Most often, the first question a prospective employee will ask is about your company’s benefit program. And in my experience, the two most often-asked questions are about health insurance and an employer- sponsored retirement program. Let’s examine the most common employer-sponsored retirement program that exists today – the 401(k) plan.
An attractive benefit plan can play a fundamental role in recruiting and retaining qualified staff. And, when trying to save for the future, a 401(k) retirement savings plan can help employees attain their retirement objectives on a tax-advantaged basis. Named for the section of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) that created it, a 401(k) plan may be one of the most popular and valuable fringe benefits available. Although the technical aspects of 401(k)s can be complex, the advantages can be far-reaching, including the following:
ETF Global Daily Perspectives
“There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.” – Vladimir Lenin
After alternating between gains and losses, stocks ended the holiday-shortened week on a positive note driven by a stopgap deal to end the government shutdown for three weeks. To begin the week, waning global growth was the prevailing market concern and weighed on market sentiment.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution when the calendar turned?
The smartest one might be to get your finances in order. Here is a framework for making your financial resolution stick.
This year, why not resolve to make your finances a priority? With just a few hours of planning, you can start to get your financial house in order. Here is a checklist to get you started:
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), legislation that has been characterized as the first major reform of the Internal Revenue Code in 31 years, received final approval from the House and the Senate on December 20, 2017 and was signed into law by President Trump on December 22, taking effect on January 1, 2018.
Decoding Financial Advisor Designations
When selecting an advisor, you’ll likely encounter a lot of acronyms and abbreviations that seem to blend together. What do they all mean? What’s the difference, anyway?
According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), “a financial professional may use various titles whether or not he or she is registered or licensed with a regulatory authority.”¹ It’s important to know that titles like “Wealth manager,” “Financial planner,” and “Financial advisor” are marketing tools rather than professional qualifications.
Charitable Giving—Not Just for the Rich and Famous!
Whether you are Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, or just an ordinary Joe, the gifting principles, tax benefits, and philanthropic rewards of charitable giving can be relatively the same, regardless of how large, or how small, your gifting program.
Don't Ignore Retirement Savings
In part 1 of this blog series we talked about how succession plan is especially important if you want your business to continue well beyond your career or your lifetime. It also matters if you need to monetize your investment by selling the business in future. The first step is to figure out what you want for and from your business in the long term.