Month: October 2016

Trump or Clinton?

This year’s election of a new United States president will make history. For the first time, a woman is running for the country’s top job, and her opponent is not a seasoned politician but a businessman. While those circumstances will certainly be heralded and much studied, what does it mean to the savvy investor?

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IRS Announces 2017 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

On October 27, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service announced its annual cost-of-living adjustments for 2017 retirement plan-related items. A key change this year is that the defined contribution limit is increasing from $53,000 to $54,000. All other contribution limits will remain the same.

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Life Insurance Options After Retirement

Life insurance can serve many valuable purposes during your life. However, once you’ve retired, you may no longer feel the need to keep your life insurance, or the cost of maintaining the policy may have become too expensive. In these cases, you might be tempted to abandon the policy or surrender your life insurance coverage. But there are other alternatives to consider as well.

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Should You Buy or Lease Your Next Vehicle?

Buying Considerations
When the vehicle is paid for, it’s yours. You can keep it as long as you want, and any retained value (equity) is yours to keep.
Leasing Considerations
You don’t own the car–the leasing company does. You must return the vehicle at the end of the lease or choose to buy it at a predetermined residual value; you have no equity.

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Common Financial Wisdom: Theory vs. Practice

In the financial world, there are a lot of rules about what you should be doing. In theory, they sound reasonable. But in practice, it may not be easy, or even possible, to follow them. Let’s look at some common financial maxims and why it can be hard to implement them.

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Understanding the Net Investment Income Tax

It’s been around since 2013, but many are still struggling to come to grips with the net investment income tax. The 3.8% tax, which is sometimes referred to as the Medicare surtax on net investment income, affected approximately 3.1 million federal income tax returns for 2013 (the only year for which data is available) to the tune of almost $11.7 billion.1 Here’s what you need to know.

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