Many equate saving with investing. Yet the two concepts are not entirely interchangeable, there is a difference between saving and investing. Saving is putting money away that is for later use with little to no risk of loss. While you save in order to invest, you then take on some risk by investing in assets which ideally will increase in value but that doesn’t always occur. Here are some of the key differences to understand.
Protecting your ‘Human Capital’
Human Capital refers to the monetary value of a worker’s experience, skills and working years available. Employer/state sponsored disability is inadequate or, at best, a limited solution to risk of loss of the ability to work. With that in mind it is important to acknowledge that every household faces the potential of unexpected disability or death and the loss of income associated with that. In order to mitigate that risk, individuals should consider certain additional insurance products to protect against loss.
Insurance is the base of the financial pyramid, creating a solid foundation upon which you will build your wealth. It provides protection against any unforeseen event that can potentially jeopardize your long-term goals. The most important idea to understand about insurance is that it is pure and simple the best way to protect yourself against the risk of loss. If you do not put anything aside for your financial protection you are exposing your plans to risk.
In today’s employment environment, it is more important than ever for employers to provide incentives to retain employees. One such benefit can be found in retirement plan offerings. There are several types of retirement plan options available to small businesses. While the same plan is not necessarily perfect for every company – the size and ownership structure of the company can help inform business owners’ decision as to which plan to offer.
Here is what to expect next year for the Social Security program:
- Recipients will receive a 1.3% increase
- Maximum earnings subject to SS Tax increased to $142,800
- Working Social Security recipients can earn $50,520 before their benefits are reduced
- There is a slight rise in disability benefits
- Social Security tax rates remain the same for employees and self-employed
A Fiduciary duty can be found in many professions however, within the context of investment advisors the duty begins and ends with loyalty and care.
The duty of loyalty is the obligation to always serve the clients’ best interest as well as the mitigating any conflicts of interest.
Starting in July, Americans who have children aged 17 and under, will be receiving payments for the Child Tax Credit that passed legislation under the American Rescue Plan. The IRS will begin sending out monthly payments of $250 or $300 through December to qualifying families.
Most of the lessons we have learned as Advisors is how we turn communication into actionable and successful plans to reach your goals. How we utilize resources for your benefit and the process that takes place, provides us with insight on how to best serve you, our clients. Financial Advising is both an Art and a Science.
Fed Chair Powell gave some interesting remarks at yesterdays (3/16/21) meeting. Taking a deep dive into his comments we can glean some pretty important thoughts on monetary policy and the market conditions looking forward.
Eligibility for the $1,400 (per person) stimulus check will be based on your reported income from either your 2019 or 2020 (if filed) tax return. Individuals will be eligible if they have an AGI of $75,000 or less and Married couples with an AGI of $150,000 or less. The income cap is $80,000 and $160,000 respectively. Many people have already received their stimulus payment or will within the coming weeks. You may still use the “Get my payment” tool on IRS.gov to find out specific details regarding your payment.