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Robert Henderson

Robert Henderson

Check out some of the articles that Robert Henderson and Lansdowne Wealth Management have published or been quoted in over the years.

Experts Share their #1 Retirement Planning Tip for Startup Founders

Mint.Com – Expert Interview with Bob Henderson on Managing Your Finances During a Divorce

LoanNow.com – Expert Interview with Robert Henderson on Preparing for Retirement

401K Contribution Limits for 2015

USA Today – Is Your Life Insurance Through Work Enough?, Alice Holbrook, NerdWallet

Investment News – Tips for Finding the Dirt During Due Diligence on Funds and Managers, Liz Skinner

Benefits Pro – Orphaned 401(k) Accounts Stacking Up, Paula Aven Gladych

Interest.com – 5 Good Reasons to Open a Roth IRA Right Now, Craig Guillot

NurseZone.com – Nurses Worried About Retirement Prospects, Jennifer Larson

Investment News – Noise of Potential Gov’t Shutdown Worries Advisers, Liz Skinner

Newsmax Finance – Analysts: Govt Shutdown Is Either a Stock Buying Opportunity or a Disaster, John Morgan

U.S. News and World Report – The 10 Most Difficult Retirement Decisions, Emily Brandon

Dividend.com – Financial Planners Every Investor Should Follow on Twitter, Shauna O’Brien

Time – Retirement Planning: How Do You Measure Up?

Benefits Pro – Should Retirement Plans Include Social Security Benefits?, Paula Aven Gladych

Social Security Leveling Options – The Retirement Workshop, Robert Henderson

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Robert Henderson is the President of Lansdowne Wealth Management, an independent, fee-only advisory firm in Mystic, CT. His firm specializes in financial planning and investment management for retirement, with a special focus on the particular needs of women that are divorced or widowed. He is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Mr. Henderson can be reached at 860-245-5078 or bhenderson@lwmwealth.com. You can also view his personal finance blog,The Retirement Workshop at http://lwmwealth.com/blog and the firm’s website at http://www.lwmwealth.com.

If you are an employee or retiree of General Dynamics, Pfizer, or L&M Hospital, and you would like advice and direction on managing your Fidelity 401K plan, please sign up for our monthly newsletter, which provides complimentary ongoing advice, commentary, and model portfolios for each of those plans. You can sign up automatically at Your 401K http://www.lwmwealth.com/services/your401k.html.

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Interview with Robert Henderson on Saving for Retirement Later in Life for NewRetirement.com

Retirement Planning Later in LifeSee my interview in NewRetirement.com, talking about how to make up for lost time when saving for retirement…

“We’re guessing there might be one or two readers out there who are overwhelmed about the amount of money they need to save to retire comfortably.

But there’s no need to panic, says Robert Henderson, president of Landsdowne Wealth Management in Mystic, Conn.”

Read the full interview here.

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Robert Henderson is the President of Lansdowne Wealth Management, an independent, fee-only advisory firm in Mystic, CT. His firm specializes in financial planning and investment management for retirement, with a special focus on the particular needs of women that are divorced or widowed. He is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Mr. Henderson can be reached at 860-245-5078 or bhenderson@lwmwealth.com. You can also view his personal finance blog,The Retirement Workshop at http://lwmwealth.com/blog and the firm’s website at http://www.lwmwealth.com.

If you are an employee or retiree of General Dynamics, Pfizer, or L&M Hospital, and you would like advice and direction on managing your Fidelity 401K or Hewitt 401K plan, please sign up for our monthly newsletter, which provides complimentary ongoing advice, commentary, and model portfolios for each of those plans. You can sign up automatically at Your 401K http://www.lwmwealth.com/services/your401k.html.

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Connect with me on FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterest and Twitter.

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About NewRetirement

We started NewRetirement to help our own parents and the millions of baby boomers and seniors like them to retire securely. When our parents asked for help with their finances, we realized that most people do not have the resources to hire an advisor and most financial advice is only geared toward wealthy households, not the average retirees.

