Understanding Today's Financial Environment
Welcome, I'm Norma Jean Rector, Registered Representative, in Charlotte, North Carolina. We understand that individuals face unique challenges as they prepare for retirement. We can help take the mystery out of preparing for today and tomorrow. Whether you are investing to build wealth, protect your family, or preserve your assets, our personalized service focuses on your needs, wants, and long-term goals.
Our team of professionals have years of experience in financial services. We can help you address your needs of today, and for many years to come. We look forward to working with you through all stages of your life, please call (704) 945-7173 for your blueprint plan.
Securities offered through Center Street Securities, Inc. (CSS), a registered Broker-Dealer and member of FINRA & SIPC. Blueprint Wealth Management is independent of CSS. Blueprint Wealth Management professionals are registered and licensed in the following states: North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Should You Buy an Annuity from Social Security?
A key challenge many households entering retirement face is how to use their savings as a source of income. As 401(k)s replace traditional defined benefit pensions and as Social Security replaces a smaller share of household pre-retirement earnings, drawing an income from savings becomes increasingly important.
Households have three traditional options. First, they could put their savings in safe assets, preserving the value of their principal, and live on the interest. Second, they could invest their savings in a portfolio of stocks and bonds and draw out an income. Third, they could buy an annuity from an insurance company, giving up their savings in exchange for a lifetime income. In addition to these three traditional options, households could use their savings to “buy” an annuity from Social Security: they could delay claiming their Social Security benefits to get a higher monthly benefit at an older age, using their savings in the interim to pay current expenses. The savings used is the “price” and the increase in monthly benefits is the annuity it “buys.”
Traditional vs. Roth IRA
One or the other? Perhaps both traditional and Roth IRAs can play a part in your retirement plans.
And the Executor Is
The right executor may help ensure the distribution of your assets is done with as little upheaval as possible.
Emerging Market Opportunities
What are your options for investing in emerging markets?
The Economic Report of the President can help identify the forces driving—or dragging—the economy.
Experiencing negative returns early in retirement can potentially undermine the sustainability of your assets.
Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.
Executors can value the estate on the date of death, or on its six-month anniversary —the “Alternate Valuation Date."
This worksheet can help you estimate the costs of a four-year college program.
China owns a portion of the total outstanding debt of the U.S. Government. What does it mean?
Estimate how much of your Social Security benefit may be considered taxable.
This calculator estimates your chances of becoming disabled and your potential need for disability insurance.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
Estimate the maximum contribution amount for a Self-Employed 401(k), SIMPLE IRA, or SEP.
This calculator compares employee contributions to a Roth 401(k) and a traditional 401(k).
Help determine the required minimum distribution from an IRA or other qualified retirement plan.
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.
Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.
How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.
A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.
Do you have causes that you want to support with donations? Here are three tips.
A will may be only one of the documents you need—and one factor to consider—when it comes to managing your estate.
A bucket plan can help you be better prepared for a comfortable retirement.
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?
Learning more about gold and its history may help you decide whether it has a place in your portfolio.