This week’s episode focuses on the recent news surrounding “The Fiduciary Rule”, which has investors, retirement savers and would be investors trying to figure out just what exactly is “a fiduciary” to begin with. We’ve come to expect certain business relationships to work in our favor such with a lawyer, our doctors and even the little league coach sometimes, the same applies to many of the professionals that help us invest for the long term. Investing for retirement, such as IRA’s, 401k’s and similar plans that are handled or managed by investment advisors fall under the rule of fiduciary responsibility. However, new rules expand this definition to include more people who may be involved or have an influence on retirement investing guidance. And those new rules focus squarely on the people you trust to steer you and your money in the right direction for your “best interest”. And, not just steer your money into their pockets.
2016 is in full effect, and although there’s still some of last year lingering around for tallying taxes, earnings, dividends, losses, 2015 is still pretty much in the bag. Once you get the 1099’s out of the way you’ll have the hard figures on what you made saved and maybe lost. 2016 is the focus now, I usually give myself a month or even two to really iron out and commit to new year goals and so called resolutions. It takes about a couple of months just to be sure if the new goals are worthy, not too lofty and not too easy, no matter what they’re usually never too easy.
This year a new twist, targeting a savings or investment account and trying to MAX it OUT, through contributions of course. Selecting a retirement account, education savings account or something similar and making the MAX contributions for the calendar year. Some folks this will come fairly easy, for the majority it’ll be a set it and forget it challenge and a few others will maybe need to put this challenge in perspective for their budget. Regardless of budget, economic status and earnings it is fairly universally agreed everyone should be saving for a rainy day, cloudy at least. That being considered, there are many avenues to save that pretty much applies to everyone in some way or another. There are 401k’s, 403b’s, 457’s, Coverdell ESA’s, MMA’s, Government Savings Bonds, ROSA’s (Regular Old Savings Accounts), IRA’s, Roth IRA’s, Roth 401k’s, 529 Plans and the list goes on. Thing is, most of these accounts have some sort of maximum amount you can contribute annually, primarily because the majority have some money saving features whether it’s through deferred taxes on contributions or tax free earnings on contributions. Whatever your flavor or purpose, you’re probably enrolled or have one of these set up someplace, at work or elsewhere. When it comes to waiving of taxes on earnings or contributions, the government is involved to authorize that sort of thing, and they also put caps and limits, check out Retirement Plan limits and details for the most up to date and accurate information for plan limits and specific details. Many folks never really hit the caps or limits set or even know they exist. In today’s show, to kick off 2016 we’re focusing on identifying the limits and choosing one of these accounts to max out for 2016. Regardless of our budget, we’re going to figure a way to MAX OUT for 2016.