The Pros And Cons Of Target-Date Funds (Mar 31, 2017)

Target-date funds have made investing easier over the past few decades, offering investors a one-stop investment solution. Also known as life-cycle or age-based funds, they comprise of a mix of holdings that alter over time, based upon a specific target date.

Such funds have allowed many individuals to gain confidence investing beyond cash and CDs. This is a positive step forward, and there are certainly merits to using target-date funds in a number of situations. However, there are also indicators that a savvy investor should be cognizant of in advance.

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College Funding Decisions (Jul 29, 2016)

Helping your teen embark on their college experience entails a host of decisions more important than which mini fridge to purchase or what color shower caddy to choose.  For parents, one of the primary decisions is how to fund the tuition bills.

Hopefully you’ve been diligent in preparing for the costs of college. There are several types of accounts you might have contributed to over the years in order to accumulate college savings. If you have balances in both custodial accounts (UGMA and UTMA) and Section 529 Plans, which should you draw upon first to begin funding your child’s higher education?

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Family Gifting Considerations (Oct 16, 2015)

A common objective within families is sharing wealth with family members and loved ones. Sometimes it’s a desire to do so, carefully planned and executed. Sometimes, it’s an unexpected need.

Whatever the circumstances, there are many ways to maximize your giving potential. Jennifer Myers of SageVest Wealth Management presented a recent session at McLean Community Center on how to balance family priorities and values, tax strategies, estate provisions, and other considerations, to help create financial security for you and subsequent generations, both now and in the future.

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Saving For College (Sep 17, 2012)

Being able to send your child to college is near the top of the wish list for most parents. A college education can open doors to many opportunities, and is increasingly necessary in today’s economy.

But that diploma doesn’t come cheap!

Start saving  for college as early as possible. Ideally, you’ll want to choose a college savings vehicle that  offers the best combination of tax advantages, financial aid benefits, and flexibility, while meeting your overall investment needs.

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