Benevolence does not have to come at the expense of tax savings. LET’S BE CLEAR: CHARITABLE GIVING IS A STANDALONE ACT WHOSE VALUE IS TO BENEFIT OTHERS. But for high-net-worth individuals, it is not conflicting to point out tax considerations when making charitable contributions. The considerations are not to deter giving; rather, they are to
RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS CARRIES WITH IT UNIQUE FINANCIAL PLANNING CHALLENGES, WITH MONEY CONCERNS AN ONGOING BURDEN FOR THOSE WHO WORK FOR THEMSELVES. After all, unlike salaried jobs where income is predictable, small business owners are often the last to get paid and the only one paying the bills. While there’s no magic formula to
How to address retirement savings that aren’t stacking up. No matter your age or background, saving for retirement is a common concern. Will yours be the storybook future, one spent sampling wines in the Napa Valley and golfing the world’s iconic links? Or will it be far more mundane and perhaps stressful, as you dutifully
Take a look at Medicare Advantage plans as you search for the best option for your health care needs. There are two ways to enroll in Medicare. The first is through original Medicare, which includes Parts A and B. The second is through Medicare Advantage plans, which bundle Parts A and B in an “all-in-one”
While you may get wrapped up in news headlines and short-term swings in the markets, the reality is long-term investment performance is highly dependent on the business cycle. The business cycle (alternatively called the economic cycle) is defined as a period of economic expansion followed by a recession. The business cycle is defined by four
During National Medicare Week (September 21-27), take time to learn about this important program for covering your future health care costs. Medicare is essential for many older Americans, helping them cover the costs of many necessary health care services. You have to be 65 to enroll in Medicare, but that doesn’t mean you should wait
They face a heightened retirement savings challenge. How critical is it for women to build retirement savings? At least as critical as it is for men, perhaps more so because of two factors. Women have a longer life expectancy than men. That fact alone underlines the need for comparatively greater retirement savings. One Aon Hewitt
While credit cards can be convenient and often come with useful features, it’s important to minimize debt when retirement is near. These days, having a credit card is practically a necessity, even when you are retired. It’s hard to do things like buy airline tickets, rent a car, or place an order online without one.