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Is your financial house in order?

The end of the year is fast approaching and it's a great time to take steps that can help improve your personal finances. Some items to consider: 

  • If you're not retired, review your contributions to retirement accounts such as an IRA, 401(k), 403(b), etc.
  • If you’re 70 ½ or older, make sure to take your annual Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from your retirement account before Dec 31. We closely monitor the qualified accounts we manage where a RMD is necessary, but if you have other accounts subject to the RMD rules, make sure to take the distribution before Dec. 31. Otherwise, you could incur an additional 50% penalty tax.
  • If itemizing deductions, make charitable contributions that you want to claim on this year’s tax forms.
  • Compare this year's spending against your budget and make any necessary adjustments for next year.
  • Do you expect to earn more next year? Based on the planning goals we’ve developed together, consider saving a part of your expected increase and also using some for current enjoyment.
  • Take some time to define your family's financial goals and concerns for next year: 
    • Should we update your retirement goals? College? Legacy? Investment objectives?
    • Does a particular budget category consistently keep you awake? 
    • Any unusually large bills next year that we have not anticipated?

Taking the time to address these items now can help make next year a success.

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