Money and You

401K, Pension, IRAs: To Convert or Not to Convert?

January 10, 2010 | Topics: Archived Articles, Articles, Taxes, Investing

Gaining a thorough understanding of all the options available for retirement saving and planning is no small task. Whether you’re considering moving your 401k, your pension savings, or converting to a Roth IRA; it is important to make sound decisions – today’s choices often determine your future retirement income. Converting a traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA) account into a Roth IRA is of particular interest at the moment because of new 2010 IRS rules. Talking with a financial planner could save you time in the short term and money in the long term, but here are some options to explore now:

Tax Benefits of Going Green with Your Business & Home

October 10, 2009 | Topics: Archived Articles, Articles, Taxes, Investing

Going green is a smart choice both for the planet, and more than ever in these days of federal and state tax incentives, for your wallet. Here are a few of the many opportunities available. (As always, consult a qualified financial advisor and tax professional before making a major financial decision.)

Changing Jobs? Protect your Assets.

October 10, 2009 | Topics: Archived Articles, Articles, Risk Protection, Transitions

Whether you are embarking on a new career or relocating due to shifts in the job market, keeping on top of your options regarding your existing insurance policies and pension or retirement plan is critical. You don’t want to leave assets behind unintentionally. There are often time-limited opportunities, strict guidelines and tax penalties to watch for so consider your options carefully whether you’re simply changing employers or making an across-country move.

What to Do When Your Paychecks Stop: Attend to your head and your heart before you deal with your wallet

Whether you are expecting it or not, and whatever its cause, job loss can be devastating. You may think you have prepared yourself as best you can, but job loss can hit like a death in the family. It represents more than a loss of a paycheck. It's a loss of a way of life as well. The first step in getting back on track is to recognize the emotional blow you've taken.

Who's Managing the Family Money?

For many families, this is a question getting some new answers lately and sending the financial planning profession into profound change. Once the exclusive domain of "the man of the house," managing the family's investments is increasingly shifting to the one who schedules the medical appointments, gets the kids to school and gets the bills paid; Mom.

Seven Pitfalls On Your Way To Retirement

Is it time to check up on your retirement plan? The biggest fear among investors is that they will not have enough money for retirement. You can make sure your own plan does not fall short by steering clear of the following pitfalls. These are the most common comments I hear in my professional practice: