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Your Tax Picture Has Changed. How About Your Financial Strategy?

Last year, we had some major changes in the tax laws. As a result, many expenses that were deductible in prior years – like state taxes, mortgage interest, and professional expenses – are now totally eliminated or only partially deductible. So here’s an important question. Given those significant changes, have you given a once-over to […]

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Understanding Your Taxes: Just What Is Form 5498 And What Am I Supposed To Do With It?

Some of our clients have been calling with questions about Form 5498, a tax reporting form they recently received in the mail. If you’re the kind of person who likes to understand how things work, or are curious as to why you’re receiving this form long after the tax deadline, here’s the inside scoop: Does everyone […]

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Who Wants To Be A 401(k) Millionaire?

Less than 1% of 401(k) participants lands in the elite $1,000,000 club at Fidelity, home of many corporate 401(k) plans. Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post calls these $1,000,000+ savers the “Navy SEALs” of retirement saving. They can show the rest of us how to do it the right way. The number of […]

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Today’s Savings Tidbit: On The Job After Age 70? You Can Still Do Wonders!

We have more than a few clients who are still on the job after age 70. Many of them are business owners, and they love what they do. Some intend to stick around until they ultimately sell the business or transition it to the next generation of owners. Most of these business pioneers are well […]

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Claim Your Social Security Account Before Hackers Do It For You

Imagine that you’re finally ready to claim your retirement benefits and contact the Social Security Administration, only to find out that someone has been claiming your hard-earned benefits for years, and directing those monthly checks to a bank you’ve never heard of. It can happen. Social Security is asking more American workers to request benefits […]

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Building Up A Better Tax-Free Nest Egg For Retirement

Tired of taxes? Can’t blame you. But sometimes it pays to start thinking ahead about successful strategies we can discuss before year-end to save you on your future tax bill, and help you beef up retirement assets you can access totally tax-free for years to come. What we’re talking about is getting more money into a Roth IRA account for […]

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What’s The Right Amount To Spend In Retirement?

What’s the right amount to spend in retirement? Spend too much, and you run out of money too early. Spend too little, and you miss out on fun and meaningful experiences. It’s not so easy to come up with the right answer. That’s why we “spend” so much time working with clients to make it […]

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401(k) Secrets You Need To Know

There’s a dirty little secret about 401(k), 457, 403(b) and other retirement plans you may not know. They don’t have to offer you all the tax-saving provisions allowed under law. These include perks like stretch distributions, plan loans, rollovers into and out of the plan, “still working” exceptions and in-service distributions. You may not always […]

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Maxxing Out Your Social Security Benefits

You’ve probably heard us mention that, for most people, Social Security benefits are a very important part of your retirement income. Most people underestimate what those monthly guaranteed payments are actually worth. One recent estimate put the lifetime value of his-and-her benefits, where both members of a couple receive Social Security benefits, at over $900,000. […]

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Hurry! You Still Have Time To Contribute To Your IRA For 2018

The clock is ticking but you still have time to contribute to your Roth or Traditional IRA and have it count for 2018. You can check out our IRA tips from an interview we did with Yahoo Finance. A quick recap: the contribution limits for 2018 are $5,500 if you were under age 50 and $6,500 […]

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