fbpx

The SECURE Act: How It Could Affect Your Retirement and Estate Plans

This legislative overhaul brought about numerous changes that are likely to impact your finances.

11 March 2020

The SECURE Act: How It Could Affect Your Retirement and Estate Plans

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law on December 20, 2019, and it took effect on January 1, 2020. Overall, the legislation is intended to strengthen retirement security nationwide, but it also contains multiple changes that impact retirement and estate planning. Let’s dig into a few of the most significant provisions.

No Age Cut-Off for IRA Contributions

In the past, you were prohibited from contributing to a traditional IRA in the year you reached age 70 ½, even if you were still employed. The SECURE Act eliminates this rule so that anyone, regardless of age, can make IRA contributions as long as they have earned income to contribute. With this change, traditional IRA rules now mirror the contribution rules for Roth IRAs and 401(k) plans.

This longer contribution period takes effect for the 2020 tax year. Although 2019 contributions can be made up until April 15, 2020, these contributions must still follow the past rules, meaning only individuals under the age of 70 ½ can contribute for tax year 2019.

Should You Rely on Stocks or Bonds for Your Retirement Account?

26 February 2020

Should You Rely on Stocks or Bonds for Your Retirement Account?

If you’ve been thinking about retirement planning, you’ve undoubtedly considered how much investment risk is appropriate for your financial goals – and your comfort level.

Every investment has risks.  The usual pattern is that when the stock market goes up, the bond market goes down (usually due to the Federal Reserve Bank increasing interest rates), but market cycles can be very strange indeed.  In 2018, both the stock and bond markets lost money.  This is precisely why everyone needs a solid education in investment planning, whether working alone or with an advisor, in order to determine risk tolerance and, on that basis, the right asset allocation to maximize after-tax risk-adjusted return.

Many investors fear volatility in the market because they worry a market downturn would erase their hard-earned savings, but there is no need to fear volatility.  Yes, it represents risk in the short-term, but it also creates opportunities for investors with a long-term horizon to get into the market at attractive price levels. 

Let’s take a look at a few sample investments and what they have returned over time:

Listen to Echo on Rock the Podcast

Echo recently sat down with Jessica Rhodes and Margy Feldhuhn to discuss business, planning and her upcoming book release!!

20 February 2020

Listen to Echo on Rock the Podcast

PLAY THE EPISODE

Rock the PodCast Episode: Women in the Financial Planning Industry with Echo Huang, CFA, CFP®, CPA

In this client feature episode of Rock the Podcast, Jessica interviews Echo Huang. Echo is a female Chinese immigrant who moved to America with only $800 in her pocket at the age of 20 and founded Echo Wealth Management as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) in 2015. She is passionate about educating women that Financial Planning is a viable career path for them and that increasing the number of female CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professionals in America will help transform the financial industry and income inequality between men and women.

 

Developing Leadership Presence as a Woman

Why Women Face Unique Challenges – and How to Overcome Them

12 February 2020

Developing Leadership Presence as a Woman

Anyone who successfully serves in a leadership role – or who hopes to – should think about how they are perceived by others. Education, experience, and results mean little if you aren’t viewed as a leader, and so quite a bit of your potential success comes down to presence.

Financial Advice for Married Couples: How to Get in Sync with Your Spouse

Nine Important Money Practices to Implement Right Now

22 January 2020

Financial Advice for Married Couples: How to Get in Sync with Your Spouse

Oh, the dichotomy of money discussions. They’re so important to have, yet they are often uncomfortable and, therefore, avoided at all costs. Couple that with the fact that money disagreements are a leading cause of divorce,[i] and it’s no surprise most married couples aren’t properly communicating about financial habits and money values.

 

[i] https://www.cnbc.com/2015/02/04/money-is-the-leading-cause-of-stress-in-relationships.html

3033 Campus Drive, Suite N145
Plymouth, MN 55441

Contact

  • Phone:

    763.432.7875

  • E-Mail:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Copyright © 2019 Echo Wealth Management LLC. Powered by AdvisorFlex.