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7-Step Checklist: How to Shelter Your Financial Security from Natural Disasters

December 15, 2017

The recent string of high-profile natural disasters caught many people by surprise — and created major gaps in their financial security. It can happen to any of us… It doesn’t have to be an historic hurricane, flood, or wildfire. You could be at risk from a broken water pipe, a tree falling on your home, or some other event. Bottom line: You […]

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What’s the Best Option for a Spouse Inheriting an IRA?

December 8, 2017

As we discussed last week, the rules for a spouse inheriting an IRA are murky, at best. The best option? That usually depends primarily on the spouse’s age. Here’s why. When the surviving spouse is under age 59½, the 10% penalty on early distributions applies to any money taken from a spousal rollover IRA. Remember that […]

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What Every Spouse Needs to Know About Inheriting an IRA

December 1, 2017

Many mistakes are made with inherited individual retirement accounts (IRAs). The rules aren’t straightforward or intuitive, so people often make the wrong decisions, resulting in thousands of dollars of taxes unnecessarily paid to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Bottom line: Your loved ones need to know what to do when they inherit an IRA. Knowing […]

Key Retirement Advantages of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

November 27, 2017

The Health Savings Account (HSA) could be the best retirement planning vehicle available. Only the Roth IRA comes close. People are catching on to the advantages. There now are over $40 billion in HSAs, and the number of HSAs increased 16% over the last year. Much of the increase is because employers are switching to […]

The 6 Biggest Risks to your Retirement

What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up with. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here for free access.

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Which States Are the “New Best” Retirement Tax Havens?

November 17, 2017

Taxes, especially when all types of taxes are added together, are one of the largest expenses of most retirees. State and local taxes are a big portion of the taxes paid, and many people don’t realize the total they’re paying in all those taxes. Of course, some states are considered high-tax states and others are […]

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6 Gifting Tips for Your Estate Plan

November 10, 2017

Fact: people make mistakes in their gift giving. It’s not surprising. The rules on estate planning gifts are tricky. By learning the tricks, though, you can increase the after-tax wealth available to you and your loved ones. Reducing federal estate taxes no longer is the main motivation most of us have for making gifts, because […]

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Retirement Strategy: How to Transfer Real Estate to Family

November 3, 2017

Some assets require special estate planning. One such asset is what I sometimes call heirloom real estate, or family real estate. This is a property that’s been in the family for a while and that you’d like to continue in family ownership. Heirloom real estate includes vacation homes or other second homes, farms, a longtime […]

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How to Make the Most of Your 401k Plan for a Wealthier Retirement

October 27, 2017

Rollovers from 401(k) accounts are the main reason IRAs are among the most valuable assets many retirees own. When people leave a job, for either a new one or retirement, they often roll over the 401k balance to an IRA. To maximize the value of your IRAs in retirement, you need to maximize 401k account […]

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