Have you ever been asked, “What’s your money personality?” It’s not a question many of us have ever been verbally asked before, much less stopped to consider how to answer. Does the thought of updating your budget and ...(more)
Nothing is more unsettling than a roller coaster stock market, which can send participants into panic mode as they nervously watch wild dips in their 401k plans.
Always remember the time-honored saying: it’s a ...(more)
Most people have the illusion that they have steady income. This is another example of recency bias (as it relates to income in this post) where people have become accustomed to their current income and forget it ...(more)
If you have accumulated fund in your child’s 529, congratulations!
You are probably a member of the elusive Savers who plan ahead and hate debt. A savers’ immediate instinct is to use all the designated savings ...(more)
Sure, there’s the rush of buying, but why?
It boils down to the Diderot Effect.
In 1763 philosopher Denis Diderot was paid a large sum of money for his library by Catherine the Great.
He purchased a ...(more)
4 tips for forward-thinking plan sponsors
As we settle into the new year, we tend to opt for positive change and set goals for near-term improvement like shedding a few pounds or learning a new skill. But what about ...(more)
Business owners often express how hard it is for them to attract and retain talented employees who are key to business operations. I just spoke with a client this morning who told me “we recently lost a very key ...(more)
One of the more popular ways to use your self-directed IRA to invest in real estate is by using the IRA/LLC structure. A self-directed IRA requires using a custodian which is responsible for holding and administering ...(more)
Self-directed IRAs are a little known tool which allows you to invest in real estate (among other things) and get all of the tax benefits that an IRA gives you. There are several qualified retirement plans that you can ...(more)
The reason most of us have an estate plan is to make things as stress free as possible for those we leave behind. That’s why we spend the time and money necessary to get our estate planning documents in order and make ...(more)
Health Savings Accounts are perhaps one of the most underutilized retirement planning tools available. HSAs are arguably one of the most tax friendly ways to save for retirement since they offer a “triple tax benefit”. ...(more)
One of the most popular employee retirement benefits is the 401k account, but why do companies offer 401ks to their employees? After conversations with hundreds of business owners and corporate executives, the reasons ...(more)
As we experience the last act of this equity bull market, advisors are looking for places to protect client funds with a potential of earning returns greater than that available from cash equivalents. As the chart below ...(more)
Most people believe Medicare covers dental – nope – Medicare does not! Some Medicare Advantage plans do (and some don’t – you need to check). Some retirees may have employer provided dental coverage. Check to see if ...(more)
3 Tips for Managing 401(k) Plan Administration Headaches
As an HR professional, you have mastered the art of juggling and hopefully, you look good in hats, because you’re likely to find yourself wearing a number of ...(more)
Two big areas of confusion among people and advisors are the Windfall Elimination Provision(WEP) and the Government Pension Offset(GPO). Although they are often spoken in the same breath, they are really quite ...(more)
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