The SECURE Act, passed in December of 2019, puts in place new retirement rules
On December 20th, 2019, the Setting Up Every Community for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 went into effect. While the law changed some arcane regulations that will only apply to a sliver of people, there were a couple major changes. These new rules will affect the vast majority of retirees. Here’s a quick run down of the provisions we feel will be most relevant for our clients:
Last week Cox Capital Management hosted an informational Medicare event at Salvatore’s Restaurant for clients in the greater-Andover area. The seminar was part of a larger “Client Education Series” that Cox Capital has been periodically putting on for the past couple years. Topics have ranged from generational planning to social security to long-term care insurance. In each instance, CCM brings in an independent, outside expert on a particular subject matter with the sole goal of informing and providing a resource for current clients. With many folks approaching medicare-eligible age, it was the perfect time to bring in Peter Stoner from Stoner & Co. to present this complicated and often misunderstood topic.
The financial field is evolving a rapid pace, accelerated by new fin-tech innovations and low-cost investment solutions. Robo-advisors are taking share from human advisors, and people are ditching traditional money managers in favor of passive index investing. It begs the question – why even have a financial advisor anymore? Well, the reality is that while these new innovations certainly do have a place in the investment world, a qualified investment advisor still serves a critical role. In fact, with all the changes occurring in the world, we would argue that it has never been more important to work with a future-ready advisor than right now.
When searching for a new financial advisor, the traditional method is simply to ask a friend who they use and take their recommendation. You could also do a Google search and systematically work your way down the list with subsequent screenings, phone calls and interviews. Further, you could even peruse journals such as Boston Magazine that rate the “Top Local Financial Advisors” or Barrons that lists the nation’s “Top Stockbrokers” – and hope that one of those “Superstars” will give you a minute of their time. Finally, you can respond to the invitation that falls out of your morning paper inviting you to attend an “educational” seminar at the local Holiday Inn.