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In today’s volatile market, retirement savers face new challenges. Traditional portfolio diversification may no longer be the answer to growing your savings without the risk of losing it all. Luckily, there are new ways to manage investment risk. Here’s an opportunity to attend a valuable educational seminar on this important topic, at no cost and no obligation: Rethinking Diversification
6:00 PM EST on December 19th at Virtually
Presented by Travis Stanley from CUNA Mutual Group

You’ll find out more how retirement savers are facing new challenges, and the new ways to manage investment risk. You’ll learn the answers to your investment questions, including:


Click here to reserve your place at this upcoming seminar.

You are welcome to bring a guest, but space is limited so please make your reservations today. Contact your CorePlus Wealth Management representative, Holland Rajaniemi at (860) 885-3680, or email at Holland.R@lpl.com with any questions.

Holland Rajaniemi
CorePlus Wealth Management Advisor
CorePlus Credit Union

202 Salem Turnpike
Norwich, CT, 06360

There is no assurance that the techniques and strategies discussed are suitable for all investors or will yield positive outcomes. The purchase of certain securities may be required to affect some of the strategies. Fixed and Variable annuities are suitable for long-term investing, such as retirement investing. Gains from tax-deferred investments are taxable as ordinary income upon withdrawal. Guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing company. Variable annuities are subject to market risk and may lose value. This workshop is educational only and is not investment advice. If you need advice regarding your financial goals and investment needs, contact a financial advisor. CUNA Mutual Group is the marketing name for CUNA Mutual Holding Company, a mutual insurance holding company, its subsidiaries and affiliates, these entities and Travis Stanley are not affiliated with LPL Financial. Annuities are issued by CMFG Life Insurance Company (CMFG Life) and MEMBERS Life Insurance Company (MEMBERS Life) and distributed by their affiliate, CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor, 2000 Heritage Way, Waverly, IA, 50677. CMFG Life and MEMBERS Life are stock insurance companies. MEMBERS® is a registered trademark of CMFG Life. Investment and insurance products are not federally insured, mayinvolve investment risk, may lose value and are not obligations of or guaranteed by any depository or lending institution.All contracts and forms may vary by state, and may not be available in all states or through all broker/dealers CMGA-1803467.6-1220-0123                                                                                        © CUNA Mutual Group


Changing jobs is a common experience for most U.S. workers. But what’s the right thing to do with your retirement savings plan account from a previous employer? What are your options, and how can your decision impact your long-term retirement savings? Here’s an opportunity to attend a valuable educational seminar on this important topic, at no cost and no obligation:  Understanding Your Rollover Options
6:00 PM EST on December 7th at ZOOM (Virtual)
Presented by Travis Stanley from CUNA Mutual Group

You’ll get a clear understanding of the different options available to you when you leave an employer and have an employer-based retirement savings plan account balance to consider, including:


Click here to reserve your place at this upcoming seminar.

You are welcome to bring a guest, but space is limited so please make your reservations today. Contact your CorePlus Wealth Management representative, Holland Rajaniemi at (860) 885-3680, or email at Holland.R@lpl.com with any questions.

Holland Rajaniemi
CorePlus Wealth Management Advisor
CorePlus Credit Union

202 Salem Turnpike
Norwich, CT, 06360

This workshop is educational only and is not investment advice. If you need advice regarding your financial goals and investment needs, contact a financial advisor. CUNA Mutual Group is the marketing name for CUNA Mutual Holding Company a mutual insurance holding company, its subsidiaries and affiliates, these entities and Travis Stanley are not affiliated with LPL Financial. Annuities are issued by CMFG Life Insurance Company (CMFG Life) and MEMBERS Life Insurance Company (MEMBERS Life) and distributed by their affiliate, CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor, 2000 Heritage Way, Waverly, IA, 50677. CMFG Life and MEMBERS Life are stock insurance companies MEMBERS® is a registered trademark of CMFG Life. Investment and insurance products are not federally insured, may involve investment risk, may lose value and are not obligations of or guaranteed by any depository or lending institution. All contracts and forms may vary by state, and may not be available in all states or through all broker/dealers.

