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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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 (though less adamant) rule for investments: asset location. Where your assets are located within…

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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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What Is Age Banding And What Does It Mean For Retirees?

Another important contribution in the area of retirement spending patterns is Somnath Basu’s 2005 article “Age Banding: A Model for Planning Retirement Needs.” Though it provided a comprehensive retirement planning framework, I want to focus specifically on the findings that covered post-retirement spending patterns.

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How Do Taxes Affect The 4% Rule?

Because the tax situations of individuals will vary so greatly in terms of tax rates, interest and dividends supported by the portfolio, and the cost-basis of the taxable account, it is impossible to create one general number for a sustainable spending rate from a taxable account.

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