One is the risk of outliving your assets; the other is the risk of losing your purchasing power. How you allocate your assets to manage and mitigate those risks matters. Put too much of your money in one place, and you run the risk of not keeping pace with inflation. Put too much in another place, and you run the risk of running out of money or, as some say, lifestyle.
There is a common misconception that life insurance benefits are not subject to estate tax.
While the proceeds of a life insurance policy are not taxable income to the beneficiaries, they are part of a person’s taxable estate if the insured dies owning the policy.
There are a number of ways an individual can avoid the 10% early withdrawal penalty from their IRA or employer work plan. Some exceptions apply specifically to IRAs (i.e. higher education; first-time home buyer, etc.) and others pertain only to company plans (for example, the age-55 exception and qualified domestic relations orders, among others).
Do you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a business, or retiring comfortably? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, and each comes with a price tag attached.
Legacy planning is often the last piece folks tackle in their financial planning, because it’s the least appealing to think about.
Let’s talk about that for a moment. In our fast paced digital world we live in, when did our devices start ruling our lives? Do we truly value electronics more than ourselves? As I shopped around for a new mobile phone, I had to ask myself this question.
Teachers are on the front lines of our children’s futures, so it’s unsettling to see evidence that their own future is increasingly at risk.
It sure is fun to see the positive returns of a bull market. But, if you are cringing at the sight of significant downturns and losses when a big, bad, bear comes into view, perhaps the slow, steady, performance of a fixed indexed annuity should be part of your retirement savings mix.
If you're a small-business owner, you probably pour your heart, soul, and nearly all your money into your business. When it comes to retirement planning, do you cross your fingers and hope your business will provide the nest egg you'll need to live comfortably? What if you become ill and have to sell your business early?
Retirement can sneak up on you.