Financial Matters

Tips and news from the financial experts at Attentive Investment Managers.
Apr
08

Financial Literacy #5: Non-Retirement Investment Strategies

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Have you invested for retirement? Do you have extra cash flow? After you’ve built up a solid retirement base, here are some other strategies to consider:

Individual or joint accounts

General investment accounts provide you with flexibility. Individual or joint accounts can help you save for your short, medium, or long-term goals and allow you to invest without the restraints of tax-deferred accounts. Withdrawals are penalty-free in the near-term, though you will pay taxes on dividends and capital gains.

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Jul
17

Withholding Changes

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The new tax law made it hard to know how much to withhold from your paycheck every few weeks. As a result, many people withheld less than they might otherwise have, and either received a smaller rebate than expected or had to pay additional taxes in April.

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Nov
28

Year-End Gifting

Year-End Gifting
A "gift" is any transfer of an asset for less than full consideration (usually no consideration). The annual exclusion (both per donor and per donee) is currently $14,000 per calendar year. There is no limit to the number of donee's that you can gift.While the gift is not taxable to the recipient, it is also not deductible (other than charitable gifts) by the donor. The recipient will take the "tax basis" of the donor for income tax purposes. If the $14,000 per year done rule is exceeded during the calendar year, a gift tax return (Form 709) should be filed by April 15th of the following year. No actual gift tax will be paid to the I.R.S. until the taxable portion of the gift(s) exceeds $1,000,000 per donor. Needless to say, this is a complex area and I recommend consulting a tax professional if contemplating gifts that exceed the $14,000 per year limit. 
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With the easing restrictions of the California Shelter in Place order, we have resumed our normal business hours in the office. As before, we are taking steps to ensure the safety of our staff and clients:

  • Surfaces will be sanitized regularly
  • We have several bottles of hand sanitizer as well as anti-bacterial soap and a sink in the office along with disposable masks should you like one.
  • When possible, we will continue to maintain social distancing and when not possible all the staff has masks.
  • Masks are not required for you to enter our office.
  • We are more than happy to meet with you in office but still maintain the capability for web meetings or telecoms. And as always can be flexible if you require special meeting time accommodations.

Our office hours are:
M-Th 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

As always we are available by phone at 209-636-4931 or on email at or