Tag Archives | Retirement Income

Is Airbnb a Source of Tax-Free Income for Property Owners? It Depends.

The rising popularity of online home sharing sites such as Airbnb, Homeaway and FlipKey have made vacations and other out-of-town trips more affordable than ever for travelers. If your home-town is hosting a major concert, sporting event or world leader’s visit like the Pope’s recent stop in Philadelphia, owners can rent out their residences at […]

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Think You Can’t Contribute to a Roth? Think again: Advantages of a 401(k) Roth Option

Key Takeaways The Roth option in 401(k) retirement plans eliminate IRS income limits applied to Roth IRAs. Participants in plans offering the Roth 401(k) option can split their contributions between both traditional and Roth accounts–thus, building two buckets of money to fund their nest egg. There are no income limits for Roth 401(k) accounts, and […]

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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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Expected Sources of Premium Stock Returns Part II: How Much Risk? How Much Expected Return?

In our last post, we introduced three major sources of return in the global stock markets, and how we went about identifying them. This raises another question: How have they been doing so far? A Look at the Evidence Before we determine that it’s a new world, in which we should jettison decades of data […]

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The Conversion Issue: Tax Me Now or Tax Me Later!

Key Takeaways Converting a traditional 401(k) or IRA to a Roth IRA has become a popular estate planning and tax mitigation technique in recent years. The basic idea of a Roth IRA is to pay some tax now to avoid paying tax on your withdrawals in your golden years. Roth IRAs have many benefits over […]

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File and Suspend No More: A Guide to the Recent Changes in Social Security

Key Takeaways: The recent budget deal eliminated the “File and Suspend” Social Security benefit strategy. File and Suspend allowed married couples to maximize their benefits by deferring collection of individual benefits until age 70 while still receiving a spousal benefit. If you will turn age 66 by May 1, 2016, or 62 by December 31, […]

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Market Volatility and Investment Challenges

When is it easy to earn market returns? This is a trick question, because the answer is, “Never.” This is in part because volatility – the up and down movement stock markets experience – is more often distracting than it is cause for changing your investment strategy. The market’s volatile range of returns in any […]

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