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How Far Could $1 Million Go In Retirement?

How Far Could $1 Million Go In Retirement?
A million dollars used to be the ultimate target for retirement portfolios. Retiring as a millionaire brought status and confidence that you could live comfortably during your golden years. If you retired with $1 million in 1970, you probably didn’t have to worry about your nest egg running out, even with a lavish lifestyle. It would be like retiring with $6.9 million today. Retire with $1 million in the ’80s, and it would have been like retiring with $3.35 million in 2021. And in 1990? A cool $1 million would have gone twice as far as it does these days. Clearly, $1 million doesn’t go as far as it used to. Just how far could it go these days? The answer depends on how and where you live. In retirement, as in real estate, location is everything (or, at least, it’s a lot). Click here to see a map that
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Forbes Identifies Michael Silver as a Best-In-State Wealth Advisor

Forbes Identifies Michael Silver as a Best-In-State Wealth Advisor
Forbes recently released their rankings for 2021’s Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, spotlighting more than 5,000 outstanding wealth advisors across the country. Baron Silver Stevens Financial Advisors, LLC’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Silver, CFP®, AEP®, CLU, was named amongst those standout wealth advisors. Michael ranked 21st  in South Florida, marking a distinguished acknowledgement for his years of experience, proficiency, and focus on making a positive impact on his clients’ lives. Those nominated for the prestigious Best-In-State recognition were researched, interviewed, and then given a ranking within their particular states. Michael’s inclusion in 2021’s Best-In-State Wealth Advisors highlights his dedication to his clientele, his more than 20 years of experience in the field, and his commitment to making an impact in the comprehensive wealth management industry. The selection process was based on an algorithm of both quantitative and qualitative criteria including components such as in-person interviews, compliance records, industry experience, revenue produced,
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Powerful Ways To Set Authentic Goals In Uncertain Times

Powerful Ways To Set Authentic Goals In Uncertain Times
What is your biggest obstacle to achieving your goals in 2021? It’s not a lack of time or bad timing. It’s not age, ability, or finances. And it’s not even the coronavirus. Believe it or not, research says it’s you. In fact, most of us trip ourselves up when it comes to achieving our goals. That includes New Year’s resolutions. Even when we have the best intentions, we can get in the way of our own progress. And that’s far more likely to happen during times of uncertainty. That’s when we tend to stagnate. We avoid long-term plans and push pause on our big goals. And we become paralyzed by uncertainty. Sometimes, that means we simply give up on setting goals entirely.And, yet, New Year’s goals help us. They give us a sense of control and keep us grounded in unpredictable times. And they can help us cope with uncertainty
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7 Things We Can Learn from 2020

7 Things We Can Learn from 2020
No one could have foreseen the events of 2020. It was a tumultuous year. The pandemic overshadowed everything. Fires, hurricanes, protests, and the election dominated headlines. So did Tiger King, toilet paper shortages, major events held over Zoom, and everyday heroes. For me, one of the biggest standout memories of 2020 has been the creative ways people and businesses have adapted in the pandemic. What moments from the last year stand out for you? Whatever they are—and whatever your verdict on last year may be—we can all agree 2020 has been disruptive and unforgettable. It’ll be fascinating to see how history looks back at 2020 and what big lessons future generations take away from the past year. As the year closes, here are some of the best life lessons we can take away from 2020 right now. Bringing these lessons with us into 2021 can help make life better and
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Here's What You Need To Know About Market Corrections

Here's What You Need To Know About Market Corrections
Market corrections hurt. They can come out of nowhere. And when they do, they ignite fear, amplify worries, and set off alarm bells. It’s hard not to panic when that happens. And it’s tempting to react and want to pull back. Many people give in to that temptation. Informed investors don’t. Why? Because they know most market corrections are short. In fact, over the past 70 years, corrections have been getting shorter and shorter. These days, the average correction is over within four months. Those are just a couple of reasons why you shouldn’t panic over corrections. Below are more. If you know these facts about corrections, you can keep a level head and healthy perspective whenever the markets retreat. That can help you avoid overacting. It may even open your eyes to new opportunities. Below is an overview of some market correction facts, click here to view our monthly
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Do You Think You're Too Smart To Be Scammed?

