TCJA (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) 2017 took away employee business expenses, along with much of our ability to itemize. In particular, we can now deduct mortgage interest on only $750k of debt and are limited to a deduction of $10k/yr. for SALT deductions. On a positive note, the Pease Limitation – which reduced itemized deductions for high earners, is gone along with AMT for most high-income taxpayers. Continue reading
Backdoor Roth IRAs are a frequently-discussed topic on physician blogs and social media sites. But most conversations assume you understand basic investing concepts that many novice investors don’t. I’ve written this post as a reference guide for anyone who needs help with the mechanics on how to set up a backdoor Roth IRA. Continue reading
What do you do with your retirement accounts when you change jobs? This is a common question on WCI, and the good news is that you have many options! What you choose to do depends, as always, on your goals, current situation, and priorities. Continue reading
Your Summary Plan Description (SPD) is the rule book for all retirement accounts offered to you by your employer. Sadly, many employees do not know how to read their SPD or its importance. In this month’s video, Michelle gives you important features to look for in your employer’s SPD.
Also read Johanna’s companion blog post, It’s Open Season!
Annual open enrollment for benefit plans typically begins on November 1. Everyone should spend 30 minutes annually on a review of your current and available benefits. If you hate waiting in an endless phone loop when you need an answer about your insurance or retirement, Continue reading
Financial planning includes financial education. We believe that, for optimal investment results, an investor should commit to a chosen portfolio allocation. We refer to this allocation as a “well diversified, balanced portfolio”. Rebalancing is the process of bringing your portfolio back to the original asset allocations you have set for it. Continue reading
In my last Doctor Dilemma, How Should You Allocate Savings?, I discussed a different kind of investment strategy: taxation of withdrawals. Because we recommend allocating ~1/3 of investable assets to Roth accounts, we are regularly asked how that is possible for a high-income professional. Continue reading
How do you rebalance your accounts? Don’t know how? Follow along as Michelle walks you through the steps we use when rebalancing client accounts in this month’s vlog, then try it yourself! Continue reading
If you live a reasonably balanced lifestyle, you will, at some point in your lives, find yourselves debt free, 529s funded and accumulating cash. As physicians, particularly in dual-doctor households, you can accomplish this 10 years or so out of Continue reading