One thing is true of life…expect the unexpected. That’s why any financial guru around will stress the importance of having an emergency fund. If you’re confused on what exactly an emergency fund should be used for, I can tell you it’s not for that 65” TV you’ve been eyeing at Best Buy when yours bites the dust. While that may seem like a catastrophic event to some, it’s not exactly the type of crisis that you’ll want to dip your fingers into your cash stash for. An emergency fund, also known as a rainy day fund, is the money you save for those unforeseen circumstances you run into in life. Your budget is made up of this everyday expenses like groceries, housing, cars etc. Your emergency fund is for those things you don’t anticipate in your budget. So when life happens and it will, you need to have money somewhere that you can easily access to cover those unexpected expenses. This is NOT money you tie up in an investment. You’ve got to keep it fluid and available. You don’t want to count on credit cards or debt to get you through when your car breaks down or the air […]
Why I Hired a Financial Planner One of my favorite Warren Buffet quotes is, “Lethargy, bordering on sloth should remain the cornerstone of an investment style. This year we neither bought nor sold a share of five of our six major holdings.” The second richest man in the U.S. is advising us that investing should be boring. Basically, he wants to remind us that there are two major factors to achieving success. The first is time. The other is allocation. Both of which are on your side. And considering his successes, mimicking his investing style probably isn’t a bad idea.
If you participate in a qualified 401k plan, you’re among millions of Americans utilizing this option for retirement planning. These plans are a great way to stock away pre-tax dollars to fund your future lifestyle once you retire. A properly planned 401k can also represent an excellent benefit for a business owner as well. Here’s how. The Scenario We recently met with small business clients, along with their CPA. This particular client generates around two-and-a-half million dollars in gross revenue a year. The owners, a husband and wife team, each earn $75,000 a year in W-2 wages, and the business saw a profit of just over $297,000, which is split 50/50 between them. They’re frugal with their money, carrying no debt and spending roughly $6,000 a month on living expenses. This has been the key to their success. The Before and After They’re making almost $450,000 a year in taxable income. Before they incorporated 401k planning into their business model, it wasn’t unusual for them to get tax bills ranging from $150,000 to $180,000 a year. Now, with their 401k plan in place, their combined tax bill was $63,000. We placed $106,000 of their income into the plan. Utilizing employee […]
Recently an interaction with another financial professional left me a little puzzled. He suggested that a ROTH is always better than a regular IRA. If there’s one truth in the financial world, it’s that always is NEVER always. Always is NEVER Always