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3 Questions for What to Do With the Ring in Divorce

When you’re going through a divorce, the symbol of commitment your rings have may become a source of emotional pain. And yet, you must now go through the tactical motions of splitting everything up. So, what do you do with that ring? The answer is…it depends. Asking yourself three questions can help clarify your decision […]

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3 Important Updates to the 2020 Required Minimum Distribution Waiver

On June 23rd, the IRS issued additional guidance regarding 2020 required minimum distributions (RMDs).  As you may remember, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) waived many required minimum distributions for 2020.  However, there were still a few taxpayers that may not have been afforded relief under the CARES Act – that […]

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Working Wealthy – 2020 is the new 2009

Perfect is the enemy of good. I’m not certain who said it first. I understand it relates back to an Italian proverb, and it appears Voltaire was the first to pen a paraphrasing of it. In any event, let’s not get bogged down with precision on the source of the learning. Let’s focus on how, […]

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The Balance Sheet – The Map for Financial Professionals

Professional investors need to have a good grasp on the balance sheet of a business they are investing in. Having a deep understanding can inform strategy and help make the best decisions. The same goes for your personal wealth. Without a full view of your assets and liabilities, you are flying blind. Previously, we have […]

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Top 4 Questions Lawyers Are Asking

We all know the last several months have been perhaps the most unsettling times any of us can remember.  As a result, I have had countless conversations with clients to help them navigate these stormy seas.  I thought I would share some key questions I’m hearing from our lawyer clients and the advice I have […]

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Careful Planning for College Refunds – Avoiding Tax on 529 Distributions

Due to their tax-advantaged nature, 529 college savings plans have quickly become one of the most popular ways for families and individuals in the United States to set money aside for college.  These accounts offer special income tax deductions in many states for those that contribute to a 529, and any growth from investments within […]

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Best States to Retire In

Many factors influence the decision of where to retire.  Family, familiarity of surroundings, climate, and cost of living are just a few to consider.  What about state taxes?  They are often overlooked and just “accepted” as an expense.  In the current environment, the trend of where taxes could go based on the financial stability of […]

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Stock Options and Restricted Stock – Key Things to Consider In this Downturn

If you are an executive working for a public company, it’s likely that a big portion of your wealth is tied to your company stock. As stock prices fall, obviously the value of your stock-based compensation also drops. This can be paralyzing. Amid the chaos, how do you answer the simple question: “what should I […]

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Secret Retirement Saving Super-Power: The Mega Back Door Roth

For high earners and big savers, there are limitations on contributions to designated retirement accounts. Specifically, in 401k accounts, the maximum you can deduct from your salary is $19,500 in 2020. For those over 50, a “catch-up” contribution is allowed up to an additional $6,500. What many don’t know about 401k accounts is that there […]

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4 Financial Improvements to Make During Quarantine

As we all adjust to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves with a lot more time at home due to the Stay at Home order.  Our commute times are now a simple walk down the stairs, many of the social gatherings that filled up our weekends are cancelled, and that means more […]

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Working Wealthy – Stress Testing Your Plan

I have written before about the value of having a financial plan. Even the simplest of plans can help with things like retirement spending and savings goals. And you might say, “Sure I have a plan, but I threw my plan out the window in March”. Effects of the Pandemic The recent market volatility from […]

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Lessons Learned: “This Time is Different”

The COVID-19 outbreak has created stress and uncertainty in all phases of our lives. Worrying about our family’s health, learning to work from home while trying to educate and entertain children, and watching our income decline or for some completely go away has understandably caused many to panic. This stress and panic can lead many […]

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