guardianship, durable powers of attorney (related to financial decisions), and potentially a trust or trusts depending on your situation. These features of an estate plan offer different protections and levels of security for your dependents in a variety of ways. A revocable living trust, for example, is a trust that allows assets to be added or removed at any time while you are still living. Often included in an estate plan, it can give the trust owner full control over their assets, potentially making it easier to manage and update. A trust can continue to distribute assets to heirs based on a time schedule created by the original trust owner, as it also includes a successor trustee who would manage the assets after the owner passes or if the owner were unable to make decisions on their own behalf. Another popular type of trust that can potentially act as a tax mitigation strategy is an irrevocable life insurance trust, or an ILIT, which is a trust that holds life insurance policies. Though the policyholder would no longer be able to leverage the policy for living benefits, it can pay out a tax-free death benefit by excluding the policy from the grantor’s estate, saving beneficiaries from the stress that could come with being forced to sell major assets to cover estate taxes.

  1. Direction for Your Business

An estate plan isn’t just for your family. It can also offer directives for your business should something happen to you by appointing a financial power of attorney, which can be important even if you haven’t passed. Maybe your health has rendered you unable to make financial decisions on behalf of your business. In that case, the person with financial power of attorney can make those choices. This gives you even more say when it comes to your business, as you can appoint someone who follows your thought process and philosophy. An estate plan can also include a plan for succession, dictating who will be entrusted with your business when you pass or exit. Furthermore, your business might be your legacy, so being able to choose who takes over in the CEO chair can give you the power to hand the keys to someone who you know will keep your business moving in the direction you always envisioned.

  1. Commitment to the Causes You Care About

While a key objective of an estate plan can be helping your family navigate a tumultuous period, it’s also possible to help the organizations and foundations you believe in with a significant financial contribution. You can make the decision to contribute to different charities or support causes you’re passionate about like education, the environment, social initiatives or animals. Again, this allows you to have even more decision-making power over your own estate while also amplifying your voice in the fight to make a difference, even when you can no longer lend your valuable time. For some, this is the greatest legacy of all, opening the door for change on any scale. At the same time, it’s possible that charitable contributions can trim your tax obligation and help your family avoid estate taxes on major transitions of wealth, which again, alleviates some of the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

If you have any questions about estate planning and how you can plan to protect your family or business, we can help! Give us a call today to explore your options. You can reach Drew Capital Group in Tampa at 813.820.0069.



This article is not to be construed as financial advice. It is provided for informational purposes only and it should not be relied upon. It is recommended that you check with your financial advisor, tax professional and legal professionals when making any investment decisions, or any changes to your retirement or estate plans. Your investments, insurance and savings vehicles should match your risk tolerance and be suitable as well as what’s best for your personal financial situation.


6 Key Features of Indexed Universal Life Insurance

By Life Insurance

Indexed universal life insurance is a type of permanent life insurance that offers different benefits to policyholders. Here is what you need to know!

Traditionally, life insurance has been one of those assets someone might hold but hope they never have to use. Often crafted to protect from the worst-case scenario, it’s most known for the death benefit it can offer heirs in the event of untimely death, providing a payout that has the potential to ease both financial and emotional tension. Modern life insurance options, however, can come with different features depending on the type of policy you purchase. Because September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, we thought it would be the perfect time to go over one of those options: indexed universal life (IUL) insurance.

NOTE: When reading this information, it’s important to remember that life insurance may require medical underwriting and sometimes policies can be denied. In general, the younger and healthier you are, the lower the cost of insurance.

  1. The Classic Death Benefit

The classic benefit of every different type of life insurance policy, including IUL, is the death benefit, which is typically paid out to the policy’s named beneficiaries tax- and probate-free in the event of the policyholder’s death. This can give your heirs a nice sum of money to cover things like burial and funeral costs, outstanding debt, and living expenses. It can be difficult to lose a provider, and a life insurance death benefit can ease some of that burden.

  1. Permanent Coverage

IUL policies offer permanence, which can make them a viable option for all ages. Unlike term life insurance, where the death benefit expires when the policy expires—typically in 20 or 30 years—an indexed universal life policy is a permanent policy that offers your beneficiaries a death benefit as long as premiums are paid and the policy is in force. While term policies can offer relatively affordable premiums for young, healthy policyholders, an IUL can lock in and guarantee coverage even if the policyholder develops a condition that would make them uninsurable later.

Increasingly popular [1], indexed life policies are sometimes purchased by healthy seniors as a way to transfer tax-advantaged wealth as part of their estate plan, or seniors may elect to purchase a policy which has long-term care benefits either built in or added as an optional rider to an IUL policy.

