Posts by Keith Singer

Estate Planning Mistake

A radio listener of mine recently called to share an estate planning snafu that she experienced with her late father’s estate. Prior to her father’s death she had “put her name” on all of his accounts to avoid probate. However, she recently learned that her father’s broker had opened an additional account for him that…

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Strategies to prevent outliving your money

According to the Social Security Administration, if you are 65 you have a 25 percent chance of living to age 90 and a 10 percent chance of living to age 95. This means, not only do you need to have enough income to provide for your desired lifestyle at your retirement age, but that income…

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Planning in Retirement

Many people spend decades planning for the day when they can stop working. Those who are conscientious generally try to save and invest enough in a tax-efficient way in order to create sufficient capital to produce the necessary income to last throughout their lives. However, once you reach retirement the planning doesn’t end.   In…

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Modified endowment contract update

Over the past few years, many of you have taken advantage of liquid modified endowment contracts as a way to safely grow your money without stock market or interest rate risk. These insurance contracts, which have similar properties to deferred annuities, can be designed without upfront loads or back-end surrender charges and with full liquidity.…

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Are Qualified Retirement Plans a Bad Deal for Business Owners?

I recently met with two owners of a manufacturing business, who were each contributing approximately $30,000 into their company’s 401(k) plan. They indicated one of the main reasons for setting up their company’s retirement plan was to fund their own retirement on a tax favored basis. Although the owners were each saving almost $10,000 annually…

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Protecting your Most Valuable Asset

For those who are working full time trying to accumulate wealth, their ability to work and make money is often their most valuable asset. For instance, someone who is 35 and earning $150,000 per year will typically earn almost $10 million dollars by the time they are age 65. This statistic assumes an annual 5…

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Should you do a partial Roth IRA conversion?

Almost everyone who I meet with has at least some money in an Individual Retirement Account. Conventional wisdom encourages people to save as much as they can into retirement accounts because contributions get a tax deduction and grow tax deferred. However, despite these great tax benefits, ordinary income tax is due on all funds when…

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Financial resolutions

At the beginning of each year, many people resolve to change their lives for the better. To those who are looking to improve their financial situation, please find some useful recommendations:   Increase your systematic savings: If you are still working and you are trying to achieve financial goals such as retirement, funding college expenses…

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Bear market blues

If you have been paying attention to your investment accounts, you may have noticed that the stock market has fallen dramatically this quarter. The S&P 500 closed at 2,924 on Oct. 1, and by Christmas it was down to 2,351. This represents an almost 20 percent decrease. Consequently, the value of your investments likely significantly…

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Is cash a thing again?

For many years, clients stopped asking how much they would earn on their money market accounts because for quite a while, money market accounts weren’t paying any interest at all. However, with the Federal Reserve raising interest rates over the past year, our clients can now earn north of 2 percent on their money market…

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