It’s no secret that doctors have higher-than-average incomes when compared to the average U.S. household (in 2020, the average U.S. household income was $87,864 vs. $243,000 for PCPs and $346,000 for specialists on average). The profession’s risks are also different than most professions. According to a 2017 AMA report, 34% of all physicians have been sued, and 16.8%…

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Losing a spouse is difficult enough without having to worry about your finances. Will your spouse be able to maintain their current lifestyle? Or will they have to sell assets and dip into retirement accounts to get by? Does your retirement plan protect your spouse against the survivor trap? If your retirement plan doesn’t have…

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Homeownership generally means having a mortgage looming over you for 15–30 years—an intimidating thought for some. It’s only natural that you want to pay that debt off as quickly as possible, especially if you’re nearing retirement and will no longer be accumulating money with your income. There are arguments for both sides of paying off…

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Preparing for end-of-life care and decisions is uncomfortable and can feel morbid. Still, preparation can ultimately be a comfort to you and your family if and when the time comes to carry out those directives. The U.S. population continues to age, and medical innovations are prolonging lifespans.  This means that almost everyone will experience making…

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In the event that you die or become incapacitated, have you adequately entrusted your assets to those you love? Wills are not just for the wealthy. According to caring.com, only 22.5% of 35–54-year-olds and only 44% of 55+ year-olds have estate planning documents. The Covid-19 pandemic also prompted younger people to see the importance and…

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Saving for your children’s or grandchildren’s college education can seem like a daunting task, especially with the skyrocketing costs of higher education. Since 2000, the average annual cost to attend a U.S. college has more than doubled—and it shows no signs of slowing. According to Sallie Mae’s annual How America Pays for College report, American…

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What you should know, key planning elements & why men should listen up, too! Planning for retirement and beginning this stage of life is multi-layered. It’s true that 90% of all women will eventually be solely in charge of household finances.1 This data is compounded by the fact that only 20% of women feel very…

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Estate planning is important, no matter your age, wealth, or financial assets or status. Basic estate planning often covers a will and advanced healthcare directives, which lets your medical team and family know your wishes for your health and care in life-threatening medical situations. A living trust is an extension of estate planning—more advanced and…

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7 Strategies to Cut Your Tax Bill

Here are 7 strategies you can use besides deductions and credits to cut your tax bill: Tweaking your W-4 to increase your withholding if you have a huge tax bill. Decrease your withholding if you received a huge refund. Putting Money directly from your paycheck into a 401(k). This prevents the IRS from taxing whatever…

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