By making retirement smart decisions.

Betty Meredith, CFA, CFP®, CRC®

Betty Meredith, CFA, CFP®, CRC®, Advocate for the retirement security of the middle class

My name is Betty Meredith. I have been passionate about educating future retirees and financial professionals about retirement for over 30 years.  I am so glad you’re here!

The retirement decision today is much more complicated than it was for our parents. Uninformed decisions can affect whether or not your savings last as needed. It is important that you make retirement smart decisions holistically so all your assets work together to secure your retirement.

We have created an unbiased, practical, nine-part education series by seven of today’s top retirement experts who do not sell financial products and who truly care about you making informed retirement decisions. 

I hand-picked the top speakers from our Retirement Speakers Bureau and put them together in this must-see retirement education series for people like you to learn what you need to know to secure your retirement.

Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or prefer working with an advisor, we want to empower you to take charge of your future retirement with what you’ll learn in the following 30-60 minutes courses. Begin making retirement smart decisions today!

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Learn how to be happy in retirement, manage your healthcare costs, increase your income, reduce your taxes, reduce your chances of running out of money, and protect yourself from elder fraud with Retirement Smart.

Invest in your retirement future and receive:REGISTER NOW for the next session of Retirement Smart Webinars for Pre-Retirees

  • Nine on-demand webinars (plus one bonus webinar) that guide you through what you need to know to make informed retirement decisions in the 21st Century.
  • Access to your courses on any device – desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone. View and/or listen to your courses during your commute, when you exercise, make meals, etc.
  • The ability to view courses as often as you’d like. Many people start the series ten years before retirement to be aware of what is required to make informed retirement decisions and review the content again as needed. 
  • An Action Plan per course for taking notes to help you capture your thoughts and next steps.
  • A weekly email for 10 weeks to remind you to view the next course in the series.
  • A Certificate of Completion after you complete the course.

We recommend that you then take your Action Plans and Certificate to your adviser or find one who can help you implement what you’ve identified as important to do or further explore to secure your retirement.

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Our webinars help you PLAN for retirement.

Webinar #1: How do I successfully transition to retirement?

What if your biggest retirement threat is not inflation, health care costs, or running out of money? While these are important, each one pales in comparison to running out of family, friends, good health, and retirement happiness. It is important to prepare for your new everyday life by re-envisioning retirement in terms of your overall wellness so you can be happy, healthy, and more connected.

Three things you need to know:
1. How to make retirement a time of life that is truly meaningful.
2. How to replace your work identity, re-invent yourself, strengthen relationships and stay connected.
3. How to develop wellness habits for your body, mind, and spirit to avoid the dark side of retirement.

 

Our webinars help you PROTECT your retirement from risks.

Webinar #2: When should I take Social Security?

Over 10,000 baby boomers will claim their Social Security each day for the next twenty years. There are ways to substantially increase your lifetime benefits, yet Social Security Agents are not allowed in provide you advice. Deciding when and how to claim Social Security benefits is one of the most important financial decisions that you will ever make and one of the best ways to help you manage longevity risk (living longer than expected). 

Three things you need to know:
1. Why is when you claim Social Security such an important decision?
2. How your Social Security benefits are calculated and how you can increase them for your lifetime.
3. Strategies for singles, spouses, and widows.

 

Webinar #3: What do I need to know about Medicare and healthcare in retirement?

Planning for healthcare is an important component of your retirement plan. Medicare is not designed to cover all your healthcare costs starting at age 65. In addition, custodial and long-term care costs are not covered by Medicare and can have a substantial impact on your quality of life and financial plan. It is important to be aware of potential solutions designed specifically to create tax-efficient income for your out-of-pocket retirement healthcare and custodial care needs.

Three things you need to know:
1. Understand what Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans cover.
2. What to expect for routine retirement health care costs, including a description of health and wealth considerations.
3. How Roth IRAs, Roth 401(k)s, and health savings accounts can be utilized for tax-efficient payment of retirement healthcare.

 

Webinar #4: How can a Health Savings Account (HSA) help me pay for medical and long-term care premiums and expenses in retirement?

We underestimate how much of our retirement income will be spent on health care costs. Health savings accounts (HSAs) are well suited to fill this void by offering superior tax efficiency today coupled with the flexibility to meet a retiree’s changing needs as they age. Although not every American can have an HSA, this savings account option is increasingly available to workers as part of their employer-sponsored benefits package or for self-employed individuals with high deductible health plans.

