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How to Teach Grandkids Wealth Management

September 1, 2000

It is nice to give wealth to grandchildren. But an even better gift can be to teach them how to multiply and manage their wealth the rest of their lives. Youngsters today are more financially savvy than any prior generation. They own investments, have such high discretionary income that retailers pitch to youngsters, and even […]

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The Modern Way To Give: The Total Return Trust

August 1, 2000

Too many trusts these days are set up the old-fashioned way. I see them all the time. The result is that all the beneficiaries of the trust are short-changed, and they often end up angry at each other, the trustee, and the grantor. A once-generous endowment eventually becomes a legacy of discontent. Suppose you want […]

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No-Tax, Low-Cost Way to Help a Grandchild

July 1, 2000

You don’t need to give away money or property to help the grandchildren. You can lend to the grandchildren and let them build something with the loan. Here’s one plan. Lend $50,000 to your grandchild for five years. The grandchild invests the money and earns 10% annually. At the end of five years, the grandchild […]

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Increase Income And Boost Your Legacy

June 1, 2000

There is a plan that might boost your current after-tax investment income and increase the estate left to your heirs. Especially if you own bonds to generate income, including tax-free bonds, consider this strategy as part of both your investment planning and estate planning. A problem with bonds, even tax-free bonds, is that estate taxes […]

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Cutting Your Taxes By 30% Or More

June 1, 2000

Despite repeated IRS attacks, the family limited partnership still provides substantial tax savings. The IRS hates FLPs because you retain a lot of control over the assets. But the IRS has trouble winning court cases. Numerous court cases now give fairly clear rules for using this flexible tool to greatly increase the after-tax wealth left […]

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Strategies for Passing Wealth to Grandchildren

May 1, 2000

The government doesn’t want you to give or leave wealth to your grandchildren. A penalty tax is imposed on those who try. But there are numerous ways to avoid the penalty and leave substantial wealth to the third generation. Most of these strategies are very simple. The penalty tax is the generation-skipping tax, which I […]

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IRS Approved Tax Benefits

April 1, 2000

Taxpayers can get great income and estate tax benefits from one strategy – without being aggressive. The IRS recently said it would stop fighting a strategy that tax advisors have advocated for years. Even better, as a result of the bull market this tool is ideal for more people. If you’ve been reading Retirement Watch […]

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Finding The Best Tuition Savings Plan

March 1, 2000

Retirement Watch readers were among the first to learn about the great estate planning and investment benefits of qualified tuition savings plans (QTSPs), also known as Section 529 plans. Now, there are so many plans available that you can get even more benefits by finding the best plan for you or using several plans at […]

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