Charitable giving can play an important role in many estate plans. Philanthropy cannot only give you great personal satisfaction, it can also give you a current income tax deduction, let you avoid capital gains tax, and reduce the amount of taxes your estate may owe when you die.
Deciding when to retire may not be one decision but a series of decisions and calculations.
There are five estate planning documents you may need, regardless of your age, health, or wealth: durable power of attorney, advance medical directives, will, letter of instruction, living trust. The last document, a living trust, isn't always required, but it's included here because it's a vital component of many estate plans. Learn more about each of these documents and why they are necessary.
Though the ups and downs of the bond market are not usually as dramatic as the movements of the stock market, they can still have a significant impact on your overall return. If you're considering investing in bonds, either directly or through a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund, it's important to understand how bonds behave and what can affect your investment in them.