Are You Missing Out on the Increased Child Tax Credit?
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also referred to as the COVID-19 Stimulus Package or ARPA, was a $1.9 trillion bill passed by Congress to stimulate the U.S. economy as the country emerges from the pandemic. Included in that legislation was a one-year groundbreaking enhancement of the child tax credit for 2021 only. Though… View ArticleRead More
How Will the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Tightening Impact Markets?
Starting June 1, the Fed began reducing its balance sheet holdings of U.S. Treasuries by $30 billion a month for three months. Thereafter, it will double its reduction of U.S. Treasuries by $60 billion per month beginning in the fourth month. For its mortgage-backed securities, the first three months will see $17.5 billion roll off… View ArticleRead More
8 Ways to Save on School Supplies
It may feel like summer is still in full swing, but school will be starting soon. Yes, you heard that right. This means that you probably need to get prepared for the inevitable cash outlay ahead. But it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are some ways to navigate the upcoming… View ArticleRead More
Building Wealth Through Home Equity
Oftentimes, the first house a person buys is an affordable condominium, townhouse, or older single-family dwelling also referred to as a “starter home.” It might be small and lack features they dream about such as new appliances in the kitchen or dual sinks in the bath, to a large yard or a garage. However, the… View ArticleRead More
Is Your Will or Trust Up-to-Date?
When was the last time you or your attorney reviewed or updated your will or trust? If it was some time ago before the passage of substantial tax law changes over the past few years, your documents may be out of date. Among the many changes was a substantial revision to the estate tax exclusion…. View ArticleRead More
Cash Flow Solution for Seniors
The annual inflation rate in the U.S. accelerated to 7.5% in January of 2022, the highest since February of 1982, hitting those on fixed retirement income, namely seniors, the hardest. On top of escalating living expenses due to inflation, some retirees are faced with a significant amount of debt and inadequate income. Some seniors that… View ArticleRead More
How to Manage Your Aging Parents’ Finances
Taking over your aging parents’ finances is not easy. But it’s something that can be handled in an organized, compassionate way. Here’s a roadmap that shows how to embrace it and do the right things for everyone involved. Start the conversation early. Right now, your parents might not need any help. They might be handling… View ArticleRead More
Create a Healthcare Plan for Retirement
If you pay $250 a month for cable and premium channels, that’s $3,000 a year. Over a 30-year period, the total cost would be $90,000. We don’t tend to think about how much we pay in regular expenses over the long term. However, that’s how various industry analysts report the cost of healthcare during retirement…. View ArticleRead More
How Can a Nonworking Spouse Qualify to Fund an IRA?
One of the fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic is that millions of people have dropped out of the workforce, particularly female workers with families. While they remain unemployed, these women will have lost the opportunity to build up their retirement nest egg through their employers’ retirement plans. However, those who are married have an option… View ArticleRead More
How to Get Your 2022 Finances in Order
Believe it or not, the New Year is here. If you’re trying to wrap your head around everything that’s ahead, one of the best things you can do is prepare yourself financially. Here are a few tasks you can get started on right away. Look Back at 2021 Depending on how in-depth you want to… View ArticleRead More