4 Strategies for Creating and Preserving Wealth

Posted On February 20, 2014

For years you thought creating wealth meant saving as much as possible – taking advantage of all of the available tax deductions, contributing to a retirement account and diversifying investments. Picking good financial advice from bad financial advice isn’t always easy, but when it’s touted as the way things are, it’s even more confusing. As society evolves, the advice you once thought was significant might be downright disastrous and outdated. Saving for retirement is important, but conventional advice is not enough...

Stretch IRAs – What They Are and How They Work

Posted On January 31, 2014

The IRS issued new proposed regulations in January 2001 that make it much simpler for IRA participants to determine their required minimum distributions (RMDs). This is the amount that must be withdrawn starting no later than April 1st of the year after the IRA holder reaches age   70 ½.  In addition, these new rules make it much easier for beneficiaries of IRAs to "stretch out" the income taxes they must pay when they inherit an IRA.

The Problem with IRAs

Traditional IRAs...

3 Ways Life Insurance Can Be Given to a Charity

Posted On January 29, 2014

Every year, millions of Americans donate cash and property to the charities of their choice. While these donations can provide valuable tax deductions, most are left wishing that they could do more for the charities they support. However, leaving a life insurance policy that you may no longer need might be among one of the most convenient and effective ways. Let’s examine how you can leave a legacy to a charity of your choice. Make the Charity as Beneficiary of the Policy You...

Understanding Required Minimum Distributions

Posted On December 19, 2013

As the baby boomers phase into retirement over the next several years, a common hurdle that most will face are Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from their IRAs or other employer sponsored qualified plans. Here are some of the rules as well as the subtle nuances that can come up with these intricate calculations. What are RMDs? Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a)(9) requires minimum distributions to be taken by participants  in IRAs (except Roth IRAs while the plan owner is living),  employer sponsored qualified...

How Professional Athletes Can Avoid Turnovers with their Finances

Posted On November 15, 2013

Professional athletes often become millionaires overnight. For example, in April, the NFL drafted 254 college students into the league. In June, the MLB drafted 1,216 college students, and in July, the NBA drafted 60 college students into the league. However, fast-forward five or ten years down the road, and many of this year's rookies, like many of their prior counterparts before them, could end up broke. The financial rise and fall of professional athletes is one of those puzzling things that...

Should You Convert to a Roth IRA?

Posted On November 13, 2013

The Roth IRA offers a number of advantages over its traditional counterpart. These include:

Details on eligibility to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA:

Using Annuities for Tax Planning

Posted On November 1, 2013

Favorable tax treatment is one of the main reasons for buying an annuity. But what exactly are the tax benefits? And are there any drawbacks? It's important to know the answers to these questions before deciding whether to purchase an annuity. Of course, any information pertaining to taxes is complex, full of exceptions, and subject to change. Taxation of premiums Annuities are typically funded with after-tax dollars. So, the money you pay into an annuity (in the form of premiums) is nondeductible....