Now that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been signed into law, you’re probably wondering if and how it applies to you. We recently put together an educational video on the key provisions for individuals and small business owners.Read More
If you’ve been able to remain in a comfortable financial position amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be wondering if and how the newly passed CARES Act legislation may impact you. Financial advisor J. Peter Doyle reviews some strategies.Read More
Thank you to all who registered and to those who participated in our Town-Hall Live Webinar “The Coronavirus Crisis: Navigating this Volatile Time” originally broadcast on March 26, 2020. If you missed the live webinar or would like to watch it again, here’s the replay.Read More
Join us for Thursday’s Town-Hall Live Webinar! We will address common questions our clients are asking and you’ll have the ability to submit questions throughout the hour-long webinar. Can’t make the date or time? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recorded session.Read More
Now that we’re in a bear market, many investors are wondering how it will impact their portfolios. Phil Huber, Savant Capital’s chief investment officer and Gina Beall, manager of investment research discuss the effects of COVID-19 and outline the four most likely areas of potential impact.Read More
10 Lessons From a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional Who Did It Himself
I lived most of my life in the Midwest – born and raised in Minnesota, college in Michigan and then 15 years in Chicago. My family was finally ready to get out of the cold, so we embarked on a two-year journey that ended with us settling into our new life in Phoenix.Read More
You may have spent the last 30 years (or more) working tirelessly and are now beginning to realize that retirement is staring you right in the face. All those years of saving, putting your kids through college, and delaying traveling with your spouse are now over (oh wait – maybe that’s just me and my spouse? Please don’t tell her). It’s now time when these goals, whatever they may be, start to become a reality.Read More
Social Security’s rules for collecting are complicated. Benefits for widows are calculated differently than traditional Retirement Benefits, so there are a few key rules and strategies that you need to be aware of. Below are seven things you need to know about Social Security Survivor Benefits.Read More
Family vacation homes often provide a retreat for you and your family to gather and enjoy one another’s company. The home brings not only emotional attachment but also unique planning challenges. Parents or grandparents often desire to have the next generation make their own memories while spending time at the family vacation home.Read More
With the 2018 tax year closed, most taxpayers saw a decrease in their refunds, and some even owed taxes when they usually receive refunds. This was due to the adjusted withholding tables that came into effect in February 2018, lowering the amount of taxes taken out of taxpayers’ paychecks. Since less tax was paid throughout the year, many saw a tax bill larger than they anticipated when filing their tax returns.Read More
There are a number of important decisions that most people must make when reaching their 60s. One, of course, is when to begin receiving Social Security benefits. Another has to do with Medicare. These two benefit programs, and their claiming strategies, are inextricably linked.Read More
You have been thinking about, saving, and planning for your retirement for decades.Read More
When people think of retirement, obvious things come to mind: Did I save enough to be able to achieve my goals in retirement? How much am I able to spend? What happens if we experience another recession? Although those are very important considerations, few take the time to examine their emotional well-being and how it will affect their daily life/routine when they retire.Read More
Retirement plan trigger events (death, disability, separation from service, or reaching age 59 ½) come with an opportunity. If you have company stock in an employer-qualified retirement plan, you may have an opportunity to elect net unrealized appreciation (NUA), allowing you to roll your company stock into a taxable account for potential tax savings.
Potential Tax Savings with NUA
Electing NUA is trading ordinary income tax rates for capital gain tax rates.
When an NUA election is made, only your cost basis (theRead More
There is usually some permanent damage done when you lose someone you love. Most of the time, this comes in the form of grieving for that special person. From the benefit of time, the intense grieving usually fades away. Survivors are left with the burden of surviving, and, financially speaking, sometimes there is little available to help.
When Social Security was passed in 1935 it was strictly a benefit for retirees. It wasn’t until 1939 that a change was added toRead More
Retiring or changing employers is a big transition for most people. One way to maximize this time of change is to utilize a unique opportunity to roll your 401(k) monies from your old employer’s plan into an IRA. Doing so provides you with more flexibility and control over your retirement savings.
