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Insights from the Experts

A cornerstone of growing financial confidence is first building financial literacy.  From learning about what types of investment accounts are available, to what you should consider when saving for education, to what's important when looking at your estate plan, and what the tax consequences are of all those decisions! 

Financial literacy for women is especially needed as more women are in charge of their finances and starting businesses of their own. Read along with our experts as we aim to bring about a paradigm shift in how women view themselves and their ability to build wealth, for their own benefit and for those that they support.

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What is a Special Needs Trust?

If a person with special needs has assets -- perhaps from a lawsuit award or settlement or from a gift or inheritance – those assets can disqualify the person from receiving essential public benefits like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). A special needs trust can allow the person with special needs – the trust’s beneficiary -- to remain eligible for needs-based public benefits while at the same time preserving the assets to enhance the beneficiary’s quality of life.

Special Needs Planning
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How the Financial Planning Industry has Failed Women...and How We Fix it

"I know I shouldn't have so much just sitting in cash," my client says as we're looking at her checking account, and then she laughs a little bit to lighten the conversation. "I should do something with it, I know, but I just like having it there. I like to see it and know it's right there." We're not looking at $5,000 or $25,000 of cash either. We're talking $100,000, $300,000, even $1,000,000 or more of cash on the sidelines that I've worked through with my own clients.

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What is…a Roth IRA?

So we’ve got our apple carts all lined up, and now we’re looking at the Roth IRA apple cart. This cart is special, because it has tax benefits that you don’t get with the other carts (Traditional IRA, regular Brokerage account, even a Money Market account). You have to pay taxes before contributing to the Roth IRA, but when you follow the distribution rules laid out by the IRS the withdrawals are completely tax free later on!

Investing Retirement Funding Tax Planning What Is...?
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What is…a Traditional IRA?

“IRA” stands for Individual Retirement Account, and there are all different kinds of IRAs depending on what you’re trying to accomplish. We’re not going to go through all of the types of IRAs in this post, though, we’ll break it down and start with the Traditional IRA. First, an IRA isn’t an investment, so opening one and throwing money into it won’t automatically mean it’s going to grow when you hear someone on the news say “The Dow hit a new all-time high today!” (We’ll talk about what “The Dow” and “The S&P 500” mean later.) Instead, think of an IRA as an empty apple cart. In fact, all your accounts are empty apple carts!

Investing Retirement Funding What Is...?
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An Introduction to ABLE accounts

When Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014, it was a game-changer for families with special needs. For the first time there was a tax-advantaged way to put money aside for dependents with disabilities without compromising their eligibility for government benefits. And, unlike a special needs trust, an ABLE account can be managed and controlled by the beneficiary.

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