401(k) vs. IRA

by Jonathan Horst on Aug 14, 2018

As the go-to investment option for most companies and their employees, 401(k) plans provide many benefits to plan participants, including deferment of taxes, the likelihood of an employer match, and a high maximum allowable for annual contributions.  But for those that are self-employed, or whose employer does not offer a 401(k), a traditional or Roth IRA is an option.

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Suddenly Disabled? Here’s What to do Next

by Jonathan Horst on Aug 7, 2018

While no one expects to become disabled, 1 in 4 Americans do so prior to retirement age. An accident, an unforeseen medical event, a catastrophic injury can all lead to temporary or permanent disability. So, what happens when you suddenly find yourself unable to work?

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Top 10 Financial Terms

by Jonathan Horst on Jul 31, 2018

If you don’t know the difference between asset-backed securities and securities, you may want to take a look at these common financial terms and their definitions.

Asset Backed Securities

Asset-backed securities are bonds or notes that are backed by assets such as credit card accounts receivable, auto loans, and home equity loans.

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First Time Investing for 20-Somethings

by Jonathan Horst on Jul 17, 2018

For many early 20-somethings that are freshly graduated and are now facing credit card and loan bills, the last thing on their mind is investments. Your new job can just about cover rent and groceries but the limitless pocket money of your youth is now a distant memory. Granted, saving for retirement may be a far fetched idea with the mountain of immediate payments piling up; however this does not mean that young Canadians should ditch investing entirely!

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Best Tax Friendly Places to Live for Retirees

by Jonathan Horst on Jul 10, 2018

If you’re approaching retirement age, you may be considering a move to a more retirement-friendly state, particularly if your current state of residence imposes numerous taxes on social security, pensions, and other retirement income. While making the decision to relocate is not something that can be done lightly, there are a variety of options available nationwide that may allow you to retain more of your retirement income.

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Why Financial Advisors Are Still Necessary

by Jonathan Horst on Jun 5, 2018

The rising popularity of robo-advisors has some in the industry wondering whether this is the beginning of the end for financial advisors.

In reality, robo-advisors have been able to do something that traditional financial advisors have not; get those with limited resources to begin creating a portfolio of investments.

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529 Plans

by Jonathan Horst on May 22, 2018

Started in 1996, 529 plans provide tax incentives for those saving for post-secondary education. The plan allows funds saved to be used at any eligible education institution, which typically includes colleges, universities, vocational schools or any post-secondary educational institute that is currently eligible to participate in U.S. Department of Education student aid programs. Operating much like at 401(k) or IRA, funds deposited into a 529 plan are not taxed, either by the federal government or the state in which the participant resides.

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