IRS Issues Further Guidance on 2020 Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

As we discussed a few months ago, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020, in response to the global pandemic that continues to afflict our economy. One way the CARES Act provided relief for individuals was by waiving the annual obligation to distribute a portion …

6 Ways to Be Financially Productive During Quarantine

If you had asked me a couple months ago what my plans were for the month of April, my response probably would have included things like travelling, going to concerts, and visiting friends and family. As you might imagine, I am unfortunately doing exactly zero of those things (in person, anyway), thanks to the global …

Highlights of the Historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

In an effort to mitigate the effects the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is having on Americans in every sector of the economy, the federal government signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. While this historic bill approves a $2 trillion emergency stimulus package aimed at providing broad …

The Coronavirus Has Infected the Stock Market…Now What?

With the coronavirus now spreading across over 100 countries, it is clear the effects from the virus are widespread and significant. In attempts to mitigate these effects, entire countries have implemented quarantines, multinational corporations have instituted “work from home” protocols in various cities across the globe, and people everywhere have started to accumulating various dry …

I Recently Paid Off My Student Loans 3 Years Early – Here’s How I Did It

As I discussed in a previous post, the average college student graduates with somewhere between $30,000 to $40,000 in student loans, with no indication of tuition growth rates slowing any time soon. Typically, these loans are scheduled to be paid off in 10 years, or 120 monthly payments. If you’re anything like me, you understand …

Is Your Financial Advisor a Fiduciary?

By Adam Oerther, CFP® After writing my last blog post about lessons to be learned from the Great Recession, I realized I missed the opportunity to shed light on a fascinating trend currently going on in the financial advisory industry—the shift toward fiduciary advice and investment management. This trend gained national attention back in 2016 …

Ten Years On: Four Personal Finance Lessons Learned from the Great Recession

By Adam Oerther, CFP® Officially, the “Great Recession” was the period between December 2007 and June 2009 when the U.S. economy contracted by 4.2%. Over 8 million jobs were lost, and unemployment rose to 10%. Many who bought homes in 2006 and 2007 suddenly found themselves “underwater” in their mortgages (owing more on their homes …

I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Volatility

By Adam Oerther, CFP® As most of you know, the stock market was quite volatile in 2018, particularly in the last quarter. For some of you, this volatility may have invoked feelings of worry or nervousness over the future of the market; others may have felt indifferent about it, as the stock market is known …

Previous Employer Retirement Plans [401(k), 403(b), Etc.] – What Do You Do With Them?

by Adam Oerther, CFP® One employee benefit companies often use to attract and retain talent in the workforce is access to a retirement plan, such as a 401(k), 403(b), or SIMPLE IRA plan. These types of plans allow you to make pre-tax contributions, which not only lower your taxable income for the year but also …

How Do People Get “Rich”?

by Adam Oerther, CFP® While the definition of “rich” is different for everyone, just about all lifestyles require money. Being able to sustain these lifestyles without having a recurring income (i.e. a salary), particularly during your retirement years, requires an accumulation of resources from which you can fund the activities you need and want to …