Tag: Retirement Planning

February 9, 2024

10 Essential Tax Planning Strategies

As the saying goes, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” While we may not have control over the inevitability of taxes, we do have tax planning strategies at our disposal to minimize the impact. When utilized productively, tax planning can be a strategic approach to optimize your [...]

Vince Lee
Contributions from: Vince Lee, CFP®, CPA, Wes Burroughs

January 8, 2024

New Gifting and Contribution Limit Changes For 2024

There’s one thing we can always count on at the start of each new year – new contributions and gifting limitations from the IRS. As you begin your planning for the year ahead, we’ve highlighted some of the key 2024 changes to be aware of for retirement accounts, health savings accounts, and gifting. Individual Retirement [...]

Contributions from: Jay Winston, CFP®

December 6, 2022

Do You Really Need To Retire?

When I sat down to write this article, I was supposed to create a retirement checklist but instead I kept thinking about Greg… I met Greg this summer while golfing in Maine with my brother. In those four hours, I gathered that he had a wicked New England accent, a very low handicap, was in [...]

Rachel McCracken
Contributions from: Rachel McCracken, CFA®, MBA
tax-friendly states for retirees

December 2, 2022

12 Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

Congratulations if you are retired or if retirement is imminent – extended relaxation is just around the corner! Thoughts of retirement bring up important questions like when and where? What would your home look like if not tethered to a neighborhood by your office commute or kids’ school district? There might be great places to live [...]

Contributions from: Hilary Massee Clark

October 12, 2022

Maximizing Your Employer Benefits

In the world of wealth management, fall season is synonymous with open enrollment. Many people choose to simply re-elect last year’s elections without giving them a second thought. Yet, taking full advantage of your employee benefits can provide an opportunity to maximize your savings. We hope you find these tips on optimizing common benefits helpful [...]

Contributions from: Kristi Panza, CFP®

October 7, 2022

Understanding Your Benefits at Virginia Mason

Virginia Mason offers their employees a robust suite of retirement benefits. When utilized correctly, these benefits can be valuable assets to your financial plan. Throughout this article, we’ve highlighted the pros and cons of the most prominent benefits. Virginia Mason Retirement Plans 403(b) Plan With this plan you can defer anywhere from 1% to 80% [...]

David Bigelow
Contributions from: David Bigelow, CFP®, MBA

October 7, 2022

Save More for Retirement with Your Health Savings Account

As you plan for retirement, consider using one of the best options for building tax-advantaged savings – a Health Savings Account (HSA). An HSA is a medical savings account available to anyone enrolled in an HSA compatible high-deductible health plan (HDHP). For the year 2022, the IRS defines an HDHP as a plan with a deductible of [...]

Eric Schuehle
Contributions from: Eric Schuehle

June 6, 2022

Mind the Gap(s)! Financial Planning as a LGBTQIA+ Couple

It’s June again, and along with the welcoming of the long summer months, we also can celebrate PRIDE! In the spirit of Pride month, we wanted to take some time to discuss nuances in financial planning for LGBTQIA+ couples. As with many things in our world, much of the investment advice and information out there [...]

Katie Quick
Contributions from: Katie Quick, CFP®

May 23, 2022

Tax Planning Strategies During Market Declines

Market volatility can provide plenty of opportunities for portfolio rebalancing and this is especially true when markets enter “correction mode”. Market corrections are associated with price declines of 20% or more. As many of you know, we are actively monitoring investment portfolios for rebalancing opportunities to take advantage of market corrections. In addition to portfolio [...]