  1. Flexible Premiums

One of the key differentiators between whole life and universal life is flexible premiums. IUL policies allow policyholders to determine the monthly premiums they pay based on their desired death benefit and/or cash value in the policy. For instance, if your need for a high death benefit is not as great as it once was, you can pay lower premiums while still keeping your policy in force. Furthermore, the cash value portion of the policy can also be accessed to pay premiums, whether that’s by choice or by the policyholder’s inability to pay monthly premiums. On the other hand, policyholders with the funds to increase premiums to increase coverage can do so, potentially meaning a greater death benefit and a greater cash value.

  1. Accessible Cash Value Portion

Permanent life insurance policies like whole life and universal life offer a cash value portion that is funded by the policy’s premiums. Because the policy’s premiums are paid with post-tax dollars, that cash value is accessible to the policyholder for any reason as a tax-free loan, potentially making IUL a useful source of income for retirement, postsecondary education, a downpayment for a home, or any other major expense. Granted, borrowing from the cash value of a policy does accrue interest per policy terms; however, the cash value in an indexed universal policy also continues to be credited interest as if the borrowed amount is still there, again based on the contract terms. That gives the cash value a chance to keep pace with, or even outpace, the amount the policyholder owes in interest. Furthermore, if the policyholder uses the cash value as a tax-free source of retirement income and never pays it back, the borrowed amount plus interest is simply taken from the death benefit. It’s important to read and follow the contract terms carefully to make sure that the policy stays in force whenever the cash value is borrowed.

  1. Guarantees Provided by Carrier

In addition to being accessible as a source of tax-free income, the cash value in an indexed universal policy also comes with guaranteed principal protection and growth that correlates with a preselected market index. Those guarantees are made by the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company, and they can allow you to participate in at least a portion of the market’s upside without subjecting you to its bottomless floor. This can make indexed universal life a helpful tool for those without the stomach or tolerance for market risk. Depending on investment, saving and lifestyle goals, it can also help to diversify a portfolio with a non-correlated asset class that still offers potential market upside.

  1. Long-Term Care Hybrid Policies

Nearly 70% of today’s 65-year-olds will need some type of long-term care (LTC), and 20% will need it for longer than five years [2]. It’s also important to know that extended stays in long-term care facilities are not covered by Medicare, as they are considered lifestyle expenses as opposed to medical expenses. That means that today’s retirees may want to consider the possibility of needing LTC, as well as a way to cover the potentially exorbitant costs. Modern hybrid policies can give policyholders the option to combine their life coverage with long-term care coverage, eliminating the “use-it-or-lose-it” aspect of long-term care policies of old. If you need the benefit to pay for long-term care, it can be used to pay for those expenses, but if you don’t, it can be converted to a death benefit for your beneficiaries.

What You Should Know Before Purchasing an IUL Policy

As all saving and investing vehicles do, IUL policies have drawbacks that you should be aware of prior to signing on the dotted line. It’s important to recognize that these policies are contracts with an issuing insurance company. As contracts are legally binding agreements that can be complex or skew in the favor of one party, it’s always a good idea to speak with a financial professional who can explain how interest is credited and fees are assessed. Additionally, the fees on IUL policies tend to be higher than those of other types of life insurance, meaning that your cash value and growth can erode if the policy is not properly structured.

It’s also crucial to note that while IULs offer the potential of market upside, the terms of the contract typically guarantee a participation rate at a fraction of the market’s growth, meaning that your cash value may not always grow at the rate of your selected market index. Some may even guarantee growth up to a certain point, called a cap, or they might change the participation rate after a select amount of time contributing to the policy. Again, these are aspects of your policy you should be hyperaware of prior to engaging.

IULs may also come with surrender periods, which are predetermined periods of time that you are not allowed to withdraw funds from the policy. Doing so may force you to incur surrender charges, which can significantly impact the cash value policy in addition to the growth potential. It’s also critical to consider the opportunity cost of a permanent life insurance policy. As mentioned above, IULs can come with capped growth or rates of participation. Investing money directly in the market comes with no ceiling, meaning the potential of your investments can be higher. Granted, market investments also come with no floor, meaning that your investments could plummet and significantly impact your ability to provide for yourself in retirement, but it’s still imperative to weigh your options and speak to your financial professional before making major decisions about your future.

If you’d like to find out if an indexed universal life insurance policy might align with your unique financial circumstances and goals, we can help! Give us a call today to explore your options and build a plan for your future. You can reach Drew Capital Group in Tampa at 813.820.0069.




This material is provided as a courtesy and for educational purposes only. Please consult your investment professional, legal or tax advisor for specific information pertaining to your situation.

