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Planning for Tax-Efficient Retirement Income

If you expect to be in a high tax bracket in retirement, you may consider allocating your retirement assets in a variety of different types of financial products to help reduce your tax liability. The growth potential of tax-deferred annuities may be appealing to those who have invested in safe, low-yielding strategies and are concerned…

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Tax Facts About Annuities

Often touted as a tax-advantaged retirement income resource, the annuity is a complex insurance product. While it offers distinct tax benefits, it’s important to understand how it works from a tax perspective. The following are six important facts you should know: Most contributions are not tax-free; the money you initially contribute is not deductible from…

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“Caregiving” a Parent’s Investment Portfolio

Many individuals often spend large sums of their own money caring for an aging parent. A recent survey found that one out of three caregivers provide $5,000 or more per year helping their loved one, and nearly one in five provide $10,000 or more. One reason is because adult children are uncomfortable talking about their…

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Municipal Bond Mindset

The municipal bond market experienced a dramatic sell-off around the time of the election, with more than $10 billion departing muni funds in November.2 President Trump’s promise for more infrastructure spending and lower taxes has made the market for these bonds less appealing. For one thing, many investors are attracted to bonds for their federal…

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The Stock Market in Volatile Times

You’ve likely heard a few clichés when it comes to investing: stay the course; buy right and hold tight; time is more valuable than money; etc. The point is clear, if your investments align with your goals, timeline and risk tolerance, then there may be no reason to make changes to your portfolio when the…

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Why Convert a Roth IRA?

Investing in a traditional IRA while earning a paycheck is a good way to defer income taxes on the money you contribute. Currently, taxpayers who aren’t covered by a retirement plan at work may deduct the full amount of their annual contributions to a traditional IRA. Those who do participate in a work plan may…

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Tailoring Investment Strategies to Suit You

Stocks may have a reputation for being riskier than bonds, but you should also consider the risk that investing only in bonds may not accumulate enough money to finance all your aspirations in retirement. It is true that stocks are more volatile than bonds, and there is no guarantee they will yield income, but they…

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The Value of a Fixed Annuity

How much would you pay to get $100 more a month in retirement income for the rest of your life? On the flip side, how large of a lump sum would it take for you to give up $100 a month in retirement? In theory, those two numbers should be the same. However, a 2015…

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