First, I need to apologize, because not every Colorado teacher just got a big raise. But due to a confluence of circumstances, quite a few did. These circumstances include: The state legislature having surplus dollars and finally deciding to try to make up for the years of underfunding of K-12 education (known, I kid you … Continue reading Colorado Teachers Just Got a Big Raise: Now What?
529 to Roth Conversions: Some Possibilities
As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the changes made by the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act is the ability - with some important restrictions - to transfer some money from a 529 plan to a Roth IRA. The intent of this law is good, I think. Some people have been hesitant to save … Continue reading 529 to Roth Conversions: Some Possibilities
Saver’s Credit: An Overlooked Tax Credit for Many Beginning Teachers
Correction 1-21-23: The original version of this post contained a mistake. The credit rate (50%, 20%, 10%) only applies to the first $2,000 you contribute to a qualified plan. Amounts above $2,000 don't get the credit. In the original post, I assumed that as long as the credit rate times the amount contributed didn't exceed … Continue reading Saver’s Credit: An Overlooked Tax Credit for Many Beginning Teachers
Investing, Volatility and Asset Allocation
I've written a bit before about investing, volatility and asset allocation (here, here, and here, as well as in my books). Individual circumstances matter a lot, including - but not limited to - your goals, your risk tolerance and your investment horizon. But, in general, I think that many people are not invested enough in … Continue reading Investing, Volatility and Asset Allocation
How Much Will You Spend on Health Care in Retirement?
One of the major concerns of retirees - and of folks who are pondering their eventual retirement - is the cost of health care. It's a major concern for at least two reasons. First, of course, people realize that there can be significant health care costs as we age. But perhaps just as important is … Continue reading How Much Will You Spend on Health Care in Retirement?
Taking Another Look at T-Bills
I've written before about some ways we have tried to have our savings keep up with (or at least close to) inflation. One thing I didn't list was bond mutual funds, which often are considered a fairly safe place to put money that will typically earn better-than-a-savings-account yields. That's because at the time of that … Continue reading Taking Another Look at T-Bills