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Jul

2

Why Do People Put Off Saving for Retirement?

A lack of money is but one answer. Common wisdom says that you should start saving for retirement as soon as you can. Why do some people wait decades to begin? Nearly everyone can save something. Even small cash savings may be the start of something big if they are invested wisely. Sometimes, the immediate […]

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Jun

25

Should You Leave Your IRA to a Child?

What you should know about naming a minor as an IRA beneficiary. Can a child inherit an IRA? The answer is yes, though they cannot legally own the IRA and its invested assets. Until the child turns 18 (or 21, in some states), the inherited IRA is a custodial account, managed by an adult on […]

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Jun

18

Are Financial Advisory Fees Tax Deductible?

The miscellaneous itemized deduction is gone, but effective tax breaks remain. Before 2018, you could partly or fully deduct investment advisory fees on your federal income tax return. When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed, however, the miscellaneous itemized deduction for investment fees and expenses vanished.1 This deduction seldom mattered for taxpayers in […]

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Jun

11

How New Tax Laws Affect Small Businesses

A recap of the major changes impacting corporations and closely held firms. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act changed the tax picture for business owners. Whether your company is incorporated or held closely, you must recognize how the recent adjustments to the Internal Revenue Code can potentially affect you and your workers. How have things […]

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Jun

4

The Backdoor Roth IRA

A move that high earners can make in pursuit of tax-free retirement income. Does your high income stop you from contributing to a Roth IRA? It does not necessarily prohibit you from having one. You may be able to create a backdoor Roth IRA and give yourself the potential for a tax-free income stream in […]

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May

21

Retirement Planning Weak Spots

They are all too common. Many households think they are planning carefully for retirement. In many cases, they are not. Weak spots in their retirement planning and saving may go unnoticed. Couples should recognize that they may face major medical expenses. Each year, Fidelity Investments estimates how much a pair of newly retired 65-year-olds will […]

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May

14

Set Goals as You Save & Invest

Turn your intent into a commitment. Goals give you focus. To find and establish your investing and saving goals, first ask yourself what you want to accomplish. Do you want to build an emergency fund? Build college savings for your child? Have a large retirement fund by age 60? Once you have a defined motivation, […]

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May

7

Using a Roth IRA as a College Savings Tool

A tax-advantaged option too many families overlook. At first glance, a Roth IRA might seem an unusual college savings vehicle. Upon further examination, it may look like a particularly smart choice. A Roth IRA allows you to save for college without the constraints of a college fund. This is an important distinction, because you cannot […]

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Apr

30

Financing a College Education

A primer for parents and grandparents. A university education can often require financing and assuming debt. If your student fills out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and does not qualify for a Pell Grant or other kinds of help, and has no scholarship offers, what do you do? You probably search for […]

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Apr

23

TSP Withdrawal Options Are Changing

New rules could soon mean more flexibility. By 2020, federal employees with Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) accounts should have new withdrawal choices for their invested assets. New rules are scheduled to be implemented through the TSP Modernization Act, permitting TSP participants more flexibility.1 The TSP withdrawal rules have been strict for many years. Too strict, […]

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