IRA’s (Individual Retirement Accounts) are one of the most common ways to save for retirement. Conceptually, they are familiar to many, but the details related to and surrounding these types of accounts can be confusing. Many investors are also familiar with Roth accounts, which are a type of an IRA. This time of year, January thru April 15, is a critical time to understand IRA parameters since during that time you can address both tax years--2017 and 2018. In this article by Jim Glass of The ... [Continue Reading]
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Like many parents, I want to help my children achieve success as much as possible. That success comes in many different forms – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. I want to be able to give my kids enough to help them, but not so much so that it’s detrimental. Many times it is a balancing act knowing how much to assist – while providing them with the right amount of independence. When it comes to finances, there are many teachable moments throughout a child’s life ... [Continue Reading]
Estate planning includes the process of documenting our intentions so that they are known after we pass away. Done well, the process is straight-forward, and the outcomes align with one's original vision. Not done well, or ignored, the process can be quite difficult, time consuming, and leave heirs with complicated situations to sort out. As Cheryl Munk of the Wall Street Journal highlights in, "Haven't Updated your Estate Plan in a While? It's time," 52% of children report that they haven’t had ... [Continue Reading]
Co-Authored by Katy Vermeer Estate planning is one of the key components of the integrative wealth management process. However, for many people, absent major life changes, drafting or updating estate documents is a process they may only consider every five to ten years. We recommend, however, that clients consider the following five key related items on a more frequent basis: Beneficiary Designations Beneficiary designations are a very important part of one’s broader estate plan because ... [Continue Reading]
Transformational Philanthropy: Integrated Planning, Intentional Giving In an economic climate that challenges investors to be even more creative in their approach to giving, this paper provides steps to creating a Personal Philanthropic Plan - and achieving the satisfaction of experiencing how philanthropy can move from being a result of integrative planning to a reason to plan. ... [Continue Reading]