Understanding capital gains, losses, and assets are important to your overall financial strategy. Asset appreciation, like from your stocks or real estate, is exciting, especially when you sell for a profit, but don’t forget that Uncle Sam wants his cut, too. What Are Capital Gains and Capital Assets? To discuss capital gains, we must first…

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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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Financial missteps from high-earning individuals, like doctors, can be especially costly. Do you struggle to manage your finances or want to improve your money habits? Or are you looking for additional ways to maximize your income and retirement savings? Here are 17 money mistakes doctors and other high earners can make and how to avoid…

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Required minimum distributions are important to your overall income strategy in retirement, but the rules can be complex, especially if you have multiple retirement accounts. Read on for more about what a required minimum distribution is, how to calculate it, and special exceptions for taking an RMD. What Is a Required Minimum Distribution? Put simply,…

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Millions of Americans are entering retirement encumbered with mortgages. The proportion of homeowners aged 65+ who still carry a mortgage doubled over the last 30 years—from 21% in 1989 to 42% in 2019. The median loan balance increased to $86,000 in 2019 from $18,000 in 1989. Lastly, and maybe more concerning, over a quarter of…

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Today’s dollar buys far less than it did 10, 20, and 30 years ago—much like today’s dollar will not have the same purchasing power in 10, 20, and 30 years in the future, meaning that as time goes on, your money will not stretch as far as it did when you entered retirement. Inflation basically…

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Have you ever heard your grandparent say, “I remember when a gallon of milk cost 30 cents!”? Shoot, you may even have examples from your lifetime! I remember when a gallon of gas was a little over a dollar—and I’m a millennial. There’s one big reason for these stories of “better times” when things cost…

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Have you ever been in the checkout line and overheard the cashier ask, “Debit or credit”? Have you ever been curious as to what this phrase means? Well, you’re not alone. Plain and simple, the cashier is referring to which method of payment you will be using: a debit card or a credit card. Now,…

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Variable annuities can help you meet your long-term financial goals and provide a guaranteed income stream in retirement, but they are not without their drawbacks and considerations. It’s important to understand how variable annuities work and the benefits and risks involved. Variable annuities offer the strongest return potential with the highest risk of all annuities.…

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The predictability and stability of a fixed annuity have made it a popular choice for some saving for retirement. Annuities offer a guaranteed income stream that can help supplement your other retirement income sources, like Social Security and 401(k)/IRA distributions. What Is a Fixed Annuity? A fixed annuity is one in which the annuity purchaser…

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