Archives for Financial Literacy

What You Should Know About Annuities

Annuities are similar to a pension you purchase for yourself.   Company pensions are pretty much a thing of the past in corporate America. While the ubiquitous 401(k) plan might help workers save pre-tax dollars for retirement, they’ve also shifted the responsibility for retirement planning to the individual. And as many people saw in 2008, 401(k)s can be fraught with market risk, including the risk of losing it all and having to go back to work. Annuities can be thought of as a way to transform savings into income. When you purchase an annuity, you are exchanging a sum of
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Categories: Financial Literacy and Retirement Planning.

April is Financial Literacy Month. Here Are the Top 10 Things You Should Know.

Tax reform changes a lot of things starting in the 2018 tax year. (And a lot of the new law sunsets in 2026, returning to 2017 levels.) Under the new tax law passed last December—the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act”—some of the changes include new tax brackets, new limits to mortgage interest deductions, lower deductions for local property/sales taxes, higher standard deductions, higher estate tax exemptions, and more. We suggest that you meet with both your financial advisor as well as your tax professional to see how you will be affected, and how you might best prepare for 2018 and
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Categories: Financial Literacy.