The 2019 tax filing season is here, and as millions of Americans prepare to file their 2018 returns, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding consumers to protect themselves against the many tax scams thieves often employ in an attempt to steal money and personal information from unsuspecting victims. Read more
A 401(k) plan is a great vehicle for employees to save for retirement. The money invested into this employer-sponsored retirement plan is saved pre-tax and grows on a tax-deferred basis. Taxes on this deferred income are not paid until the money is withdrawn from the plan, usually in retirement. Read more
With 2018 coming to a close and the 2019 tax season fast approaching, there is still time to take advantage of some tax-saving strategies for this year. Below are four year-end tax tips that could be useful whether you are trying to maximize your refund or minimize what you owe. Read more
When planning for retirement, it is important to figure out what income you will need and where that income will come from once you leave the workforce. For most American retirees, Social Security benefits will provide an important source of income in retirement, but many people aren’t sure when they should start taking the benefits. The answer to this question will depend on your individual situation and your immediate and long-term financial needs. Read more
A new federal law that went into effect this September, makes it free for Americans to have their credit files frozen and unfrozen by credit reporting bureaus.
The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law on May 24, adjusted the federal law dealing with consumer credit guidelines. The law went into effect on September 21. Read more
Are you being paid for the risk you are taking?
This is a question consistently asked in the investing world. If the underlying companies in a portfolio are not growing earnings, a higher price and return on the investment generally isn’t justified. Facebook’s recent miss and price drop is a prime example. Investors do not “like” it when companies fail produce the results they said they would. Read more
A frequent question of late is what to make of a flattening yield curve and what action should we take?
In short – the yield curve is used as a tool which can illustrate high probability recession risk with considerable lead time of about a year and should not affect drastic portfolio decisions this early on. This is perhaps a topic not worthy of a rapidly moving news cycle but does play into the drama and thus emotions of investors. Read more