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Are you ready to retire? You might be prepared for the financial transition, but you’ll experience lifestyle and emotional transitions as well. We can help you understand these upcoming changes and provide the information you need to better prepare for this exciting season of your life. Working together, we’ll gain clarity and confidence about your path to retirement.  Here’s an opportunity to attend a valuable educational seminar on this important topic, at no cost and no obligation: Three Transitions to Retirement
6:00 PM EST on November 15th at ZOOM
Presented by Travis Stanley from CUNA Mutual Group

You’ll find out more about the transitions you will face during retirement and how you can better prepare for this new life. You’ll learn the answers to your Retirement questions, including:


Click here to reserve your place at this upcoming seminar.

You are welcome to bring a guest, but space is limited so please make your reservations today. Contact your CorePlus Wealth Management representative, Holland Rajaniemi at (860) 885-3680, or email at Holland.R@lpl.com with any questions.

Holland Rajaniemi
CorePlus Wealth Management Advisor
CorePlus Credit Union

202 Salem Turnpike
Norwich, CT, 06360

There is no assurance that the techniques and strategies discussed are suitable for all investors or will yield positive outcomes. The purchase of certain securities may be required to affect some of the strategies. Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.  This workshop is educational only and is not investment advice. If you need advice regarding your financial goals and investment needs, contact a financial advisor. CUNA Mutual Group is the marketing name for CUNA Mutual Holding Company, a mutual insurance holding company, its subsidiaries and affiliates, these entities and Travis Stanley are not affiliated with LPL Financial. Annuities are issued by CMFG Life Insurance Company (CMFG Life) and MEMBERS Life Insurance Company (MEMBERS Life) and distributed by their affiliate, CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor, 2000 Heritage Way, Waverly, IA, 50677. CMFG Life and MEMBERS Life are stock insurance companies. MEMBERS® is a registered trademark of CMFG Life. Investment and insurance products are not federally insured, may involve investment risk, may lose value and are not obligations of or guaranteed by any depository or lending institution.All contracts and forms may vary by state, and may not be available in all states or through all broker/dealers CMGA-4751587.1-0522-0624                                                                                                                         © CUNA Mutual Group


Dear client, We are excited to share some great news. Keith Noyes has joined our team as Sales Coordinator, bringing a fresh perspective to CorePlus Wealth Management. In this position he will support Holland, our financial advisor, and looks forward to helping all of you. We wanted to expand our team to provide the best service possible for you, and are thrilled that Keith joined as he will be a great fit for our team. To help you get to know Keith, here’s a quick glimpse into his background. Keith joined CorePlus Credit Union as a Credit Union Professional where he experienced multiple aspects of the banking industry as well as meeting CPCU’s wonderful members. Keith holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Radford University. During his time at Radford University, he became the President of a student-run portfolio where he was instrumental in growing the portfolio to over two million dollars. Keith is a first generation high school and college graduate and his goal is to help others gain financial literacy & independence. Besides his passion for finance, Keith is a skilled gamer who specializes in strategic games. Keith looks forward to meeting with you and helping you reach your financial goals. Keith is excited to join us and committed to providing you with the best possible service. If you’d like to welcome Keith directly, his email is knoyes@coreplus.org

All of us at CorePlus Wealth Management look forward to serving you.

Best regards,

   Financial Advisor

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The CorePlus Wealth Management Services at CorePlus is staffed by Holland Rajaniemi, who can help you map out a personal financial management program.

To set a no-cost, no-obligation appointment, call Holland Rajaniemi at (860) 885-3680, or email at Holland.R@LPL.com.

