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It may sound hard to believe, but I frequently help clients find money that they didn’t know existed (or just plain forgot about.) The majority of this “found money” is…Read More
It’s no secret that in the last six months we’ve noticed a significant hit to our budgets by way of inflation. The annual inflation rate for 2021 spiked to 7%…Read More
A common financial misconception in the world is that only people with loads of money need a financial advisor. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. While getting a…Read More
I was recently chatting with a friend about the pros and cons of moving to more tax-friendly states upon retirement. She wanted to know which state was the most popular…Read More
Listen to this Podcast In this Episode: Roth IRAs What will the future be like from a tax standpoint? Inheriting a Roth IRA The Contributing 5-year rule The Converting 5-year rule With the 5-year rule, there’s no tax on the gain. At age 72, no required minimum distribution.and you don’t have to take the money out. Leave it to the next generation, and they’ll get it tax free. Distributions: contributions first, conversions second, gains third…Continue Reading
It may sound hard to believe, but I frequently help clients find money that they didn’t know existed (or just plain forgot about.) The majority of this “found money” is sitting in retirement plans with former employers. And, not surprisingly, these former employers aren’t going to beat down your door to reacquaint you with your funds. You might have to do a little digging. So, how do you know if there’s an orphaned account sitting…Continue Reading
Saving for retirement is hard enough but practicing proper tax-efficient strategies—before and after retirement—is just as important. Long-term tax planning should be a part of everyone’s retirement income strategy. It can boost income and put extra dollars in your pocket when you need them the most. Unfortunately, tax deductions are usually the last thing people think about when planning for retirement. Luckily, it’s easier than you think! Here are some things you can do to…Continue Reading
In a time when everyone is an “expert,” it’s hard to distinguish between fact and fiction. Opinions can be helpful, but when they are delivered as fact, that’s when things get dangerous. Much like the game of telephone, money myths are born out of an original message that is altered slightly as it gets passed from person to person. This phenomenon creates a group mindset, and it happens everywhere—especially in the world of personal finance.…Continue Reading
It’s no secret that in the last six months we’ve noticed a significant hit to our budgets by way of inflation. The annual inflation rate for 2021 spiked to 7% in December from the same month a year earlier, the fastest climb we’ve seen in the last 40 years. You didn’t even need to read the headlines to know something was up. Your wallet undoubtedly took repeated hits buying gas, food, clothes, etc. We can…Continue Reading
A common financial misconception in the world is that only people with loads of money need a financial advisor. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. While getting a professional’s advice is important in any field, it’s especially relevant when it comes to your financial well-being and confidence. For example, I could probably figure out how to build a back deck on my house, but if I hire a contractor, I have the assurance…Continue Reading
As time marches on, I can’t help but think of our lives at the end of 2020. We were all in semi-lockdown planning for a bizarre holiday season. While our global timeout had more than its share of drawbacks, it also provided us with a merciful sneak peek of what our retirement could be, and an opportunity to tweak it if we felt we were on the wrong track. For example, maybe the initial thought…Continue Reading
I was recently chatting with a friend about the pros and cons of moving to more tax-friendly states upon retirement. She wanted to know which state was the most popular with my relocating clients and what prompted them to move. Now, I’ve been in this business for almost 25 years and I can say for certain that there is rarely just one reason why retirees decide to relocate. Financial benefits like fewer taxes and a…Continue Reading
Every year on the coldest day of winter, I get a call from a group of clients in Florida. This flock of “snowbirds” (retirees who migrate south for the winter) gleefully calls to report they’re enjoying afternoon cocktails at a tiki bar, while I’m trying to keep warm in frosty New England. I know this teasing is all in good fun, and I actually love hearing from them. Goal setting can make designing a retirement…Continue Reading
After the chaos of the pandemic, most of us are eager for normalcy to return to our lives and getting back to the routine of seeing our families, having dinner with friends, traveling, etc. But as many companies return to the office or rollout plans to return soon, some workers are saying “not so much.” They’re reevaluating their options, changing careers, starting their own ventures, or simply not going back to an office 9-5 every…Continue Reading
Over the past 24 years, I’ve spoken with many people whose retirement worries are crippling. They’re often paralyzed with fear about the what-ifs of retirement: What if I run out of money? What if I need more money for the things that I want to do? What if inflation is out of control? What if the market tanks? What if I get bored? What if I don’t feel comfortable withdrawing the money I need to…Continue Reading
Questions. Retirement is chockful of questions and knowing the right ones to ask is half the battle. Also of importance: knowing where to turn, whom to trust, and when to act (and how). It can be daunting, to say the least. So, what’s a person to do? For starters, don’t go it alone. Start getting answers to any retirement questions you have. All too often I hear stories of folks who tried to manage everything…Continue Reading
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