Forecasts are not political opinions or endorsements

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Financial Planning, Leadership

A financial planner’s success in fields like taxes, healthcare planning and investments revolves around the ability to make accurate forecasts about future events. The ability to identify and analyze trends is the key to profitability. Success in forecasting is required if the expected result is to exceed industry average performance. I find that accurate forecasting […]

Getting started toward sanity in divorce planning

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Divorce, Financial Planning, Tax Planning

Getting tax and financial advice during a divorce does not need to be a complicated, expensive or difficult process. Over the years, I’ve noticed that taking the first step toward a logical approach toward tax and financial planning during a divorce is the most difficult. Yes, it is usually a long and usually painful process […]

2019 in employee benefits: by the numbers

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Employee Benefits, Financial Planning, Tax Planning

These are the numbers we commonly use in planning this year’s tax free employee benefits: 401(k) pre-tax contribution limits = $19,000 401(k) catch-up contribution limit = $6,000 IRA contribution limits = $6,000 Annual Health Savings Account contribution limit for individuals = $3,500 Health Savings Account contribution limit for family coverage = $7,000 High Deductible Health […]

2019 Tax Planning and Support Tools Available

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Financial Planning, IRS, Tax Planning, Taxes

Through our 2019 license agreement with CFS Software, we offer a large number of support forms and estimated tax calculators. If you would benefit from a demonstration of the powers of any of these functions or planning calculations, please let us know. General Utilities and Retirement Calculations: 5 Year Federal/State Tax Planner After-Tax Loan Refinance […]

How to handle the 2019 stock market crash

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Aquaculture, Financial Planning, Investment

Update: This article was updated to reflect the news that for or the 90 days of fall (9/21 – 12/21) the S&P 500 was down 17.5%. The market correction happened sooner than I expected. The advice I’ve dispensed for the past 30 years since leaving my early career on Wall Street is timeless, except for […]

Turmoil in cyber currency and beyond

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Bitcoin has lost 80% of its value since I wrote this pessimistic prediction “Turned Sour on Bitcoin” a year ago. Last week the cyber currency market dropped $700 Billion. Of course this does not happen in a bubble. The overall stock market appears to have peaked and may be entering an extended bear market. Real estate […]

Why are so many paying higher income taxes this year?

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Financial Planning, News and Politics, Tax Planning

65% of taxpayers will pay less federal income tax in 2018. Only 6.5% will pay more (1). This isn’t news. We’ve known for months and had reliable sources of data to back this up. The problem is that many of the people in this 6.5% don’t seem to know. That means that they did they […]

A fresh look at RMDs

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Financial Planning, Retirement, Tax Planning

Background Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are a common topic of focus in personal financial planning. This is nothing new. I first published this blog post titled “IRAs and the Retirement Income Myth” based on 2005 and 2006 data. The underlying big picture issue is the split in needs between the “haves” and “have-nots”: Relatively few […]

Invest Like a Venture Capitalist

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Aquaculture, Banking, Crowdfunding, Farming, Financial Planning, Tax Planning

One of the most overlooked tax savings strategies is to avoid federal income taxes on large capital gains. Allowing investments to grow tax free over decades can result in tremendous growth in wealth and is one of the most reliable paths to a tax-free retirement. This tax-free capital gain tax strategy is employed by almost […]