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Month: March 2019

Lifelong Learners: Set Up a 529 Plan for Yourself

Whether you think of yourself as an old dog or spring chicken in retirement is up to you. Even if you don’t retire early, you still have many years ahead of you to enjoy your free time, or even discover a new interest. If you’d like to continue your education in retirement as part of pursing another career, or just to nurture an interest, you can fund it with a 529 plan. If you’ve used a 529 plan to contribute to a child or grandchild’s education, you’ll be familiar with how the tax advantaged account works: Funds grow tax-free in the account, and can with be withdrawn tax free to pay for tuition,...

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Dan and Jim Win the 2019 Five Star Wealth Manager Award

Dan Ahmad and Jim Files are winners of the exclusive 2019 Five Star Wealth Manager award. Wealth Manager award winners are identified based on a rigorous research process and selected from among thousands of wealth managers for their knowledge, service and experience. Dan and Jim are part of an exclusive group of wealth managers who have demonstrated excellence in their field by satisfying 10 objective selection criteria. Click To Read Full Publication

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If You Have an IRA Don’t Forget About This Important Deadline

Most people know that April 15th is Tax Day, but they may not know that it is also the deadline to contribute to an IRA. Even if you file for a tax extension, you must send your IRA contribution by April 15th. Contributing to an IRA is one good way to save for retirement, so make sure your contribution isn’t forgotten in the busy period leading up to Tax Day. You can contribute up to $5,500 a year to your IRA for 2018 if you are under 50. If you are over 50, you can contribute an additional $1,000. You can no longer contribute to a traditional IRA after you turn 70 ½, but you can contribute...

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How to Use Your HSA After You Turn 65

Do you have a Health Savings Account (HSA)? If so, you should note that the rules regarding HSAs change when you turn 65. It’s important to prepare for the rising cost of healthcare in retirement, and an HSA can be a good way to cover future medical expenses, both for you and your spouse. However, once you sign up for Medicare, you can no longer contribute to an HSA. So, here is how you can make the most of what you’ve saved in your account. The benefits of an HSA are that contributions are not taxed, funds grow tax deferred, and can be withdrawn tax free for qualified medical expenses. You...

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Don’t Let Market Volatility Ruin Your Retirement

Now that you’re nearing retirement, the term “market volatility” might stir up different feelings than it 30 years ago. Older workers and retirees understand that they have less time to make up for losses in their investments and to ride out future market crashes than they did when they were younger. And with life expectancies increasing, leaving your financial wellbeing up to the whims of the market seems like less and less of a good idea. We know that there will always be crashes, even if no one knows exactly when they will come, so why not develop a plan ahead of time? After a crash, people...

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Did You Make a Qualified Charitable Distribution this Year?

Did you make an IRA charitable distribution this year? If so, you’ll want to report it on your tax return. Charitable contributions are a great way to reduce your taxable income and build your legacy. Do you have a retirement account? Be prepared for your RMDs! After you turn 70 ½, you must take required minimum distribution (RMDs) from your traditional IRA, and you can transfer up to $100,000 per year to charity tax free to count towards your RMD. This is called a qualified charitable distribution (QCD), and there are a few things to know about the process of reporting it during tax time. You...

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The Rising Cost of Healthcare in Retirement

We know life is like a box of chocolates – but what about retirement? Do you really know what it holds, or how much it will cost? It’s easy to budget based on your current lifestyle, but what about anticipating major unexpected costs? The truth is that as you get older, it’s likely you’ll have to spend more on healthcare. But the truth is also that there are things you can do to plan ahead for this. We always hear that healthcare costs are rising and Americans are living longer, so why not take these facts into account when planning for retirement? According to the Employee Benefit Research...

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Are You Thinking About Buying a Second Home?

A home is one of the most significant purchases you’ve made in your lifetime, so you should take your time when thinking about buying a second one. The ability to rent the house, how you will use it, and its future value are all important things to think about. While many people have a favorite vacation spot in a scenic area, they can’t spend a significant amount of time there until they’re retired, and transitioning into retirement is no small task. And, the rules of Real Estate are a bit different for vacation homes, so there is still a lot of research for even the most experienced home owners...

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Have a Retirement Account? Be Prepared for Your RMDs!

If you’ve contributed to a 401(k) or IRA, you should prepare a strategy for your RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions). After many years of enjoying tax free growth, your retirement savings from non-Roth (i.e. traditional) accounts will eventually be subject to tax. Rather than be caught off guard, take control and learn the ins and outs of your RMDs so you can avoid penalties, and determine the best strategy for re-distributing your RMDs. Required minimum distributions from your IRA, Simple IRA, SEP IRA, or retirement plan must begin at age 70 ½. You have to take an RMD from your traditional...

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Travel in Retirement Without Overspending

So you want to become a world traveler in retirement, but you’re also a responsible person who knows they need to support themselves for the next 30 years. You can take advantage of your newfound free time in retirement and rethink your destinations to maximize value. With careful planning and some creativity, you could fulfill your dreams of travel in retirement without overspending. Setting a travel budget is one thing you can do to start your retirement off on the right foot, especially if you want to take advantage of your abundance of free time and make multiple, or extended trips. You...

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