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Observations On College Savings

My oldest baby boy turned 8 this week.  So hard for me to believe!  Double it and I have a teenage driver closing in on a college decision.  Speaking of college decision, we have an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 plan in place for him.  He is reaching an age where an automatic adjustment is happening within the account.  We have benefited from the Indiana state income tax credit currently available for the last 8 years – 20% of the contributions (up to $5,000 annually) made by the taxpayer.  As we round out this birthday, we are reviewing if we are on track for the college savings goal we set. As I look at college savings for our family, I thought I would share observations I have made planning for college for our family and helping others do the same: 1.)    Make sure you know that you are in a financial place to...
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An Introduction to Mutual Funds and ETFs

A mutual fund pools money received from investors, and issues fund shares to shareholders. It then invests in securities (stocks, bonds and money market instruments) related to the fund's investment objective. The fund provides shareholders with professional investment management, diversification, liquidity and investing convenience. For these services, the fund charges fees and incurs internal expenses for operating the fund, all of which are charged proportionately against a shareholder's assets in the fund. There also may be front- end (purchase) or back-end (sale) charges (loads), which are sales commissions charged upon buying or selling the mutual fund. However, there are no-load mutual funds available that do not charge sales or redemption fees. Purchases and sales take place between investors and the mutual fund.  Mutual funds issue and redeem shares of the fund at their net asset value (NAV), which is the price at which you can buy or sell a share that is calculated after...
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First Quarter 2017 Key Takeaways

The buoyant mood that pushed stocks higher through year-end 2016 continued into the first quarter as signs of an improving global economy continued to mount. Stock indexes were up across the board. Emerging-market (EM) stocks were the star performers.  (MSCI EM index +11.6%).  Their double-digit gains eclipsed returns for developed international stocks (up 8%), and both outperformed larger-cap U.S. stocks (up 6%). Price-to-earnings multiples in most EM countries’ equity markets remain at the lower end of their 20-year averages, and we expect growth in emerging countries to outpace that of developed markets over the long term.   Investors took the Federal Reserve’s widely anticipated rate hike on March 15 in stride, treating it as another indicator of the U.S. economy’s return to form.  Wage growth has returned, unemployment is well below 5%, and inflation is close to the 2% target.  The Fed is now turning its attention to reducing its $4.5...
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Charitable Giving 101 – A 30,000 Foot Review of Giving

As we quickly close in on the end of another tax filing season, I thought it would be helpful to explain some of the basics of charitable giving as they relate to income tax.  Obviously, there are many different reasons people give to charitable institutions (i.e. a personal connection to a charity, religious beliefs, tax planning methods, etc.).  Whatever the reason you have to give, I hope this short discussion helps provide clarity and quality information as you plan ahead for taxes in 2017.   Giving Basics: One of the major tax planning tools that can be utilized is charitable giving.  When you give you to a qualifying charitable organization (501(c)3 organization), your contribution qualifies for a tax deduction that lands on Schedule A – Itemized Deductions.  You can give cash, real property, personal property, stocks, and many other different assets.  Most of your gifts (i.e. cash, most personal property, etc.)...
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The Tough Job of Continuous Accumulation

Every paycheck, you may see a line item reducing your net pay titled pre-tax 401k.  If you are making a ROTH 401k contribution, that net pay looks even lower.  If eligible, you may be contributing to an IRA, a ROTH IRA, or a HSA.  You may be adding money to a 529 plan for your children’s college education.  You may be doing savings into a brokerage or bank account for short-term goals, a business acquisition, and/or for retirement.  You see Social Security and Medicare tax being withheld from your paycheck, and you comply because you must while wondering if those programs will provide any benefit to you when you reach age of eligibility.  On the spending side, you may be making sacrifices to provide for the savings level you have committed to. If you are doing retirement savings while balancing current spending and other savings goals, I have noted the following...
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Why Retirees Need Equities

Interest rates have been declining since 1981.  Long-term U.S. Treasury bond yields peaked at 15.21% in October of 1981 and reached a record low of 2.11% in July 2016. In 1960, 41% of private-sector workers were covered by pension plans, but by 2008 only 20% were covered by a defined-benefit pension plan.  Most retirees now need to produce income from tax-deferred accounts or taxable investments in addition to Social Security benefits in order to meet retirement income needs.  Social Security was introduced in 1935 as a program to provide some continuing income after retirement.   However, the estimated average monthly benefit for all retired workers in January 2016 was only $1,341 per month ($16,092 annually).  The Federal poverty level for a family of two for 2017 is $16,240. Retirees are faced with several risks in their retirement years.   The first is longevity risk, the risk of outliving your assets.   Associated to longevity...
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Welcoming Timothy Voegele, CFA®, CFP®

You might have seen the news release late last year when we announced Treybourne Wealth Planners (TWP) hired Timothy Voegele, CFA®, CFP®. You are likely familiar with the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) designation since Stephanie Willison and I are CFP® professionals, and Jessica Beaman is well on her way to attaining this well-known planning designation.  The CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst) is new to TWP so I thought I would explain to you the reasons we are glad to add Tim to our team.  Tim successfully completed all 3 levels of the CFA® study level process: Level I: Focuses on a basic knowledge of the ten topic areas and simple analysis using investment tools Level II: Emphasizes the application of investment tools and concepts with a focus on the valuation of all types of assets Level III: Focuses on synthesizing all of the concepts and analytical methods in a variety of applications for effective...
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Budgeting – It’s Not as Scary as it Sounds

Have you been putting off creating a budget because it seems overwhelming and scary? Creating a budget doesn’t mean that you have to cut out the things you enjoy or track every dollar you spend. Rather, budgeting helps you to align your spending with what you value most. So where do you start? There are many tools available to make budgeting easier. The spending and budgeting feature of eMoney is one valuable tool offered to Treybourne Wealth clients. Using a budgeting tool, like eMoney, allows you to electronically link your spending and saving/investing accounts, and place your transactions into the appropriate categories. eMoney will recognize repetitive transactions and categorize them for you going forward. Once you have transactions categorized, you can see at a glance where your money is going. From here, you can begin evaluating your spending/saving habits and make adjustments when creating your budget. eMoney is not the only...
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Year-end Tax Planning Ideas

As we approach the end of the year, we thought we would put together some year-end tax planning ideas for you to consider.  This list is not intended to be exhaustive.  1.)    Mutual Fund Distributions: review the size of planned distributions at year-end. Treybourne Wealth Planners (TWP) is in the process of reviewing the distribution estimates for mutual funds that you may hold.  We are reviewing to see if it might be worthwhile to sell out of the fund before the distribution record date.  This would allow our clients to avoid the distribution and related tax where these funds are held in a taxable account.  We will also avoid purchasing new mutual funds where large distributions are anticipated.  2.)    Capital gains: reduce your liability through tax loss harvesting TWP is in the process of reviewing taxable accounts for holdings where an unrealized loss may exist.  We will analyze whether there is...
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2016 Election Results

Mr. Donald J. Trump is slated to be the 45th President of the United States of America.  Mr. Trump clearly won the electoral vote yet lost the popular vote.  Mr. Trump and his party will have full control of the Senate and the House.  Short-term political market reactions should be met with skepticism.  We all experienced the initial impact of Brexit earlier this year, and we all experienced the relatively rapid recovery.  A victory for Mr. Trump was not priced into the markets at their close on Election Day, and it seemed the markets called the election results first with their rapid sharp declines (which did not last) as the results were unfolding. Markets are pragmatic and fundamental and find their way to a fair pricing.  An idea Mr. Trump spoke during his campaign is not an executed idea at this point, and we typically do not see quickly being the...
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