Retirement planning is a very complex and tremendously important endeavor. Our goals are to make high quality retirement planning: 1) easy to understand 2) available to and affordable for everyone and 3) inclusive of products and strategies beyond asset allocation and drawdowns.

http://www.newretirement.com/

 

Fee-Only Financial Advisor in CT

Financial Planners in Connecticut

Lansdowne Wealth Management, LLC (“LWM”) is an independent, fee-only financial planning firm based in Mystic, Connecticut that offers financial retirement strategies backed by education, knowledge, and experience. Our clients depend on us to provide personalized, thoughtful service and advice. As a fee-only Registered Investment Advisor, we present you with objective, independent guidance for achieving your goals. Successful individuals and families in southeastern Connecticut, Rhode Island and throughout the United States rely on us to guide the way so they can be confident in their futures.

Our goal is to provide our clients with the most complete Asset and Wealth Management services available. From the very beginning, our objective is to provide individual investors with the same level of sophisticated management as institutional investors. We are proud to say that the services our clients receive rival that of large institutions.

In addition to providing portfolio management services, we also provide our clients with the opportunity to access our comprehensive Fee-Only Financial Planning and Wealth Management services. More details are provided regarding our Asset and Wealth Managements services in our Services section.

401K Advice in CT

For those individuals that are employed at Pfizer, General Dynamics, or L&M Hospital, we have a unique 401K service that allows us to directly manage their Fidelity 401K assets, without removing their assets from the 401K plan.

Robert C. Henderson is the President and a financial advisor at LWM. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Henderson was a financial advisor with a nationally recognized brokerage firm. His previous experience included numerous senior corporate financial positions, including Director of Finance and Accounting and Controller positions. Mr. Henderson holds a BS degree in Accounting from Bentley University, earned the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) designation from the College for Financial Planning, and is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA).

Mr. Henderson can be reached at 860-245-5078 or bhenderson@lwmwealth.com. You can also view his personal finance blog, The Retirement Workshop at http://lwmwealth.com/blog and the firm’s website at http://www.lwmwealth.com.

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Class Offered: Building Your Retirement Income

Retirement WorkshopIf you or someone you know in the Mystic, CT area is getting ready to retire, or is already retired, and wants to learn more about how to structure their retirement income, this class may be helpful.

Education is the foundation of personal financial empowerment. Without the necessary comprehension, most feel ill-equipped to make the significant financial decisions we face today.

Lansdowne Wealth Management hosts classes to build the necessary framework for a successful retirement financial plan. On an ongoing basis our classes are focused on the areas we see most relevant and timely to your personal finances.

Consistent with our lifetime commitment: Classes are free of sales-pitches and commitments, and anyone is free to attend unless stated otherwise in the description. Since we are a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, we do not sell products.

To see the current classes offered and sign up to attend, you can go to our Retirement Workshop site here.

See the class description here.

Robert Henderson is the President of Lansdowne Wealth Management, an independent, fee-only advisory firm in Mystic, CT. His firm specializes in financial planning and investment management for retirement, with a special focus on the particular needs of women that are divorced or widowed. He is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Mr. Henderson can be reached at 860-245-5078 or bhenderson@lwmwealth.com. You can also view his personal finance blog, The Retirement Workshop at http://lwmwealth.com/blog and the firm’s website at http://www.lwmwealth.com.

401K Contribution Limits for 2017

401K Contribution LImitsEach year the IRS publishes updated Maximum 401K contribution limits, as well as catch-up contribution limits for the new year. Typically, the limits the IRS sets each year is based on inflation factors (with minimum $500 increases), so they do not necessarily increase the limit each year.

The 401K Max Contribution Limit for 2017 has now been set, with NO increases over 2016, and will remain at $18,000. The Maximum 401K contribution Limit for 2014 and 2015 was $17,500 and $18,000, respectively.

READ:
Don’t Buy-and-Forget the Investments in Your 401K Plan

IRA Contribution Limits 2017 and Previous Years

History of 401K Max Contribution Limits:

As you can see, the Maximum 401K contribution limits do not rise dramatically each year. Although over time, if investors are diligent about increasing their contributions, it can certainly make a difference. The limit on contributions for 401K, 403B, most 457 plans, and the Federal Government Thrift Savings Plan (TSP):

  • 2017 – $18,000
  • 2016 – $18,000
  • 2015 – $18,000
  • 2014 – $17,500
  • 2013 – $17,500
  • 2012 – $17,000
  • 2011 – $16,500
  • 2010 – $16,500
  • 2009 – $16,500
  • 2008 – $15,500

Age-50 401K Catch Up Maximum Contribution Limits

For those of you that are over age 50 (or turn age 50 before the end of the year), you are allowed an additional 401K catch-up contribution. These limits also adjust for inflation, but at a much slower pace. The $500 increase to $6,000 for 2015 was the first 401K catch up increase since 2009. For 2017, there is NO increase:

  • 2017 – $6,000
  • 2016 – $6,000
  • 2015 – $6,000
  • 2014 – $5,500
  • 2013 – $5,500
  • 2012 – $5,500
  • 2011 – $5,500
  • 2010 – $5,500
  • 2009 – $5,500
  • 2008 – $5,000

READ: Social Security Leveling Option

Employer Match and Total Maximum 401K Contributions

In addition to total allowable employee 401K contributions, there is a maximum total contribution allowed into your 401K (when factoring in employer match). For 2017, the maximum allowed to be contributed into your 401K has increased from $53,000 to $54,000 (or 100% of income, whichever is greater) with minimum $1,000 increases thereafter. Therefore, with employee standard contributions, potential over-50 “catch-up” contributions, plus employer contributions, the maximum overall contributions are $60,000 in 2017.

For IRS Limits on Other Types of Retirement Plans (ie. SIMPLE, SEP, etc.), please see IRS Retirement Plans Guide

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Robert Henderson is the President of Lansdowne Wealth Management, an independent, fee-only advisory firm in Mystic, CT. His firm specializes in financial planning and investment management for retirement, with a special focus on the particular needs of women that are divorced or widowed. He is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Mr. Henderson can be reached at 860-245-5078 or bhenderson@lwmwealth.com. You can also view his personal finance blog, The Retirement Workshop at http://lwmwealth.com/blog and the firm’s website at http://www.lwmwealth.com.

If you are an employee or retiree of General Dynamics, Pfizer, or L&M Hospital, and you would like advice and direction on managing your Fidelity 401K or Hewitt 401K plan, please sign up for our monthly newsletter, which provides complimentary ongoing advice, commentary, and model portfolios for each of those plans. You can sign up automatically at Your 401K http://www.lwmwealth.com/services/your401k.html.

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General Dynamics 401K Connection Newsletter – November 2012

401KHere is the November 2012 issue of the General Dynamics 401K Connection newsletter.

The 401K Connection Newsletters are independent evaluations of 401(K) plans that help participants better understand their retirement accounts, the many investment options available to them, and provide them with model portfolios that they are free to follow and emulate at their discretion.  The newsletters are in no way affiliated with General Dynamics, Pfizer, L&M Hospital, or any of their affiliates. They are 3rd party newsletters provided for no cost to assist employees with better understanding and managing their 401K plans. Lansdowne Wealth Management is an independent wealth management firm that has no affiliation to General Dynamics, Pfizer, or L&M Hospital, nor the administrators of their 401K plans, Fidelity and Hewitt & Associates.

