One of the big tax law changes for 2018 is the doubling of the standard deduction. If you find yourself among the millions of Americans that who have itemized deductions in the past but will no longer need to, think about pulling some of your normally deductible activities forward into 2017. This way you may be able to one last time get the tax benefits you would otherwise lose. A couple of end of year tax ideas: [Read more…] about Miscellaneous End of Year Tax Stuff (short)
Many investors and financial advisors now employ a tax management strategy known as tax-loss selling or harvesting losses. Alternatively, some investors could also take advantage of harvesting gains but many of them don’t. I find this is usually because they don’t know about it or think they wouldn’t qualify for a 0% capital gains tax. [Read more…] about Harvesting Investment Gains
I get some variation of this question on a regular basis and it usually falls into one of 2 scenarios. The first is when someone is getting ready to retire. The other is when a mid-career family is buying a new home, thinking about refinancing, or has just come into some additional money, say from a promotion or inheritance. For the sake of brevity, I’ll cover the first scenario here and the other in a future post. [Read more…] about Should We Pay Our Mortgage Off Early?
When reviewing investment alternatives, average annualized returns are important, but they don’t tell the whole story. The sequence of returns matter as well. And as we’ll see, while they can have an impact when accumulating savings, their effects can be more dramatic for portfolios in distribution, such as during retirement. [Read more…] about Sequence of Returns – A Key Aspect of Investment Performance