Employer Insurance

I’m Looking for a Job. How Can I Tell if an Employer is Offering a Good Insurance Benefit Package?

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER Ultimately, an employer is offering a good insurance benefit package if it’s one that appeals to you and meets your needs. But here are some specific things you might look for. Perhaps the most important piece is the health insurance offered. You’ll want coverage that adequately meets your medical needs. Hopefully,… Read more »

W-4

Am I Withholding Enough?

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER If you fail to estimate your federal income tax withholding properly, it may cost you in a variety of ways. If you receive an income tax refund, it essentially means that you provided the IRS with an interest-free loan during the year. By comparison, if you owe taxes when you file… Read more »

Your 2021 Financial Checklist

Your 2021 Financial Wellness Action Plan

If your New Year’s resolution is to renew your focus on financial wellness, this 7-step financial action plan will give you the tools you need to succeed. The best part? It’s easy! 1. Check Your Credit Report Credit report errors are more common than you might think, and errors negatively impact your credit score. A… Read more »

Year-End Tax Moves

2020 Year-End Tax Tips

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER Here are some things to consider as you weigh potential tax moves between now and the end of the year. 1. Defer Income to Next Year Consider opportunities to defer income to 2021, particularly if you think you may be in a lower tax bracket then. For example, you may be… Read more »

Windfall

What Are Some Tips for Handling a Financial Windfall?

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER First, consider putting the money into a safe, liquid account such as a savings or money market account until you have time to take stock of your situation. Don’t spend or invest your windfall until you have a chance to: See a tax professional and analyze the tax-consequences — you may… Read more »

The Bull is Back

The Bull Is Back… Will It Keep Charging?

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER On August 18, 2020, the S&P 500 set a record high for the first time since COVID-19 ushered in a bear market on February 19. The cycle from peak to peak was just 126 trading days, the fastest recovery in the history of the index, erasing losses from an equally historic… Read more »

Financial Planning Issues for New Parents

Financial Planning Issues for New Parents

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER As you prepare for life with your new child, it’s time to prepare a new financial plan for your family or make any necessary changes to your existing plan. You’ll want to consider how your baby will affect your budget, make sure you have adequate insurance, protect your child’s future with… Read more »

IRS Clarifies COVID-19 Relief Measures for Retirement Savers

IRS Clarifies COVID-19 Relief Measures for Retirement Savers

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March 2020 ushered in several measures designed to help IRA and retirement plan account holders cope with the financial fallout from the virus. The rules were welcome relief to many people, but left questions about the details unanswered. In late… Read more »

5 Questions About Long-Term Care

5 Questions About Long-Term Care

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER 1. What is Long-Term Care? Long-term care refers to the ongoing services and support needed by people who have chronic health conditions or disabilities. There are three levels of long-term care: Skilled care: Generally round-the-clock care that’s given by professional health care providers such as nurses, therapists, or aides under a… Read more »

Wills vs Trust

Wills vs. Trust: Know the Difference

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER Wills and trusts are common documents used in estate planning. While each can help in the distribution of assets at death, there are important differences between the two. What is a Will?  A last will and testament is a legal document that lets you direct how your property will be dispersed… Read more »