- Max Out Your Tax-Advantaged Savings
Review your contribution limits for 2022 and make adjustments to deductions for those accounts that have increases, or if you have the financial capacity to contribute more, adjust your withholdings now.
- Review Your Estate and End of Life Plans
Did you have any life changes in the previous year (marriage, divorce, birth of a child, job, etc.) that would require a change in beneficiary or other designations? Remember, these need to be updated on life insurance policies, retirement account, and other assets that pass to heirs. It’s also important that at the same time you review your will and trust documents and make sure they are updated as well.
- Boost Your Monthly Savings Rate
Now is a great time to kick start a plan to save more. Do you have any large expenses you expect in 2022 that you need to budget for? Set up your savings strategy so that you are paying yourself first.
- Re-balance Your Investments
Do you still have optimal asset allocations? Re-balancing your portfolio can minimize risk and allow you to better meet your financial objectives based on your risk tolerance and time horizon.
- Review Your Social Security Statement
You don’t have to be nearing retirement to set up your social security account online. In fact, I encourage all clients to set up their account to prevent fraud. It is easy to set up an online account at My Social Security. You should review your social security statement each year to verify that your wage amounts are accurate.