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hat do school kids and retirees have in common during the dog days of summer? For many, it’s having lots of time and not knowing what to do with it. “But that comparison begins to breakdown almost immediately, because in a few short weeks, kids go back to school, but retirees have an indefinite amount of time to contend with,” says financial advisor Jeff Bucher, president of Citizen Advisory Group, a firm that engages its community with education and charity efforts. “Worse still for retirees, many don’t know if they can afford the time they have left, which may not be yielding a satisfying lifestyle. After all the technical details I review with clients and their finances, such
as protecting and growing their money, I sometimes offer a bit of unexpected advice: consider your employment options.” Many people who take his advice often do so more for overall happiness than money, he says. Work provides structure, purpose and a social network. Bucher reviews many fun options that retirees often find appealing. • Golf course: This is a popular option since so many retirees love golf. And, for those who are ‘ morning
people,’ work at a golf course is a perfect match. Some popular jobs available at a golf course for retirees include golf shop staff, ranger, starters and golf course maintenance. • Retail: A smiling face and a pleasant disposition has earned many retirees positions as greeters at places like Wal-Mart, but there are other stores that may better fit .
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hances are you already donate generously to charitable organizations, likely to Jewish organizations in Tidewater and abroad. Those gifts Amy Weinstein enable valuable agencies to provide crucial services in our community every day. It is essential that these agencies, and our Jewish community members, plan ahead, beyond annual giving, to ensure our Jewish community is strong for future generations. Like retirement planning, our Jewish agencies and synagogues must plan for the future. Many people save for decades for retirement, and accumulate a substantial amount of assets in their retirement funds. When children or other inheritors are designated as beneficiaries of these pre-tax retirement accounts, they may risk receiving only a fraction of the plan’s value, since these inherited assets are subject to tax. These taxes can be avoided by simply changing the beneficiary designation to a charity through your retirement plan manager.
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That may include cosmetics at Macy’s or a job at the local hardware store. Retirees should think about where they like to shop. • Sporting venue or theater: For those who love sports or any kind of performance, consider being an usher at a venue. Ushers assist fans to their seats and help answer questions. Consider that the job might entail walking up and down steps. If that’s difficult, find out beforehand. The job may have perks, such as free tickets. • Tour guide: A tour guide’s job is to introduce people to places that they are unfamiliar with, which may include wineries, museums and a host of area historical locations.
Designating the Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) as a beneficiary (or partial beneficiary) of your retirement plan is among the easiest ways to Create a Jewish Legacy. A program of TJF, Create a Jewish Legacy is designed to help individuals and families support the Jewish causes they care about. Naming TJF and/ or other Jewish agencies as beneficiaries of your IRA, pension fund or 401K can save a substantial amount in taxes, while also supporting the Tidewater Jewish community in perpetuity. Consider including your Jewish community as a partial beneficiary (5% or 10%) of your IRA. For more information on Create a Jewish Legacy and how you may use retirement assets in your planning, contact Scott Kaplan, TJF president and CEO, at email@example.com or (757) 965-6111 or Amy Weinstein, director of development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (757) 965-6105. This article is for informational use only and may not be considered as tax, legal or accounting advice. Consult with a professional advisor as it relates to what is best for each personal situation.
• Theme park/zoo: Perfect for bragging about a job to grandkids, look into the local zoo or theme park. Some of the most popular jobs for retirees at these parks include ticket takers, working at a merchandise stand or helping assist guests at an information booth. • Current or former job: This one may sound odd, but it could be perfect, possibly maintaining the same salary for the rest of one’s earning years; it’s something already known; and, many people derived much satisfaction from their profession. Also, there may be new freedom in knowing that this job is more optional than before, which may engender a sense of freedom and, perhaps, an outside-the-box mentality.
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Retirement Favorite Moments of Retirement Philip Rovner Marital status: Married Children: 2 Grandchildren: 5 Occupation: President & CEO, Tidewater Jewish Foundation How long actively worked: 46 years How long been retired: 20 months Current organization involvement: Proprietary—Rovner Philanthropic Partnerships; consulting—Ohef Sholom Temple board and committee chair Registered Representative/Securities oﬀered through Signator Investors, Inc. Member FINRA, SIPC. The Spindel Agency is independent of Signator Investors, Inc. 154-20150303-221366
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Advice for those about to retire: Invest meaningful time in advance of retirement to consider a budget to include family, other travel and any interests you may wish to explore. Try new things and realize that all you do does not have to be together. Don’t delay. There are too many friends already in disarray or who have health issues. De-clutter. Enjoy getting rid of the massive accumulation of stuff. Love and enjoy each other. Give each other room to experience, grow and explore. You do not need to be joined at the hip. Enjoy old and new relationships. Live!
