Listed below are a few time-honored maxims that we’ve all heard. Perhaps we’ve even heard these from very trusted sources – like our Mothers. As you’ll see, it’s not always good advice… In the interest of full disclosure, my own Mother did not give me any of this advice. She tended to stay with the “wait an hour after eating to go swimming” variety of advice. One of my favorites was always given as I was leaving the house during my younger years: “Have fun. Behave!” I once pointed out to her the fallacy involved there but she didn’t see …Read More
When considering investing with a particular financial planning firm or mutual fund consider looking at what benchmark they’re comparing their returns (disclosure: the funds we use are the benchmarks).
It’s pretty easy for a mutual fund company or adviser to tout their funds when they have beaten the benchmark over a certain period of time. For example, I had the opportunity to look at a client’s investment performance report that they had with another company. Written across the top in the adviser’s handwriting was the phrase, “Looks like we beat the benchmark.”
And it was true. They had beaten the …Read More
1997 saw the launch of the Roth IRA, as a part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. This type of IRA came with no deductibility, but earnings (and contributions) would be tax …Read More
At some point in almost everyone’s lifetime they have gone through the process of changing jobs. Many times those jobs offered retirement plans such as 401(k)s 403(b)s, etc. Conventional wisdom would say that for most employees it may make sense to roll their employer sponsored plan into an IRA. Based on a request from a reader (thanks David!), I thought I would go over some of the issues to consider before rolling your employer sponsored plan to an IRA.
- Check expenses. Generally, many employer sponsored plans are able to offer their respective investments (generally mutual funds) for much cheaper than
Along with the increases to the maximum wage base and the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) announced by the Social Security Administration, the 2015 bend points used to calculate both the Primary Insurance Amount (PIA) for Social Security benefits were announced as well. In addition, the Family Maximum Benefit (FMax) bend points for 2015 were also announced.
Primary Insurance Amount Bend Points
The bend points for calculating individuals’ Primary Insurance Amounts (PIA) for 2015 will be $826 and $4,980. These are used to calculate your PIA from your Average Indexed Monthly Earnings (AIME). The SSA indexes your lifetime earnings and takes the …Read More