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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On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The changes in the Act represent the most sweeping change to the U.S. tax code in many years and impact individuals and businesses on a level not seen in over 30 years (since 1986, when the Internal Revenue Code was amended). This quarter, we wanted to provide you with a summary of the most relevant provisions. Two additional resources, including the full 570 page report from the Conference Committee, can be found ... [Continue Reading]
During our recent client event presentation at the Minnesota History Center, we discussed the importance of asking good questions. In a world in which most of us carry around small computers in our pockets that are capable of tapping into a seemingly infinite pool of data and information that is the internet, the value of the answers we find corresponds directly with the quality of the questions we ask. When exploring answers for many commonly asked financial questions, the risk that one faces ... [Continue Reading]
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]