Life Insurance: Several factors will affect the cost and availability of life insurance, including age, health, and the type and amount of insurance purchased. Life insurance policies have expenses, including mortality and other charges. If a policy is surrendered prematurely, the policyholder also may pay surrender charges and have income tax implications. You should consider determining whether you are insurable before implementing a strategy involving life insurance. Any guarantees associated with a policy are dependent on the ability of the issuing insurance company to continue making claim payments.

Indexed universal life insurance policies can offer flexibility and potential for cash value growth, but they come with complexities, costs, and limitations that should be carefully considered. It’s essential to thoroughly research and understand the specific terms and features of any IUL policy before purchasing, and consider consulting with a financial advisor to assess whether it aligns with your financial goals.

Financial Flexibility at Each Stage of Life

By Financial Planning

What does financial flexibility mean to you? It could give you the opportunity to pursue personal goals and milestones while shouldering less of a financial burden.

We truly believe that financial flexibility is achievable for everyone, no matter their income level, present outlook or future objectives. But what opportunities does financial flexibility typically unlock, and how do those change as you age and progress through both your life and your career? Here are a few phases and milestones as well as the possibilities that may be available as you work toward your financial independence.


In your 20s, it can be difficult to earn a salary that opens the door to financial flexibility. For those living paycheck-to-paycheck, it can be a good idea to develop a budget and stick to it as closely as possible. Obviously, emergencies will arise, potentially in the form of auto repairs, home repairs or medical bills, but your budget should account for emergency saving, and it can be beneficial to contribute to that rainy-day fund during months without surprise expenses. Then, while living within your means in your 20s, you can focus on building your career, perfecting your craft and working toward a salary that gives you more financial flexibility than you might have had upon graduating from college. If you are lucky enough for your earnings to outpace your expenses this early in your career, you can begin paying down high-interest debt, make a down payment on a home or consider starting a family. It’s also important to remember, saving any amount can be better than saving nothing, even if you aren’t growing your savings at a lucrative pace.


By your 30s, you might be a bit more settled, either with a family or an estimation of when you’ll begin your family. You may also have a better idea of who you are, your goals, your dreams, your passions and your desired lifestyle. Financial flexibility in this stage can allow you to indulge in those dreams, potentially with grander vacations, elimination of hand-cuffing debt, continued repayment or payoff of your home loan and car, and the ability to provide for your loved ones. You can also consider an estate plan or a life insurance policy to protect those who might rely on you, giving both you and your beneficiaries some peace of mind should something happen to you.


Once you reach your 40s, you might have a better idea of the life you’ve built, the family you’ve raised, and the expenses you typically accrue on a monthly or annual basis. If you do have more certainty in your estimated expenses, it’s possible that you can stick to your budget more easily. Though there’s no such thing as “excess” when it comes to saving, financial flexibility in your 40s could allow you to travel or begin a search for a second home or a vacation home. This is provided that you have the flexibility to explore these options, of course, and we’d always recommend speaking to us prior to making any major financial decisions, but surplus in your 40s could give you the opportunity to indulge in some of life’s luxuries while you’re still young and able-bodied.


Though you should begin saving as early as possible, your 50s could be the perfect time to sock extra money away for retirement if your earnings outpace your expenditures. You should also be prepared to move on to a fixed income and protect yourself from market volatility. Additionally, it can be a good idea to reassess your estate plan and your life insurance policies, making necessary tweaks that may better suit the needs of you and your heirs. Moreover, if you’ve shored up all aspects of your financial and retirement plans, you may have some flexibility to spend on things like vacations, charities, vow renewals or other recreational expenditures.


In your 60s, you may be on the cusp of retirement or already in retirement. That’s why this could be a good time to do your final pre-retirement planning, which could include the creation of income streams to keep you afloat while you wait until your full retirement age. You may also be in a comfortable position to begin looking at vacation homes, pursuing your various hobbies, checking off bucket list items or even enjoying a little bit of downtime. If you have grandchildren, you can begin exploring options that help save for further education, such as 529 plans or permanent life insurance policies.


Having passed your full retirement age or beyond, you should have the monetary means to match your ample free time. The world is your oyster, and with sufficient retirement funds, you can plan fun things depending on your hobbies and passions. If you enjoy travelling, it could be a great time to take that once-in-a-lifetime trip because you no longer have to request time off work. You might also be able to tack onto a collection you’ve been building for decades. Maybe retirement simply means more time to spend with friends and family, and now that your time and your finances are flexible, you can develop those relationships without any inhibiting factors.

