Who’s Tracking IRA Basis? Enter the Advisor
Rollovers, conversions, nondeductible contributions and inherited accounts can all impact how distributions are taxed.
Excess 529 Plan Funds: Putting Them to (Tax-Preferred) Work
The rules governing excess 529 college savings funds are nuanced and surprising, so the devil's in the details when it comes to maintaining their tax-preferred status.
Meet Virtually, Invest Digitally: The New Wealth Management
Virtual reality, digital currency and frictionless trading: how technology innovation is bringing the future closer.
The Next Big Thing? Annuitant-Driven Annuities
Postmortem tax issues on annuities can be addressed when the contract is purchased now that insurance carriers offer a new form of fixed indexed annuity.
New Estate Planning Strategies for a Post-Portability World
In particular, if your clients are still relying on credit shelter trusts set up before 2013, beware the adverse tax consequences.
First Steps When a Client Couple Divorces
To begin, don't try to be a referee. And don't be hoodwinked by what appears to be an amiable split: Divorce is heart-wrenching.
Yes, a Six-Figure Income Means You’re Affluent
The mortgage interest tax deduction is largely a subsidy for the affluent, and if your household makes over $100,000, that means you, Justin Fox writes.
In Defense of Gold as a Defensive Asset
The Fed is behind the curve on rate hikes, and that’s good news for gold investors.
Adding Value After the Death of a Client’s Spouse
The loss of spouse is one of the most painful events a person will ever endure; the advisor can play a key role in healing.
DOL’s Best Interest Standard May Be Tougher Than It Looks
There were a number of excellent comments to my last blog, including a tome-like tutorial by Ron Rhoades on “best interest” and “sole interest” standards.