An important part of a balanced financial plan is generosity. Regardless of your background, religion, or net worth, sharing what we have with others is healthy. This 60 Minutes segment had a big impact on me (it’s worth the read or watching the 13 minute video). We’ve all been negatively impacted by COVID, but some…

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Some people make it a goal to pay off their mortgage early. In order to do this, you have to make extra principal payments. If you make a large principal payment, you can usually request that your lender “recast” your mortgage. This means they will recalculate your monthly payment using the same interest rate and…

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If you are over 70, you likely must take a distribution from your IRA each year. This is a taxable distribution so it increases your taxable income. Alternatively, you are allowed to divert some or all of your required IRA distribution to a qualified charity. If you do this, it’s not recognized as income and,…

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How much will you save towards retirement in 2021? Do you know how much you should be saving? Here are the maximum amounts you can save into the most commonly used retirement plans in 2021: 401k Pre-tax or ROTH – $19,500 401k Catch-up if over 50 – $6,500 SIMPLE IRA – $13,500 SIMPLE IRA Catch-up…

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I love the hope, optimism, and resilience that was displayed as America rang in the New Year! It’s these characteristics that enable us to rise above many different challenges. That said, things didn’t change overnight, and we don’t know what this year will hold. In meeting with clients, I began thinking about what we can…

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