That First Distribution from Your IRA

What you need to know. When you are in your seventies, Internal Revenue Service rules say that you must start making withdrawals from your traditional IRA(s). In I.R.S. terminology, these withdrawals are called Required Minimum

A 2019 Market Review

Wow, what a ride! Since 2009, the markets have experienced tremendous growth. Many have been surprised that the markets have performed so strongly over the past 10 years. It seems like every other week we

Avoiding Large Losses in Your Portfolio

"Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1." – Warren Buffett1    Risk is a factor in any investment decision that you make. Your tolerance for risk is something that you will

Starting a Roth IRA for a Child or Grandchild

This early financial decision could prove profoundly positive over time. Do you have a child or grandchild earning some income? Indirectly, that after-school or summer job might present a savings opportunity for that teenager. You

Is Generation X Preparing Adequately for Retirement?

Future financial needs may be underestimated. If you were born during 1965-80, you belong to “Generation X.” Ten or twenty years ago, you may have thought of retirement as an event in the lives of

Traditional vs. Roth IRAs

Perhaps both traditional and Roth IRAs can play a part in your retirement plans. IRAs can be an important tool in your retirement savings belt, and whichever you choose to open could have a significant

Retirement Plan Contribution Limits Increase for 2019

We have some exciting news to report for 2019 for those who are contributing to their retirement accounts!  The IRS recently announced increases to the annual contribution limits to various types of retirement plans for

Tax Considerations for Retirees

Are you aware of them?      The federal government offers some major tax breaks for older Americans. Some of these perks deserve more publicity than they receive. If you are 65 or older, your