Financial Planning Resources

Six Steps to Consider Before Tapping Your Retirement Savings Plan

You’ve worked long and hard for years, saving diligently through your employer-sponsored retirement savings plan. Now, with retirement on the horizon, it’s time to begin thinking about how to tap your plan assets for income. But hold on, not so fast. You may need to take a few steps first. 

Step 1: Evaluate your needs

The first step in any retirement income plan is to estimate how much income you’ll need to meet your desired lifestyle.

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Market Watch

Market Watch for Week of February, 4th 2017

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Market Watch provides a snapshot of the past week’s movements and news regarding the major financial stock indices and other global financial markets.
 
 

Taxation of Investments

It’s nice to own stocks, bonds, and other investments. Nice, that is, until it’s time to fill out your federal income tax return. At that point, you may be left scratching your head. Just how do you report your investments and how are they taxed? 

Is it ordinary income or a capital gain? 

To determine how an investment vehicle is taxed in a given year, first ask yourself what went on with the investment that year. Did it generate interest income? If so, the income is probably considered ordinary. Did you sell the investment? If so, a capital gain or loss is probably involved. 

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Retirement Plans and Estate Planning

retirement-aheadWhen you die, what will happen to your retirement plan benefits? In general, your retirement plan benefits pass to the beneficiaries you designate on the plan beneficiary designation form. Your benefits will generally be subject to estate tax at your death and to income tax when benefits are distributed from the plan to your beneficiaries.  [Read more…]

Trust Basics

A girl writingWhether you’re seeking to manage your own assets, control how your assets are distributed after your death, or plan for incapacity, trusts can help you accomplish your estate planning goals. Their power is in their versatility–many types of trusts exist, each designed for a specific purpose. Although trust law is complex and establishing a trust requires the services of an experienced attorney, mastering the basics isn’t hard. [Read more…]