80s and Beyond

In this phase of life, it may be critical to consider the possibility of needing long-term care. Roughly 70% of Americans over the age of 65 will need some type of long-term care [1], so while it’s nothing to be ashamed of, it can be a good idea to be prepared. Still, however, you don’t have to stop living your life, even if your hobbies change. You may discover that you enjoy pastimes that cause less physical stress, such as attending art or theater shows. You should also continue reviewing your legacy plan and making changes such as for estate taxes and lessen the workload of your beneficiaries or protect them from expensive probate courts.

Financial flexibility may look different for everyone, but universally, it can be the key to unlocking the comfortability to achieve your dreams. To see how we can help you design a plan to become financially flexible and bring those dreams to life, please give us a call! You can reach Drew Capital Group in Tampa at 813.820.0069.



This article is not to be construed as financial advice. It is provided for informational purposes only and it should not be relied upon. It is recommended that you check with your financial advisor, tax professional and legal professionals when making any investment or any change to your retirement plan. Your investments, insurance and savings vehicles should match your risk tolerance and be suitable as well as what’s best for your personal financial situation.



7 Signs You May be Ready for Retirement

By Retirement, Retirement Planning

It can be difficult to know when you’re ready to retire, but checking these seven boxes may be a sign that the time is coming.


Preparing yourself for retirement can be scary, as so many variables and questions leave timing up in the air and offer little to no confidence when it comes to selecting the perfect moment to quit your job and spend your time doing what you want to do instead of what you have to do. There are, however, strong indicators that may help you realize that you’re ready to retire. While many savers and pre-retirees set concrete milestones and timetables, only a few of the important signs that you can retire comfortably have to do with your age. Here are some ways to know that you might be ready to leave the workforce.

  1. You Have Adequate Savings to Cover Your Projected Lifestyle Expenses

One of the first and most certain indicators that you’re ready to retire is having adequate savings to cover your projected lifestyle expenses throughout retirement. Granted, this will be different for everyone based on desired lifestyle and expected costs, which is why it can be helpful to consult your financial professional as you make your way toward retirement. They can help you determine a retirement budget that suits your spending habits and desired lifestyle, as well as the longevity of your savings in relation to that estimate. It can also be important to consider that your expenses may rise in retirement, as you might work to check off bucket list items you’ve had for years. It’s all part of the planning process that will be unique to you and your goals.

  1. You Are Debt-Free

It’s not typically a good idea to take on a pile of debt while living on a fixed income. With that in mind, ensuring that you have little to no debt when you enter retirement can be paramount to your ability to live your desired lifestyle and have a safe, secure post-career life. This could mean paying off credit card debt you’ve accrued while raising children, but it could also mean tackling home loan bills that never quite seemed to stop arriving in your mailbox. The problem with bringing your debt with you into retirement is that you stop working for your money and you start asking your money to work for you. While that’s the best-case scenario, it doesn’t always work perfectly in, for instance, periods of market downturns, which may force you to drain your savings to pay for necessities.

  1. You Have Secured Multiple Income Streams

Oftentimes, retirement isn’t as much about total savings as it is about income. That income is what you’ll use to cover your projected expenses, meaning it’s integral to your ability to provide yourself with the lifestyle you both want and deserve. In the modern retirement landscape, it can be helpful to secure multiple income streams that can provide different levels of growth and protection, thereby helping you fund your dreams with different sources of funds. Additionally, one retirement account may not suffice. Rather than relying solely on your 401(k), it can be helpful to add other retirement investment accounts or insurance products that match your goals, thereby allowing you to collect income based on which source is the most advantageous at a given moment, something your financial professional should be able to help with. Additionally, those extra income streams can be helpful if you decide to delay claiming Social Security. Simply by waiting past your retirement age, your benefit can be permanently increased by up to two-thirds of a percent each month—a total of 8% for each year you wait—offering an opportunity to enhance your benefit forever.

  1. Those Income Streams are Diversified Between Tax-Free and Tax-Deferred

Diversification of your retirement portfolio and tax-advantaged accounts may not guarantee success in retirement, but it could position you to offset certain tax obligations depending on future circumstances and legislation. On one hand, tax-free saving and investing vehicles, like Roth 401(k)s, Roth IRAs and permanent life insurance policies, can present a more secure option through offering tax-free growth and withdrawals. Additionally, later tax legislation probably won’t affect your withdrawals, and you may avoid required minimum distributions. Tax-deferred accounts, like traditional 401(k)s and traditional IRAs, are funded with pre-tax dollars then taxed as ordinary income upon withdrawal. While this can present an opportunity for greater growth, the tax landscape is ever-changing, potentially causing less certainty in how much you’ll have when you retire.

