Duties and Criteria for Selecting Trustees, Executors and Guardians

Financial planning for the most part can be self-administered. But there are times that others will be turned to for help. Attorneys, accountants, financial planners, trustees, guardians and executors are all examples of people an individual may use at some point in time for help in various aspects of financial planning. Most individuals have a…

 

The Five Questions to Ask a Financial Adviser

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Seven Steps to Protect Against Cognitive Aging One of the first signs of cognitive aging is problems managing one’s own finances. Even in the absence of disease, it can become progressively more difficult to balance a checkbook, properly review a credit card statement or…

 

Helpful Steps My Late Father-in-Law Took

Special note: This commentary originally ran in March 2017. I received more feedback about it than any other Investor Update column I’ve written over the past eight years. Since many of you found it helpful and I’m out of the office this week, I decided to republish it. My father-in-law passed last week. Les was…

 

Inflation or Slowing Economic Growth: Which Do You Fear More?

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Inherited IRA Rules for Spouses, Heirs and Trusts Inherited IRAs have unique traits and do not follow all the same rules as traditional individual retirement accounts and Roth IRAs. Though some similarities exist, the applicable rules are dependent on whether the new owner of…

 

Creating and Following a Real Financial Plan

The Right Type of Life Insurance for Your Estate Planning Needs Life insurance has been associated with estate planning for decades. Life insurance works for estate taxes because they are due when death occurs, the same trigger that pays life insurance death benefits. But one life insurance size doesn’t fit all estate planning situations. This…

 

Tax Guide Update – The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and 2018 Taxes

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Retirement Planning Strategies Following the 2017 Tax Act In the aftermath of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, this article discusses some strategies that retirees may want to consider. The lower tax rates and higher standard deductions make taking advantage of Roth…

 

AAII Survey: How Readers Organize Their Personal Financial Files

Last week’s featured AAII article on the AAII blog outlined ways in which individuals can organize their personal financial files. It turned out to be one of the most popular posts in the blog’s history. As the article points out, there are a number of reasons to keep your financial files in order: tax audits,…

 

Get Organized! Maintaining Your Personal Financial Files

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Reassessing Your Risk Tolerance? Don’t Overlook Estate Planning Important not only for protecting your assets, estate planning also assures that your assets will pass according to your wishes at the least cost and administrative burden. It can be a relatively easy, six-step process. Analyzing…