A Roth IRA account can be used to save for both retirement and education expenses; however, there are some disadvantages to doing so, including lower contribution limits and the possibility of taxed earnings. For more information on Roth IRA rules and how an account affects education savings, read this Financial Strategy.
You stopped for coffee, dropped off some mail and picked up your dry cleaning, but at your next stop to pick up Fluffy from the groomer, you find your wallet is missing. Before this nightmare happens, know there are a few easy steps to help you minimize the loss–all in this Financial Strategy.
There are several scenarios that would make a non-deductible IRA contribution useful to an investor. These include low capital gains tax rates and a strategy involving converting an appreciated account to a Roth IRA. For more information on how a non-deductible IRA contribution may benefit you, read this Financial Strategy.
Great-uncle Harry passed away and left you a fortune in coins. What a windfall! However, later you find out the coins are rare antiques and no longer U.S. currency. If you find yourself in a situation where you want to sell a rare coin collection and need to know how to obtain a fair and reasonable price, read this Financial
Recent surveys show that while couples agree investment and retirement plans need adjustment because of the the market’s downturn, they do not agree on how their plans should be adjusted. For more information on what you and your spouse should consider when evaluating your financial future, read this Financial Strategy.
Executors of a Will are required to administer an estate with the highest degree of trust and honesty. It can be a daunting task, depending on the complexity of the estate. For more information on some of the duties/requirements of an executor, read this Financial Strategy.
It is no surprise that investors are worried about inflation in the current economic environment, as many of the moves by the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve could lead to above average inflation if left in place too long. For information on how to protect your portfolio against the prospects of future inflation, read this Financial Tip of the Week.
If you have a complex financial life, or if you are unsure of your ability to recognize a good investment, you should seek the advice of a financial adviser. A financial adviser should look at your whole financial picture taking into account your taxes, insurance and estate plans. For more information on when you should seek an adviser’s help, read this Financial Strategy.
Gifting is a way to reduce your estate by passing on property to others while you are still alive. Individuals are allowed to gift up to $13,000 in property to an individual per year. You may make as many $13,000 annual gifts as you wish to any number of individuals, without being required to file a gift tax return. For more information on the basics of gifting, read this Financial Strategy.
A successful estate plan takes more than good intentions. If you do not have a Will in place, a nameless, faceless court will decide how your assets will be distributed. This is one of many pitfalls you could face if you do not revisit your estate plan, as your family situation or federal and state laws change. For more information on areas you should consult your estate planning attorney or tax adviser on, read this Financial Strategy.