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Three Perilous Long-Term Care Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Retirement

By Bruce Starks, CPA, CFP®

Good to Know “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” That common but deeply flawed bit of conventional wisdom is based upon a comment made almost 450 years ago. It was flawed in the 1500s and it remains flawed today. As but one insight, any retirement plan that ignores long-term care risk could be a…

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How Many Tax-Free IRA Rollovers Per Year?

By Bruce Starks, CPA, CFP®

Course: Income Tax PlanningLesson 1: Using IRAs to Build and Distribute More Retiremnt Income Student Question: Is it okay to roll over ( via direct trustee, not 60–day) from Traditional to Roth several times throughout the year if needed? Thanks, Matt Instructor Response: Great question Matt. The IRS limits tax-free IRA rollovers to one per…

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Calculating Retirement Need

By Dan Madden, CFP®

Erika wants $50,000 a year in today’s dollars in retirement. She anticipates retiring in 10 years and living in retirement for 30 years. Erika can earn 7% on her investments and she expects inflation to average 4%. Approximately how much should Erika have saved by the day she retires to meet this goal? $913,000 $983,000…

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CFP Board hosting Diversity Summit in November 2019

By Dan Madden, CFP®

CFP Board Updates The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning will be hosting its second annual Diversity Summit on November 13, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the summit is to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the financial planning profession. Last year, over 300 thought leaders attended the inaugural summit. The agenda…

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Multiple Insurance Provider Claim Solutions

By Dan Madden, CFP®

Course: Insurance PlanningLesson 2: Fundamentals of Insurance Student Question: I’m having difficulty seeing the difference between pro-rata liability, contribution by equal shares, and primary and excess. Could you explain the review exercise? Review Exercise Three companies insure Josh’s $250,000 house. Insurer A has it insured for 10%, insurer B for 35%, and insurer C for…

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Tax Law Sources

By Dan Madden, CFP®

Sheila found four different sources to support her position for deducting an expense on her individual income tax return. Which of the following sources provides the least support for her position? Treasury Regulation Private Letter Ruling Revenue Ruling Internal Revenue Code CLICK TO REVEAL ANSWER Expand B is the answer. Private Letter Rulings are only…

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What Does Peanut Butter, Jelly, and a 32% Lifetime Social Security Bonus Have in Common?

By Bruce Starks, CPA, CFP®

Good to Know Age 66 Monthly Retirement Check1 $24,000 annual benefit Age 70 Monthly Retirement Check1 $31,680 Annual Benefit Which benefit would you choose? Getting more sounds great but there are two challenges that must be conquered: Challenges #1: Bridging the income gap We called this “making the peanut butter and the jelly come out…

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Unmarried Child Retirement Benefits

By Bruce Starks, CPA, CFP®

Course: Income Tax PlanningLesson 10: Social Security Student Question: Does the retired worker have to also be drawing on their Social Security benefits for the unmarried child of the retired worker to receive benefits? For instance, a 63-year-old man has a 13-year-old daughter and he is retired but not drawing his SS benefits yet? Melinda…

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Market Anomaly

By Dan Madden, CFP®

Which of the following correctly identifies a market anomaly? Stocks with high P/E ratios outperform stocks with low P/E ratios. Stocks of small firms outperform stocks of large firms. Stocks rated “5” by Value Line outperform stocks rated “1”. Stocks followed by financial analysts outperform those that are neglected. CLICK TO REVEAL ANSWER Expand B…

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