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The Revocable Living Trust “Transition Strategy”

February 23, 2018

Last week, we reviewed the pros and cons of the Power of Attorney and Revocable Living Trust (click here for Part 1). For retirees who choose the revocable living trust, it’s important to understand all the options available. For starters, after identifying your trusted person, establish a revocable living trust naming the person as current […]

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Power of Attorney vs. Living Trust: Pros & Cons

February 16, 2018

Which is the best way to protect your assets, smooth the transition of your estate, and make life easier for you and your heirs… Power of attorney or revocable living trust? Truth is, most estate plans need both a power of attorney and a revocable living trust. So the better question is:  Which one should cover the bulk of your assets? Over the […]

6 Problems that Can Crush Your Retirement Plan Goals

February 9, 2018

It’s the story I hate to hear from my readers… People who planned well for retirement but saw their hard work and planning fall apart during retirement. These stories are all too common. Yet the causes of most of these retirement failures are well-known. Avoid these 6 problems and recurring mishaps, and your retirement is […]

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2017 Tax Reform: A Game Changer for Retirement? (Part 2)

February 2, 2018

Editor’s Note:  This week, we’re continuing our deep dive into the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  Click here to get caught up on Part 1 of our story: The 2017 Tax Reform Law and Your Retirement Finances Some readers are asking about the charitable contribution deduction, of which there are a few changes. […]

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The Complete Retirement Finance Guide to New Tax Law Changes in 2018

January 26, 2018

It’s the #1 burning question on my readers’ minds these days… What are the most important individual income tax changes I need to know in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017? (It was signed into law in late December) First off, most of the individual income tax changes are in effect from 2018 […]

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Unconventional Investments in Your IRAs: Pros, Cons and Risks

January 19, 2018

IRAs are among today’s most misunderstood investments. For example, did you know there’s a “back-door” way to create a Roth IRA, even if your income exceeds the limit?  (For more on that, visit last week’s story, here.) Today we’ll cover three more aspects of IRAs you may not have considered already… Unconventional Investments in IRAs […]

The 2017 Tax Reform Law and Your Retirement Finances

January 16, 2018

Let’s start this issue with the important individual income tax changes you need to know in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which was signed into law in late December. The estate planning and IRA changes are in another article in this issue. Most of the individual income tax changes are in effect […]

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6 Misunderstood IRA Rules and Strategies

January 12, 2018

IRAs aren’t the simple vehicles they seemed when they were new. What’s more, Baby Boomers have reached the stages of life when the rules are more complicated and full of pitfalls. Here’s a guide to the top questions my readers are asking about IRAs, and mistakes many are making. Required minimum distribution mistake #1.  Most […]

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