The 2019 inflation-indexed changes gave increases across-the-board for all retirement accounts, including workplace retirement plans and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA). Here are the maximums you can contribute to your retirement accounts in 2019.
The end of last week saw a stock market drop which has many spooked. Words like ‘market crash’, ‘historic drop’, and ‘recession’ abound and many are selling their investments in fear of a massive downturn. Here are the 4 things you can do to keep the market downturn from ruining your financial plan.
While it currently only applies to one company, the IRS has opened the door for companies to being offering an employee benefit whereby workers have an opportunity to both pay down student loan debt and save for retirement with the same dollars.
Fidelity has won the race to the bottom, with two index mutual funds carrying 0% expense ratios. That’s right, no expenses paid for from fund investors. Investors should wonder, however, how Fidelity could potentially make its money. I have my bets….
The SEC is proposing updated rules regulating how financial services companies offer investment advice. Unlike the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule, the SEC advice seems to protect the broker/dealer industry more than the individual investor.
Focusing on debt payoff can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. Debt payoff strategies abound on the internet, and many mainstream financial gurus have built an empire on the common-sense approach to focus your financial efforts first on paying off your debt. The math, however, doesn’t work out in their favor.
The importance of budgeting is undeniable, but many don’t do it because it is time consuming and difficult. Learn how to build a basic budget in 15 minutes which meets both your financial needs and goals.
Consumers who have had contact with Coceptive Credit Union should beware, all evidence suggests the organization is not an actual credit union and is breaking numerous laws by operating as a credit union in California.
Eight investment management firms threatened to stop using the CFP designation if the CFP Board expanded it’s fiduciary rule. Despite the bullying, the CFP Board still voted to improve the consumer protections in their Standards of Professional Conduct.
If you're excited about getting a tax refund, imagine how excited you would be if you could double ot triple the value of the refund. Here are a few smart ideas to use your tax refund for that will amplify the boost to your cash flow.
Financially savvy people know the best time to start on next year’s taxes is the beginning of this year. Your tax return is a historical document about what happened last year, so there is very little you can plan and change. Next year, however, hasn’t happened giving you control over the tax planning environment.
The Stock Brokerage and Insurance Industries are fighting hard against the Department of Labor's Fiduciary Rule, which would require their advisers to put their client's interests first and disclose conflicts of interest. The industries got the 5th Circuit Court to agree that, unlike Registered Investment Advisers, stock brokers and insurnce agent are just salespeople
A reader asked about using 0% balance transfers offers to manage their credit card debt. While these can be beneficial, they can also pose additional risks. Many people who use this strategy find themselves further behind than when they started. Here are some of the common pitfalls to avoid.
Waiting until April to do your taxes could cost you more than you think. Submitting your taxes early isn’t just for those expecting a big refund. Advantages of early filing include easier money management if you owe additional taxes, opportunities for greater deductions, and reducing the risk of identity theft and fraud.
Updates to the tax code which go beyond the new tax brackets and changes to deductions. The new code will impact everything from divorce to education savings. And everyone from parents of disabled children to real estate investors.
After lots of argument and fighting, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been passed. Whether you like the tax reform bill or hate it, the reality is we have a new tax code for the foreseeable future. Here are key components of the new tax code which impact most taxpayers.
Investors may mistakenly think Morgan Stanley and UBS leaving the Broker Protocol agreement only impacts stock brokers and their employers. The SEC, however, identified the Broker Protocol as an important agreement for both customer choice and privacy.
The scariest thing I saw this Halloween was a series of articles giving the horrific advice to make an insurance claim for Halloween pranks. Following their advice will cost you much more than whatever money the insurance company pays out.
The 2018 inflation-indexed changes gave increases for workplace retirement plan contribution limits, while individual retirement accounts saw little change. Here are the maximums you can contribute to your retirement accounts in 2018.
The most recent Equifax data breach has left the door wide open on personal security. Getting your credit report is just the first step in protecting your identity. To fully protect your identity, you'll need to go beyond the three big credit bureaus to protect yourself against banking fraud, tax fraud, Social Security fraud, and other criminal activities.
If you are wondering "should I freeze my credit?", give careful thought to the pros and cons of a credit freeze. Make sure you understand the hidden consequences of freezing your credit before making this decision.
A new Wells Fargo/Gallup poll is being used by some media outlets to suggest a stock market correction is coming. While no one knows when a bear market will start, one thing is for certain. It won't be a Wells Fargo poll which predicts it.
Consumers shouldn't worry about the most recent SEC security breach, as the information hackers got did not include private personal data. The hack does, however, point out a risk to investors and a special risk future government agency breaches could pose to consumers.
In the wake of the Equifax Data Breach, consumers are justifiably fearful of their financial security and how the stolen information could be used against them. This fear, however, is creating an opportunity for scammers to extract even more information from consumers, or to make new victims by stealing information from people who are not part of the original security breach.
Equifax's offer to provide one-year of free credit monitoring service comes with an arbitration clause which waives your legal right to sue Equifax. Here is how to opt-out of the arbitration clause and preserve your rights to sue Equifax or join a class-action lawsuit.
The Equifax response to the 2017 cyberattack is a good start but falls far short of what is needed for the company to live up to their responsibilities. Equifax's current offer to victims does not address the magnitude of the damage which was caused by the breach, and the true cost of Equifax's mistakes will be borne by consumers.
The IRS is trying to put the scare into real estate investors looking to push the timelines for 1031 exchanges. If you own investment real estate, a 1031 exchange can save you significant taxes, but the IRS is signalling it will aggressively enforce the rules.