  1. You Have Liquid Savings

One of the first components of a healthy financial plan, no matter your age, is an emergency fund. The traditional recommendation for an emergency fund is somewhere between three- and six-months’ worth of living expenses, giving you the opportunity to cover necessary costs should you face an unexpected financial hurdle. In retirement, that liquid savings could prove even more important, as you may incur costs you don’t expect while living on a fixed income and drain funds meant to support your lifestyle for decades. As we mentioned above, it’s a good idea to clear most if not all of your debt prior to entering retirement, but having an emergency fund could help you protect yourself from car or home repairs, medical emergencies, part-time job loss and more. This is important even if you’ve shored up your savings and created multiple income streams.

  1. You Have Hobbies

While this isn’t necessarily financial advice, having hobbies you really want to pursue can be another sign that you’re ready to retire. Your free time is set to skyrocket, and you’ll need a few ways to spend it to avoid immediately becoming bored. If you don’t currently have hobbies, or ideas of how you’ll spend your free time, it may be a good idea to remain in the workforce a little while longer while you try a few different pastimes. Some ideas include traveling, collecting, learning a new skill, picking up a part-time job, starting a business, golfing, volunteering and more. The possibilities are nearly endless, as long as you’re doing something you love and something that drives you to get out of bed in the morning long after the alarm means that it’s time to get ready for work.

  1. You Have a Plan

Finally, having a written plan that is easy to follow and remain dedicated to is key to a successful retirement, and it’s important to create your plan long before you choose to leave the workforce. A successful plan isn’t just for decumulation and distribution of your various retirement accounts. It’s also a comprehensive map and strategy that outlines ways you will cover your many expenses, including those that simply bring pleasure. Furthermore, though you’ll certainly want your plan to be flexible and malleable, it can be helpful to have an idea of how you’ll use your funds, giving you a better grasp of how much you’ll spend on a monthly or annual basis and how much you’ll want to save prior to entering retirement.

The perfect time to retire will vary based on your unique circumstances, but we’re here to provide you with the education, tools and preparation you need. Give us a call today to explore your options and plan for the retirement of your dreams! You can reach Drew Capital Management in Tampa, Florida at (813) 820-0069.


This article is not to be construed as financial advice. It is provided for informational purposes only and it should not be relied upon. It is recommended that you check with your financial advisor, tax professional and legal professionals when making any investment or any change to your retirement plan. Your investments, insurance and savings vehicles should match your risk tolerance and be suitable as well as what’s best for your personal financial situation.

Advisory Services Network, LLC does not provide tax advice.  The tax information contained herein is general and is not exhaustive by nature.  Federal and state laws are complex and constantly changing.  You should always consult your own legal or tax professional for information concerning your individual situation.


Investing Alternatives During Periods of Market Volatility

By Investing

During periods of market volatility, investors may look to alternative vehicles. Here are some options to consider.


2022 was a difficult year for investors, with all three major market indexes dipping simultaneously and taking their biggest hit since the housing crisis of 2008[1,2,3]. Now, even with all three up through the first five months of 2023, volatility and uncertainty are stuck in the back of investors’ minds, possibly pushing them to look elsewhere for more diverse vehicles that have the potential to provide growth and protection.

Though diversification of assets certainly doesn’t guarantee success, it can play a major role in mitigating risk and achieving sustained growth. That’s why it can be a good idea to consider alternative or unconventional methods of investing and saving. Here are a few options you may have when looking to diversify your investment portfolio and avoid the pitfalls of the market.

Real Estate

Traditionally, investing in real estate involves purchasing property with the explicit purpose of renting to tenants for extra income or in hope that the value of the investment property appreciates. This can be a great way to earn steady income or returns, but it can come with risk. For example, it can be difficult to find tenants to live or work in your rental property, potentially leaving you stuck making a mortgage payment without collecting the rental income. There’s also the risk that the housing market can temporarily go soft, as it traditionally does when mortgage interest rates are high, or crash as we saw in 2008, leaving you underwater with higher property costs than the property’s market value.

Additionally, managing your rental property can be strenuous, whether that’s because of difficult tenants, maintenance costs or other ancillary costs and challenges associated with owning and renting property. It’s important to thoroughly research your investment property and have a plan to cover traditional costs associated with real estate, as well as a plan in the event that it becomes more difficult to find a reliable tenant or liquidate if you want to sell.

There are vehicles for investing in real estate where you are not involved in day-to-day property management, but these options have other risks to consider and should be undertaken carefully working with trusted financial, tax and legal professionals.

