First Security Bank & Trust
March 2019 Wealth Management eNews

 

Choosing A Retirement Solution
For Your Small
Business


Experts estimate that Americans will need 70 to 90 percent of their pre-retirement income to maintain their current standard of living when they stop working. So now is the time to look into retirement plan programs. As an employer, you have an important role in helping America's workers save.

By starting a retirement savings plan, you will help your employees save for the future. Retirement plans may also help you attract and retain qualified employees, and they offer tax savings to your business. You will help secure your own retirement as well. You can establish a plan even if you are self-employed.

Small businesses may choose to offer IRAs, defined contribution plans, or defined benefits plans.

Plan

Advantages

Payroll Deduction IRA

Easy to set up and maintain


SEP


Easy to set up and maintain


SIMPLE IRA Plan


Salary reduction plan with little
administrative paperwork


Profit Sharing


Permits employer to make
large contributions for employees


Traditional 401(k)


Permits high level of salary
deferrals by employees

Defined Benefit Plans


Provides a fixed,
pre-established benefit for employees


A retirement plan has significant tax advantages:
  • Employer contributions are deductible from the employer's income
  • Employee contributions (other than Roth contributions) are not taxed until distributed to the employee
  • Money in the plan grows tax-free
Our Wealth Management team offers a no-obligation analysis of small business retirement solutions. To schedule your analysis, contact Dave Jarvill at 641-257-1212.

Elder Fraud
Older people with diminishing mental or physical capacity can be easy targets for financial abuse. This may occur when someone exploits a position of influence or trust over an elderly person to gain access to that person's assets.

Here are red flags of elder financial abuse:
1. Sudden reluctance to discuss financial matters
2.Unusual or unexplained account withdrawals, wire transfers, or other financial changes
3.Cash or other items missing from the home
4. Drastic shifts in investments
5. Abrupt changes in wills, trusts, power of attorney, or beneficiaries
6. Concern or confusion about missing funds

If you are a concerned friend or family member, ask to look at the person's account statements to check for any unauthorized transactions. Call and visit as often as you can. Isolation can increase the vulnerability of the elderly to financial abuse.

As a senior, you can protect yourself by making sure your financial and legal affairs are in order. If they aren't, consider contacting the Trust Department of First Security Bank & Trust. You also may want to enlist the help of a trusted friend or relative.

 

Special Feature

 

Asset Allocation

Asset allocation involves dividing your investments among different assets, such as stocks, bonds, and cash. The asset allocation decision is a personal one. The allocation that works best for you changes at different times in your life, depending on how long you have to invest and your ability to tolerate risk.

Factors to consider include your:

Time Horizon.Your time horizon is the number of months, years, or decades you need to invest to achieve your financial goal. Investors with a longer time horizon may feel comfortable taking on riskier or more volatile investments. Those with a shorter time horizon may prefer to take on less risk.

Risk Tolerance. Risk tolerance is your ability and willingness to lose some or all of your original investment in exchange for potentially greater returns.

What is diversification? The practice of spreading money among different investments to reduce risk is known as diversification. Diversification is a strategy that can be neatly summed up as "Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

One way to diversify is to allocate your investments among different kinds of assets. Historically, stocks, bonds, and cash have not moved up and down at the same time. Factors that may cause one asset to perform poorly may improve returns for another asset class. People invest in various asset classes in the hope that if one is losing money, the others make up for the losses.

You'll also be better diversified if you spread your investments within each asset class. That means holding a number of different stocks or bonds, and investing in different industry sectors, such as consumer goods, health care, and technology. That way, if one sector is doing poorly, you may offset it with other holdings in sectors that are doing well. Some investors find it easier to diversify by owning mutual funds. A mutual fund is a company that pools money from many investors and invests the money in stocks, bonds, and other financial products. Mutual funds make it easy for investors to own a small portion of many investments. A total stock market index fund, for example, owns stock in thousands of companies, providing a lot of diversification for one investment.

A mutual fund won't necessarily provide diversification, especially if it focuses on only one industry sector. If you invest in narrowly focused mutual funds, you may need to invest in several to be diversified. As you add more investments to your portfolio, you'll likely pay
additional fees and expenses, which will lower your investment returns. So you'll need to consider these costs when deciding the best way to diversify your portfolio.


What is re-balancing?
Re-balancing is what investors do to bring their portfolio back to its original asset allocation mix. Re-balancing is needed because over time, some investments will grow faster than others. This may push your holdings out of alignment with your investment goals. By re-balancing, you will ensure that your portfolio does not overweight a particular asset category, and you'll return your portfolio to a comfortable level of risk. For example, you might start with 60% of your portfolio invested in stocks, but see that rise to 80% due to market gains. To reestablish your original asset allocation mix, you'll either need to sell some of your stocks or invest in other asset categories.

There are three ways you can re-balance your portfolio:
  1. You can sell investments where your holdings are over weighted and use the proceeds to buy investments for under-weighted asset categories.
  2. You can buy new investments for under-weighted asset categories.
  3. If you are continuing to add to your investments, you can alter your contributions so that more goes to under-weighted asset categories until your portfolio is back into balance.
Before you re-balance your portfolio, you should consider whether the method of re-balancing you decide to use would entail transaction fees or tax consequences. Your financial professional or tax adviser can help you identify ways that you can minimize these potential costs.

Some financial experts advise re-balancing at regular intervals, such as every six or 12 months. Others recommend re-balancing when your holdings of an asset class increase or decrease more than a certain preset percentage. In either case, re-balancing tends to work best when done on a relatively infrequent basis.

https://www.investor.gov/research-before-you-invest/research/asset-allocation. Accessed January 16, 2019.






Call
Bill Frye, Trust Officer
641.257.1220
for additional guidance

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