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Retiring? Keep an Eye on These Five Tax Implications

Retiring? Keep an Eye on These Five Tax Implications

Retiring means many life changes—not having to worry about the daily grind, pursuing passions, spending more time with friends and family. One retirement change many people don’t think about is the effect on their taxes. The rules are a little different for retirees, and age-related factors also come into play. With that in mind, here are five ways your taxes might ...

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In or Nearing Retirement? Steer Your Tax Strategy Forward
January 20, 2017

In or Nearing Retirement? Steer Your Tax Strategy Forward

Dealing with taxes while working is one thing, but dealing with taxes while heading toward retirement is something completely different. Although the road to ...

Gift Giving Guide: The Gift Rule Simplified
January 20, 2017

Gift Giving Guide: The Gift Rule Simplified

Looking for a unique gift idea for a loved one that will long outlast the shiny new bike for Christmas, live well beyond the high-end blender given for a...

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Lost in Tax Form 1099? Let Us Guide You Through
January 18, 2017

Lost in Tax Form 1099? Let Us Guide You Through

In a Chapman University survey of top fears, Americans included public speaking, heights, flights, snakes, ghosts, clowns…and zombies. Tax forms didn’t make the top ...

It’s Tax Time Again! Six Tips to Max Tax Savings
January 13, 2017

It’s Tax Time Again! Six Tips to Max Tax Savings

If you’ve been filing taxes for several years now, you know the routine. Gather W-2s, 1099s, and other income documents for the revenue agents. And if ...

Expecting the Unexpected: How to Create an Emergency Fund
January 10, 2017

Expecting the Unexpected: How to Create an Emergency Fund

It’s inevitable: Life can hand you some expensive bumps in the road, and things can get pretty stressful if you don’t have the money in ...

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5 Things to Get Ready for Tax Time
January 6, 2017

5 Things to Get Ready for Tax Time

April 15, also known as “tax day,” is a date many try to ignore until it becomes unavoidable. But early preparation can be important, especially if ...

Buy or Lease? Choosing the Better Investment for a New Car
December 30, 2016

Buy or Lease? Choosing the Better Investment for a New Car

Sooner or later, most people will need to get a vehicle. And unless you have a genie in a bottle or some other way of wishing a car into your driveway, you’ll need ...

Saving This New Year: Recommit to Your Financial Goals
December 23, 2016

Saving This New Year: Recommit to Your Financial Goals

With a new year, it’s time to review important goals in life, including financial goals. Older savers likely have a number of financial goals to reach, but two of the big ...

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Tax-Filing Myth Buster: Brokerage Account 1099 Deadline
December 23, 2016

Tax-Filing Myth Buster: Brokerage Account 1099 Deadline

Tax filing fact or myth? "Your brokerage account 1099 must be in the mail by January 31." Myth. Say what? That’s right, a consolidated 1099 should be ...

You've Set Your Financial Goals. Now What?
December 21, 2016

You've Set Your Financial Goals. Now What?

What is your personal record on New Year's resolutions? Did you resolve to get in shape, then joined a health club and stopped going by the third ...

The Choice Is (Un)clear: Financing Big Buys vs. Paying Cash
December 21, 2016

The Choice Is (Un)clear: Financing Big Buys vs. Paying Cash

It’s generally accepted that if you have the cash to make a purchase, you should use it, instead of going into debt by financing that big-ticket item. But is the cash as ...

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New Year's Resolution: Create a Financial Plan to Meet Your Goals
December 16, 2016

New Year's Resolution: Create a Financial Plan to Meet Your Goals

Creating a financial plan is a common New Year’s resolution, but what if you have multiple financial needs, or just don’t know where to start? And what is a ...

Financial Planning 101: Emergency Funds (Pay Yourself First)
December 8, 2016

Financial Planning 101: Emergency Funds (Pay Yourself First)

An emergency fund isn’t just a repository of cash to dip into when the tires wear out. Those emergency dollars can actually be critical to one’s overall investing...

Auto Sales Have Been Fishtailing. Will They Spin Out or Straighten?
December 2, 2016

Auto Sales Have Been Fishtailing. Will They Spin Out or Straighten?

After six strong years of sales, U.S. auto sales have been slipping, and this may be the first year the industry doesn’t set a consecutive record. In early November ...

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Financial Planning 101: Paying Yourself First and Other Budgeting Tips
November 30, 2016

Financial Planning 101: Paying Yourself First and Other Budgeting Tips

With a “pay yourself first” philosophy that includes responsible budgeting, investors can better prepare ...

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