End-of-Year Financial Check-Up


With all of the changes occurring this year, an often-overlooked area that may need rejuvenation is your financial health. The end of the year is the perfect time to reevaluate your financial situation to ensure you have all of your major financial bases covered to start the new year off right. The checklist below will help simplify how to go about this process.

Have you scheduled an annual plan review with your advisor?

Regardless of what stage of life you are in (new hire, mid-career, or retirement), there are

services and offerings to help you navigate the journey. If you have not updated your plan in the past 12 months, contacting RAA is a great place to start. It’s easy to schedule a meeting.

Have you reviewed your current budget?

Most people don’t know where all their money goes, making it difficult to save and plan for future expenses. RAA has a great, interactive budgeting tool. Download your copy.

Are you prepared for the unexpected?

Do you have an emergency fund large enough to cover three to six months of expenses? If not, contact your advisor who can work with you on developing a plan to accomplish this.

Have you reviewed your insurance coverage? 

Having proper insurance coverage is a key factor in minimizing risks to your financial security. Have you paid particular attention to your disability coverage needs? Disability can significantly alter your financial course, and even more so if you are not insured in case something happens that prevents you from flying.

Have you reviewed your estate planning documents recently?

• Are your documents current?

• Is all the information relevant?

• Are your beneficiaries correct on all your accounts and policies? Take some time to review all your accounts and insurance policies to ensure the beneficiaries are current.

• Are the documents more than five years old? Have any significant life events occurred? If either or both are true, it is time to update your documents.

• Does your advisor have a copy of your documents, specifically your Durable Power of Attorney?

Have you updated contributions on your retirement accounts (401(k), IRA, Roth, HSA)?

• Are you participating in your employer-sponsored plan?

• Do you need to adjust your contribution for 2021?

• If you are 50 or older, are you taking advantage of the catch-up contribution limits (age 55 for HSAs)?

• Does your plan offer a Roth option? Does it make sense for you to take advantage of this option?

Are you withholding too much or too little in taxes? 

Like your estate plan and budget, your tax withholding should be reviewed regularly, especially if you have any changes in income. Contact your tax advisor/preparer to verify the withholding amount appropriate for your situation.

There is value in working with advisors who understand your situation and your industry. RAA has focused on the financial needs of airline employees and their families for over 30 years, and our team is happy to help you with customized solutions in any of these areas and more. We believe updating your financial plan on an annual basis is imperative to achieving your financial goals. It’s never too early nor too late to improve your financial health. Request a complimentary financial consultation with an advisor to find out how you can get started at RAA.com/Checkup.

SOURCEAero Crew News, December 2020
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Kat Schraeder
Katherine T. Schraeder (Kat) serves as the Vice President of Client Relations for RAA. Kat joined RAA in 2006 as a Financial Advisor. Since then she has held roles as Senior Financial Advisor, Director of Client Service Operations, and Managing Director. Kat has worked directly with RAA clients in all aspects of their financial and retirement planning. She has also served as a member of the Investment Policy Committee, Technology Advisory Council, and as the liaison between the Operations Department and Client Relations department. She is passionate about serving the members of the airline community. Prior to joining RAA, Kat managed Edward Jones Investment branches in both Muleshoe, TX and Lewisville, TX. When not working, she is an active volunteer in her community and church. She and her husband can often be found coaching one of their children’s sports teams, leading a group of young 4-Hers, or helping at the local youth theatre. Kat is a Cum Laude Honors graduate of Texas A&M University and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).


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