Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Section 529 plan savings may now be used for K-12 tuition as well as for higher education costs.
It’s almost spring and thoughts of spring cleaning may be on your mind. Along with sprucing up your home for the upcoming warm weather, it might be even more important to take some time to spruce up your finances. Here are some ideas to get you started:
What’s on your end-of-the-year to-do list? Shopping for gifts? Making travel plans? What about spending some time with your investments? Conducting a review and making important decisions before 2017 comes to a close may help you lower your tax bill and get your portfolio on the right track for 2018.
Don’t look now because before you know it the season of giving — and spending — will be upon us. Don’t wait until the credit card bills arrive in January to think about how you’re going to pay for your holiday spending. Start now and consider these planning tips. Read More
Now that my husband and I have entered the ‘empty nest’ population we are taking a good look at our finances and realize it may be time to start cutting the “money cord” with our adult children. We have successfully raised our boys…. which you all know is NOT cheap…we’ve bought them cars, put them through college….now we feel it’s our turn. Here is what I have learned (and am still learning)…. Read More
Where and how you choose to live out your retirement years could be one of your most important decisions. Choosing whether to relocate or to stay rooted in your hometown, to remain in your current home or to trade down to a smaller residence are important questions that involve a host of lifestyle and cost-of-living issues. Read More
Whether you’re wealthy or earn a modest income, there is one estate planning concern that is shared by people from all walks of life — the decision of who gets what when you’re gone. While some individuals may logically assume that a last will and testament is the one official forum to express such decisions, that’s not always the case. Often, an equally important issue is whom to name as beneficiary on life insurance policies, pension plan accounts and IRAs, since these assets are passed on independent of what may be spelled out in a will.
Owning company stock in your employer-sponsored retirement plan is not necessarily a bad thing. Company stock can potentially help employees profit from a company’s success and even provide tax benefits. But holding company stock can present unique risks, particularly if the stock allocation represents a large percentage of your total retirement plan assets. Read More
Money. It’s hard to get and easy to lose. It doesn’t take long for the wealth you’ve accumulated to disappear if you don’t manage your money well or have a plan to protect your assets from sudden calamity. Read More