Three things you need to know:
1. Learn about HSAs and how they compare to other tax-deferred savings programs.
2. Understand how HSAs can be invested and how to maximize savings via HSAs.
3. Understand how HSAs can help with your retiree health care costs.

 

Webinar #5: How can I protect myself and my family from elder financial fraud?

Elder financial abuse is a growing problem. As retiring boomers become part of this population the problem is expected to increase dramatically. It is critical for you to understand the steps you can take to protect yourself or loved ones from financial abuse.

Three things you need to know:
1. Nine steps you should take to protect yourself.
2. The importance of holding family meetings to make your financial and caregiving wishes known.
3. What to include in a “Lifefolio” of important financial information.

 

 

Our webinars help you PROVIDE retirement income that lasts a lifetime.

Webinar #6: What should I do if I need more retirement income?

With longer life expectancies, rising health care costs, and fluctuating retirement savings values, establishing a consistent level of income is a challenge. It is important to understand the risks you face in retirement so you can make informed decisions about when to retire and how to take income from your pension, defined contribution plans, IRAs and other personal retirement savings. In this session, you will learn ways to help you close the gap between your expected income and expenses.

Three things you need to know:
1. The key risks of retirement to protect against.
2. Options for closing your retirement income gap.
3. How to create a retirement income plan that reduces the chance of running out of money.

 

Webinar #7: How should I invest my retirement savings to/thru retirement?

Many people believe that upon retirement you should invest in only “safe” investments. However, there are other types of retirement risks besides protecting your savings from volatility in the stock market, such as living longer than your savings (longevity), inflation, sequence of returns (the effect of when investment losses are experienced early in retirement), etc. It is also important to choose investments appropriate for go-go, slow-go and no-go phases of retirement and for leaving a legacy if that is a goal.

Three things you need to know:
1. How to avoid investing risks in retirement by immunizing income you need for fixed expenses.
2. Discover the tools available today to help you immunize your retirement income.
3. Learn a simple approach to help your savings last in retirement with less risk.

 

Webinar #8: How might a home equity reverse mortgage help my retirement savings last longer?

Home equity is the largest asset that most middle-income retirees have after the value of their Social Security and pension benefits. In a time when lifetime income sources such as pensions and Social Security benefits are declining, accessing home equity will become more important as people live longer and face increasing health care costs. Reverse mortgages offer a way to tap home equity for retirees to address these needs and stay in their home. Because of key changes made in the last several years to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program by the Federal Housing Administration, the safety and functionality of accessing home equity now go beyond supplementing retirement income.

Three things you need to know:
1. How a reverse mortgage does not leave debt to children, does not require monthly payments, is not taxable, and protects the homeowner with strong federal regulation.
2. How establishing a line of credit that keeps pace with inflation can provide the funds for a long-term care event, the effects of which fall so heavily on women.
3. Examples of how a reverse mortgage can be used to secure your retirement.

 

Webinar #9: How do I make withdrawals from my retirement savings to minimize taxes and increase how long my money lasts?

Conventional wisdom says a retiree should draw funds from all taxable savings, then tax-deferred, then tax-exempt Roth accounts until each type of savings is gone. However, there are ways you can coordinate your Social Security with how you take distributions from your retirement savings that can add many years to how long your money lasts. Learn a strategy that coordinates when you start Social Security with tax-efficient withdrawals from your savings and make your money last longer.

Three things you need to know:
1. The limitations of the conventional wisdom for drawing down savings for retirement income.
2. Why it is important to follow a retirement savings withdrawal strategy.
3. How to coordinate when you claim Social Security with a tax-efficient withdrawal strategy to increase the longevity of your assets.

 

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Webinar #10: How do I plan for and communicate my intentions for future medical events?

As we age there are life transitions, and complex health and financial issues that we must navigate. Often overlooked is advance care planning – or defining, communicating and documenting healthcare wishes. It is important that we communicate personal, emotional and spiritual needs, along with medical and legal wishes, to your loved ones.

Three things you need to know:
1. Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them yourself, and the kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want.
2. How you want people to treat you, how comfortable you want to be, and what you want your loved ones to know if you become seriously ill.
3. A cost-effective tool created with the help of the American Bar Association and health care experts that does not require legal help to complete, is approved for use in over 40 states, and used by over 30 million people worldwide.

 

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Webinars may be viewed on desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones. You may replay programs as often as desired. 

As part of your package, you will receive an Action Plan per course to help capture your next steps. You will also receive a Certificate of Completion once we confirm you watched all the webinars in your package. We recommend that you then take your Certificate and Action Plans to your adviser or find one who can help you implement what you’ve identified as important to do or further explore to secure your retirement.

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