Resources: Financial Articles
These last few post-crisis years could be called the Age of Recovery: The Federal Reserve and other central banks have kept interest rates extraordinarily low to try to revive their economies. In doing so, they've helped stocks, but the low rates have made it much more difficult for investors in need of income.
- Five steps toward your future path
- Get up to speed on cost basis rules
- And Now...Introducing the myRA
- Questions about Roth IRA conversions
- Adding digital assets to your estate plan
Five ways to reduce new surtax
Certain high-income investors may be liable for a new 3.8% Medicare surtax on investment income in 2013. Unlike other tax changes in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) taking effect this year, this provision was part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). With some astute planning, you may be able to reduce the surtax you owe in 2013, or even eliminate it. Read More >>
Retirement savings: beauty before age
At what age should you start saving for retirement? The easy answer: whatever age you are right now. It is neither too early nor generally too late to begin, although the manner and method of savings will likely vary, depending on your stage of life. Here is a snapshot of what it may look like at different times. Read More >>
A bounce-back for charitable rollovers
Once again, time appears to be running out on a unique estate planning strategy for retirees. Under a special tax law provision, an individual aged 70½ or older can transfer funds directly from an IRA to a qualified charitable organization while paying zero tax on the distribution. Such a “charitable rollover” also counts as a required minimum distribution (RMD) for tax purposes. Read More >>
Don’t make the same investment mistakes
We all make mistakes, but some of them turn out to be worse than others. For instance, the types of errors you might commit as an investor could haunt you for years, dramatically affecting your lifestyle. Read More >>
Will Working Longer Help—or Hinder—Your Social Security Benefit?
Continued earnings could increase your Social Security benefit depending on your situation. One thing is for sure: working part-time at reduced pay will never cause your benefit to go down.
When to Apply for Social Security Benefits
With the demise of guaranteed pensions, and in light of the risks you face in managing your own retirement assets, maximizing Social Security becomes a critical part of retirement planning
Q&A: Outlook for U.S. Markets
Economist Darrell Spence discusses his outlook for the U.S. economy and financial markets.
Q&A: Outlook for Fed Policy
Economist Benson Durham discusses the prospects for the Federal Reserve to taper its bond purchasing program, the importance of housing market recovery and the long-term legacy of central bank intervention.
Q&A: Outlook on Interest Rates and the Economy
Portfolio Manager John Smet discusses whether interest rates are set to rise as the U.S. economy shows signs of improvement and whether investors should stay invested in bonds.
Recapping Our Beginning-of-Year Calls
Stocks capped off a strong first quarter by closing at record highs. After coming close several times in the past few weeks, the S&P 500 Index gained 0.8% last week to close at 1,569, surpassing the pre-credit-crisis 1,565 record from 2007. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.5% to yet another new high of 14,578 and the Nasdaq Composite rose 0.7% to a one-year high of 3,267. In fixed income markets, Treasury yields continued to fall (as prices correspondingly rose), with the 10-year yield dropping from 1.93% to 1.85%. Read More >>
- Six steps for safeguarding investments
- Gearing up for auto-enrollment plans
- Don't take the phishing bait
- Three ways to leave gifts to charity
- Not Too Young for a Roth IRA
Social Security Articles
- Will Working Longer Help—or Hinder—Your Social Security Benefit?
- When to Apply for Social Security Benefits
- Five ways to reduce new surtax
- Retirement savings: beauty before age
- A bounce-back for charitable rollovers
- Don’t make the same investment mistakes
- Charitable trusts: take the lead
- Investing around the globe
- Put it in writing!
- Is it still a good time to convert?
- New Law Includes Pension Law Changes
- Harvest time: reap the tax benefits
- Are you in it for the long haul?
- Learn the “tricks” to IRA rollovers
- Where to transfer your wealth? The CRT option
- Changes on tap for 401(k)s
- Are you in your investment comfort zone?
- Benefits of a special-needs trust
- New “cost-basis” rules in play
- Back to basics: How to diversify
- Don’t hesitate to designate
- Estate Planning: Peeking through the clouds
- Tap three sources for retirement income
- Four “talking points” in eldercare
- Riding out market ups and downs
- Creating your own dynasty trust
- Is your 401(k) on autopilot?
- Securities Sales: STAY DRY
- Five steps for long-term investing
- Charitable rollovers: one last chance?
- Check your credit reports
- Can you opt for early retirement?
- Get a quick estate plan check-up
- Tax decisions on Roth IRA conversions
- Stick to 3 R’s in investing
- Three key breaks in new tax law
- Don’t take the “phishing” bait
- Closing the Donut Hole
- Five ways to fight deflation fears
- Climbing up a bond ladder
- Can you undo a Roth conversion?
Catch a Break for FSAs
- Social Security: Fact or fiction?
- Roth IRA coversions: it’s decision time
- Issues for the “sandwich” generation
- Taking year-end investment action
- Guard against five 401(k) mistakes
- Five Reasons to Revisit Equities
- How to Help Pay for College
- Inheriting an IRA? Weigh Your Options
- Key Points on Homebuyer Credits
- Addressing Long-term Family Needs
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