Category Archives: Business

Here’s How Greece Could Affect Your Retirement Savings

Reaction As Greece Imposes Capital Control

Your 401(k) or IRA will probably be fine

Greek leaders are scrambling to nail down a new bailout dealbefore July 20, when the country would otherwise default on a €3.5 billion bond repayment to European creditors and might be forced to abandon the Euro currency altogether.

As recent stock performance in the U.S. suggests, fears of what a so-called “Grexit” could do to Europe’s economy has spread to American shores. Indeed, U.S. markets may very well be choppy for at least the next several weeks until there’s more certainty about the future.

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Watch an Elite Financial Adviser Hack His Own Retirement

Michael Kitces could drive a hot new car, work out in a high-end gym, and relax in a sprawling house. He can afford it. He just doesn’t want it.

What does the 37-year-old financial planner, a partner and director of research atPinnacle Advisory Group, want? To save enough so that he doesn’t need to earn any income from his work.

And when he reaches that point, he’ll probably just keep working—and driving his Kia Spectra, which just turned 10.

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6 Ways to Ramp Up Retirement Savings by Boosting Your 401(k)

NEW YORK (MainStreet) —Retirement is likely the last thing on Millennials’ minds as they embark on their first career trajectory, yet saving early through a 401(k) plan yields great returns in the long-run.

These six tips will help build and create a plan to maximize your retirement goal even if you have already started socking away your hard-earned money.

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Top Tips for a Tax-Conscious Retirement

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President Obama’s American Taxpayer Relief Act introduced a whole new set of rules for high-net-worth clients beginning in 2013. Among other things, the law raised the highest marginal tax rate from 35% to 39.6% as well as increased the tax rate on long-term capital gains and dividend income from 15% to 20%. Itemized deductions and personal exemptions were also pruned under the new law for couples making over $250,000 per year.

Certified Financial Planners and Certified Public Accountants have begun implementing a number of strategies designed to mitigate these higher tax rates on high-net-worth individuals. From managing tax brackets to timing IRA conversions, these strategies can help extend the life of a nest egg. These strategies have been evolving over time as the tax code changes, while becoming increasingly necessary due to higher tax burdens on the wealthy. (For more, see: Asset Protection for High-Net-Worth Individuals.)

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Here’s How Inflation Has Eroded American Workers’ Overtime Eligibility

Sheila Abramson serves customers of Langer's Delicatessen in Los Angeles in 2013.

Sheila Abramson serves customers of Langer’s Delicatessen in Los Angeles in 2013.
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President Obama is once again poised to go it alone on labor policy, this time on overtime. The Labor Department is expected in the coming weeks to release a rule making millions more Americans eligible for overtime work — currently, all workers earning below $455 a week, or $23,660 a year, are guaranteed time-and-a-half pay for working more than 40 hours a week. The law may raise that as high as $52,000,Politico reports.

The rule would also change the regulations outlining which employees earning above that threshold are eligible — currently, employers can exempt some employees above that threshold if those workers could be considered “white collar.”

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Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference

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In two new studies, Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues found that where poor kids grow up has a huge effect on how much money they earn as adults.

In one study, families living in public housing were randomly selected to be eligible for housing vouchers that required them to move to low poverty neighborhoods. Kids whose families received the vouchers grew up to earn significantly more than those whose families remained in public housing.

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Obama Wants Rules That Force Brokers To Put Clients’ Interests First

President Obama wants to change the way brokers and investment advisers offer financial advice, saying the current system leads to high fees that erode returns on investments.

At present, brokers work under the suitability standard. This, in essence, means that while making a recommendation, brokers must reasonably believe that a product is “suitable” for a client. The Obama administration wants to change that. It wants to impose what is known as a fiduciary duty on brokers. That means the brokers would have to put their clients’ interests over their own.

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California Pension Committee Approves Retirement Compensation Proposals


A California Public Employees’ Retirement System committee approved a proposal Tuesday that would include the higher pay of temporarily promoted employees. Opponents say that could create opportunities for fraud. A vote could come Wednesday.

Christy Bouma with the California Professional Firefighters Union says it’s only fair that people who temporarily do the same jobs as permanent employees should earn the same pay and pension.

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Legislature delivers financial rescue for CalSTRS; state, schools, teachers to contribute more

The cost of public pensions is going up again in California, this time to rescue the state’s troubled teachers’ retirement system.

The Legislature voted Sunday to pump billions of additional dollars into the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, which had been warning for years that it would run out of cash by mid-century.

Under AB 1469, approved by lawmakers as part of a package of budget bills, CalSTRS will get increased contributions from school districts, the state and teachers themselves. The plan, which kicks in July 1, is designed to gradually erase a $74 billion gap between CalSTRS’ assets and its long-term obligations.

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5 factors that could sway insurance prices in 2015

Customers who bought health insurance on the overhaul’s public exchanges can expect a flurry of reports about big price hikes and some decreases for 2015 as insurers finalize their rates over the next few weeks. But they shouldn’t give much weight to any of this.

The actual change in a person’s policy will depend mostly on factors particular to their market and the other people covered by their plan. Here are five variables that could affect the prices you will see when you shop for 2015 coverage starting next fall.

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