When leaving an employer you generally have three options for your 401(k) monies:
Leave your funds in the 401(k) plan
Take a direct distribution of the funds (penalties may apply if you
For charitably inclined individuals, many strategies exist that allow you to meet your philanthropic goals while creating tax savings. One strategy to consider is a Qualified Charitable Distribution, or QCD. QCDs are distributions that come directly from your IRA to a qualified charity of your choice. This type of IRA distribution is not included in the taxpayer’s AGI. QCDs became permanent with the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, and this strategy allows individuals toRead More
Ben Franklin once said, “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.” The beginning of a new year often leads us to examine our lives and find ways to battle vices.
While many of our goals for the New Year may be physical in nature, there are many parallels between our physical and financial well being. When I think of financial goals, I divideRead More
Have you asked yourself where your paycheck will come from in retirement? Once taxes are considered, will it be enough to live the way you want? For most of us, starting and ending our career with the same company is a thing of the past, as are the days of pension checks funding the majority of our retirement. For better or worse, most of us now bear the responsibility for our own retirement planning and determining how our savings willRead More
My three-year-old daughter was in the checkout line at a craft store with my wife, happily dressed up for the day as a witch. She had a black dress and black hat, plus she was excitedly holding a bouquet of artificial flowers. (After all, it was a craft store!) Another mother and slightly older daughter waited in front of them in the line. The child pointed at my daughter and said in a loud voice, “Look, Mom – that girl’sRead More
When the markets decline, it’s natural to want to sell equities. It’s hard to watch your account values go down and listen to your advisor telling you to be patient. Although selling equities when they are down is a bad decision, there are things you can do to make the most of a downturn. A Roth conversion is one possible way to take advantage of declining markets.
A Roth IRA is a retirement savings vehicle that grows tax-free. Withdrawals are alsoRead More
You have worked hard, saved and accumulated wealth, and are now entering the years when you can start benefiting from the money you’ve saved as well as government-provided benefits. There are many milestones during this time period, and it may be difficult to keep them all straight.
Here are a few highlights of what you can expect:
Age 59 ½: This is the magic age at which you gain access to all your retirement accounts, includingRead More
Our journey through life involves setting goals such as graduating from college, buying home, starting a new business, or traveling the world, and working to accomplish those goals. It’s invigorating to identify a dream and set plan in place to achieve it. The feeling of pride that comes from reaching a new milestone and realizing the fruit of our efforts is one of a kind.
Saving for retirement is a very important life goal but it canRead More
If you had the ability to take a refund of your Social Security tax withholding and invest the money yourself, would you do it? What about if the system changed and you were required to contribute your equivalent current withholding to a tax-deferred investment account from the beginning?
Let’s review question number one first:
Pretend for a moment that you are 22, new to the workforce, and earning $35,000 annually. The Social Security Administration continues as is during your first 10 years ofRead More
I remember reading an article several months ago about a financial advisor paving the way in the industry with her unique rule for taking on new clients. Essentially, she would only accept new clients preparing for retirement if they were willing to run through her proprietary budgeting process.
The budgeting process that this advisor implemented worked best for new clients that had a goal of retiring in the next year or so. The goal was for each client to review theirRead More
Inaugurated just after the great inflation of the 1970s, it’s no surprise Ronald Reagan claimed, “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.” Certainly hyperinflation and stagflation can be trouble for an economy, but moderate inflation is actually a sign of a healthy economy. With that said, even moderate inflation can have a large impact on your purchasing power over the long run.
In theRead More
If some is good, more is better. While exceptions to this rule certainly exist, I don’t think you will find many people who will argue this stance when it comes to their retirement funds. In my previous article, “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?” I discussed how you can use time as a machine to compound wealth. Here are additional steps that can help you work toward a higher return on your 401(k) and propel you closer to your idealRead More
On the surface converting an IRA account to a Roth account seems to make perfect sense. What a great way to pass on tax free assets to the next generation or even have tax free money that you can take out, at your discretion, during retirement. Before you rush out and convert your IRA to a Roth account, however, let’s take a closer look.
First and foremost, the president included a few proposals in his 2015 budget toRead More