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Planning for Inflation

For years, the Fed took measured steps to successfully control inflation.  Then the pandemic struck, causing a global economic crisis.  As economies reopened, inflation spiked to levels not seen in 13 years.  This dramatic increase has been due to a surge in spending at a time of massive disruptions in the global supply chain and…

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Megan Miller, CFP®, CDFA® discusses “Financial Planning During Divorce: What You Need to Know”

Megan recently talked with Shana founder of The Mom Edit about the importance of financial planning during a divorce. Too many women are coming out of divorces with the short end of the financial stick, Megan is trying to change that. This article was originally published on The Mom Edit August 15, 2021 FINANCIAL PLANNING…

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Covered for Catastrophe?

What do traffic jams in the Suez Canal have to do with your homeowner’s insurance?  Surprisingly, it can affect the amount of dwelling coverage needed in the event your home needs to be rebuilt.  Dwelling is the insurance coverage you need in order to pay for repairing or rebuilding your house if it is damaged…

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Changes to Child Tax Credits in 2021

Effective July 15, the IRS will start issuing child tax credits on a monthly basis to eligible families as part of the American Rescue Plan.  This enhanced Child Tax Credit expands the benefit from a $2,000 credit up to $3,600 per child. Who is eligible? Qualifications for this increased credit is based on your income…

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Elyse Foster in Barron’s: A Loophole Makes “529” Plans Good Wealth Transfer Tools. Here’s How to Use Them.

Elyse Foster, CFP® of Harbor Wealth Management in Boulder, CO recently spoke with journalist Neal Templin about “529” education-savings plans and how they allow people to save and invest tax-free for college or schooling costs.  Accountants, estate lawyers, and financial planners say they also are flexible estate-planning tools that can have utility beyond education spending…

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Elyse Foster in MDLinx: Here’s how doctors can catch up on retirement savings

Elyse Foster, CFP® of Harbor Wealth Management in Boulder, CO recently spoke with journalist Naveed Saleh, MD, MS about physicians and their retirement savings. Many are not able to begin saving for retirement until well into their 40s.  At this point, it becomes a game of catch-up.  So, what’s a doctor to do? The article…

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Elyse Foster in Barron’s: How a Cash Stash Can Help Retirees Keep Peace of Mind, if Not Portfolio

Elyse Foster, CFP® of Harbor Wealth Management in Boulder, CO recently spoke with journalist Neal Templin about the importance of cash buckets. March 6, 2021 – While market downturns can be unnerving for any investor, they can be devastating for retirees who have begun spending down investments and must sell depleted shares of stock. If…

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Year End is Around the Corner!

Year-end continues to get more challenging for the financial industry every year. Consider acting now to make sure everything needed is completed before the end of the year. Possible tasks: If applicable, determine if you want to take your required distribution from your IRA or inherited IRA. Make a contribution to your child’s 529 account.…

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COBRA Deadlines Extended Due to Pandemic

Health insurance is a vital benefit but with record high unemployment numbers, millions of Americans are at risk of losing coverage or already have.  COBRA coverage can be a lifeline to employees who are now facing unemployment as it gives them the option to continue with their existing health plan.  But these plans can be…

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Another Good Reason To Give Away Your Required Distribution From Your IRA

By Carolyn Rice At age 72 (recently raised from 70.5 by the passing of the SECURE act in late 2019) you are required to begin taking annual distributions from your IRA which count toward your adjusted gross income on your tax return.  For high income individuals, that income is then used to calculate the income…

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