Beginners Guide to 529 College Savings Plans

A 529 plan is a savings plan is one of the best ways to save for tuition or college expenses. A 529 offers many tax benefits and designates an individual’s tuition and related education expenses. The two main 529 plans are prepaid tuition and more typical college savings plans. Prepaid tuition plans allow the account…… Continue reading Beginners Guide to 529 College Savings Plans

Is It Better to Pay Down Debt or Invest?

One of the most common questions a financial advisor gets is paying off debt vs. investing. More specifically, is it better to pay down debt or invest? Should you delay retirement savings to pay down a mortgage or student loans? Should you pay off debt before starting an emergency fund?   The simple answer is that…… Continue reading Is It Better to Pay Down Debt or Invest?

A Financial Wellness Guide for Millennials

We often think of wellness in terms of physical or mental health. Paying lots of attention to them, we often spend a lot of time, effort, and money trying to focus on them. To achieve a better quality of life, we focus on our mental and physical health. We rarely talk about money. It’s so…… Continue reading A Financial Wellness Guide for Millennials

Where to Put Money for Short-Term Savings

Short-Term Investments Matching your money to your short-term needs can help you squeak out some gains, even in a low-interest rate environment. A short-term investment can be converted by investors to cash now or soon, with relative ease and safety of principal. However, keeping a pile of money in cash can leave some earnings potential…… Continue reading Where to Put Money for Short-Term Savings

A Guide to Saving for a House Down Payment

Saving for a house down payment while renting can seem like a daunting task, especially in this economic environment. Housing prices continue to soar, and savings accounts offer very little interest. Given these circumstances, setting aside money in a bank savings account can make the uphill climb seem even more challenging. How Much Money to…… Continue reading A Guide to Saving for a House Down Payment

When Roth IRAs Make Sense for Millennials

Roth IRAs are often associated with younger, entry-to-mid-level workers for their tax advantages. However, as millennials step into their high-income years, contributing to a Roth IRA, even indirectly, still makes a lot of sense. I will discuss using a Roth IRA for emergency funds, education savings, a home purchase, Roth IRA conversions, and Backdoor Roth…… Continue reading When Roth IRAs Make Sense for Millennials

Understand and Maximize Your HSA for 2022

What Is an HSA? An HSA, or Health Savings Account, is a tax-advantaged account for individuals with high-deductible health plans (HDHP). The HSA allows individuals to save for medical expenses that the HDHP does not cover. The 2022 HSA contribution limits are $3,650 per individual and $7,000 for a family. There is a $1,000 catch-up…… Continue reading Understand and Maximize Your HSA for 2022