Women are increasingly recognized as primary financial decision makers and stewards of wealth. One of the ways to protect financial assets is through life insurance. As women continue to earn and manage more wealth, the dependency of others on women as providers for their families and businesses continues to grow. The economic influence and impact of women in the United States is increasing: 42% of businesses are women-owned. 1 Women are the primary breadwinners in 40% of ... [Continue Reading]
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Estate tax laws continually change, making it important to review your estate plan periodically. Working alongside a Carlson Capital Management tax professional will help you understand how the new laws will impact your estate and its beneficiaries, as well as your financial position today. Federal Level: Higher Exemptions and PortabilityConsider the new, higher lifetime estate exemptions: Only individuals with taxable estates greater than $11,400,000 and estates of married couples greater ... [Continue Reading]
Carlson Capital Management works with many clients each year to implement a Roth IRA conversion strategy in which a portion of their tax deferred accounts (i.e. 401(k), IRA) are converted to a Roth IRA. Generally speaking, the long-term benefits of a conversion strategy are measured by comparing the amount of taxes paid today upon conversion versus the taxes avoided in the future on all of the investment earnings and growth accruing after the conversion. Many will avoid paying the taxes today on ... [Continue Reading]
Index funds are receiving increased attention, mostly centered on the virtues of low-cost and broadly diversified vehicles for accessing stock and bond markets. In a competition in which one side’s success is another side’s loss, it’s not surprising to hear active managers railing against passive investing. Some claim that increased usage of index funds is distorting market prices. The Carlson Capital Management team firmly believes that markets continue to work and investors can still rely on ... [Continue Reading]
One of the most meaningful gifts a young person can receive as they strike out on their own after high school is wise counsel on financial matters. As a new school year begins, we wanted to share the following guidelines and important actions to help young adults in our clients' lives to build a strong foundation and get a sound start on their financial journey. Avoid Consumer Debt and Be Careful With Student Loans The fastest way to financial success is to avoid debt, because not having ... [Continue Reading]