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Retirement Planning Consideration for Employees of Publicly Traded Companies
Most employers that are publicly traded companies offer employees the ability to buy company stock within their retirement plan. If this happens to be an option within your company 401(k) and you decide to take advantage of it, beware of your distribution options when you decide to retire. Many soon to be retirees make the mistake of rolling over the entire balance of their 401(k) into an IRA before fully understanding the options available to them. This is often done out of ignorance for the rules or lack of working with a qualified financial planner, and the consequences can be costly.
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Tax Diversification Matters
The creation and preservation of wealth go hand in hand with reducing ones tax burden. However, avoiding current taxation in hopes of being in a lower tax bracket in retirement may not work out as many expect. The top federal income tax bracket in 2019 is only 37%. You may believe 37% is not low, but it has been much higher in years past. According to the Bradford Tax Institute, the top federal income tax rate was above 60% from 1932 all the way to 1981. Why worry now? The primary driver of future tax increases will be the escalating federal debt, and that figure is ever increasing due to a mismatch in government spending versus revenues.
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What to Consider When Buying or Selling a Home in a Rising Mortgage Interest Rate Environment
If you are buying or selling a home when mortgage interest rates are rising, there are important considerations to keep in mind that impact affordability and other factors.
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January Investment Perspectives
Our Investment Strategy Group offers commentary on reducing national debt, major fixed income themes from last year, and the economic factors weighing most heavily on investors in 2023.
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Home Improvement Credits Under the Inflation Reduction Act
If you are planning to purchase electric vehicles or make energy-efficient improvements to your house, you may save some money under the Inflation Reduction Act.
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Investing in Water
We view water as a long-term investment theme that impacts many industries. This piece reviews the importance of water to life and the economy and highlights major investment implications.
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Don’t Overlook This Hidden Retirement Risk
After working so hard to save for retirement, it’s important to be aware of potential risks that arise when you stop earning and start withdrawing. This article explores some solutions you may consider to help protect your retirement income from sequence of returns risks.
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