Lessons From a Tragedy

If you’re like me, you were shocked and horrified when you found out about Robin Williams’ death. I can’t tell you how many interviews I listened to and movie clips I watched of him in the days after the horrible news. Buried in all that media coverage, I also saw this article pointing out that unlike so many other celebrities with untimely ends, at least Williams spared his family additional stress and grief by taking care of his estate planning with a revocable trust.  Read more

One of the Biggest Challenges Facing Financial Planners

One of the biggest challenges I face in my line of work is deciding when to explain things in more detailed technical terms and when to explain them in more understandable  “practical” terms.  For example, when discussing the income limits for traditional and Roth IRA contributions, most financial professionals will tell you the limits are based on your adjusted gross income (AGI) when technically they are based on your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI).  In many cases, such as this one, the difference between the practical and the technical may be so small that it’s just easier to speak in practical terms. The problem is that if you don’t know the technical stuff, it’s easy to make a financial mistake. Read more

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