Does a Roth IRA Conversion Make Sense for You? Six Questions to Ask that Will Help You Make that Decision.

Roth conversions are strategies investors can use to help minimize their future tax bill and give them more potential control over their tax bracket. Click here to learn more about Roth conversions. Lower-income years tied to a job loss, income reduction, significant income tax deductions, high levels of depreciation, business losses, or charitable giving could […]

5 Last-Minute Strategies You Need to Know That Could Reduce Your 2022 Tax Bill

Will you need to do any last-minute shopping this holiday season? I do! If you need last-minute tax strategies, we have those for you. Below are five last-minute strategies that could reduce your 2022 tax bill; these are ideas that could reduce your tax bill or increase your tax return. DISCLAIMER – Before you read […]

Four Different Ways to Do a Roth Conversion (Plus How to Contribute to a Roth IRA if You Are a High-Income Earner)

A Roth IRA conversion typically involves transferring retirement funds from a traditional-type IRA, a 401(k) or 403(b), into a Roth account. This strategy can make sense and potentially save you money in taxes if you believe you will be in a higher tax bracket in the future. As the account holder, you pay taxes on […]

Could Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) Push You Into the Next Tax Bracket (And Is There Anything You Can Do About It)?

Differences in Required Minimum Distributions In my last post, I introduced you to the required minimum distribution (RMD) requirements Uncle Sam places on your tax-deferred retirement accounts (i.e. 401(k), 403(b), Traditional IRA, etc.). Basically, at age 72 1/2, Uncle Sam says, “pay me.” He wants to get paid and starts forcing you to take money […]

Four Opportunities to Consider in a Down Market

Since the beginning of 2022, the markets have been experiencing volatility over concerns about rising inflation and interest rates. The S&P 500 appears close to a bear market, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average recently hit a 52-week low. Looking at retirement or investment statements in a down market can feel frustrating for many people. […]

Four Big Estate Planning Mistakes You’ll Want to Avoid

Despite the importance of estate planning, it’s easy to procrastinate or delay getting one put in place. But not having an estate plan can cause you to lose control of what happens to your assets, lead to paying unnecessary taxes, and can lead to significant family disputes or disagreements that end up in court. An […]

Ukraine and Your Investments: What You Can Do Right Now

Our hearts and prayers go out to the courageous people of Ukraine as we watch the brazen attack by Russia unfold. It’s difficult to watch. Along with the general horror that war brings and the impact of lives lost, there is a general worry about economic consequences and effects of this invasion on the rest […]

Are You Feeling Worried or Stressed About Stock Market Volatility?

Monday was a wild day in the stock market, and both rate hikes and inflation are hot topics in the news. “Should I be worried?” is a question on the mind of many investors this week. While market volatility and media headlines may tempt investors to make irrational and costly moves in their portfolio, I’d […]