Taxes

How Much Income Do I Need in Retirement?

Most people are focused on saving for retirement so they’ll have the money they need to fund their income in retirement. However, ask most people how much they’re going to spend in retirement and they have no idea. To plan for retirement effectively, you need to have some sense of what your spending needs are…

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Harvesting Gains and Losses (No Prior Farming Experience Needed)

You may have zero interest in agriculture, but trust me when I say that anyone with a taxable investment account should be thinking about harvesting – gain/loss harvesting, that is. You can safely ignore gains/losses in tax-qualified retirement accounts – like your IRA and 401k. Those accounts are only taxed based on withdrawals, not on…

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4 Steps To Prepare Your Retirement Portfolio For The New Year

The end of the year is a great time to get your financial house in order. As the market bounces along throughout the year, your portfolio bounces right along with it. Every once in a while, you need to give it a checkup. And it’s not just rebalancing your investment portfolio (though I cover that in step 4) – you need to make sure your entire financial picture is in good working order.

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5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Retirement

There’s a lot of information out there these days on retirement income planning. Everybody is offering advice, and a lot of it is really good.

Yet it seems that no matter how much information is out there, people are still hitting retirement with little or no preparedness at all. Here are five of the most common ways people are sabotaging their retirement.

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When Tax-Loss Harvesting Makes Sense (And When It Doesn’t)

The investing world is comprised primarily of uncontrollable factors like stock prices and tomorrow’s market movements. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of the areas you can control that can potentially put more money in your pocket. We often talk about controlling risk with tools like diversification and an evidence-based, or “passive,” investing…

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The Art of Asset Location

You’ve probably heard a realtor or businessperson tell you that the three most important factors in determining a property’s value are location, location, and location. It seems crazy when you think about it, but it is so true. There’s a similar rule for investments: asset location. We are constantly looking for the best asset location…

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What Type Of Retirement Spender Will You Be?

In August 2015, J.P. Morgan Asset Management released a study about retirement spending by Katherine Roy and Sharon Carson. In analyzing the expenditures for their diverse consumer base, they identified four retirement spending profiles and an additional category of miscellaneous individuals.

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