Holland Rajaniemi
CorePlus Wealth Management Advisor
CorePlus Credit Union

202 Salem Turnpike
Norwich, CT, 06360

2022 was a dizzying year as markets and the global economy continued to find itself out of balance due to the still present aftereffects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the policy response to it. If 2022 was about recognizing imbalances that had built in the economy and starting to address them, we believe 2023 will be about setting ourselves up for what comes next as the economy and markets find their way back to steadier ground. The process of finding balance may continue to be challenging and we may even see a recession, but underlying fundamentals could create opportunities in stock and bond markets that were difficult to find in 2022.

LPL Financial Strategic and Tactical Asset Allocation Committee has provided an outlook on the following topics:
1) Economy
2) Stocks
3) Bonds


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The CorePlus Wealth Management Services at CorePlus is staffed by Mr. Holland Rajaniemi who can help you map out a personal financial management program. 

To set a no-cost, no-obligation appointment, call Holland Rajaniemi at (860) 885-3680, or email at Holland.R@lpl.com.


Some specifics about the “second act.”

 Provided by Holland Rajaniemi

Does your vision of retirement align with the facts? Here are some noteworthy financial and lifestyle facts about life after 50 that might surprise you. 

Up to 85% of a retiree’s Social Security income can be taxed. Some retirees are taken aback when they discover this. In addition to the Internal Revenue Service, 13 states currently levy taxes on some or all Social Security retirement benefits: Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia. (West Virginia, incidentally, is phasing out such taxation.)1

Retirees get a slightly larger standard deduction on their federal taxes. Actually, this is true for all taxpayers aged 65 and older, whether they are retired or not. Right now, the standard deduction for a single filer in this age bracket is $13,850, compared to $12,200 for those 64 or younger. It is scheduled to rise to $14,050 in 2020.2

Retirees can still use IRAs to save for retirement. There is no age limit for contributing to a Roth IRA, as long as the owner earns income. So, a retiree can keep directing money into a Roth IRA for life, provided they are not earning too much. A senior can potentially contribute to a traditional IRA until the year they turn 70½.3

A significant percentage of retirees are carrying big debts. Looking at data from the Federal Reserve’s triennial Surveys of Consumer Finances, the median debt of senior households (age 65+) has more than doubled since the start of the century.4

The most stressful debt for seniors, according to a 2019 study from Ohio State University researchers, is credit card debt. The study calculates that each new dollar of credit card debt taken on by a senior household creates financial stress approximating an additional $14-20 of home loan debt.4

Moreover, a sudden financial liability may delay retirement. Another 2019 study, co-authored by researchers from the Urban Institute and the Congressional Budget Office, looks at the potential impact of a new $10,000 debt on an individual between 55-70 years old carrying the median amount of credit card debt for their age. The researchers concluded that this jump in debt would make a baby boomer 9% more likely to put off retiring.4

Fewer seniors live alone than you may think. The Administration for Community Living (a federal agency) says around 14% of older adults (65+) live by themselves. With millennials living at home and blended and extended families becoming common, perhaps this is not so surprising. The ACL does note that nearly half of women older than age 75 are on their own.5

Just 15% of women say they have a retirement strategy set down in writing. This factoid comes from the 2019 Transamerica Retirement Survey of American Workers. Another 42% say they have unwritten strategies. The remaining 43%? No strategy at all.6

Few older Americans budget for travel expenses. While retirees certainly love to travel, a Merrill Lynch study says that only about a third of people aged 50 and older earmark funds for their trips.7

What financial facts should you consider as you retire? What monetary realities might you need to acknowledge as your retirement progresses from one phase to the next? The reality of retirement may surprise you. If you have not met with a financial professional about your retirement savings and income needs, you may wish to do so. When it comes to retirement, the more information you have, the better.

 Holland Rajaniemi, Associate Financial Advisor,
can speak with you regarding options available
for your retirement plans.

To set a no-cost, no-obligation appointment, call 
Holland Rajaniemi at (860) 885-3680. 

*CorePlus Financial Planning and Retirement Services Advisors are registered representatives of CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc.

