Financial Planning Section

Learn about financial planning tools, updates and issues to consider when counseling clients. Follow the latest news on retirement planning, trusts, 401(k)s, and estate planning.

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  • Sep 04, 2019

    U.S. consumer sentiment falls most since 2012

    U.S. consumer sentiment fell the most in six years, slumping to the lowest level of Donald Trump's presidency as Americans expressed concern about how his tariffs will affect the economy.
  • Aug 20, 2019

    Tax planning should include a Paycheck Checkup

    Year-round tax planning is important for everyone. Just because a taxpayer already filed their tax return doesn’t mean they don’t need to think about taxes for the rest of the year. In fact, what they do now may affect any tax they might owe next year. It could also affect the refund they expect.
  • Aug 20, 2019

    Study: Elderly bankruptcy is on the rise

    Bankruptcy in the United States has undergone a rapid “graying” over the past few decades. In 1991, elders made up 2% of the bankruptcy relief claims; now the share is 12%. Those stark numbers come from a recent Indiana Legal Studies research paper, Graying of U.S. Bankruptcy: Fallout from Life in a Risk Society.
  • Aug 07, 2019

    CFP Board announces independent task force to strengthen and modernize enforcement

    The Board of Directors of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards will create an independent task force to examine and modernize its enforcement practices.
  • Aug 07, 2019

    A break on inherited IRAs might be going away

    The SECURE Act recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives is full of retiree-friendly provisions. But one is irking a number of retirees who were hoping to pass on money accumulated in an IRA to their heirs: the end of the “stretch IRA.”

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