If a taxpayer is making charitable donations, and that potential deduction, along with their state and property taxes and their mortgage interest do not exceed their Standard Deduction, then they are not receiving a tax benefit for that charitable donation. One strategy is to “bunch” donations to charities in specific years, while limiting donations in other years.
Some of your goals will be long term (you have more than 15 years to plan), some will be short term (5 years or less to plan), and some will be intermediate (between 5 and 15 years to plan). You can then decide how much money you’ll need to accumulate and which investments can best help you meet your goals. Remember that there can be no guarantee that any investment strategy will be successful and that all investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.
As of September 21, 2018 under the new Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, consumers in states who previously had to pay fees to freeze their credit will no longer have to pay these fees. This is good news for consumers, as taking measures to protect your personal information should be available without incurring additional costs. In addition, this new law can be used by parents to freeze their children’s credit who are under age 16. Guardians, conservators, and those with a valid power of attorney can get a freeze for their dependent(s).
Mission Wealth Founder and CEO, Seth Streeter, was a recent guest on “Conversations With Maria Menounos” with host Maria Menounos. In the podcast “Taking on 2019 + Mindful Investing with Seth Streeter“, Seth teaches us how socially conscious investing can help make us happier and improve our health and relationships without sacrificing return. He also explains the ten dimensions of wealth and empowers us with the tools to connect our finances with our values.
Mission Wealth’s Spotlight on the Team for December is Portfolio Administrator Carla Ramos. Carla has been with Mission Wealth for 5 years, and brings to the firm over 20 years of experience in finance. In this interview we learn that Carla enjoys DIY building, reveals her favorite Bay Area sports teams and discusses the ways in which she makes an excellent Mission Wealth team member.
This empty nest transition can be very emotional. And in some cases, like children who stay on your health insurance until age 25, the break isn’t as clean as it used to be. But this change should also be exciting! Here are some tips on how you and your spouse can stay positive and make the most out of all your new free time, all that new space, and hopefully, all that extra money.
So, you’re thinking of going into business for yourself. You have several options available, and all involve some degree of risk. Do you want to create a start-up operation? Perhaps you are planning on buying an existing business. Or, you may be considering the purchase of a franchise operation. Each option involves some element of risk and reward. Whichever option you choose, however, owning your own business offers a chance at more freedom and greater financial rewards.
When you contribute to a 529 plan, you’ll not only help your child, grandchild, or other loved one pay for school, but you’ll also remove money from your taxable estate. This will help you minimize your tax liability and preserve more of your estate for your loved ones after you die. So, if you’re thinking about contributing money to a 529 plan, it pays to understand the gift and estate tax rules.
Mission Wealth’s Spotlight on the Team for November is Founder and CEO Seth Streeter. Seth has been in the financial industry for 26 years and founded Mission Wealth in 2000. Nearly two years ago, Seth launched an innovative community building program called Sustainable Future where they are unifying nonprofits, businesses, schools, faith based organizations and the public sector to make Santa Barbara County a shining example for community sustainability. In this interview, Seth discusses growing up in Fort Collins, CO, offers a piece of financial advice and shares his passion for local and global organizations.
Just like a good sailor learns how to maneuver the sails to catch the most wind, aligning what’s most important to you with your financial resources is the key to successful financial planning. So instead of asking yourself if you have enough money, or if you will run out of money, ask yourself a better question: Am I managing my money in a way that’s improving my life?