One of the more difficult conversations for family members to have is talking about estate planning. There are several reasons for this, including the reality of our own mortality and that of our loved ones. In some families, it is an unspoken taboo to talk about money. Many parents don’t want their children to know how much they have or how much their children will receive after they die for fear the kids may become lazy or entitled or that they won’t understand their parent’s intentions for their estate. And so, no effort is made to create meaningful and beneficial dialogue.
In the intricate world of economics, maneuvering the vast U.S. economy without causing disruptions is likened to steering a colossal ship through a tempestuous storm. Since early 2022, U.S. policymakers, including Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, have embarked on the challenging mission of curbing inflationary pressures through heightened interest rates, all the while avoiding economic contraction. This elusive equilibrium, historically challenging to achieve, is what economists fondly term a “soft landing.”
Most types of financial accounts allow you to designate a beneficiary, from checking and savings accounts to life insurance policies, 401(k)s, IRAs, pensions, and trusts. But when was the last time you looked at your beneficiary designations across all your accounts? Do you know which of your accounts have beneficiary designations and which ones do not?
With its family traditions and festive celebrations, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. And according to GivingTuesday.org, the giving in the U.S. alone totaled $2.7 billion to nonprofits and community organizations on #GivingTuesday in 2021, a 6% increase from 2020.
When you lose money on certain investments, you can typically claim the loss against other investments, and in some cases, you may even be able to claim all or a portion of the loss against regular income. Called tax-loss harvesting, this strategy can be critical for investors, day traders, or anyone who regularly buys and sells investments.