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The Your Life, Your Money Podcast helps you thrive in life, wealth and retirement. The show is designed to navigate the complexities around money, building and securing wealth, and achieving financial independence. Scott Sierens, financial advisor at Sierens Financial Group, will provide thoughts, strategies, and ideas on each episode to help you make smart and sound financial decisions. The goal is to take complex financial subjects and make them simple and easy to understand so you can feel confident to take action, enjoy life, and eliminate financial stress and anxiety.

Scott, along with guests from across various industries, will cover topics such as tax savings strategies, investment and wealth management, IRAs, 401(k)s, retirement planning, income strategies, pensions, estate planning, social security, healthcare, and much more.

Retirement isn't an age or number. It's finding the balance between living life today and feeling financially confident about YOUR tomorrow.

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Sep 7, 2023

Many say that age is just a number, but when it comes to retirement planning, age means much more than that. Join us in this insightful episode as we delve into the world of financial milestones that can significantly impact your retirement planning. From age 50 to 75, we uncover the strategies, opportunities, and pitfalls tied to these pivotal years.

Learn why age isn't just a number when it comes to taxes, charitable giving, and required minimum distributions (RMDs), as Scott shares how you can strategically use these age milestones to optimize your retirement planning journey. From Social Security choices to Medicare considerations, we guide you through the intricate web of financial decisions, ensuring that every year counts towards a brighter and more secure retirement.


Here are a few milestones we discuss in this episode:

  • At age 50 and over, individuals can contribute more money to their retirement plans such as 401(k), 403(b), and 457, with a $7,500 increase in contribution limits compared to those under 50.
  • The "Rule of 55" allows penalty-free withdrawals from a 401(k) if you leave your job at age 55 or older.
  • Age 62 is the earliest you can start claiming Social Security benefits, full retirement age varies based on birth year, and age 70 provides the maximum benefit.
  • Turning 65 is an important age for considering Medicare enrollment.
  • RMDs are mandatory withdrawals from retirement accounts like IRAs and 401(k)s. These distributions must begin at specific ages, depending on your birth year.


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