Happy Holidays from all of us at Oxford Planning Group.
We wish you peace and time spent surrounded by loved ones.
Thanksgiving - a time for gratitude, memories and for caring about others. At Oxford Planning, we have much to be thankful for. We are blessed with a great family, friends, clients, associates and a wonderful community with so many great people.
We hope you enjoy the spirit of this holiday. Additionally, we hope that your favorite team wins, that you enjoy watching the Thanksgiving Day parade and that your favorite dog wins the Westminster dog show.
Thank you all for your continued confidence in our firm. We are here to support your needs and you always come first to us.
Today we stand tall and proud in honor of our Veterans who have served tirelessly and bravely to maintain and protect the freedoms that we are accustomed to.
At Oxford Planning Group, we are focused on our client’s futures and we thank our Veterans for making these futures possible. We strive to take advantage of the gifts we have been afforded and work hard every day to help our clients achieve their goals and to make their best financial decisions.
This recent election day will be remembered by many as highly contested political races. These political races reflect the passion and diverse beliefs held by our countries’ citizens. Now as the election has ended, it’s our hope that we will support our leaders as best we can, continue to push forward for what we believe in and stay active in our communities.
After all, the freedoms we live with reflect the hard work and service of our Veterans. Outside of the United States, many are not so fortunate, do not have as much freedom and live in countries plagued by corruption.
So today, on Veterans Day, let’s remember to celebrate our veterans, both Democrats and Republicans, who have served our great country. We thank you for your service.
Many life events can create a need to downsize your home. As families grow older and children move out of the house or area, parents often want to live in a smaller home or a home closer to their children and grandchildren. No matter the reason, downsizing has the potential to provide a simpler and lower-maintenance lifestyle. As you think about downsizing your home, consider these benefits:
Financial – If downsizing your home pre-retirement, lowering your mortgage payment by purchasing a smaller home could increase the funds that you save toward retirement or pay toward outstanding debt. Also, by selling your home and downsizing, you may be able to put down a large down payment or purchase a smaller home with cash, thus reducing or eliminating your mortgage payment.
Utility Savings – Downsizing not only has the potential to lower your mortgage payment; it can also lower home expenses. By purchasing a smaller home, you will likely use less electricity, resulting in a lower power bill. Additionally, purchasing a home with a smaller yard, or a condo with no yard, can save on the expenses of landscape maintenance and pest control.
Less upkeep – In addition to lower energy bills, a smaller home means a smaller area to clean and furnish. With less property, you will most likely have less yard work as well as fewer repairs and renovations. This will hopefully provide you with more time for your family and the things you love.
While downsizing your home has many benefits, make sure to run the numbers. Look at costs associated with selling the primary home, which may include preparing the house for sale, the real estate agent’s commission, moving costs and the cost of the new home. Also, while moving into a smaller home usually means a smaller mortgage payment, location and cost of living can have an effect.
With summer winding down, now is the time to revisit your long term financial plan and to review them for any necessary adjustments. Touch base with your financial advisor and make sure you’re on the right track to meeting your financial goals.
1. Re-evaluate income and cash flow. Raises, job changes and unexpected home costs are just a few of the factors that impact your income and cash flow. Re-evaluate current income to plan monthly expenses and savings as well as making the most advantageous retirement savings decisions. Monitor your spending patterns and current budgeting practices within the scope of your long- term savings strategy.
2. Family Security. This is one of the most important decisions you can make to invest in your family’s financial security. Examples may include proper insurance coverage and polices in place to reduce or eliminate financial risks when faced with sudden or unexpected loss. Security may also include starting or re-evaluating college savings plans (planning ahead for your kid’s futures relieves some of the financial burdens and gives them a head start entering college or the workforce.)
3. Proactive tax planning. With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, you may need to adjust your tax projections. By remaining proactive about your tax planning, you will determine how much money you’ll need for upcoming tax payments. Taxes are such a significant annual expense, it’s important to understand the best strategies to reduce your taxes and avoid expensive mistakes that could cost you. Effective tax planning allows you to make smarter financial investments, helping save you money in the long run.
Financial planning is ongoing, and we’re here to help!