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Favorite part of being retired: Being able to pick up and go anytime I feel like it. I spend a good bit of time in Atlanta with my children and time in Florida with my sister and friends in the winter. I’ve traveled to Prague, Budapest and central Italy (Tuscany and Umbria) in the last two years.
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Favorite last book read: Henna House by Nomi Eve and finally finished the last book in the trilogy by Ken Follett, Edge of Eternity.
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“He asked if he could give me a ride home. I told him my door was less than a block away and I would be walking. He said he would give me a ride anyway.” So begins the story of Alan and Sharon
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Poisner, who were married last October. Alan, 80, and Sharon, a few years his junior, weren’t looking for marriage. But a chance meeting at a discussion group hosted at the Village Shalom retirement community in Overland Park, Kan., where the couple now lives, brought them together.
“I invited him in for tea when he brought me to the door. I said to him then, ‘I am not interested in remarriage, I am not interested in dating or a relationship. I moved into this villa with a one car garage. I am only interested in good company,’” Sharon recalls. “The tea was really good,” Alan says with a wide grin, his eyes focused on his new wife. The two giggle like the newlyweds they are. The Poisners have both been married before; Alan lost his wife of 50 years in 2013. As the couple learned more about each other, they found that they had been living parallel lives. Their homes were blocks from one another, and at one point their sons were in the same Boy Scout troop. They both enjoy learning, travel, and exercise. They even subscribe to the same journals. “I admit I wanted a companion, but I wasn’t looking to get married,” says Alan. “It became inevitable. We just fit perfectly.” “His brain fascinated me and his humor tickled my funny bone,” Sharon says, poking her husband’s side lightly and lovingly with her elbow. Since moving into the one-car-garage villa, the couple is thriving. They say they each had successful marriages and brought the positives into their new union. They also learned a lot about themselves and marriage from those original relationships, knowledge that informs their current one. They describe themselves as “flexible.” ‘Live, love, laugh’ is our motto. We each had that same motto on a plaque before we met,” Alan says. The Poisners’ situation is neither common nor particularly uncommon. According to “Remarriage in the United States,” a 2006 report published by the U.S. Census Bureau, an average of 35.9 percent of marriages annually are between couples in which at least one spouse is remarried. Among men and women who married for the second or third time, 91 percent were remarrying after being divorced, and 9 percent were remarrying after being widowed. But only about 3 percent of men over the age of 65 (and 1 percent of women) tend to remarry.
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Retirement Favorite moments of retirement Alene Jo Kaufman Marital status: Married Children: Two sons, one daughter-in-law Jason and Jessica in Arlington, Va. and Adam in Virginia Beach Grandchildren: Grandchildren fill the spaces in your heart that you didn’t know were empty! Maya Abigail, age 5; Lillian Emelia, age 3 Occupation: Jewish educator/administrator How long actively worked: Thirty-six years in Jewish education in this community; most of my career was centered on the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and the Strelitz Early Childhood Center. I also worked in supplemental and informal Jewish education, USY/Kadima advisor; Seaboard Region USY Tidewater Fieldworker; United Hebrew School, Sunday school and had a few years in the clerical end of retailing. How long been retired: A little more than a year and a half Current organization involvement: Kehillat Bet Hamidrash/Kempsville Conservative Synagogue, my first priority for volunteer commitments Brith Sholom Center Recently began to volunteer at the PAM office of Jewish Family Service Organized team members for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Favorite part of being retired: The gift of time. Time to stay in touch with family and friends. Time Alene and Ron Kaufman to help out and visit our parents or lend a hand to our children and grandchildren (especially during a blizzard). Time to take care of ourselves, our bodies and our minds (take exercise classes, do the crossword puzzle and Sudoku, take a photography course). Time to sleep, time to read. Time to volunteer when and if we want to. Time to travel. Time to have a bathroom remodeled. Time to do nothing! Time to have fun! Favorite last book read: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, a Holocaust story that provided insight into issues and pieces of the Holocaust that were different from the more familiar events. Captivating, riveting, and a must read! Favorite last concert/performance/movie attended: True story—In January of 2014, Ron and I went to see Arlo Guthrie at the American Theatre. The band came out on stage and I said, “I know that drummer!” And I did. Terry ala Berry had come to Hebrew Academy as the drummer in the group who performed and did workshops for children. I e-mailed him after the 2014 concert and recounted our meeting at HAT and told him how much I enjoyed the concert. He said that I should be sure to let him know if we were ever planning to be in the audience again. Fast forward about a year—Arlo Guthrie and his band are doing their 50th Anniversary Celebration of ‘Alice’s Restaurant,’ so we bought tickets for the February 2015 show at the American Theatre. In January of 2015, we ended up in Florida visiting family and my cousin surprised me with tickets for the same show there! What an opportunity to see