Estate Planning 101

Estate Planning 101 Barnett Financial and Tax

Did you know that Baby Boomers will pass down an estimated $68 trillion in wealth in the coming decades?[1] You’ve worked hard for your money and likely want to see it passed down in the most efficient way possible for your loved one’s benefit. Unfortunately, costly mistakes are all too easy to make. Understand the…

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The Potential Hidden Costs of Inflation

The Potential Hidden Costs of Inflation Barnett Financial & Tax

You’ve probably heard about or experienced the effects of inflation – everyday items can cost more, and the monthly inflation numbers make the news. While the increased costs we see on a regular basis can have an impact on our finances, there may be some potential hidden costs to inflation we don’t necessarily see right…

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Financial Lessons from Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was the first Secretary of the Treasury: He created the first national bank, consolidated the new country’s war debts, and established federal credit. You could say he was America’s first Chief Financial Officer. He was also a self-taught immigrant who started with no wealth but ended up on the $10 bill. Hamilton never…

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Is Our Government Anticipating Inflation?

The Consumer-Price Index (CPI) rose to 4.2% in April as compared to last year.[1] We could see higher prices when it comes to travel, food, cars, and other common goods and services. High inflation can hurt retirees who are living off their savings, especially when we have near-zero interest rates. We already see bigger Social…

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When Will You Transition from Saving to Spending?

In retirement, you have to transition from saving to spending. You’ve worked hard to amass wealth, and now you must protect it from market downturns and make it last for the rest of your life. We have seen record highs in the stock market recently, but the state of the market at the time of…

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Rising Costs in Retirement: Are You Prepared?

In 1960, a gallon of milk cost 36 cents, and today it costs $3.35 on average.[1] Inflation is to blame, and we could see higher inflation in the coming years. It’s important to have a sense of how much you’ll need to spend in retirement, but this is difficult when future costs and tax rates…

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3 Things to Think About Before Buying a Vacation Home

A home is one of the most significant purchases you’ve made in your lifetime, so you should take your time when thinking about buying a second one. Many people have a favorite vacation spot in a scenic area, but they can’t spend a significant amount of time there until they’re retired. If you’re thinking about…

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How Much Do You Need to Save for Retirement?

  While $1 million is sometimes cited as the ideal number for retirement savings, this assumes a one-size-fits-all approach to retirement planning. Everyone’s retirement goals are unique, and preparing for retirement might not be as simple as saving a certain amount at all. It’s worth taking a more in-depth look at your finances and future…

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Have You Factored Inflation into Your Retirement Plan?

We’ve seen increased government spending due to COVID and significant increases in government debt. Some economists theorize that this could lead to increased inflation, and many claim that we are already seeing the effects. Although the official inflation rate may remain low for now, you may notice price increases of everyday items and services. If…

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Will You Have to Retire Earlier Than You Expected To?

If you’re nearing retirement age and know you’re not financially prepared for retirement, your solution may be to work longer. While forgoing an early retirement can be prudent, your career might not last as long as you’d like it to. The pandemic and resulting economic conditions forced 1.9 million workers ages 55 and over out…

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