Art and Collectibles

Art and collectibles have historically been the province of the wealthy, but they can be used by some investors looking for more fun and creative ways to achieve long-term gains in value. It is, however, extremely important to consider the market demand for art and collectibles. Oftentimes, value is built around rarity or hype, meaning that these types of items can fluctuate greatly in price. For example, a recently deceased artist may command a higher selling price for their art, however, that price may plummet if tastes and styles change after the hype has long subsided.

It’s crucial to have a strong grasp on the market for the art or collectibles you’re looking to invest in, and you may want to only purchase items that you’d feel comfortable keeping at their purchase price point. Then, were the value of the item to drop, you can still enjoy owning it without the fear of taking losses on it as an investment. Additionally, some collectibles, like collector cars, antiques, wine or high-end sports memorabilia, come at a premium price, excluding many retail investors. Modern companies like Collectable and Rally are now giving investors a chance to invest in a portion of classic cars, baseball cards, and comic books, so while you may not be able to drive a 1955 Porsche, you may be able to participate in a fraction of its market appreciation.

Bank CDs and Treasury Bonds

Often looked at as safer investments with low risk and low returns, CDs and Treasury bonds can be a great option for those looking to stay away from markets during volatile periods. The two are similar in that they essentially function as loans. The difference, however, is whom your money is being loaned to. Bank CDs, or certificates of deposit, are lump sum investments with a bank or credit union that are guaranteed up to $250,000 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or the FDIC [4]. They then earn interest for the duration of a predetermined period of time. Treasury bonds, on the other hand, are a loan to the government with specified interest rates for durations of either 20 or 30 years [5].

It’s crucial to know that during times of high inflation, banks usually raise interest rates paid on CDs to make their products more attractive to investors. That means that during periods of high inflation and high interest rates, CDs can be a more attractive investment. At the moment, interest rates are the highest they’ve been since 2008, potentially signaling a good time to purchase CDs [6]. While Treasury bonds also pay a predetermined interest rate over a set period of time, they typically lose value when interest rates rise as newer bonds with higher rates of return become more valuable. Both CDs and Treasurys are seen as traditionally safe and conservative alternatives to the market, but it can be a great idea to speak to your financial professional prior to purchasing either.


Annuities are insurance products and contracts rather than investments, and though they are traditionally intended for those on the cusp of retirement, they can function as a vehicle for growth and future income. In the terms of those contracts, the insurance company typically guarantees features like principal protection, a rate of return or income for life, and those guarantees are based on the strength of their claims-paying ability. This is different from a market investment that doesn’t offer principal protection, potentially meaning that the funds you invest could plummet.

At the same time, some annuities like fixed indexed annuities can offer index-linked growth, potentially giving you the chance to earn market upside or growth in correlation with the predetermined index. These growth levels, however, can come with caps or participation rates, meaning you won’t always realize market gains at their peak. Additionally, many annuities tie your money down for a surrender period, meaning that you won’t have access to it unless you’re ready to incur a notable penalty. This could be devastating, especially if large amounts of money are tied up in an annuity when you find another opportunity that potentially presents greater advantages.

It can be extremely helpful to discuss your annuity options with a financial professional who understands annuities and has access to multiple products and insurance carriers in order to find a product that suits your unique situation and your goals. It can also be beneficial to work with an advisor who can weigh the opportunity costs of purchasing an annuity.

Life Insurance

Similar to annuities, life insurance policies are contracts with issuing insurance companies that offer benefits in exchange for premiums; however, there are multiple types of life insurance policies that offer different features. Term life policies, for example, typically come with low premiums for young, healthy people, but they only pay out if the policyholder dies in the predetermined term. Modern permanent life insurance policies present a few more benefits, giving policyholders the chance to secure the death benefit as well as a cash value portion that is protected and grows at rates guaranteed by the issuing insurance companies.

The downsides of permanent life insurance policies are similar to those of an annuity. For example, the cash value portion may not experience lucrative growth, and while growth is never guaranteed with any product, some policies are especially weak investment vehicles if you plan on using them specifically for the growth component. Furthermore, life insurance policies also come with surrender periods, forcing you to pay major fees if you claim the value of your policy early. While one of the positives does include the principal protection, that level of protection is only as strong as the insurance company you work with. It’s always a good idea to speak with your financial professional to see if a life insurance policy fits your needs and goals. Each policy is different, and your unique circumstances will dictate the effectiveness of that policy in relation to your objectives.

These are just a few alternative investment options, and just a few of the potential pros and cons. If you’re looking to avoid market volatility and protect yourself from downturns, we can help you explore your options. Give us a call today! You can reach Drew Capital Management in Tampa, Florida at (813) 820-0069.






