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SIMPLE 401(k) Plan

Dec 20, 2022 12:23:31 PM
written by The Retirement Group

What Is It?

In General


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posted in Financial Planning, Lump Sum, Pension, Retirement Planning, Retirement, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Verizon, Northrop Grumman

Lump-Sum Payouts and Annuity Purchase

Dec 3, 2022 10:46:35 AM
written by The Retirement Group

When considering retirement or a job change from Fortune 500, it is imperative to learn about your eligibility for a lump-sum payment offered by your retirement plan.


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posted in Financial Planning, Lump Sum, Pension, Retirement Planning, Retirement, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Verizon, Northrop Grumman

Annuities Vs. IRA Withdrawals at 4% Rule

Nov 30, 2022 3:53:48 PM
written by The Retirement Group

There are just a couple of things almost all Fortune 500 retirees need when they hit retirement: predictable income and protection against a cluster of risks, which include longevity risk, performance risk and sequence-of-returns risk.


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posted in Financial Planning, Lump Sum, Pension, Retirement Planning, Retirement, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Verizon, Northrop Grumman

AT&T? Retire with the Lump-Sum & Buy an Annuity!

Nov 14, 2022 3:31:16 PM
written by The Retirement Group

If you are planning on taking the AT&T annuity, you will love taking the lump-sum and buying an annuity. When evaluating the best options for retirement, it is beneficial to plan ahead in order to avoid being left shorthanded. In an online survey of 1,911 Americans aging 50 to 75, 34% of retirees who took a lump-sum buyout from their defined-contribution plan depleted that sum within five years [1]. With that taken into account, if you are an AT&T employee being offered a lump-sum buyout, it may be worth looking into a better alternative. The purchase of an annuity using your lump-sum pension may prove to be a better option.


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posted in Financial Planning, Pension, AT&T, Retirement, Annuity

What is a Mega Roth IRA?

Nov 9, 2022 11:44:21 AM
written by The Retirement Group

The mega backdoor Roth IRA is a strategy ‘highly compensated employees’ or HCEs at Fortune 500 can use to increase retirement savings and shelter investment growth from taxes in retirement.


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posted in Financial Planning, Lump Sum, Pension, Retirement Planning, Retirement, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Verizon, Northrop Grumman

AT&T Pensions Would Drop About 22% If Rates Were Calculated Today

Sep 20, 2022 1:33:32 PM
written by The Retirement Group

New rates were just released for October 2022 and they increased 0.57% in the second segment!

Interest Rates Here

 

AT&T recently sent a memo to their employees warning them about the impending pension drop. AT&T estimates employees will lose between 15% - 30% on their lump-sum value. Employees would lose a significant amount on their pension lump-sums if the lump-sum was calculated based on September's interest rates. The segment rates, used by AT&T, track the U.S. 10 Year Treasury rate, which means that as the U.S. 10 year Treasury rate increases, so do the segment rates. That is why the U.S. 10 Year Treasury rate is a great indicator of the IRS segment rates. The 10 Year Treasury rate has increased by over 2% since November 2021. When interest rates move up or down, an AT&T employee’s pension lump-sum amount will move in an inverse direction. A 1% increase in interest rates typically means a 10% decrease in lump-sum value. Our calculations show that lump-sums would drop by approximately 22% if AT&T used the current interest rates. This means that an employee with a $1,000,000 lump-sum would lose around $220,000, not including the interest they would have earned on the original $1,000,000. If rates continue to rise, this lump-sum loss will be substantially larger by the end of the year. The exact percentage an employee loses on their lump-sum will change depending on an employee's age, years of service, hire date, job title, and a few other factors. 


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posted in Financial Planning, Pension, AT&T

Interest Rates Are Soaring in 2022, What Will this Mean for Future Lump Sums at Southern California Edison?

Jul 5, 2022 2:16:26 PM
written by Kevin Won of The Retirement Group

Could Lump-Sums for Grandfathered Southern California Edison employees be on the decline? The September interest rates, which Southern California Edison uses to determine lump sum values for everyone who retires in 2022 were released in October. We now have new monthly segment rates which show that interest rates are continuing to rise. Rates have been steadily increasing over the past year and with the recent announcement of next year's interest rates we are very likely to see a reduction in lump-sum values for Southern California Edison employees who retire in 2023. Southern California Edison interest rates decreased in 2020 causing 2021 lump sums to hit record highs. Based on the current trend of interest rates and monetary policy announcements it is likely that rates seen in 2020 will be the lowest for the foreseeable future - meaning that the Lump Sum Values for Southern California Edison employees who retired in 2021 will likely be the highest for the foreseeable future. When interest rates move up or down, your pension lump sum amount will move in an inverse relationship. 


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posted in Pension, Interest rates, SEC, Southern California Edison

Up-To-Date Market Week

Jun 28, 2022 2:43:54 PM
written by The Retirement Group

The Markets (as of market close January 20th, 2022)

Before reviewing your company 401(k) plan, check out how the market can affect your retirement. Last week saw stocks slide lower, despite a rally last Friday. Only the tech-heavy Nasdaq was able to post a gain among the benchmark indexes listed here. Throughout the week, investors had to balance data that showed inflation was waning with the impact rising interest rates may have on the economy. Several Federal Reserve officials indicated that now was not the time to stop interest-rate increases, but it may be appropriate to slow the pace of those hikes. While stock values slipped last week, Treasury yields declined, with 10-year Treasury yields falling for the third week in a row. Crude oil prices climbed higher for the second straight week on optimism over China's anticipated increase in demand. The dollar held relatively steady, while gold prices increased $7.00 per ounce.


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posted in Financial Planning, Lump Sum, Pension

ExxonMobil Q4 Lump-Sum Payments Likely to Fall, Based on Rising Rates

Jun 23, 2022 11:50:45 AM
written by The Retirement Group

Interest rates are trending upward, and if this trend continues ExxonMobil lump-sum payments will drop again in the fourth quarter of this year. The IRS has recently released the Segment rates for the month of May, recorded at: 3.23% / 4.59% / 4.69%. May's segment rates saw an increase of about 0.3% (in the second segment), which is a substantial jump for a single month.  This ongoing trend upward looks to be an early indicator of bad news for ExxonMobil employees opting for a lump-sum in the future.


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posted in Financial Planning, Lump Sum, Pension, Retirement Planning, ExxonMobil, Inflation

Q4 ConocoPhillips Lump Sum Payments Likely to Fall, With Interest Rates Continuing to Rise

Jun 23, 2022 11:46:12 AM
written by The Retirement Group

ConocoPhillips employees considering the lump sum option on their pension payment may have an opportunity to take advantage of lower interest rates in Q3 2022. With Q4 projecting to have higher rates, retiring during Q3 may be the last opportunity to avoid a reduced lump-sum. May's segment rates were just released and they are 3.23%/4.59%/4.69%. These rates increased by about 0.3% (in the second segment) since April, which is a very large increase for a single month. 

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