When answering a prospective clients questions about my financial planning firm, I was reminded how difficult it is to interview a financial planner. Asking the right questions is important, but so is knowing what the answers mean. The terms “financial planner”, “financial advisor”, and “financial planning” are not protected by any type of regulation, so every professional has their own interpretation of what it means to be a financial services provider. Some financial advisors are not advisors at all, but merely salesmen using the term “advisor” to fool their customers into thinking they are clients. Others may only provide investment …Read More
So you want to contribute to a Roth IRA, but you make too much money, and your employer doesn’t offer a Roth 401(k) eh? If your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is higher than $110,000 (or $173,000 if married), you can’t contribute directly to a Roth IRA for 2012. But what if you REALLY want to contribute to a Roth IRA? There IS a way!
Non-deductible Traditional IRA contributions allow high income earners to get some of the tax benefits of IRA’s, but not all of them. Money put into a Traditional IRA is normally tax deductible, grows tax deferred, and …Read More
We have been hearing alot about the Boomer generation, Gen X, and Gen Y, but I think we will begin to hear more about the Sandwich Generation over time. While the Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y are classified based on their age, The Sandwich Generation is a life stage that can encompass a very wide range of ages. The term Sandwich refers to being stuck between aging parents and financial dependent children. It represents one of the most financially difficult times that we will experience in our lifetime.
Our aging parents were told many years ago that …
Have you ever heard of umbrella insurance? Maybe your agent tried to sell it to you when you bought your home and auto policies. Umbrella insurance, also called Personal Liability Insurance, provides protection in the event you are sued. We live in an incredibly litigious society, and it seems you can get sued for pretty much anything. Although some lawsuits are justified, many are frivolous. Either way, you need to protect yourself from the financial devastation a lawsuit can cause.
What does umbrella insurance cover?
If you are sued by someone and the judge/jury finds you guilty, your umbrella insurance …
You have been saving into your 401(k) for years, and are finally approaching retirement. What will happen to your account? What choices do you have, and what should you do? You actually have a couple of options, and several pitfalls to be aware of. Some of these pitfalls could cost you big time, so be sure to stay on top of them!
1. Rollover to an IRA
After you have officially separated from your employer, you can rollover your 401(k) to an IRA. Rollover just means that the money goes from one account to another without being taxed. If …Read More