Personal Finance


Financial organization is a cornerstone of a healthy financial life. At the most basic level, financial organization saves time and money because it aids in paying bills on time, finding needed documents during tax season, providing proof of payment, disputing credit cards or billing errors, and avoiding the stress of dealing with piles of unorganized bills and paperwork. It also sets the stage for better decisions on investments,...

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Although tax season is still months away, tax management should begin in the fall – especially for high-income earners facing the 3.8% net investment income tax, AMT, and other taxes. Our handy, downloadable PDF contains seven questions that can help you open a discussion with your CPA and your financial advisor about next year’s tax bill. Have the discussion early in the fall so you still have time to make adjustments if necessary....

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“Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that man behind the tree.” —Louisiana Senator Russell Long; former chair of the Senate Finance Committee (1966 to 1981) Tax reform The House Ways and Means Committee released H. R. 1, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on Thursday, November 2. The House Republican bill provided some clarity in terms of specific breakpoints for tax rates, and details on which deductions would be eliminated or reduced....

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Deciding when to retire may not be one decision but a series of decisions and calculations. For example, you’ll need to estimate not only your anticipated expenses, but also what sources of retirement income you’ll have and how long you’ll need your retirement savings to last. You’ll need to take into account your life expectancy and health as well as when you want to start receiving Social Security or pension...

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Each fall, it’s important to review your health care needs and consider your available insurance options for the coming year. A recent survey found that 53% of respondents with employer-based coverage say they’re likely to keep their current plan. Only 37% review their health insurance costs annually. Doing nothing can end up being an expensive proposition for you. Many plans change cost and benefit options, so you may pay more in...

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Are health insurance premiums taking too big of a bite out of your budget? Do you wish you had better control over how you spend your health-care dollars? If so, you may be interested in an alternative to traditional health insurance called a health savings account (HSA). How does this health-care option work? An HSA is a tax-advantaged account that’s paired with a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). Let’s look at how an...

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