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IRS to Raise Contribution Limits for 2019

IRS to Raise Contribution Limits for 2019

Many investors are aware of the impact that inflation can have on our ability to purchase goods and services in the future. Assuming a modest rate of 2% inflation, a car that costs $30,000 today will sell for over $45,000 by 2040. To help mitigate these rising costs, the IRS periodically increases the limits on contributions to tax-advantaged retirement accounts which can be accessed penalty-free after age 59½ and in some cases even earlier than that. To account for inflating wages, the IRS also raises the levels of income at which various tax benefits are available, otherwise known as phase-outs. The first table outlines the new 2019 limits for some of the more popular retirement contributions along with a brief description of each. The second table shows the 2019 phase-out ranges for deducting Traditional IRA contributions and saving inside of a Roth IRA. The Traditional IRA phase-outs only apply if the individual participates in a retirement plan at work.

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A Parent-Child Conversation about College Costs

College

If you’re the parent of a high school student who’s looking ahead to college, it’s important to have a grown-up conversation with your child about college costs. A frank discussion can help both of you get on the same page, optimize the college search process, and avoid getting blindsided by large college bills.

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Four Tips for Downsizing in Retirement

Downsizing

Going through years of accumulated possessions and memories is probably not how you envisioned spending part of your retirement. It may sound like a daunting and emotionally draining task, but downsizing could be a savvy financial move, especially if you haven’t reached your retirement savings goals.

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Don’t Delay: The Potential Benefits of Starting to Save Now

Save

For long-term investment goals such as retirement, time can be one of your biggest advantages. That’s because time allows your investment dollars to do some of the hard work for you through a mathematical principle known as compounding.

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What Is Cyber Insurance and Should Your Business Have It?

Cyber insurance

Does your company use electronic data? Does it store or communicate potentially sensitive information about customers, employees, or competitors? If so, then a breach of that data could cost your company plenty. Some well-known organizations have experienced data breaches, including WalMart, JP Morgan Chase, Yahoo, eBay, Target, the IRS, and, more recently, Equifax. Unfortunately, just about any size company or organization that retains personal information can be hit with a cyber attack. One way to transfer some of the risk and costs associated with a data breach or network security failure is through cyber insurance.

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How Do the Economic Milestones of Young Adults Today Compare with Prior Generations?

Young

If you’re the parent of a young adult who is still living at home, you might be wondering whether this situation is commonplace. According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau study, it is: One in three young people (ages 18 to 34) lived in their parents’ home in 2015.

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Why is My Portfolio Not Up as Much as the Market?

Equity

Every so often, a well-intentioned investor will ask the question, “why is my portfolio not up as much as the market?” When referring to “the market,” most investors are referring to the S&P 500 Index or a similar index that represents the stock market’s performance. Continue reading “Why is My Portfolio Not Up as Much as the Market?”

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Protecting an Investment in Jewelry

Jewelry

High-net-worth individuals often underestimate the value of their jewelry collection. Often, people do not think of jewelry as an investment, but view the purchase through an emotional lens. As more pieces are accumulated, the value of the collection can be quite significant. As a collection grows in value, it is important to review how you are safeguarding this asset.

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