Around the first week of each month, subscribers receive our newsletter, customized to their employer (currently General Dynamics, Pfizer, or L&M Hospital). The newsletters are chock-full of useful information to help manage their 401K plan, including market & economic updates, analysis of your retirement plan, feedback on the various investment options, and model portfolios that are developed by our firm using the same strategies and philosophies we utilize for our own private clients. In addition, periodically you will receive articles written by our firm that can be useful in managing other aspects of your financial life, in addition to your 401K. The articles can always be accessed at our blog as well – http://lwmwealth.com/blog/.

To sign up for one of the newsletters, please go here:  http://www.lwmwealth.com/services/your401k.html

Pfizer 401K Connection Newsletter – November 2012

401KHere is the November 2012 issue of the Pfizer 401K Connection newsletter. The Pfizer 401K plan is administered by Fidelity Investments.

The 401K Connection Newsletters are independent evaluations of 401(K) plans that help participants better understand their retirement accounts, the many investment options available to them, and provide them with model portfolios that they are free to follow and emulate at their discretion.  The newsletters are in no way affiliated with General Dynamics, Pfizer, L&M Hospital, or any of their affiliates. They are 3rd party newsletters provided for no cost to assist employees with better understanding and managing their 401K plans. Lansdowne Wealth Management is an independent wealth management firm that has no affiliation to General Dynamics, Pfizer, or L&M Hospital, nor the administrators of their 401K plans, Fidelity and Hewitt & Associates.

Around the first week of each month, subscribers receive our newsletter, customized to their employer (currently General Dynamics, Pfizer, or L&M Hospital). The newsletters are chock-full of useful information to help manage their 401K plan, including market & economic updates, analysis of your retirement plan, feedback on the various investment options, and model portfolios that are developed by our firm using the same strategies and philosophies we utilize for our own private clients. In addition, periodically you will receive articles written by our firm that can be useful in managing other aspects of your financial life, in addition to your 401K. The articles can always be accessed at our blog as well – http://lwmwealth.com/blog/.

To sign up for one of the newsletters, please go here:  http://www.lwmwealth.com/services/your401k.html

Don’t Buy-and-Forget the Investments in your 401K Plan

401K InvestmentsThe buy-and-hold investment strategy for company sponsored retirement plans, such as a 401K plan, has become a relic of the past. Let me re-phrase that: Buy-and-forget investing is a relic of the past.

Read: 401K Contribution Limits

Buy-and-Forget is not an Investment Strategy
I often have prospective clients come to me with a stack of statements…brokerage accounts, 401K accounts, IRA’s, CD’s, and other odds and ends. Invariably, one or several of the accounts have been completely ignored over the years. In some cases, the investment allocations in their company 401K plan account is still invested with the same exact options they chose when they first opened their accounts.

Just recently, I helped a new client re-allocate his 401K funds that had not made a change in over 15 years. It was entirely invested in high-growth (or high-risk, rather) funds that performed superbly – until the year 2000. He had managed to eke out a total return (not annual return) of about 31% – over the course of 15 years. That works out to less than 2% per year (compounded). The technology bubble and growing euphoria for the stock market drove much of the investment gains in the 90’s, a situation which reversed abruptly in 2000, and is not likely to repeat itself anytime soon.

We are currently in an economic environment vastly different from years past. Interest rates are at an all-time low, unemployment still remains remarkably high, and the federal debt is unsustainably high and growing rapidly. The point is, what may have done well 5 or 10 or 15 years ago, is most likely NOT working well today.

READ:
401K Contribution Limits
IRA Contribution Limits

What to do
If you are the type of person that has neither the time nor inclination to regularly review your investments, you need to begin reviewing your 401K portfolios at least once per year. I usually recommend doing this at tax time, since you can get all your painful financial exercises out of the way at once.

The place to start is with your 401K plan provider. If you work for a large company, chances are they may have some great online tools to use to help guide you to an appropriate allocation. But buyer beware; some 401K product providers (brokerage firms, mutual fund companies, and insurance companies) will attempt to steer you towards the products THEY want to sell you. In some cases, these may not be in your best interest, even if they might be considered “suitable” for you. So make sure you are comfortable with the recommendations provided by online tools.

