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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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April Investment Perspectives
In this issue we discuss opportunities in the Eurozone, understanding the sensitivity to volatility, and the record-breaking stock market performance.
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Maximize Long-Term Care Benefits Using an Existing Annuity
Gain valuable tax benefits by replacing an unneeded annuity with a new one that offers long-term care coverage.
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Tips for Leveraging 529 Education Savings Plans
You’re proud of the children in your life. And understandably, you may want to reward them with one of the best gifts you can give — supporting their education.
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Secure 2.0 Act: What Plan Sponsors Need to Know in 2024
An array of new provisions under the SECURE 2.0 Act are on tap this year that are expected to profoundly impact plan design and how participants will save for the future. Read on to learn how to implement this next phase of the law successfully.
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Don’t Procrastinate – Establish Your Will
Establishing a will is certainly not a favorite undertaking for anyone, but it’s important. In fact, it’s one of the most important things to take care of that people commonly forget about, avoid, or procrastinate.
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Planning Strategies for Remaining 529 Balances
If you saved more for college than you needed, here’s how make the most of the leftover funds.
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