If tax time is always a bit confusing, then Federal tax planning for 2017 might feel like a 12-sided Rubik’s Cube. While a precise algorithm may not exist to solve for this new tax environment, we are happy to offer some simple and practical advice for your consideration at year-end.
Frank and Fiona Eff are a bright couple who saved diligently for their retirement years throughout their adult lives. Each is 50 years old, their children have been raised and launched, and each loves their respective job at ABC Corporation. Frank and Fiona enjoy the challenges and connections of their work so much that they plan to stay at their careers another fifteen years before enjoying a retirement filled with family, travel, and giving back to their community. Fortunately, each has a pension plan, and each will enjoy relatively generous Social Security benefits. Though they have been saving inside and outside of retirement plans since the age of 22, they aren’t sure they’ll even need to draw from those accounts due to anticipated regular retirement inflows.
People like to ask financial advisors for “the next hot pick” in the stock market. Though a true professional won’t venture a serious guess to that inquiry, you can be sure he or she can offer something more valuable than a stock tip. Parts 1 and 2 addressed the first four of five questions people really should ask when coming face-to face with a wealth advisor or anyone selling investment products. The answer to the fifth and final question will quickly reveal what kind of investment provider you are dealing with, and whose interests might take priority in any future relationship. Not a SYM client? Put your current advisor to the test.
The fifth and final question is one of critical importance: Will you accept the responsibility to put my best interests first?
Andy joined SYM Financial in January of 2014. Most recently, he lectured courses in investments and portfolio management at Loyola University Chicago's Quinlan School of Business, the 17th-ranked undergraduate finance program in the country.