This article is not to be construed as investment advice. It is provided for informational purposes only and it should not be relied upon. It is recommended that you check with your financial advisor, tax professional and legal professionals when making any investment or any change to your investment portfolio. Your investments, insurance and savings vehicles should match your risk tolerance and be suitable as well as what’s best for your personal financial situation.

Variable Annuity (*if IAR is also a registered rep with a Broker/Dealer, variable annuity advertising may need to be filed with FINRA through their Broker/Dealer)

Variable annuities are offered only by prospectus. Carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of variable annuities before investing. This and other information is contained in each fund’s prospectus, which can be obtained from your investment professional and should be read carefully before investing. Guarantees are based upon the claims-paying ability of the issuer.

Variable annuities are long-term, tax-deferred investments designed for retirement, involve investment risks, and may lose value. Earnings are taxable as ordinary income when distributed. Individuals may be subject to a 10% additional tax for withdrawals before age 59† unless an exception to the tax is met.

Indexed Annuity

An indexed annuity is for retirement or other long-term financial needs. It is intended for a person who has sufficient cash or other liquid assets for living expenses and other unexpected emergencies, such as medical expenses. Guarantees provided by annuities are subject to the financial strength of the issuing company and are not guaranteed by any bank or the FDIC.

Indexed annuities do not directly participate in any stock or equity investment. Clients who purchase indexed annuities are not directly investing in the financial market. Market indices may not include dividends paid on the underlying stocks and therefore may not reflect the total return of the underlying stocks; neither a market index nor any indexed annuity is comparable to a direct investment in the financial markets.

Life Insurance: Several factors will affect the cost and availability of life insurance, including age, health, and the type and amount of insurance purchased. Life insurance policies have expenses, including mortality and other charges. If a policy is surrendered prematurely, the policyholder also may pay surrender charges and have income tax implications. You should consider determining whether you are insurable before implementing a strategy involving life insurance. Any guarantees associated with a policy are dependent on the ability of the issuing insurance company to continue making claim payments.

7 Ways SECURE Act 2.0 Could Affect Your Retirement

By Legislation, Retirement Planning

SECURE Act 2.0 was signed into law at the end of 2022. Here are a few ways it could affect your retirement.

After consumers throughout America were forced to endure a harsh financial storm in 2022, the year came to a close with President Biden signing a bill intending to increase and enhance the capabilities of retirement accounts. The bill is commonly referred to as SECURE Act 2.0, and it is the follow up to the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019. It is expected to assist retirees and pre-retirees even further in the pursuit of a comfortable and sustainable retirement. Let’s go over the biggest changes that have already taken effect as well as ones that will roll out over the course of the next decade.

  1. Pushed Back RMDs [1,2]

As of the beginning of 2023, the age at which retirees must begin taking required minimum distributions from their qualified retirement accounts is 73. Previously it was 72, meaning that retirees will now have an extra year to plan for the distribution of their accounts or enact a strategy to minimize taxes on tax-deferred accounts. Furthermore, the RMD age will move back to 75 in 2033; however, in all cases, if you have already begun taking RMDs, you must continue to take them.

Ed Slott, an American financial expert, a CPA and the president of Ed Slott & Co., looks to simplify dates a bit with a quick guide. He says those born in 1950 or earlier should use age 72 as their expected RMD age, while those born between 1951 and 1959 should use age 73, and those born in 1960 or later should use age 75.

  1. Lowered Penalties for RMD Failures [2]

Prior to SECURE Act 2.0, failure to take required minimum distributions 1) in the right amounts, 2) from the correct accounts 3) by the deadline of midnight, December 31st each year could cause you to incur an additional 50% penalty on the amount not withdrawn, a hefty price on what may be your most precious assets in retirement. Now, the penalty for not withdrawing the minimum amount has been reduced to just 25% with the potential to drop to 10% if corrected in a timely manner, which Ed Slott says typically means within a two-year timeframe.

  1. Increased Catch-Up Contributions [1,3,6]

Currently, those over the age of 50 can make catch-up contributions of $7,500—up from $6,500 in 2022—to employer-sponsored plans like 401(k)s, while catch-up contributions of $1,000 (above the total contribution limit of $6,500 for 2023) can be made to either traditional or Roth IRAs by those age 50-plus. It’s also important to know that individuals in higher income brackets may not be able to contribute to IRAs.

Beginning in 2025, those age 60 to 63 will be able to make catch-up contributions of $10,000 to employer-sponsored plans, and the limit will be indexed to inflation thereafter. Additionally, catch-up limits for individuals age 50 or older for both traditional and Roth IRAs will be indexed to inflation beginning in 2024. Ideally, this should give those nearing retirement a chance to grow their accounts as they close in on that important stage of their lives.

