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
What do you need to know about your SPD?[VIDEO]
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!
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
All About Rebalancing
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
How to Grow Your Roth IRA
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 to Rebalance Your Portfolio [VIDEO]
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
How Should You Allocate Savings?
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
Case Study: How to Prioritize Debt
Recently, a dual physician couple, held a debt planning meeting with me. They had various financial obligations and one spouse had just received a rather large bonus. This couple is not US-born and are not totally rooted in our customs. In their country of origin, however, debt is a big no-no. Continue reading
Breaking Bad (Habits)
A realistic budget is the foundation of all good foundation plans. If you’re not sure where to start or just don’t think budgets are sexy enough, let’s break that habit and learn how to put together a budget you can live by! Continue reading
DAF’s: A Great Way to Control Your Tax Bill
This year, several of our clients have unexpectedly found they will have significantly more income than normal. From becoming partner to a surprising success with a non-doctor spouse’s startup business to an unplanned buyout of a practice, they have a very happy problem. The problem is, of course, they’ll have significantly more Continue reading