As you grow your wealth, you may find the desire to give back. That’s where charitable giving comes in. Charitable giving can allow you to support causes and organizations you believe in while reducing your income tax, capital gains, and estate taxes. Here are several ways to incorporate charitable giving into your overall financial plan:
While there’s no obligation to pay for your child’s or grandchild’s college education. Helping them fund some or all of it can allow them to avoid overwhelming amounts of student loan debt. It can also help them to begin adulthood on the right foot.
Here are some tips if you’re interested in incorporating college planning into your financial plan:
In simple terms, inflation is the rate at which the cost of goods and services rises. Due to inflation, it costs more money to buy groceries, gas, or anything else than it did in the past. Inflation can also affect your retirement savings as stocks, and other investments don’t automatically adjust for it. Rising inflation means your investments will have to work harder to keep pace. The extent to which inflation will impact your 401(k) will depend on several factors, like your investing strategy and how close you are to retirement.
No matter your age or stage of life, it’s essential to conduct a yearly financial review with your financial professional. A financial review will allow you to take a close look at your finances, assess the success of various strategies, and determine whether you need to make any changes.
With today’s high inflation and rising interest rates, some retirement plans may be at risk due to assets depleting prematurely due to these factors. Today’s economic conditions are much worse than coming out of the Great Depression when the U.S. experienced inflation, high-interest rates, historical debt, and tax levels when tax rates were above 40% for over 40 years (1940-1981). Here’s an explanation of two significant risks to your retirement plan: inflation risk and interest rate risk.
Interest rates are rising as Fed officials dred raised rates by a quarter-point in March 2022 to a target range of 0.25% to 0.5%. Their median forecast signaled that they expect to lift rates to 1.9% by the end of 2022 and to 2.8% by 2023.
COVID-19, inflation and the Ukrainian war have all contributed to a volatile stock market in recent weeks. Volatility will continue as usual while one sector is experiencing profitability, another is declining, resulting in declining stock market valuations. For investors, the up and down performance creates market risk but is part of the underlying economic fundamentals of our U.S. stock market system: