Managing Household Records

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March 31, 2016  |  

Managing Household Records

Spring cleaning and tax season go together like peanut butter and jelly. Every year we are faced with decisions about what to keep and what to throw away. How long do I need to keep my tax returns? Receipts? Brokerage trade confirmations? Having a system to find all of these records is just as important […]

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November 28, 2015  |  

The Safe Savings Rate

Key Takeaways • Where it all started–the safe withdrawal rate. • My transition to the safe savings rate—the amount of income you need to sock away for retirement. • A comprehensive financial plan is best, but off-the-shelf tools and two popular “rules of thumb” can help. The Safe Withdrawal Rate About 20 years ago, a […]

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April 8, 2015  |  

IRS Reverses Long-Standing Position on One-Rollover-per-Year Rule

Key Takeaways The IRS has indicated that a taxpayer may make only one tax-free, 60-day rollover between IRA’s within each 12 month period.  This rule applies to a taxpayer regardless of how many IRA’s he or she maintains. The one-rollover-per-year rule also applies–separately–to your Roth IRAs. Roth conversions don’t count as rollovers for this purpose. […]

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March 31, 2015  |  

Why Does Active Investing Flourish?

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to run an educational workshop at the SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology 2015 Meeting. The workshop was entitled “Evidence-Based Investing and Financial Planning.” We covered the 12 most important insights about evidence-based investing and how those insights can be applied to a rational financial planning process. Evidence-Based Investing is the […]

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March 16, 2015  |  

What is the Backbone of an Evidence-Based Portfolio?

An accumulation of studies since the 1950’s has identified three risk factors that form the backbone of an evidence-based portfolio. They are:  The Equity Premium – The additional return investors should expect to earn for taking the risk of investing in stocks rather than short-term bonds. (6.27% per year since July, 1926)*  The Small Cap […]

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March 10, 2015  |  

Traditional Versus Roth Contributions: What to Consider – PART 1

Key Takeaways The decision to make Traditional or Roth contributions to retirement plans adds an extra layer of complexity to investing. Traditional contributions allow participants to defer tax until funds are withdrawn, while Roth contributions allow participants to pay tax up front, so there’s no tax obligation upon withdrawal. When deciding what type of contribution […]

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February 24, 2015  |  

For Better Investment Results, Rely on the Evidence

Understanding the source of investment returns is an important part of being a successful long-term investor. Unfortunately, far too many investors are under the impression that successful investing requires predicting markets. More than 60 years of academic research says otherwise. Still, investors are often distracted from the focus on their long term goals by the […]

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February 20, 2015  |  

Does Diversification Still Make Sense?

    After a year like 2014 when one asset class (S&P 500) outperformed almost every other, investors naturally ask themselves whether broad global diversification still make sense. The simple answer is yes. Broad diversification remains one of the best risk management tools available to investors. However, a broadly diversified portfolio’s returns will never be […]

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