It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since “Black Monday,” the day the stock market declined a whopping 22.6%! Although I was merely a sophomore in high school, I remember the day quite well. Having my first real job and being a “saver” by nature, I had just become interested in investing. I had recently invested in a …
Equifax, one of the three major credit agencies, recently revealed that they had a major security breach whereby 143 million American’s personal information (including Social Security numbers) was stolen. Click here and choose the “Potential Impact” button to find out if your personal information may have been compromised in this breach. **We do not recommend that you enroll in the Equifax “TrustedID …
We are often asked by clients if there is a way to link their TD Ameritrade or Charles Schwab brokerage accounts to their checking accounts so that they can transfer money back and forth between those accounts. While there are a number of ways to accomplish this task, the easiest is to logon to your TD or Schwab account and …
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 …
If you’re 10 years or so away from retirement, you’ve probably spent at least some time thinking about what your life will look like after retirement. How will you manage the transition? Will you travel, take up a new sport or hobby, or spend more time with friends and family? Should you consider relocating? Will you continue to work in some …
Revocable Living Trusts can serve an important role in your estate plan, but they aren’t for everyone. Find out more..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chip Hymiller, CFP® was recently interviewed on the show Community Matters with host, Bill LuMaye. The topic for the show was financial wellness. Chip’s segment of the show highlighted the need to prioritize financial goals, manage debt and develop a strategic long term plan.
Is it best to contribute to your company sponsored 401k plan, a Roth IRA, or a personal brokerage account? The answer depends on many factors.
There are a number of important tax law changes that may impact your financial planning decisions this year. Here are several of the most common changes that you need to be aware of.
With the changing of the year, it is important to review your retirement savings strategy. Here are the 2014 contribution limits for the most common types of retirement plans.
The Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) was signed into law in 2010, but many of the provisions do not commence until 2013 and beyond. So, what does that mean for you? In this article, we will explore the new health insurance mandate and specifically, how it may impact your income taxes.
This video discusses several important reasons why tax planning is such an integral component of the financial planning process.
Let’s face it, in today’s world, managing your personal financial affairs can be complex. There are many decisions that need to be made on a weekly or even daily basis. For a large and growing segment of the population, who are trying to help (often unwilling) aging parents with their finances, this can be incredibly frustrating, stressful and burdensome.