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Category: Financial Planning

Roth Conversion in 2021? - Apr. 01, 2021

Roth Conversion in 2021?In 2020, a year when all income brackets benefited from lower tax rates, the stock market took a nosedive at the beginning of the pandemic. For investors sharp enough to see the opportunity, this was an ideal time to convert a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA. When you conduct a Roth conversion, the assets […] read more

The Impact of COVID on Life Insurance - Mar. 01, 2021

The Impact of COVID on Life InsuranceIf someone you know died from COVID-19 and had an existing life insurance policy, there should be no problem receiving the death benefit. The terms of a life insurance contract cannot be changed after purchase, so anyone with a policy before the pandemic will continue to be covered as long as premiums are paid. However, […] read more

While Many Suffer Financially, Some Manage to Profit off Pandemic - Feb. 01, 2021

While Many Suffer Financially, Some Manage to Profit off PandemicThe Federal Reserve recently reported that the 50 richest people in the United States increased their net worth by $339 billion during the first half of 2020. There are two primary contributors to this near-unprecedented level of growth. The first is that many either owned or were heavily invested in tech companies that thrived during […] read more

What To Know About Filing For Bankruptcy - Jan. 01, 2021

What To Know About Filing For BankruptcyAbout one million Americans file for personal bankruptcy each year, with one in 10 households having filed at some point. Given the loss of jobs, reduced income, and the coronavirus recession in 2020, those numbers could increase this year if the economic recovery is not both swift and omnipresent. There are two main types of […] read more

Last Minute Financial Moves for Year's End - Dec. 01, 2020

There are certain year-end financial transactions that must clear by Dec. 31 to be reported on the 2020 tax return. It’s important to take a good look at your financial portfolio in light of the plethora of unusual events that occurred this year. Now is a good time to see if you have fallen off […] read more

A Realistic Picture: Will You Be Able to Afford In-Home Elder Care? - Nov. 01, 2020

By the end of September, the nation had recorded over a quarter million cases of COVID-19 and nearly 60,000 deaths in nursing homes that were attributed to the disease. The recent pandemic offers yet another reason why more than 90 percent of seniors say they want to grow old in their homes rather than move […] read more

Long-Term Financial Impact of COVID-19 - Oct. 01, 2020

As bad as the economy is right now due to the COVID outbreak in the United States, many economists are predicting that the long-term outlook is much bleaker. Alas, Congress and the Federal Reserve’s efforts at stimulus and interest rate management have done much to keep the economy and stock market afloat. However, small businesses […] read more

Tips for Retiring in the Next 10 Years - Sep. 01, 2020

The stock market continues to perform with relative resilience, despite the current economic decline. But to be clear, without 100 percent participation in the economy – in terms of small business job creation, consumer spending, and company growth and expansion – the stock market is apt to reposition prices to reflect slower growth. With no […] read more

Borrowing From Your Retirement Plan: New CARES Act Rules - Aug. 01, 2020

It’s been nearly half a year since Americans first became widely aware of the coronavirus contagion within the United States. While for a brief month it looked as if we had the virus in hand, since then it has spread wildly out of control in many areas. People who did not suffer dramatic financial consequences […] read more

How To Use Qualified Charitable Distributions For Charitable Giving - Jul. 01, 2020

Each year, millions of Americans make donations to charitable organizations and receive something in return – a tax break. However, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act curbed this tax advantage because it reduced the number of people eligible to claim a charitable deduction by raising the standard deduction. For 2020, the standard deduction is […] read more