Author - Michael Helveston, CFP®, CRPC®

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What is the Best Way to Save for College?
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What is the Future of the Stock Market after the Election?
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Want to Make More Money Investing? Try Maximizing Your After-Tax Return
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Tax-Efficient Benefits of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF)
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Organize Your Financial Documents With These 10 Helpful Categories

What is the Best Way to Save for College?

As long as you start early or have enough income to pay for college, it doesn’t matter how you go about it, right? No! The method you choose or account type can have a huge impact on your out of pocket costs. Below is a comparison of four different ways to handle college costs.

4 Ways to Pay for College 1. Section 529 Plans

The money contributed to these accounts generally grows tax-free if the funds are used for college expenses including tuition, fees, books and room and board for many students.

2. Investment Savings Account

The earnings on these …

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What is the Future of the Stock Market after the Election?

The Uncertainty is Behind Us – Is Now the Time to Rally?

All year long I have fielded questions like, “Will the market go down if (fill in either candidate) gets elected? Should I be doing something with my portfolio now?”

Unexpected events or unknown problems typically cause the biggest drops (and sometimes fastest recoveries) in the market. Take 2008 for example; a near collapse of the banking system. While some may have seen the warning signs, I don’t think many knew how bad things had become. Alternately, take the recent Brexit vote in June; the market dropped …

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Want to Make More Money Investing? Try Maximizing Your After-Tax Return

Saving money on taxes has the effect of compounding, giving you more to invest.
Benjamin Franklin famously said, “A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned” and we couldn’t agree more. Investors are always looking for ways to grow their account balances. Reducing their tax bill might be the simplest way.
Here are a few ways to get more out of your investments by paying less in taxes:

  1. Long-Term Capital Gains – Hold investments a year or longer and gains are given favorable tax treatment over short-term gains (less than 1 year) which are taxed as ordinary income.
  2. Qualified Dividends
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Tax-Efficient Benefits of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF)

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have been around for a while now and come in all different shapes and sizes. While many investors choose them for their diversification, low cost and intra-day trading flexibility, I believe the biggest single advantage of ETF’s may be tax-efficiency.

The largest tax benefits come from well-diversified index-like ETFs. Similar to index mutual funds, many ETFs have low turnover and as a result don’t typically pass capital gains distributions on to shareholders. If you have ever held a mutual fund that was at a loss for the year but then paid a big distribution that you …

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Organize Your Financial Documents With These 10 Helpful Categories

Can you quickly locate last year’s income tax return? Do you have the contents of your wallet and your account information recorded somewhere in case it is stolen? Can you find your homeowners insurance policy? If you can’t answer ‘yes’ to these three questions – don’t panic – but you may need to take some important steps towards getting organized.

The benefits of organizing your records include simplifying your finances, reducing stress, being prepared for unexpected events and having more time for fun activities. You will need to identify what to keep, who will maintain the records, where to keep …

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