Read on to learn more about the relationship between risk and reward, how to understand your own tolerance for risk, ways to reduce risk through diversification, and where you can look to find reputable sources of information about investments.
Go out into your yard and dig a big hole. Every month, throw $50 into it, and don’t take any money out until you’re ready to buy a house, send your child to college, or retire. It sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it? But that’s what investing without setting clear-cut goals is like. If you’re lucky, you may end up with enough money to meet your needs, but you have no way to know for sure.
In this installment of client conversations, we look at the special concerns divorcing couples have when it comes to insurance coverage.
While it’s not something people like to think about, naming beneficiaries for your assets is critical to ensuring that your loved ones are taken care of when you are gone. Watch to learn about the types of assets that should have named beneficiaries, as well as how often you should review your designations.
Q: I am planning to retire next year. What should I be doing to prepare given uncertainties in the markets and economy?
The American healthcare system is, in a word, complicated. It also can be extremely expensive. And that’s before we even reach retirement age.
Your adult child plans to borrow $400,000 to buy a home. You want to help. You could provide that sum in the form of a gift, but that would trigger federal gift-tax complications. Besides, giving away that much might leave you a little uneasy—and take a bite out of your portfolio. Instead, consider providing the money as a loan—an intra-family loan.
In the college savings game, all strategies aren’t created equal. The best savings vehicles offer special tax advantages if the funds are used to pay for college.