Do You Think You're Too Smart To Be Scammed?
About 4 out of 5 people say they are too smart to be scammed. Most also believe they’re better than others at spotting scams. Yet, scams work — and they’re more prevalent and profitable than ever before. In fact, every 15 seconds, someone’s getting scammed. Each year, that’s billions lost. Seniors alone lose at least $2.9 billion a year to con artists. And they aren’t even the most vulnerable marks. Millennials are. So, why are financial scams more rampant and lucrative than ever before? Technology and the internet have been key. They’ve given scammers a better smokescreen and a global reach. They’ve also made it easier to perpetrate mass fraud schemes. Beyond having better tools, scammers also have better prey these days. The uncertainties of the day have made it easier to manipulate and con people. After all, we’re naturally averse to uncertainty. It scares us. It makes us desperate
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Why Now is the Best Time To Be Alive

Why Now is the Best Time To Be Alive
Would you choose to live right now? Objectively, things aren’t easy for most of us right now. We’re facing social, economic, health, and environmental crises. With all the chaos of today, it can be tempting to lean on nostalgia and believe previous generations had it better or easier. And it can make us long for what seem like simpler times. In our newsletter this week, we go over the "7 Reasons Life Is Actually the Best It's Ever Been". Take a look at a few below: 1. LIFE EXPECTANCY We're living longer than people have ever lived before. Worldwide, more than 3 in every 4 people live to be at least 65 years old. In the U.S., life expectancies for men and women have increased by more than 10 years since 1950. That's 10 more years the generations before us didn't have to enjoy retirement, spend time with family, and
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What You Need To Know About The Stock Market During A Presidential Election Year

What You Need To Know About The Stock Market During A Presidential Election Year
Do you know what one of the number one causes of market losses during an election year is? Fear. In fact, the uncertainty of the elections can stoke your fears. It may even encourage you to make rash, emotional decisions. That can lead to losses, but it doesn’t have to. If you know the facts about the market during presidential election years, you can potentially avoid investing mistakes that so many others make. “Investing should be like watching paint dry or grass grow. If you want excitement… go to Las Vegas.” That’s what Paul Samuelson, a noted economist and Nobel Prize winner, says—and that’s not always easy to remember during presidential election years. Why? The frenzy of an election brings endless news cycles, high emotions, and stress. And if you feel that stress, you’re not alone. At least half of all Americans get stressed out by elections. You know the
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How To Be A Smarter Investor In Uncertain Times

How To Be A Smarter Investor In Uncertain Times
In a perfect world, logic would always guide our financial decisions. Emotions wouldn’t come into play. But we don’t live in a perfect world. Far from it. That means our emotions impact our financial choices more than we realize. Shockingly as much as 95% of our purchase choices are made subconsciously, driven by our emotions—as little as 5% are based in logic (and that’s when we’re in a good headspace and feeling comfortable and secure). When we’re faced with uncertainty, fear and instinct can take over and push logic right out of the window. Your brain will make you want to react quickly to protect yourself and avoid the pain you anticipate from potential losses. Ironically, these instincts often make things worse. Emotional reactions can lead to poor choices and the losses you were trying to avoid in the first place. The best way to avoid letting your hardwired biases take
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Unlock the Hidden Power of Your Goals by Asking 3 Daring "Whys"

Unlock the Hidden Power of Your Goals by Asking 3 Daring "Whys"
“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” – Zig Ziglar That’s true for most aspects of life, including our finances. Most of us realize that. It’s why we set New Year’s resolutions—and why more than half of all Americans set some type of financial goal as a resolution each year. As great as setting goals is, it won’t accomplish much for you if you can’t achieve them. And, maybe not so surprisingly, the vast majority of people (92% according to the research) don’t achieve their goals. Why? Why do we struggle so much to meet the goals we set for ourselves? Is it because we don’t want to? Because we lack commitment? Not so much. One big reason behind our failures is that most of us lack a clear connection between our present reality and the future we’d like to achieve. That vagueness can cut the
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