If you’re a grandparent, you likely already offer support in a lot of ways including financial and emotional. But you can also provide practical help. A frequently overlooked area where you can definitely make a difference is with your grandchildren’s personal financial education. Some of us were lucky enough to have a grandparent who we considered a great friend. We …
Happy 2017! As we begin a new year, it’s always important to re-examine certain elements of your financial plan – especially things that relate to tax planning. Here are a few of the more common items that may impact your financial situation this year. Social Security & Medicare Part B For those receiving Social Security, there is a cost of living …
In Part 1, we discussed the importance of tracking and managing your living expenses, as well as, making projections around how much you will spend in retirement. We also stressed the importance of making strategic Social Security decisions. In this article, we wanted to spend some time addressing pension decisions, ideas for strengthening your personal balance sheet and helping you think through how much money you will likely need during retirement.
Many of our clients have asked how what will happen to the stock market if Candidate(X) wins the election. Get a historical perspective of the impact an election may have on the stock market.
Donor advised funds can be a great tool in your charitable gifting strategy. This article discusses attributes and unique features of donor advised funds.
Revocable Living Trusts can serve an important role in your estate plan, but they aren’t for everyone. Find out more..
For those of you who are charitably inclined and over the age of 70 ½, we have great news that could impact your charitable gifting strategy! In December 2015, Congress made permanent the ability for taxpayers to divert their required minimum distribution directly to a qualified charity. The ability to make this charitable election, technically called a Qualified Charitable Distribution …
Have you confirmed the beneficiary designations of your 401k, IRA, or life insurance policies recently? If not, you should! Find out why.
Here are answers to a number of common questions regarding your Social Security benefits.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
This winter was brutal—especially by North Carolina standards. Being snowbound for a couple of days, I found myself being drawn to CNBC (the business news network), where economist, portfolio managers and market pundits discussed the financial markets, the economy and a host of other financial topics.
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.
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 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.