U.S. blue chip stocks managed to squeak out a small gain in 2015, but required nearly a 7% advance in the fourth quarter to do so. Stock prices of smaller companies, on average, fell by about 4.5% for the year.
Congress has given the gift of a new tax bill at the very end of the year. This article highlights several provisions included in the 2015 tax bill that could impact you.
As a 401(k) plan sponsor or decision maker, do you know that you can be held personally responsible for mistakes in your company’s 401(k) plan? Hiring the right professionals, those that can serve as fiduciaries to your 401(k) plan can help defray some of your liability. Find out how.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) imposes strict standards of conduct on fiduciaries who have discretion over the administration and investment of 401(k) retirement plans and plan assets. ERISA and its fiduciary rules apply to defined contribution plans like 401(k) plans, ERISA 403(b) plans and also defined benefit plans. Who are plan fiduciaries to 401(k) plans? Basically, …
Find out the maximum contribution limits that can be made to most retirement savings accounts including 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, traditional and Roth IRAs for 2016.
Chip Hymiller, CFP® was recently featured in Money’s Ask the Expert column. Chip provided some key insights into the reader’s question regarding his ability to retire, as well as, retirement planning considerations in general.
On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, legislation that raises the federal debt limit and establishes the framework for a two-year budget deal. The legislation, necessary to avoid an impending default on U.S. debt, also contains multiple unrelated provisions, including an elimination of two Social Security retirement benefit claiming strategies and a …
Small business owners have a number of alternatives to choose from when it comes to establishing retirement plans for their business. Each plan type can vary in their contribution level and matching requirements, as well as their ongoing regulatory and administrative burden. In order to make an informed decision as to the type of retirement plan that works best for you, it is important that you consider the specifics of your business.
This article explores four elements of an investor’s risk profile – risk capacity, risk required, risk tolerance and risk perception. Understanding each type of risk is an essential element of building an investment portfolio that can both meet your specific investment needs, while allowing you to sleep easy during times of personal and financial stress.
Beacon participated in Kiplinger’s Jump Start Your Retirement campaign. The purpose of this event was to provide expert retirement planning advice to those with various financial challenges. During this pro-bono event, advice was given in the areas of Social Security benefits, tax planning and saving for retirement among others.
Increasingly, families have to figure out how to best deal with dementia and other memory-related impairments that naturally happen as people age. This is especially true when navigating the complex and often times confusing area of personal finances. So, what can you do to prepare yourself should you, or a member of your immediate family develop dementia? Here are a few ideas that you may find helpful.
Find out the maximum contribution limits that can be made to most retirement savings accounts including 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, traditional and Roth IRAs for 2015.
There is no doubt that pensions are an extremely important asset and making decisions regarding these plans can be daunting and stressful. This is especially true since pension decisions are irrevocable! This article addresses common questions that should be considered when making decisions about your pension.
Tax season is upon us. Find out what you need to know to make this tax season painless and worry free!
It is very hard to believe, but Beacon Financial Strategies recently celebrated our 10th year in business. While so very much has changed over the last 10 years, one thing remains the same—we absolutely love our “jobs!” We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to those of you who have entrusted Beacon to provide financial guidance to you and …
It looks like 2014 is going to be a huge year for mutual funds making capital gain distributions. While on the surface capital gains sounds like a good deal, but in reality they can pose a tax nightmare for some investors – especially people who invest in mutual funds in non-retirement (taxable) accounts. This article explains the problem with mutual fund distributions and provides a resource for those performing year-end tax planning.
Are you seeking ideas to reduce your tax burden this year? This article provides insight into a number of financial planning strategies that could prove effective at reducing your taxes in 2014.
This article provides insight into a number of strategies and methods for making charitable gifts.
In order to make your meeting with the estate planning attorney more efficient and productive, here are few items that you need to think about or decide on.
When making financial planning and investment decisions, we believe that it is important to consider the probability of negative outcomes. We call this “stress-testing” a financial plan. By stress-testing financial planning assumptions, we are able to help our clients identify and protect against financial risks that could derail their financial plans.