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Ricker Retirement Specialists is a family-owned-and-operated firm, specializing in retirement planning. Our CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals create and implement customized financial plans for individuals through investment management, income strategies, and tax planning. Our clients benefit from our expertise in integrating their employer-provided 401(k) and pension plans and potentially maximizing the benefits of planning early. We focus on increasing confidence for individuals age 50 and older or within 10 years of retirement.

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Helpful Content

What Is a 1035 Exchange?

What Is a 1035 Exchange?

1035 exchanges provide a way to trade-in an annuity contract or life insurance policy without triggering a tax liability.

Volunteering in Retirement

Volunteering in Retirement

For many, retirement includes contributing their time and talents to an organization in need.

Tips to Prevent the #1 Cause of Marital Rift

Tips to Prevent the #1 Cause of Marital Rift

Couples may be able to head off many of the problems in a marriage that money can cause.

 

Lots of Variables with Fixed-Rate Mortgages

When selecting a fixed-rate mortgage, a borrower has to determine how many years to finance the loan.

TIPS for Inflation

If you are concerned about inflation and expect short-term interest rates may increase, TIPS could be worth considering.

What Is a Roth 401(k)?

Roth 401(k) plans combine features of traditional 401(k) plans with those of a Roth IRA.

Value vs. Growth Investing

Among stock-market investors there’s long been a debate between those who favor value and those who favor growth.

Do You Owe The AMT?

If you want to avoid potential surprises at tax time, it may make sense to know where you stand when it comes to the AMT.

Universal Life Insurance

Universal life insurance is permanent insurance with a flexible premium. Here's how it works.

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What Is the Dividend Yield?

This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.

Roth 401(k) vs. Traditional 401(k)

This calculator compares employee contributions to a Roth 401(k) and a traditional 401(k).

What Is My Current Cash Flow?

Assess whether you are running “in the black” or “in the red” each month.

Comparing Mortgage Terms

Estimate the total cost in today's dollars of various mortgage alternatives.

Saving for College

This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.

Assess Your Life Insurance Needs

This calculator estimates how much life insurance you would need to meet your family's needs if you were to die prematurely.

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An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

Principles of Preserving Wealth

How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.

Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

Tax Management Strategies

Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.

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The Cost of Procrastination

Procrastination can be costly. When you get a late start, it may be difficult to make up for lost time.

The Cycle of Investing

Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

Estate Management 101

A will may be only one of the documents you need—and one factor to consider—when it comes to managing your estate.

Perception vs. Reality

There’s an alarming difference between perception and reality for current and future retirees.

Rightsizing for Retirement

What does your home really cost?

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