A Year After Tax Reform: Using Roth Conversions Strategically

Following a turbulent end to 2018, financial markets are off to a fast start in 2019.  The U.S. stock market has recouped its December losses with both large and small company stocks making sizeable gains. Foreign stocks rose over 10% in the first quarter but are still clawing their way back from a lackluster 2018.  Quietly, bonds had a stellar quarter (considering the low interest rate environment of the last decade), notching their highest quarterly return since early 2016.  

Are You Caught in the Middle?

Many clients today are caught in the “sandwich generation” where they are caring for elderly parents as well as their children. An important thing for these caregivers to remember is to care for themselves! As in the safety discussion on an airplane, you put on your own oxygen mask first. You can’t help anyone else when you don’t have enough oxygen yourself.

Good News for Retirement Savers

Many Americans who rely on financial professionals to manage their investments have long assumed their advisors are providing them with the very best financial advice.

Unfortunately, too often that has not been the case.

Some advisors are obligated to put their clients’ interests first when making financial recommendations, but many others are not.