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Dillon McGill, CFP® breaks down the most common retirement spending strategies — and the one we favor for our clients.
“Is buying a home a good investment?” This is one of the most common questions we get in our business. That’s not surprising, since a home is most people’s largest single asset, and so many of our clients live in the hot San Francisco Bay Area real estate market, where price appreciation has been in the double digits for several years. The answer to this question is rarely simple, but in most cases, buying a home is a good investment because of the intangibles—joy, stability, pride—it provides to its owner. However, it’s important to maintain grounded financial expectations, whatever youRead More
Health savings accounts (HSAs) are one way to mitigate the effects of the ever-increasing costs of healthcare in the U.S.
How much money will you need to retire? Answering this question is a cornerstone of the financial planning profession.
Many employer plans now contain both a regular 401(k) plan and a Roth 401(k) option. The regular 401(k) allows an employee to defer up to $18,000 of compensation in 2017 ($24,000 for folks age 50 or older) before taxes. The benefit of regular contributions is that you reduce your taxes at the time of contribution, allow the earnings in the plan to compound over time, and defer taxes until you withdraw funds during retirement, when you will possibly be taxed at a lower rate. Contributions to a Roth 401(k) are made after-tax, i.e., contributions do not reduce your taxable income/taxesRead More
A donor-advised fund (DAF) is like a mini-foundation that anyone can set up without the expense or a lot of paperwork. For our clients, it can be a great way to donate to charity without hassle, but it comes with other perks. First, how a donor-advised fund works: Through a custodian such as Fidelity or Schwab, you set up your DAF and deposit money or appreciated assets into it. You then direct the fund to distribute cash to any qualified non-profit organization, such as the Sierra Club or Doctors Without Borders. Why donor-advised funds are great, in my opinion: YouRead More
If you’re like many people, the information you receive about Medicare through the mail, from insurance agents, or by talking with friends, family, and co-workers can be confusing. And the abundance of conflicting information can leave you anxious, worrying that you could do the wrong thing—or nothing at all—and miss a key enrollment period or incur penalties forever. Here are some common misconceptions we’ve come across: “I should wait until Open Enrollment in the fall to sign up for Medicare.” “I received a brochure that says I HAVE to enroll at age 65.” “If I have health insurance through myRead More