Representatives are registered, securities sold, advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI), member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor, which is not an affiliate of the credit union. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution to make securities available to members. Not NCUA/NCUSIF/FDIC insured, May Lose Value, No Financial Institution Guarantee. Not a deposit of any financial institution. 

This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note – investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

Citations:

1 – aarp.org/retirement/social-security/questions-answers/how-is-ss-taxed.html [4/9/19]
2 – efile.com/tax-deduction/federal-standard-deduction/ [12/4/19]
3 – investopedia.com/ask/answers/03/120403.asp [11/8/19]
4 – nextavenue.org/retirement-older-americans-debt/ [8/9/19]
5 – forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2018/05/04/a-new-snapshot-of-older-adults-in-the-us/ [5/4/18]
6 – transamericacenter.org/docs/default-source/women-and-retirement/tcrs2019_op_women_and_retirement_fact_sheet.pdf [11/19]
7 – kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T037-C032-S014-5-surprising-facts-to-know-about-retirement.html [11/11/19]

Are you leaving your job and considering whether to take a distribution from your 401(k), 403(b), or governmental 457(b) plan? if so, make sure you’ve considered all your options.

In general, you have the following four options when you’re eligible to receive a distribution from your employer retirement savings plan.1

Option 1: Leave the money in the plan

This is the easiest option — you don’t do anything at all.

Note: This may not be an option if your vested plan balance is $5,000 or less; if you’ve reached your plan’s normal retirement age; or if the payment is a required minimum distribution. Consult your plan’s terms.

Option 2: No rollover — take the distribution in cash (and securities if applicable)

Most plans allow you to take a lump-sum distribution of your account balance.

Note: If your distribution includes employer stock or other securities, special tax rules may apply that can make taking a distribution more advantageous than making a rollover. Consult a tax professional.

Option 3: Roll the funds over to an IRA

Distributions from designated Roth accounts can be rolled over only to a Roth IRA; distributions of non-Roth funds can be made to a traditional IRA or “converted” to a Roth IRA.

Option 4: Roll the funds over to your new employer’s plan (if the plan accepts rollovers)

One of the most common questions people ask is: Should I roll over my retirement money to an IRA or to another employer’s retirement plan? Assuming both options are available to you, there is no right or wrong answer to this question. There are strong arguments to be made on both sides. You need to weigh all of the factors and make a decision based on your own needs and priorities.2

When evaluating whether to initiate a rollover, always be sure to (1) ask about possible surrender charges that may be imposed by your existing employer plan, or new surrender charges that your IRA or new plan may impose; (2) compare investment fees and expenses charged by your IRA (and investment funds) or new plan with those charged by your existing employer plan (if any); and (3) understand any accumulated rights or guarantees that you may be giving up by transferring funds out of your employer plan. It is best to have a professional assist you with this, because the decision you make may have significant consequences — both now and in the future.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to roll over your entire distribution. You can roll over whatever portion you wish. If you roll over only part of a distribution that includes taxable and nontaxable amounts, the amount you roll over is treated as coming first from the taxable part of the distribution.

1 Special rules apply if you’re the beneficiary of a plan participant.

2 If your distribution is eligible for rollover, you’ll receive a statement from your employer outlining your rollover options. Read that statement carefully. You cannot roll over hardship withdrawals, required minimum distributions, substantially equal periodic payments, corrective distributions, and certain other payments.

 Holland Rajaniemi, Associates Financial Advisor,
can speak with you regarding options available
for your retirement plans.

To set a no-cost, no-obligation appointment, call 
Holland Rajaniemi at (860) 885-3680. 

*CorePlus Financial Planning and Retirement Services Advisors are registered representatives of CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc.

Representatives are registered, securities sold, advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI), member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor, which is not an affiliate of the credit union. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution to make securities available to members. Not NCUA/NCUSIF/FDIC insured, May Lose Value, No Financial Institution Guarantee. Not a deposit of any financial institution.