Is My Will Enough?

Category: Financial Planning

September 5, 2017  |  

What Happens to My IRA When I Die?

Most people’s wills do not specify or control what happens to their IRAs. That’s because an IRA has its own distribution schedule that operates independently of a person’s will. IRAs have beneficiary designations that are created when the IRA is opened. These beneficiary designations should be reviewed on a regular basis and can be changed with written notice at any time prior to one’s death. Most people name their spouse as their primary beneficiary and then their children as contingent beneficiaries, with the children splitting their shares equally.

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August 2, 2017  |  

Planning Your Financial Future One “Step” At a Time

Key Takeaways Stepping up the cost basis of your assets can be a good planning tool when determining what assets to sell in your lifetime. If possible, consider passing taxable assets with large unrealized gains to your heirs. Assets that receive no step up include those held in any retirement accounts or annuities An investor […]

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July 19, 2017  |  

Research Confirms Actively Managed Funds Struggle to Outperform

High costs and portfolio turnover remain key drags on performance over time. Key Takeaways Most actively managed funds do not outperform their benchmarks over time. These mediocre results are heavily influenced by high costs and high turnover. A strong track record one year has little bearing on whether good results persist into the future. When […]

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July 5, 2017  |  

The German Connection

Key Takeaways A small, but growing cadre of advisors in Germany is moving away from the commission-based compensation model in order to serve their clients better. It’s rewarding to help talented advisors in other countries adopt our philosophy of putting the client’s best interest first and foremost, and accept the role of a fiduciary. Thanks […]

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