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When any plan is followed through, there are lessons to be learned, refinements to be made. That certainly holds true for retirement plans. The initial year of retirement may prompt you to revise your monthly budget, your investment approach, and your lifestyle expectations. In fact, a shift in the investment markets might lead to revisions in all three areas. In …

A Court of Appeals ruling could set the stage for a Supreme Court opinion. The fiduciary rule is now a retirement planning standard – at least in 47 states. A recent appeals court ruling has dealt a blow to this new financial industry regulation, which has been applauded by investors and financial professionals alike. 1 You probably have heard of …

Yes, but only in certain contexts. You may have heard that the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act eliminated nearly all possibilities to write off business entertainment expenses. That is not quite true. You may be able to claim a deduction for such expenses today, but it depends on who you are entertaining. Regardless of who you happen to entertain, you …

Why seniors choose them, and what prospective annuity holders should consider. Imagine an income stream you cannot outlive. That sums up the appeal of an annuity. If you are interested in steady retirement income (and the potential to defer taxes), you might want to look at the potential offered by annuities. Before making the leap, however, you must understand how …

Tax reform has lowered the threshold. If you itemize, you should note the reduced medical deduction threshold for 2018. This year, you can deduct qualified medical expenses exceeding 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. Next year, the threshold for the medical expense deduction returns to 10% of AGI. (The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2018 also allowed the 7.5% …

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