The changes ushered in by the SECURE Act have dramatic implications for both your retirement and estate planning strategies—and not all of them are positive. Here are three of the SECURE Act’s biggest changes and how they stand to affect your retirement account both during your lifetime and after your death.
It is important to act as soon as possible and implement these four-year end—and other—year-end tax-saving strategies to lock in your savings and save your family thousands of dollars on your 2019 tax bill. Grabbing these opportunities before they vanish for good helps you get closer to your financial goals. Here are some tax-saving strategies should you consider at the end of 2019.
Managing Retirement Assets Investments yourself has its own pros and cons and whether you choose to manage your retirements assets investments on your own or hire a professional financial advisor, it is always important that you have a clear vision for your financial future and that you understand the financial concepts along with the legal rules associated with your kind of investments to ensure it is protected and to avoid hefty fines.
It’s critically important to have the appropriate safeguards in place to reduce the risk of fraud and identity theft, especially for your senior parents. Because your parents are probably not as savvy about digital technology and may be losing some of their powers of discernment as they age, it’s quite likely up to you to help them protect themselves—and ultimately your inheritance.
When it comes to powers of attorney, there are several options for granting decision-making authority in your life. Which option might be better for you depends on the situation and type of decision. Here are some things to consider when considering power of attorney.
Most of us don’t have that much extra cash lying around. We simply don’t have the luxury of being able to pay off our family home and maxing out our retirement contributions and investing in a side business. It’s pretty much an either-or proposition. Here are a few options and their advantages.
If you leave your retirement account to the people you love outright, simply by naming them as beneficiaries on your retirement account rather than through a special trust, there are many risks you and your loved ones may face. It’s not hard to protect your retirement account for your beneficiaries with the right planning. We have summarized some of the risks for you here.
If you were planning to retire in your 60s, which is when most people plan to retire, it may not be a realistic age anymore. This is because of increased lifespan, rising healthcare costs, and increased need to care for aging parents. You might feel like you haven't saved enough to retire, or haven’t saved at all and that is why retiring in your 60s won’t work. Here is why you shouldn't retire in your 60s, but instead at the age Suze Orman has suggested.
They say the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the biggest overhaul of the US tax system in 30 years. The impact will spread far and wide, starting with a significant cut in the corporate rate from 35% to 21% and lower levies on repatriating overseas profits. Yet, like the rest of us, you're probably wondering, "So, what does that have to do with me?" Even with the biggest impact aimed at businesses, there are still several changes to the personal income tax laws, and we highlight them here just for you!
Planning is the ultimate way to face life events that are bound to happen in the future, and one event that everyone must inevitably face is their own death. What's actually fascinating about planning for death, is that studies show it will likely increase your happiness levels during life. In fact, there's a country in the world that actually measures its population's happiness level and demonstrated that reflecting on death causes greater focus and appreciation for life.