All tagged San Luis Obispo

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.

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4 Considerations Before Refinancing Your #StudentLoans

We’re all aware that student loan debt presents a serious financial obstacle these days. Many are looking at refinancing student loans as an attractive option. Refinancing makes sense for some, but it's not a cure-all for everyone. Here’s 4 consideration to think through before refinancing your student loans.

1. You Start the Clock Over Again (and That Can Cost You) Once you Refinance

#MemorialDay – A Brief History

“We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.” – President Reagan on Memorial Day, 1983.

Origins of Memorial Day, Decoration Day

#Retirement Strategies: #Stocks for the Long Run

One of my core tenets of investing success when it comes retirement strategies can be summed up in the title of Jeremy Siegel’s classic book: Stocks for the Long Run. This is a great read for anyone looking to get a good dose of data on why owning a properly allocated basket of diversified equities is often wiser for the long-term investor than, say, owning a portfolio of fixed-income investments.

Writing Your Own Financial Plan, Part 2 — Goal Setting

The second part of this three part series, is around the topic of: GOALS.

For some people this gets you really excited, and the prospect of writing goals, and thinking about the future and setting goals is a motivating and energizing experience. That’s wonderful, run with it and use this skill for setting goals to better your financial life. For many, however, the idea of goal setting is daunting or just plain dull. For some the very word “goal” causes you to feel anxious or maybe you just don’t believe in goal setting and it hard to think with any real clarity about the future.

I'm teaching a 'Planning for Financial Independence' course at Cuesta College

Join me this summer as I teach a course on Planning for Financial Independence at Cuesta College.

About the class:

Planning for Financial Independence

We will cover the fundamentals of sound personal financial planning. We will help you chart a course for financial independence according to your values, goals, and targets. We will teach cash flow planning, risk management, investment management, college education savings, retirement planning, and estate planning basics.

Summer 2019

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Don't Live in Fear of an IRS Audit #financialplanning #tax

According to the IRS, the chances of you being audited are about 1 in 160.

You likely live in fear of a tax audit. Here ‘s how to protect yourself.

If the Internal Revenue Service suspects you underreported your gross income by 25% or more, it can challenge your return for up to six years. If the IRS suspects you filed a fraudulent return, no statute of limitations applies.