Archive - December 2020

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IRA and Retirement Plan Limits for 2021
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The Value of Giving Gifts
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Keep Financial Planning in the Family
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Work Through Your Investment Worries
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Avoid Panic with an Estate Plan

IRA and Retirement Plan Limits for 2021

As the year comes to and end, it is good to know the limits for 2021 contributions to IRA’s and employer retirement plans.  Many IRA and retirement plan limits are indexed for inflation each year. While some of the limits remain unchanged for 2021, other key numbers have increased.

IRA contribution limits

The maximum amount you can contribute to a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA in 2021 is $6,000 (or 100% of your earned income, if less), unchanged from 2020. The maximum catch-up contribution for those age 50 or older remains $1,000. You can contribute to both a traditional …

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The Value of Giving Gifts

Each year PNC Bank releases a Christmas Price Index that tabulates how much it would cost to give the gifts mentioned in the lyrics of the song “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Each year’s list looks at the prices with costs adjusted for the current economy and this year’s list did factor in the pandemic. 

MSN.com adds, “PNC also calculates how much it would cost if you bought each of the items every time they’re repeated in the song.

That would put you back $105,561.80!!!”

For a number of items, the cost has not changed this last year. The …

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Keep Financial Planning in the Family

Are you the financial planner for your family? If you have singlehandedly taken on the responsibility for your family finances, consider that you don’t have to go it alone. In fact, you may find that things are easier when you share the load. You can still play to your strengths and do the work that you do well but you don’t have to be the only one who works on financial planning for your family. You may be surprised at the helpful ideas your family member may have. It is also easier to get the rest of the family on …

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Work Through Your Investment Worries

Are you worried about how your investments are faring this year? We can’t say there is absolutely no reason to worry but what we can say is that you are not left with no recourse. You can find ways to worry less and strategize about how to make the most of the earnings you do have.

In “This Investment Trend Will Deliver a Profit Bonanza in 2021,”  Forbes. com offers advice to investors who are preoccupied with the performance of their investment portfolios. People are justifiably concerned. Companies are going out of business. The economy has taken …

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Avoid Panic with an Estate Plan

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The Kiplinger.com article “Estate Planning During the Pandemic” includes a scenario many of us want to avoid: a widow approached a financial planner with screenshots of texts her husband had sent from the hospital with information about investments and instructions. The husband passed away from COVID-related complications but one spouse not knowing enough to manage financial accounts is a common occurrence whether there is a pandemic or not. The financial planner says she worked with this client and later helped the woman create her own estate plan. According to Kiplinger.com, these… Read More

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