  1. Increased Options for Employer Matches [1]

Prior to SECURE Act 2.0, even if employers offered a Roth option for their 401(k) or similar plan, the employer match amount was required to be made on a pre-tax basis to a traditional account, meaning taxes would be owed when that portion of the money was withdrawn. The SECURE Act 2.0 allows employers to offer post-tax matches to Roth accounts, meaning employees pay taxes now but the match amounts can grow and distribute tax-free later.

Additionally, beginning in 2024, employers may match student loan payments with contributions into retirement accounts. For example, if a qualifying student makes a student loan payment of $500, that payment is able to be matched and contributed to a retirement account if it’s within the matching capabilities of the plan, allowing it to grow for the future. This allows students who may be buried deep in student debt to still achieve their employer match in a retirement account, meaning they won’t miss out on valuable contributions due to student loan obligations.

  1. Auto-Enrollment into Employer-Sponsored Plans [1]

Enrollment into new employer-sponsored plans, such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans, will be automatic beginning in 2025. Upon hiring or upon the inception of the 401(k) plan, employees will automatically be added at a rate of at least 3% but no higher than 10%. Despite automatic enrollment, employees will still have the ability to opt out of the plan.

Employers already have the right to remove former employees with low balances from their retirement plans by cutting them a check for the remaining amount if the employee has taken no action to move their money. Beginning in 2024, the definition of a low balance will be more than $1,000 but less than $7,000, and SECURE Act 2.0 portability provisions will allow employers to make a tax-free rollover distribution of a low balance account into an account in the former employee’s name at their new job without their permission.

Other SECURE 2.0 Act provisions include the establishment of the nation’s first lost-and-found database for retirement accounts which will be undertaken by the U.S. Labor Department at some point in the future.

Ideally, all of these changes could help people end up with higher savings when they retire.

  1. New Options for 529 Plans [4]

Beginning in 2024, unused funds from 529 plans, which are tax-advantaged accounts traditionally used by grandparents and parents to help a beneficiary pay for college, can now be rolled over into a Roth IRA on behalf of the plan’s beneficiary.

This could provide a small boost to an individual’s Roth IRA, but you may want to look out for a few distinct limitations to this new option. First and foremost, the 529 account must have been established and in place for at least 15 years. There is a $35,000 limit on funds able to be converted, and that is an overall total, not an annual total.

Furthermore, rollovers will be subject to the IRA contribution limit, which for 2023 is $6,500 (plus $1,000 if age 50 or older), and the beneficiary must have earned income of at least that amount in the year the rollover is completed.

There are still a lot of questions about this provision of SECURE Act 2.0 which must be clarified by lawmakers or the IRS, including the naming or changing of beneficiaries. Prior to SECURE Act 2.0, beneficiaries of 529 plans could easily be changed, and account owners could even name themselves as beneficiaries as long as funds were used for legitimate education expenses.

  1. Increased Flexibility in Annuities [1,5]

Annuities, which are a contract with an insurance company rather than a direct investment in the market, can offer principal protection and a rate of growth guaranteed by the issuing carrier. They have the potential to allow you to participate in stock market upside without experiencing market decline.

SECURE Act 2.0 offers a bit more flexibility in the purchase of qualified longevity annuity contracts, or QLACs, with funds held in qualified retirement accounts. Previous limits held premiums to 25% of an account’s balance and capped them at $145,000, but SECURE Act 2.0 has eliminated the 25% rule and increased the total cap to $200,000, giving retirees more options in the diversification of their portfolios.

If you have any questions about how SECURE Act 2.0 might affect your retirement, please give us a call. You can reach Drew Capital Management in Tampa, Florida at (813) 820-0069.





Variable annuities are long-term, tax-deferred investments designed for retirement, involve investment risks, and may lose value. Earnings are taxable as ordinary income when distributed. Individuals may be subject to a 10% additional tax for withdrawals before age 59† unless an exception to the tax is met.

Add-on benefits are available for an extra charge in addition to the ongoing fees and expenses of the annuity and may be subject to conditions and limitations. There is no guarantee that an annuity with an add-on living benefit will provide sufficient supplemental retirement income.

An indexed annuity is for retirement or other long-term financial needs.  It is intended for a person who has sufficient cash or other liquid assets for living expenses and other unexpected emergencies, such as medical expenses. Guarantees provided by annuities are subject to the financial strength of the issuing company and not guaranteed by any bank or the FDIC.

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