If you do not have the resources of a 401K provider, or are not comfortable taking advice from an online calculator, you can consider seeking out a fee-only financial planner to assist you in creating a simple allocation for your 401K plan.

Robert Henderson is the President of Lansdowne Wealth Management, an independent, fee-only advisory firm in Mystic, CT. His firm specializes in financial planning and investment management for retirement, with an added focus on the particular needs of women that are divorced or widowed. He is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Mr. Henderson can be reached at 860-245-5078 or bhenderson@lwmwealth.com. You can also view his personal finance blog, The Retirement Workshop at http://lwmwealth.com/blog and the firm’s website at http://www.lwmwealth.com.

If you are an employee or retiree of General Dynamics, Pfizer, or L&M Hospital, and you would like advice and direction on managing your Fidelity 401K or Hewitt 401K plan, please sign up for our monthly newsletter, which provides complimentary ongoing advice, commentary, and model portfolios for each of those plans. You can sign up automatically at http://www.lwmwealth.com/services/your401k.html.

General Dynamics 401K Connection Newsletter – September 2012

401K Nest EggHere is the September 2012 issue of the General Dynamics 401K Connection newsletter.

The 401K Connection Newsletters are independent evaluations of 401(K) plans that help participants better understand their retirement accounts, the many investment options available to them, and provide them with model portfolios that they are free to follow and emulate at their discretion.  The newsletters are in no way affiliated with General Dynamics, Pfizer, L&M Hospital, or any of their affiliates. They are 3rd party newsletters provided for no cost to assist employees with better understanding and managing their 401K plans. Lansdowne Wealth Management is an independent wealth management firm that has no affiliation to General Dynamics, Pfizer, or L&M Hospital, nor the administrators of their 401K plans, Fidelity and Hewitt & Associates.

Around the first week of each month, subscribers receive our newsletter, customized to their employer (currently General Dynamics, Pfizer, or L&M Hospital). The newsletters are chock-full of useful information to help manage their 401K plan, including market & economic updates, analysis of your retirement plan, feedback on the various investment options, and model portfolios that are developed by our firm using the same strategies and philosophies we utilize for our own private clients. In addition, periodically you will receive articles written by our firm that can be useful in managing other aspects of your financial life, in addition to your 401K. The articles can always be accessed at our blog as well – http://lwmwealth.com/blog/.

To sign up for one of the newsletters, please go here:  http://www.lwmwealth.com/services/your401k.html

Pfizer 401K Connection Newsletter – September 2012

401k Nest EggHere is the September 2012 issue of the Pfizer 401K Connection newsletter.

The 401K Connection Newsletters are independent evaluations of 401(K) plans that help participants better understand their retirement accounts, the many investment options available to them, and provide them with model portfolios that they are free to follow and emulate at their discretion.  The newsletters are in no way affiliated with General Dynamics, Pfizer, L&M Hospital, or any of their affiliates. They are 3rd party newsletters provided for no cost to assist employees with better understanding and managing their 401K plans. Lansdowne Wealth Management is an independent wealth management firm that has no affiliation to General Dynamics, Pfizer, or L&M Hospital, nor the administrators of their 401K plans, Fidelity and Hewitt & Associates.

Around the first week of each month, subscribers receive our newsletter, customized to their employer (currently General Dynamics, Pfizer, or L&M Hospital). The newsletters are chock-full of useful information to help manage their 401K plan, including market & economic updates, analysis of your retirement plan, feedback on the various investment options, and model portfolios that are developed by our firm using the same strategies and philosophies we utilize for our own private clients. In addition, periodically you will receive articles written by our firm that can be useful in managing other aspects of your financial life, in addition to your 401K. The articles can always be accessed at our blog as well – http://lwmwealth.com/blog/.

To sign up for one of the newsletters, please go here:  http://www.lwmwealth.com/services/your401k.html