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The Conversion Issue: Tax Me Now or Tax Me Later! (Part 2)

Key Takeaways Roth conversions could be a great option to potentially decrease taxes and pass on tax free assets to heirs. Roth conversions can also be beneficial if you have assets in tax-deferred accounts and expect a significant drop in your tax bracket before age 70 ½. A re-characterization provides you with a “do over” […]

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Getting Charitable: The Basics of Donor Advised Funds

Key Takeaways Donor-advised funds have similar advantages to private foundations but require less time, money, legal assistance, and administration to establish and maintain. A donor can generally take an immediate income tax deduction for contributions, but may spread gifts out over months or several years. Many institutions provide these charitable vehicles. It’s that time of […]

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How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

Key Takeaways:  The purpose of most life insurance policies is to ensure that your loved ones will be financially secure upon your death. Keep the big picture in mind. Instead of using rules of thumb, consider your specific situation and determine an amount that will allow your loved ones to maintain their standard of living. […]

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Does Diversification Still Make Sense?

    After a year like 2014 when one asset class (S&P 500) outperformed almost every other, investors naturally ask themselves whether broad global diversification still make sense. The simple answer is yes. Broad diversification remains one of the best risk management tools available to investors. However, a broadly diversified portfolio’s returns will never be […]

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How to avoid being stopped at the financial goal line…

Is it really surprising that so few investors reach their goals? Given the number of conflicting sources of investment advice, it’s no wonder that so few investors are able to earn the returns required to reach their investment goals (source: DALBAR 2012). Investors are constantly bombarded with varying opinions about stock prices, the economy, the political […]

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