Like many people, you’ve probably heard of the term “Roth,” but may not be sure what it is and whether you should have a Roth as part of your retirement savings strategy. In this article, we’ll highlight some reasons you may want to directly invest in a Roth or convert to a Roth. Read More..
Kids dream of finding a map to long-lost treasure. As adults, the closest we may come is to our own long-lost assets. According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, one in ten Americans have unclaimed property, and each year, states return over $3 billion in assets to their rightful owners! With the end of the year approaching, now is a great time to search the database to see if you have any money to claim—and it only takes a few minutes to look. Read More..
Where will your income come from in retirement? For many, individual retirement account (IRA) distributions comprise an important part of their retirement income and are often the result of decades of hard-earned savings. Understanding the ins and outs of IRA distributions will enable you to make the best decisions when it comes time for you to kick back and relax. So follow these five steps and remember to consult a financial professional if you need more guidance. Read More..
Trusts are an effective estate-planning tool used to protect assets and transfer wealth, both to family members and for charitable causes. They offer privacy, continuity, and control, and provide prudent management when transferring your assets directly would be ill-advised. However, a trust without the proper trustee is like a ship without a captain. Read More..
Referred to as the “great wealth transfer,” baby boomers will be transferring over $68 trillion in assets to Generation X (born 1965-1980) and Millennial (born 1981-1997) children and grandchildren over the next quarter-decade. Planning for the transfer of wealth to younger generations includes addressing key questions, such as:
As the school year wraps up for students across the country, for many families, college is right around the corner. The cost of college is now one of the largest expenses many Americans incur. While the costs of higher education can vary depending on the type of school, location, and financial assistance, early preparation is always a good idea. One of the best ways to start saving is in a 529 plan, a tax-advantaged educational savings account.
The stock market can be wild—it’s down 2% one day, up 3% the next, then down again. Just when you think volatility is gone, suddenly it’s back! If you follow the markets too closely, it will drive you crazy. For example, in the fourth quarter of 2018 there was no place for an investor to hide. Interestingly, in the US stock market, as soon as 2018 ended, it experienced its best January performance since 1987. Of course, no one really knows what will happen going forward. Sticking your head in the sand does not work, nor does selling everything and waiting until the market gets better.
You cannot change the market but there are definite mistakes you can avoid and actions you can take to succeed long-term.
Most of us think about the lifestyle we want when we retire, even if it’s still a long way off. We make all kinds of plans—to spend more time with the grandkids, learn to paint, get more involved in charity work, or travel the world. The list is endless! But have you thought about whether or not your finances will be able to support your plans and what you need to do now to make your retirement goals a reality? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone. Whether it’s a year, 10 years, or more away, it’s never too early or too late to start planning! The following steps will help you get started.
Do you own waterfront property in Palm Beach or do you vacation at Grandma’s house every year? Whether you have a Lamborghini collection that spans every color of the rainbow or you drive an old beater, you should pay attention. Contrary to popular belief, people with all levels of wealth need an estate plan. Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed at the end of 2017 eliminated the federal gift and estate tax for the majority of people, there are several reasons why everyone should consider putting an estate plan in place.
A Health Savings Account (HSA) is like a Swiss Army knife of savings plans and can be a key retirement building block. It has many benefits and is super charged when used to cover the high cost of health care expenses.