Last week, the Trump administration outlined its proposals for tax reform. Entitled the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code”, the proposals, if enacted, would result in the most significant changes to the tax code in 30 years. Reduction in the number of brackets For individuals, the proposal would reduce the number of tax […]
At Springwater, we have clients who are over the age of 70, who have individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and who do not need additional income. However, the government requires those over 70 (technically 70 1/2) to take distributions from their IRAs regardless of whether they need or want the money. For those who have a […]
If you’ve been terminated from a long-term job your employer may offer you severance pay, sometimes referred to as a separation package. Severance pay can include a lump sum payment, a period of continued paychecks, a continuation of some or all benefits, or other forms of payment. Employers aren’t required to offer severance pay, but […]
A few weeks ago, our Stream blog highlighted how you can give to charity by donating your appreciated investments. As the donor, you receive an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities. The charity receives your donated investments, sells them, pays no taxes and uses the proceeds to support its cause. Today we’re […]
Many of our clients give to charity and they do so in a variety of ways. They give cash contributions, their time and energy (e.g. at the local library), their professional services (e.g. on a board of directors), their old vehicles (OPB loves to receive them), their physical labor (e.g. hiking trail maintenance), clothing they no […]
Introduction A retirement plan can be one of the largest assets in a marriage. Despite this, retirement accounts are sometimes overlooked during the divorce process, in part because asset division can be complicated and in part because a divorce can happen years before one or both spouses plan to retire. But forgetting to take a […]
Professional money managers use various tools to measure the value of an investment. One common measure is the Price/Earnings ratio. To get a P/E ratio, take the price of a stock and divide it by its earnings. We will use Facebook. The closing price for FB (its ticker symbol) on Friday was $172.45 and its […]
The US stock market, as measured by the Dow Jones Industrial average, has now experienced six consecutive days of losses. This has not happened since 2011. The markets may be questioning whether the new administration will be able to execute on plans that include tax reform, reduced governmental regulation, better trade arrangements and fiscal stimulus. […]
We’re pleased a present a look back at 2016 here, courtesy of the professionals at Dimensional Fund Advisors.
In his recent Insight column for the Financial Times, Dan McCrum described gold as “the perfect medium for pseudo-analysis”, and argued that the price of gold can never be more than fashion. Click here to read his thought-provoking piece from October 12, 2016.