Budgeting: The Nose Game

Budgeting: The Nose Game Budgeting: The Nose Game September 1, 2020 A budget is a tool for allocating your income; budgeting can be helpful in meeting short and long-term goals Get started by determining after-tax income and how income can be allocated Track spending and savings on an ongoing basis to determine if you are

Happy Finances = Happy Marriage

HAPPY FINANCES = HAPPY MARRIAGE It’s supposed to be the happiest time of your life! You just got engaged and are now planning your dream wedding. No one wants to come off that high to have that awkward talk about their finances. BUT YOU NEED TO!! Did you know that one of the biggest reasons

Mid Year Money Tips

MID YEAR MONEY TIPS Mid-year, is a great time to do a financial check in with yourself, to see where you currently stand with your finances, how much progress you have made since the beginning of the year, and how far you have to go to reach your annual financial goals by the end of

The Awesome Power of Compound Interest

THE AWESOME POWER OF COMPOUND INTEREST Summary: Compound interest is interest earned on interest Compound interest may play an important role in meeting long term goals Time is an important component when thinking about compound interest The rule of 72 is a shortcut in calculating how long it takes for an investment to double in

National 529 College Savings Plan Day

NATIONAL 529 COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN DAY Today, I’ll be discussing the details of a 529 College Savings Plan…what they are, and how they work. It’s no secret that college is expensive. With student loan debt exceeding $1.5 trillion and the university price tag rising 8 times as fast as wages are, there’s a lot to

Inheritance: You have Money, Now What?

YOU HAVE MONEY, NOW WHAT? INHERITANCE Today, I’d like to discuss a topic that I have helped many of my clients with: what to do if you receive an inheritance.  Generally, I advise my clients not to include POSSIBLE inheritances as part of their overall financial plan, because you just never know what may happen,

Backdoor Roth: Not So “Hush-Hush”

BACKDOOR ROTH: NOT SO “HUSH-HUSH“ Summary: If modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is too high to make direct Roth IRA contributions, backdoor Roth contributions can be made  Pro-rata taxation of pre-tax IRA assets applies when implementing backdoor Roth  Backdoor Roth contributions may be optimal once other retirement savings options (i.e. 401k’s and/or HSA’s) have been