Charitable Giving with RMDs

Once you reach age 70½, Uncle Sam wants you to start paying taxes on at least a portion of your IRA or 401k balance. He gets you to do that by requiring you to withdraw a percentage of money from your tax-deferred account, and every dollar that you withdraw from your...

Inheritance in Pennsylvania

When you receive an inheritance in Pennsylvania, along with the good news you might also get some bad news. I have listed some of the good news as well as some of the bad news that accompanies certain assets Pennsylvania residents inherit. Traditional IRA, 401(k),...

Being Prepared

The news reports this summer of the horrid fire storms in California and the damage that remains in the wake of Hurricanes Florence and Michael have left me wondering what I would do if I had only moments to vacate my home. Would I be prepared to walk out the door...

Debt Considerations

To borrow or not to borrow, that is the question. Today’s blog will provide some thoughts regarding the use of debt. There are many different opinions on this subject. Circumstances and stages of life certainly play a role in these decisions. For example, a younger...

The Simple Cash Flow Plan

To me, the word budget is not a friendly one. It sounds restrictive and limiting. So when I discuss this topic with clients I prefer to use the term ‘cash flow planning’ instead. Isn’t that more elegant? For our fall blog series, we will be focusing on Household Cash...