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Why the IRS May Be the Biggest Benefactor of Your Retirement Investments Thumbnail

Why the IRS May Be the Biggest Benefactor of Your Retirement Investments

As a financial and retirement planner, I have learned that people hate paying taxes. The truth is, the history of taxation is a complicated one full of wars, audits, jail time, and factions of society that were created in rebellion to the idea itself. To make things worse, the “rules” laid out by the IRS when it comes to tax are extremely complicated, ever-changing, and leave a ton of room for discretion. So, how might one go about reducing or entirely removing the IRS as a benefactor to their retirement investment they have worked so hard to save?

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When It Comes to Achieving Investing Goals... Objective is Everything Thumbnail

When It Comes to Achieving Investing Goals... Objective is Everything

If I asked you what your objective is when it comes to investing, what would your answer be? In my years as a financial advisor, I have found the answers I have gotten to this question to be far too broad to be meaningful. Whether it is “retirement,” “saving for my children’s college education,” or (the worst answer) “making money”. When it comes to anything in life, including investing, your success is in the details.

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"FAANG” – Individual Stocks Could Bite if You’re Not Careful Thumbnail

"FAANG” – Individual Stocks Could Bite if You’re Not Careful

“FAANG” stands for Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google/Alphabet. These are considered 5 of the hottest stocks in the market today. These 5 stocks have no doubt created a lot of rich people and in turn, have generated a lot of buzz when it comes to any investor from the newest to the most advanced. This concept has driven further theory and speculation into “figuring out” or “cracking the code” to the unpredictable stock market which has been going on since its inception in 1926.

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The Numbers and Psychology of Retirement

Planning for retirement and retirement itself is both a game of numbers and psychology. Both areas serve to create the most successful planning and, ironically, a focus on each of these areas individually serve the other. The numbers are the foundation and lifeblood of any retirement plan. Most people, even the ones actively saving for retirement, do not have a clear and specific idea of what their investments will be and what they can expect from them when they retire.

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Thumbnail

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

"The CARES Act provides 2 trillion dollars of government aid along with several SIGNIFICANT changes to preexisting IRS, retirement accounts, and other financial rules in attempts to open up opportunities for individuals and small businesses to survive in this time of crisis. I have broken down and summarized that document here into 5 key areas: Recovery Rebates, Coronavirus Related Distributions, Significant Tax Changes to Retirement Accounts, Unemployment Compensation Benefits, and Small Business Benefits."

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