Navigating my Portfolio Through Q1 2022

The day-to-day market volatility to begin 2022 has been a wild ride. I have no idea what’s moving markets on a day-to-day basis or to what extent, and nobody really does to be honest. As a financial advisor, here’s what I’m doing about it for myself. Nothing.  Okay, just kidding – kind of. I’m not changingContinue reading “Navigating my Portfolio Through Q1 2022”

How Much Do You Need to Retire?

It’s a tough question and a lot of us just push it aside until it’s too late because it’s overwhelming to try and predict the variables and projections that far out. The challenge is true, but it’s a lot easier than you think to get started with a ballpark answer. Calculating How Much You NeedSimplyContinue reading “How Much Do You Need to Retire?”

Tax Alpha from a Roth Conversion

Unlike Donald Trump. the tax brackets from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) have another four years. This was a very popular act that lowered the marginal income tax bracket for many Americans (here’s a before and after comparison. Keep in mind the IRS adjusts these numbers each year to account forContinue reading “Tax Alpha from a Roth Conversion”

Starting an Estate Plan

Contrary to what Drake says, it’s actually not a good idea to keep your money in the grave to use in your next life. When you pass, assets need to be transferred to somewhere. Quite simply, estate planning is formalizing a plan for your affairs (assets and responsibilities) and selecting specific individual(s) to execute itContinue reading “Starting an Estate Plan”

Invest and Pay Down Debt

Back in June I wrote about how to decide if you should be saving, investing, or paying (down debt). This post is to supplement that post: if you’re paying down debt, that doesn’t mean you can’t invest until you’re debt free. You can do both via the margin feature on your regular brokerage account. Note:Continue reading “Invest and Pay Down Debt”

Stretch your Base Pay

The end of the year is nearing and thoughts about compensation and bonuses are natural. Unfortunately, that conversation hasn’t always gone my way. But there other ways to increase net pay employer without directly getting a raise. As long as your employer offers a retirement account via a defined contribution or defined benefit plan  (forContinue reading “Stretch your Base Pay”