Caring for Your Aging Parents

05/17/2022
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Gift and Estate Taxes

05/13/2019
If you give away money or property during your life, those transfers may be subject to federal gift and estate tax and perhaps state gift tax. The money and property you own when you die (i.e., your estate) may also be subject to federal gift and estate tax and some form of state death tax. These property transfers may also be subject to generation–skipping transfer taxes. You should understand all of these taxes, especially since the passage of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (the 2001 Tax Act), the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the 2010 Tax Act), and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the 2012 Tax Act). The 2001, 2010, and 2012 Tax Acts contain several changes that make estate planning much easier.

Fed Balance Sheet

05/13/2019
In response to the financial crisis of 2008, the Federal Reserve (Fed) purchased over $4.2 trillion in bonds through a series of quantitative easing measures designed to push interest rates lower in an attempt to improve the environment for economic growth.

Beyond Traditional Asset Classes: Exploring Alternatives

05/13/2019
Stocks, bonds, and cash are fundamental components of an investment portfolio. However, many other investments can be used to try to spice up returns or reduce overall portfolio risk. So-called alternative assets have become popular in recent years as a way to provide greater diversification.

Key Estate Planning Documents You Need

05/13/2019
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.

Bonds, Interest Rates and the Impact of Inflation

05/13/2019
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.

Deciding When To Retire: When Timing Becomes Critical

05/13/2019
Deciding when to retire may not be one decision but a series of decisions and calculations.