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New Estate Planning Value In QTIP Trusts

November 1, 2001

The venerable qtip trust is an even more valuable estate planning tool for married couples after the 2001 tax law.  Traditionally, the QTIP could save heirs a bundle of money while ensuring that wealth is distributed as you intended. But the trust can give your estate plan additional flexibility that is a key to dealing […]


The Best Mutual Fund Brokers

November 1, 2001

Much has changed in the markets in the last 18 months, and those changes have altered the world of discount and mutual fund brokers. Some brokers have disappeared or merged. At many brokers, you’ll find higher minimum investments, higher costs, or restrictions on investing. But not all the news is bad. More funds are available […]

UGMAs vs. 529 plans

Estate Planning Strategies: UGMAs vs. 529 Plans

October 1, 2001

I have an UGMA account for my grandchild (or child). Can I (or should I) switch to a college savings plan or a trust? I regularly get variations of that question. A Uniform Gift to Minors Act (UGMA) account is the traditional vehicle to save and invest for a youngster. (It’s UTMA in some states.) […]


A Stock Portfolio Update

October 1, 2001

Things will be looking up for many of our individual stock picks. In September 2000 I recommended a portfolio of individual stocks for readers who wanted to branch out from mutual funds. These are long-term investments, but it was not an auspicious time to start a stock portfolio. Now it is time to make a […]


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. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here today for free access.


Year-End Tax Planning

October 1, 2001

Year-end tax planning is special this year. The new tax law, the market downturn, and other factors provide some unique opportunities and traps. With the right moves in the next few months you can substantially reduce taxes this year and in coming years. The wrong moves, or failure to act, can cost you. The math […]


How the 2001 Tax Law Affects Your Will

October 1, 2001

Your will and estate plan need to be reviewed. If you’ve procrastinated about a plan, this is the time to get started. But even if you have been meticulous, the 2001 tax law requires at least a review and probably significant changes. The common feature all estate plans will need for the next 10 years […]


Guide to Helping with a Grandchild’s Education

September 1, 2001

College costs are escalating, even at public universities. USA Today recently described how the slowing economy is reducing donations to colleges and causing state governments to cut funding. The result is that tuition is climbing faster than ever – as much as 40% at some institutions. Students, parents, and grandparents need to maximize both their […]

Beating the stealth taxes

Beating The Stealth Taxes

September 1, 2001

There are hidden income taxes. I call them stealth taxes. More Americans fall prey to these taxes every year, especially older or retired Americans. There are three main stealth taxes: the alternative minimum tax (AMT), the Pease tax (the itemized deduction reduction), and the PEP (personal exemption phaseout). These stealth taxes are in addition to […]

February 2021:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.

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