June Newsletter
Wednesday June 7th 2017
Captain's Log


We have a very important update for this month's newsletter that I believe everyone needs to be aware of when it comes to investment strategies or retirement planning.  Over the past months, I've mentioned several times the new Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule. That rule will go into effect this Friday June 9th, 2017. Simply put, this will require any financial advisor who gives advice on retirement accounts such as 401(k)s, IRAs, pensions, etc. to act as a fiduciary and operate under a "best interest standard". Note that many insurance agents, stock brokers, and bankers are not currently required to act as fiduciaries in most cases, so they'll have to acquire additional licensing in order to comply going forward. 

Under the new rule, the sale of any commissioned product could be considered a conflict of interest and possibly be a "prohibited transaction" in the eyes of regulators. There are certain exemptions that will be allowed through the remainder of the year. Full implementation of the rule is scheduled for January 1st, 2018, but there is still some debate as to whether certain parts of the rule will be changed prior to full implementation. The DOL is re-examining the requirements in the rule and there is still a chance that some of the requirements may change.  I know this all sounds confusing, but just leave it up to good old Uncle Sam to make our heads spin!

Bottom line: Know who you're working with, know their qualifications, know whether they are legally compliant, and know what their area of expertise is. Not all financial professionals are the same, and many times the advisor who got you to retirement isn't the one to get you through retirement. 

Also, we'll have a very exciting announcement in next month's newsletter and we can't wait to tell you about it. There is a hint in this month's newsletter, but we'll save the big reveal for next month.
Enjoy this month's articles, and we'll be back at you next month.

And, as always, remember -  The purpose of the money dictates where you put it. 

Until Next Month,
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  James D. Stillman

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The Importance of Having Proper Legal Documents
By James D. Stillman
June 2017


Last month we touched on the importance of having the right financial advisor for your retirement planning. We also discussed the importance of working with an advisor who is a fiduciary, which we feel generally applies to everyone, but particularly to retirees. Those are definitely two important points to get a handle on when you're looking to get things in order in your later years, but they certainly are not the only things to be thinking about.

That leads me to another issue we come across quit often while meeting with people -not having proper legal documents in place. This can be a huge problem when the time comes to pass on your estate or even well before that in certain cases. I will start off by saying that we are not attorneys and we cannot give legal advice. However, as planners who regularly work with retirees, we have seen firsthand how having or not having legal documents in place can affect families. In our experience, it's best to be sure you've got the right documents in place, because it makes things a lot easier for everyone involved in settling your estate. 

The Wealth Report:
May 25th 2017

Best-Laid Plans: What Can Derail Retirement?


We often fall into a trap where we think we have all the bases covered.
Take retirement planning, for example. You can plan for the lifestyle you
want. You can plan for the income you need. You can even stash away
extra funds for unexpected expenses retirees typically encounter. But
can you truly plan for every variable?

There are many threats than can derail even the most solid retirement
plan. Here are three of the most common:
1. Underestimating income needs
2. Withdrawing more money than you should
3. Overexposure to market risk

JDS Client Corner

This month we are proud to feature one of our many talented clients, singer and songwriter, Judy Renaud. Judy and her husband Tom became our clients back in 2010. Judy had been singing almost all of her life and was finally able to put more of a focus on her true passion as her career wound down. They lived in the Charlotte area and sang together at many local venues including the Cajun Queen. 

Tom & Judy relocated to Southwest Florida where Judy connected with another talented musician, Eddie Tobin. They brought out the best in each other and soon they were in the studio capturing beautiful music. Judy released her first album last fall at the young age of 75. The album, "When Love Comes Around the Corner", featured Judy on vocals and Eddie on Piano. She followed up her first album with another fabulous release this spring, "Something Cool". 

Judy is very humble and thankful and just enjoys making incredible music and sharing with others. Please check out her wonderful music below, including links to purchase her albums on Google Play. You can also find her on Itunes and Spotify. We are looking forward to her next release in the Fall!

We will feature pictures and stories from our valued clients as well as our family in this section each month.
If you'd like to be featured in next month's Client Corner, 
please email your story to matt@jdswealthmanagement.com

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