Wealth Management Center
Preserving and enhancing wealth for the future with financial-planning experts Bill Cass and Chris Hennessey
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May 17, 2017 | 1:15pm ET
Markets and policy: Trump's first 100 days
Bill Cass, CFP®, Director Wealth Management Programs at Putnam
Chris Hennessey, Lawyer and CPA, Putnam Business Advisory Group
Matt Beaudry, CIMA, Senior Investment Director
Consider these four strategies before interest rates rise
Investors are expecting more interest-rate hikes from the Fed in 2017. Here are some strategies to consider before interest rates rise.
Tax breaks could be back under the microscope in tax reform debate
Tax advantages for health benefits, retirement contributions, and mortgage interest may come under Congressional scrutiny this year in a tax reform debate.
Here are six tools to calculate Social Security claiming options
How and when to claim Social Security benefits is one of the most important retirement and there are dozens of free online tools that offer some guidance.
What is the future of Social Security?
With Social Security expected to run out of reserves by 2034, reforming the entitlement program remains a priority issue for some lawmakers.
Getting an early start on a Roth conversion may optimize the strategy
A benefit of a Roth conversion is that investors may change their minds. An early start gives investors more time to assess the value of the strategy.
Planning strategies may benefit estates of all sizes
Most estates may fall within the exemption level from federal estate taxes but investors still need to plan for the orderly transfer of wealth.
Five strategies for reducing the tax bill in 2017
Federal tax reform may or may not happen this year, but investors may benefit from planning strategies that can reduce their tax bill for 2017.
Three planning ideas for small business owners
Here are three planning ideas that may help entrepreneurs manage their business taxes and liabilities.
Key tax figures for 2017
Most tax figures will remain unchanged in 2017, according to the new tax schedule released by the Internal Revenue Service.
At year-end, retirement distributions not always required
Year-end is an opportune time to remind investors of situations where they are not required to take retirement distributions.
Five ways Obamacare may change in 2017
Following more than a year of calling for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, President-elect Donald Trump will take his case to Congress.
Gifting and estate plans can be priorities at year-end
Year-end can be a critical time for investors who want to take advantage of certain gift- and estate-planning strategies.
What we might expect with a Trump administration agenda
Now that the election is over, many investors are focused on what’s next for policy items.
Budgets, taxes, and debt on the ballot in 2016
The presidential candidates on the ballot in November take tax reform and spending policies in much different directions.
Consider strategies to take the bite out of the tax bill
There is still time for investors to implement tax-smart strategies before the close of the year.
Now’s the time to review and act on retirement accounts
With different tax rules and penalties for forgotten distributions, it's important to review retirement accounts before the end of the year.
Presidential nominees take a different stand on taxes
The two party's presidential nominees in the 2016 U.S. election have very different views on tax reform.
IRS sets its sights on family business transfers
A proposal from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would change the way family-owned businesses are valued for family business transfers.
Six steps to take to prepare for the fiduciary rule
The DOL’s fiduciary rule will affect the advice industry in 2017 and how advice experts prepare for that change could make a difference in their business.
Deadline to undo a Roth IRA conversion is approaching
A Roth IRA conversion has a special provision that allows investors to undo the action. The deadline to reverse the action for 2015 tax year is approaching.
Social Security isn’t just for seniors
It's not uncommon to see parents of retirement age with young children at home. In these families, children may be eligible for Social Security benefits.
Retirement planning for the end of the year
The fourth quarter is an opportune time to take inventory of retirement accounts and review actions such as required minimum distributions and planning strategies before year-end.
Prepare clients for year-end planning
Gifting, required retirement distributions, and charitable donations are among many planning actions that need attention by the end of the year.
There's still time to implement tax-smart strategies
Determining an individual's tax bracket will drive which tax-smart strategies to implement, including managing income, capital gains and losses.
Some estate-planning benefits may be lost if not used
Investors may want to explore gifting and other estate-planning strategies to take advantage of tax benefits that may be limited.
Debt ceiling debate and federal budget on Capitol Hill agenda
As Congress faces a December deadline for the federal budget, the debt ceiling debate was moved up sooner than expected.
Chris Hennessey is Professor Emeritus of Law at the Babson College School of Executive Education and member of the Putnam Investments Business Advisory Group. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Putnam Investments.