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Category: Planning

Roth Conversion Perfect Storm

As of today, general equity markets are ~10-20% off their peak, tax rates are relatively low, and there are record amounts of cash on the sideline. This combination of variables presents an excellent opportunity for a strategy known as a Roth Conversion. A Roth Conversion is the process by which you take money in a pre-tax account (e.g. traditional IRA) and convert it to an after-tax account (e.g. Roth IRA). The potential benefits of such a change include:

  • Tax-free growth inside the Roth IRA
  • Tax-free distributions from the Roth IRA
  • Avoiding required minimum distributions until you (or possibly you and your spouse) pass away
  • Lower estate taxes
  • Lower surcharges on Medicare premiums

For more information on Roth conversions, see the paper we created to provide more detail on this strategy, as well as the pros and cons of Roth conversions.

While this all sounds great, and it is, to receive these benefits, you have to pay ordinary income taxes at the time of conversion. This is a strategy worth considering if you are in a relatively low tax bracket because you recently retired and haven’t yet started receiving your Social Security or taking required minimum distributions. Even if you are in a higher tax bracket, it could still make sense because we could implement other tax strategies simultaneously. If you’d like to know the specifics around this strategy or any different ways we help clients maximize their long-term odds of success, we’d be happy to talk with you.

Hill Investment Group is a registered investment adviser.  This information is educational and does not intend to make an offer for the sale of any specific securities, investments, or strategies.  Investments involve risk and, past performance is not indicative of future performance.  Consult with a qualified financial adviser before implementing any investment strategy.

The Big Picture: Integrating all of your Assets at Hill

 

Integrating Your 401(k) into your Financial Plan

To have the best and most accurate picture of your financial situation, you must look at every asset (and liability). Did you know that you can integrate your 401(k), 403(b), 457, HSA, and variable annuity accounts into your overall plan? And get help managing the investments directly?

We have a new state-of-the-art system that allows for safe and compliant HIG advisor access to all of your accounts – taking the hassle, fiduciary responsibility, and management risk off your plate.

What does this mean for me?

  • HIG taking fiduciary responsibility – upon setup, HIG takes on immediate responsibility for managing these assets.
  • Combatting volatility with timely trading and rebalancing – ensuring your allocation is in line with your plan, no matter what’s happening in the markets.
  • Investing in the right funds for you – full review of the cost and quality of available funds immediately upon setup, repeated quarterly.
  • Tax efficiency through asset location – maximizing the value of these vehicles as an important part of your portfolio.
  • Cost – the cost for this service is determined according to your regular fee schedule. See more details here.

Why it matters

These accounts shouldn’t be an orphaned part of your financial picture. Let us coach you more effectively and get the peace of mind knowing ALL of your assets are taken care of, no matter what.

Ready to set up your access to this service?

Schedule a call with me here. Setup takes no more than 15 minutes.

The Defining Decade

 

As HIG’s “client concierge,” I’m often asked about what books I would recommend for younger investors or those new to investing. Two obvious ones have been written about here before: The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel and Odds On by Matt Hall.

As a concierge, though, after answering the question initially asked, I like to add to an important question that may not have been asked. In this case, “What book would you recommend to my 20-something (child, grandchild, niece, nephew, godchild, etc.) about life and career?” The title that tops my short list is unequivocally, The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter and how to make the most of them now, by Meg Jay, Ph. D.

While the clear and direct audience is the 20-something, parents, grandparents, and others can also benefit from reading the title. Meg Jay provides an outstanding framework to hold productive conversations with anyone, especially twenty-somethings, based on her years as a clinical psychologist specializing in adult development. Not surprisingly, for our regular readers, Dr. Jay brings plenty of data and evidence along with her anecdotes. 

As a parent of three kids in their twenties, I thought it was a great time to revisit this title myself. Fortunately, my wife, Jeana,  encouraged our kids to read the book while in high school or college. As all three embark on new careers or career changes, I’m forever grateful to her for discovering this title years ago. Notably, an “updated” 2021 edition provides additional data and evidence since the 2012 original publication. 

If you would like to receive a complimentary copy of the book or discuss the topic further, call me at 855-414-5500.

Featured entries from our Journal

Details Are Part of Our Difference

Podcast Episode – Meir Statman

With the Recent Events in Ukraine, Should I Make Changes to My Portfolio?

Embracing the Evidence at Anheuser-Busch – Mid 1980s

529 Best Practices

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