All tagged Aquila Wealth Advisors

The 6 "Hidden" Tax Saving Opportunities Opened Up by New Tax Rules

Learn how the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act opened up new opportunities that could result in the lowest tax rates you'll ever see.

Click here to get access to our FREE tax saving guide.

  • Discover 6 immediate opportunities to lower your taxes

  • How new tax rules could permanently lower the taxes you pay

  • Why you need to take advantage of this limited time opportunity now before it expires

The laws are set to expire in 2025, but a new administration could change them sooner.

What Should I Do With My Old 401(k) or Employer Plan?

This FREE Guide reveals the 5 options to bring your zombie plans back to life!

Should you leave it where it is?

Move it?

Roll it over?

I’m talking about that old 401(k), 403(b), or 457 plan that’s been sitting untouched after you left an employer.

(If you’re facing retirement, it’s even more critical that you make the right decision.)

Employer plans are designed to be “one size fits most” based on what the employer feels will benefit their employees the most.

So when you leave, change employers, or transition into retirement, it’s up to you to re-evaluate your plan by asking yourself,

Is my old employer plan serving me the best way I believe it should?

If you don’t have the answer yet, that’s OK.

This FREE guide will help you get the answer that makes the most sense for you.

[FREE] Checklist: 3 Pillars of Successful Retirement Plans

The decisions we make now, define our retirement lifestyle and our ability to retire successfully. I realize this is a loaded statement because defining ‘retirement’ and ‘successful’ is different for everyone. However, we can all agree the time period before and after deciding to stop working a career position full-time is critical.

Many opt to do nothing. Put it off “just one more week,” or wait until you really need to do it (unfortunately it could be too late).

Sound familiar? We put things off that don’t feel important now … always waiting to the end of the wire. What I like to call ‘financial procrastination.’

Unfortunately, we simply can’t afford to do that with our retirement.

I bet after you read this guide and checklist I put together, you’ll feel:

  • Relieved and excited about your traditional-work-free life

  • Confident and clear about your retirement future

  • Incredibly fortunate that you didn’t wait until it’s too late

Bear Markets and What to Focus On

These insights can help you focus on the right things & find the silver lining in bear markets.

Here are the two things we know about bear markets:

  1. We can’t predict when they’ll happen, nor can we predict what will cause them.

  2. We can only figure out those things in hindsight.

That can be unnerving to consider. But here’s the good news.

We can get a lot of peace of mind just from knowing the basics about bear markets—and what to do in light of that.

This month’s Aquila Wealth Newsletter shares some important insights about bear markets. Click here to check it out!

The Capital One Data Breach

Steps to protect your cards and keep “what’s in your wallet” to yourself

It seems that credit card fraud and major retailer breaches are just a part of our everyday life now.

Just recently, for example, the Capital One data breach put about 100 million customers in the U.S. and another 6 million customers in Canada at risk.

As these attacks continue and hit more often, the best thing you can do is to be informed on how to prevent and minimize the damage.

Did you know that 43% of companies had a data breach last year? Or that almost 50% of Americans have been victim to credit card fraud in the past 5 years? Or that almost 670 million card records were stolen in the past 10 years? For every American, that is 2.1 stolen credit cards.

Protect Your Cards

Take these steps to protect your cards:

Quarterly Market Commentary Second Quarter 2019

The Fed Signaled No More 2019 Hikes

Two days before the quarter ended, the Fed held the line on interest rates and formally suggested that no cuts were coming in 2019. The central bank suggested that one or two cuts might happen, but not until 2020. The Federal Open Market Committee voted 9-1 to keep the benchmark rate in a target range of 2.25% to 2.5% – hardly a split decision (St. Louis Fed President James Bullard voted to cut rates).

5 Ways to Build A Better #Tax Plan

You just finished your taxes, but it's not too early to make plans for next year.

It's important that as you build your plan, you think about some strategies to reduce or defer your taxes now or in the future. Here are some strategies to consider helping your financial plan become more tax-efficient:

1. Tax harvesting

Usually, this strategy is implemented near the end of the calendar year, but it can be done at any time. With tax-loss harvesting, you sell off holdings that have a loss position to offset the gains you've experienced from other sales.

The asset you sold is then replaced with a similar investment to maintain the portfolio's asset allocation and expected risk and return levels. It won't restore your losses, but it can ease the pain.

Contact us to schedule a complimentary planning meeting.