As the world goes increasingly digital, many of us have amassed sometimes large collections of non-physical assets such as digital photos, music, movies, eBooks, cryptocurrencies and more on our computers, smartphones, portable media players, hard drives and other devices. Although they are in an electronic format, these assets often have personal or financial value, which can make them part of your estate. And that means they should be included in your estate planning.
If company stock is offered to you through a 401(k) or other workplace retirement plan, it can be a great opportunity for you to have a stake in the business. Plus, if you accumulate employer stock within a qualified employer retirement plan over many years, that stock may appreciate considerably. However, when the time comes to take distributions out of the account, perhaps because you’re retiring or switching jobs, there are important tax implications to consider.
Perhaps your cousin’s best friend is an insurance agent who provides financial planning. Or maybe your neighbor’s brother-in-law was bending your ear at a recent barbeque about how annuities are key to an effective financial plan. So, you may be wondering, what exactly is a “financial plan”? And when different people use that term, are they all describing the same thing?
If you or a loved one has disabilities or special needs, you know that the costs related to care can be substantial. The good news is, you may be able to reduce these costs by maximizing the tax strategies available to you.
A month, a year, even 10 or 20 years are short periods of time in the entire scheme of things. Just as the Grand Canyon wasn’t created in a day, neither can a successful investment strategy be measured in the returns of one week, six months or even three years.
Many people who are on Medicare may think that once they sign up and choose their options they’re set for life. But, just like you, your Medicare coverage needs a checkup every so often. And if you find you want to make changes to your coverage, Medicare’s annual open enrollment period is when to do it.
This step by step guide offers options for credit monitoring, credit freezes, and fraud alert to help protect your credit from identity theft.
Though the Defense of Marriage Act, which did not recognize same-sex marriages, was struck down five years ago, many challenges remain for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. These challenges create unique factors that must be considered when financial planning.
When married couple Mara, age 67 and Lou, age 70, started thinking about the next phase of their lives they knew change was in their future. After raising three children and taking care of a large home for many years, they were ready to move to a community where the property would be maintained for them. They realized that living independently for the rest of their lives, while appealing in theory, might not be realistic.
For working parents-to-be, planning for your baby’s arrival means far more than picking out furniture, packing a bag, and having the doctor’s number memorized. There are also a number of work and financial issues to consider. Whether your maternity/paternity leave is for a few weeks or several months, this checklist will help streamline the transition from workplace to home and back again.