Social Security: Deciding Which Benefit a Survivor Should Take

Let’s face it: Deciding when to draw Social Security benefits is not always an easy matter. It doesn’t get any easier when one spouse dies. On top of grief and family upheaval, a surviving spouse must choose whether to take his or her own monthly…

Roth IRA vs. Roth 401(k)

The Roth IRA, established by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, offered a new twist to the traditional IRA — namely, after-tax contributions. What this means is that a Roth IRA owner may contribute money up to the limit each year with income that has…

The New Tax Law: Things to Consider

Who will be affected by the new tax legislation that went into effect Jan. 1? That is a question many are asking. While “everyone” is likely to see some changes, here’s an idea of how many people fell into each income group. In 2015:1 About…

Balancing Investor Euphoria With Market Reality

Many social media users share nearly all aspects of their lives, from photos of cute kids and pets to their political views. And now, we even are seeing posts from exuberant investors bragging about their investment returns. For example, consider this social media post:1 “I…

5 Things You Must Know About Your IRA and 401K!

How will you make the most out of your IRA and 401K? Learn the 5 things you must know about your retirement accounts on Retirement Solutions Radio show, “5 Things You Must Know About Your IRA and 401K!” Listen Now! Our firm assists retirees and…

Financial Strategies in 2018

One philosophy of investing, as opined by Warren Buffett, is to be “fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”1 The nation’s eight-year bull market, however, has tested that philosophy. Most market analysts would agree that it was more important to be…

Digital Tools for Tax Season

Tax season is upon us. According to the IRS, about 90 percent of taxpayers now file their taxes electronically. The agency touts the service as more accurate, convenient and secure than paper claims, and people usually receive their tax refunds faster. The IRS offers free…

Mitigating Risk Goes Beyond Asset Allocations

What do Harvey Weinstein, “America First” policies and asset allocation have in common? Quite a bit, it turns out, when it comes to evaluating the various risk factors that can affect an investment or portfolio. Anyone who’s ever taken a hot minute to observe the…

A Look at the Potential Effects of Tax Reform

The tax overhaul legislation that was passed in December has been billed as a means to streamline tax filings at both the individual and corporate level.1 We certainly could use it. According to the IRS, Americans spend a total of 6.6 billion hours a year…

Preparing for Retirement — Do You Have a Plan?

For much of the 20th century, many employees who spent decades working for one company typically received a pension plan. According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, 88 percent of all private-sector employees in 1975 had a pension.1 With the confidence of…