Spring Cleaning Your Finances to Lower Your Expenses
We have all heard about Spring Cleaning and when most of us hear it we immediately think of the dreaded task of cleaning our homes. Just thinking about it can be overwhelming and frustrating. There are not many people I know that value and get a great deal of joy out of cleaning. T …
Planning for Your First Required Minimum Distribution in Retirement
Mike Valenti, CPA, CFP®, Director of Tax Planning Qualified retirement plans – such as 401(k)s, 403(b)s and IRAs – offer clear tax advantages. Traditional 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and IRAs offer a tax deferral on contributions and growth until distribution. Their Roth counterparts can provide an i …
How to Leverage Tax-Advantaged Accounts in 2023
Kevin Oleszewski, CFP®, MST, EA, Senior Wealth Planner As you’re setting your new year’s goals, one that should top everyone’s list is increasing your savings. After all, we’ve recently seen inflation at work, reminding us that even everyday essentials can bust budg …
SECURE 2.0 Act Aims to Increase Retirement Savings for Americans
By Jamie Hopkins, Managing Partner, Wealth Solutions The SECURE 2.0 Act has passed, making it the largest retirement legislation since the original Secure Act hit in the late 2019.
Financial Resolutions to Take Into the New Year
Tom Fridrich, JD, CLU, ChFC®, Senior Wealth Planner Thinking about making some New Year’s resolutions? Add financial wellbeing to your list. It’s a terrific time to identify goals and opportunities that may put you in a better financial position — not only in the upcoming year, …
5 Charts Showing the Strength of the Labor Market
Last Friday, yet another strong payroll report was released with the headlines stating payrolls grew 263,000 in September and the unemployment rate fell to 3.5%.
7 Things to Know About the Historically Strong Fourth Quarter
“You make most of your money in a bear market, you just don’t realize it at the time.” —Shelby Cullom Davis We all blinked, and it is now October. This can be a good thing if you’re hoping for some higher stock prices. As this great quote by Shelby Cullom Davis above explains, it is …
Stop Overlooking These Valuable Workplace Benefits
Kevin Oleszewski, CFP®, Senior Wealth Planner It’s hard to fathom, but there are a lot of employee benefits that people aren’t using correctly — or aren’t using at all.
10 Answers to Questions About the Bear Market
2022 has been historically difficult for investors so far, and it’s likely you have questions. We’re here to answer some of the most common questions we’re hearing nowadays.
Your Most Common Social Security Questions Answered
Chances are good we’ve all felt a bit like Rachel on “Friends” when she peruses her first paycheck in bewilderment and says, “Who’s FICA? And why’s he taking all my money?”
Claiming Your Social Security Benefits Early: When It May Not Pay to Wait
Ryan Yamada, CFP®, Senior Wealth Planner We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom when it comes to claiming Social Security: you should wait as long as you can before claiming benefits. Wait right up to age 70, if possible. After all, that’s when you would get the greatest monthly benefit.