that amazing performance—twice! It was fun, funny, moving, and spiritual. And yes, Terry came out from back stage to speak with us and I officially became a 60+ year old groupie! Advice for those about to retire: Plan ahead. You can’t retire without planning. Find a good financial advisor to help you through the process. When your financial plan is in place and you are actually ready to retire, it is easier to enjoy your retirement if you know what to expect financially. And then, take it slowly. At first, you may be a little lost. It was hard to figure out how to organize my day without a schedule. Once I gave myself permission to actually relax and not feel like I had to accomplish everything by the end of the day, things started to fall into place. Perhaps one of the most illuminating experiences I had was the day that I read an entire Lisa Genova novel (she is an amazing neuroscientist and author)—and didn’t do anything else until it was time to make dinner—and it was okay. The other bit of advice that I have is to take advantage of the opportunities that are placed before you. Celebrate everything you can with everyone you can! We’ve been invited to visit friends and family in a myriad of places. And we go! We’ve attended a three- year-old’s birthday celebration, my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary, b’nai mitzvah, and weddings. (Unfortunately, those celebrations are counter-balanced by sad events and you don’t want to fall in the trap of only acknowledging the sad moments.) Keep abreast of the programs and speakers in our community – and go. From the CRC’s Israel Today programs to the Tidewater Together weekend, we have great opportunities right here in our “home.” The JCC is right here – use it. The camaraderie is great and the class instructors really care about you. Make sure you have a comfortable chair with a side table for a great cup of coffee (made with freshly ground beans,) grab a great book or television remote, and treat yourself to an occasional pajama day!
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Do you have a cookie-cutter retirement plan? Five need-to-know items as retirement approaches
f you’re 10 years out from when you expect to retire, then now is the time to get serious about a retirement plan, says Kirk Cassidy, a registered investment advisor (RIA) who emphasizes the importance of the holistic approach to personal finances. “No matter what stage you’re in, there’s never a bad time to take responsibility for your financial destiny,” says Cassidy, president of Senior Planning Advisors. “However, a decade away from retirement should signify to pre-retirees that it’s really time to get a comprehensive plan if you want to enjoy retirement.” In recent years, retirement planning has received plenty of attention. In 2011, the first of the baby boomers reached what used to be known as retirement age. That kicked off an 18-year run for boomers, who’ll be turning 65 at a rate of about 10,000 a day. Despite the attention, there are plenty of important details that most pre-retirees are likely to miss, says Cassidy. • There are four important buckets for your money/assets. The first bucket includes liquidity for emergency funds, involving products like money markets, CDs and savings. The second bucket is lifetime, contractually guaranteed income that you can never outlive. That entails pensions, social security, and hybrid annuities. Long-term growth is the third bucket and that is where we get capital appreciation through investments such as stocks, bonds, ETFs and principle protected notes. Finally, there’s the legacy bucket, which focuses on estate planning, charitable and tax planning, long-term care planning, as well as inheritance and passing assets to our loved ones. “You don’t need to know all of the ins and outs of these buckets,” he says. “Understanding these buckets, however, will put you on the right path.” • Most financial professionals meet a minimal standard. Brokers and advisors who operate under the suitability standard
rather than a fiduciary standard carry products from companies they represent. Under the law, these brokers are only responsible for doing what is “suitable” for clients, or what is “good enough,” but that doesn’t mean “optimal.” Approximately 85 percent of financial professionals meet this minimal requirement, as reported on PBS Frontline. Only 15 percent of financial professionals meet the fiduciary standard, which, under law, requires the “very best” advice to clients. • Everyone is different, so their portfolios should be, too. Given that so many advisors meet only the suitability standard, which doesn’t require the very best advice, it may be no surprise that many Americans have a cookie-cutter-style retirement plan. A product that’s great for your neighbor may not be for you, Cassidy says. Ask questions. Be curious as to whether your products are really best for you. • Beware of hidden fees. Mutual funds can be two to three times more costly than advertised and often carry front-end and back-end loads of charges. Variable annuities are considered one of the most expensive risk-type vehicles an investor can own today. According to a 2012 study from the research firm Demos, the average American household will lose approximately $155,000, or 30 percent, of what they would have otherwise saved, to money managers of their 401(k) funds. • Dying costs money. Simply having a will in place will not protect you from probate and unnecessary taxation to dollars you want to pass on to your loved ones. Often, an estate plan doesn’t “sync up” with an individual’s portfolio properly, which leads to large legal problems for loved ones in the time of loss. Asset protection is one of the most important measures in getting your money to where you want it to go after death, Cassidy says. Don’t have an ex-spouse successfully claim your hardearned money, which you’d intended go to your children.
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