February 10, 2016

Documentary: Farming in Fear

Farming in Fear

The story of Liberty Farm’s struggle to survive the regulatory attack by Fauquier County government.

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Marotta’s 2016 Vanguard Gone-Fishing Portfolio

Marotta’s 2016 Vanguard Gone-Fishing Portfolio

Here is a review of Marotta’s 2015 Vanguard Gone-Fishing Portfolio and a description of our changes for 2016.

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Marotta’s 2016 Vanguard Gone-Fishing Portfolio Calculator

Marotta's 2015 Vanguard Gone-Fishing Portfolio Calculator

If you are using Vanguard, we have created a gone fishing portfolio using only low-cost Vanguard mutual funds to help save money on transaction costs.

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A Complete Guide To Donor Advised Funds

Wrapped Gifts

A donor advised fund makes the process of charitable giving simple and easy.

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What Counts as “Boot” in a 1031 Exchange?

What Counts as "Boot" in a 1031 Exchange?

1031 exchanges can include “boot,” which is an unofficial term for other property received in the exchange.

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Radio Interview: Wills, Estates, and Beneficiaries

Live Oak

David and host Rob Schilling discuss what estate planning is, why you want to do it, and explain some of the jargon.

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Marotta’s 2016 Gone-Fishing Portfolio

Gone Fishing

The gone-fishing portfolio provides suggested asset allocations for investors up to age 70 and up to $1 million.

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Marotta’s 2016 Gone-Fishing Portfolio Calculator

The fishes

A gone-fishing portfolio has a limited number of investments with a balanced asset allocation that should do well with dampened volatility.

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IRS Wants Charities To Collect And Report Sensitive Donor Identity Information

IRS Wants Charities To Collect And Report Sensitive Donor Identity Information

Late last year, the IRS proposed asking charities to collect sensitive donor identity information for any charitable gift of more than $250.

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Why Invest In Chile?

Why Invest In Chile?

Adding a little bit of Chile to your portfolio can boost returns and reduce volatility.

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2016 Employer-Sponsored Retirement Account Limits

Retirement Cash Jar

Here are the limits for how much your employer can add to retirement accounts on your behalf.

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Six Creative Beneficiary Designation Ideas

Six Creative Beneficiary Designation Ideas

These are just some examples of the creative beneficiary designations, but the important part is to dream big about what your wishes are.

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Mailbag: Stop Before Using Stop Orders

Mailbag: Stop Before Using Stop Orders

We do not recommend using stop loss orders. Now, it appears that the New York Stock Exchange agrees.

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Mailbag: Unexpected Income and Estimated Taxes

Mailbag: Unexpected Income and Estimated Taxes

How do you handle unexpected income that happens late in the year?

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After-Tax IRA Contributions Must Be Reported On IRS Form 8606

After-Tax IRA Contributions Must Be Reported On IRS Form 8606

The backdoor Roth strategy involves contributing after-tax funds to a traditional IRA.

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A Fund Selection Case Study

A Fund Selection Case Study

We’ve written about how to select securities but in this article we are going to apply those principles to the process of selecting a specific fund for a specific sector of the economy.

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Radio: Financial Planning for Buying a Home

Hobbit Hole

David John Marotta was interviewed on WINA’s “Real Estate Matters” show with Michael Guthrie, talking about how it is still a good time to buy a house.

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Overfunded College 529 plan? No Problem!

Overfunded College 529 plan? No Problem!

No need to worry. You have many great options when managing an overfunded 529 college savings plan.

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Investors Want Non-Correlated Assets Until They Experience Non-Correlation

Investors Want Non-Correlated Assets Until They Experience Non-Correlation

While many investors say they want a low-correlation portfolio, they don’t want to actually experience a low-correlation portfolio.

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Should I Buy Commercial Real Estate?

Should I Buy Commerical Real Estate?

Here is a simple way to think about commercial property.

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2016 Retirement Plan Limits

Retirement Cash Jar

Knowing how much you can contribute to your retirement accounts is important.

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Is There A Christmas Rally In the Markets?

Is There A Christmas Rally In the Markets?

While Santa Claus usually brings something positive for the markets, it isn’t enough to worry about jumping in and out of your investments.

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Don’t Mistake Volatility For Loss

Don't Mistake Volatility For Loss

“Nothing has provided greater risk control over the long term than equities, which are historically without principal risk over 30-year periods…”

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What Games Can’t Teach You About Investing

What Games Can't Teach You About Investing

Many people are first exposed to investing in grade school through a very simple game. Unfortunately, this game teaches all the wrong lessons.

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Radio Interview: Financial Gift Giving

Red and Gold Christmas Gift

David John Marotta was interviewed recently on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing financial Christmas gifts.

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Does Your College Saving Need a Christmas Gift?

Does Your College Saving Need a Christmas Gift?

Some years, we fall behind and I try to make a year-end contribution to get us caught back up again.

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States With Low Regulation Have 30% More Small Business Payroll Growth

States With Low Regulation Have 30% More Small Business Payroll Growth

That is a tremendous advantage for businesses in states with less regulatory burden.

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Gifting Appreciated Stock To Family Members

Gifting Appreciated Stock To Family Members

For children with lower incomes, there is an opportunity to give them appreciated stock to shift the capital gains to a lower tax bracket.

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2016 Tax Facts

2016 Tax Facts

Here’s a quick guide to the tax brackets and some other useful information for 2016.

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Mailbag: How Much Cash Should I Keep For An Emergency?

Mailbag: How Much Cash Should I Keep For An Emergency?

Being prepared is always a good idea, but so is knowing the costs associated with being prepared.

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Seven Reasons Your Retirement Might Fail

Seven Reasons Your Retirement Might Fail

“In 34 years as a financial advisor, he has seen many people flunk retirement, but investment performance has never been the cause.”

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What is the Kiddie Tax?

What is the Kiddie Tax?

The kiddie tax was first added to the tax code in 1986 for children under age 14. Now, it can burden them until they are 23.

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Trust Protections from Creditors and Spendthrift Beneficiaries

Royal Guards

The beauty of trusts is that they are very flexible, and an estate lawyer can help you craft a document that will follow your wishes and give you peace of mind.

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Mailbag: Where Does Cost Basis Go in a Partial 1031 Exchange?

Mailbag: Where Does Cost Basis Go in a Partial 1031 Exchange?

In a 1031 exchange, the cost basis of the property you give up is rolled into the new property you receive.

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Healthy And Wealthy Adds A Decade To Your Life Expectancy

Healthy And Wealthy Adds A Decade To Your Life Expectancy

The national average life expectancy is not a good measure for our clients’ life expectancy. That means planning beyond ages 82 and 85.

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Financial Christmas Gift Ideas

Colorful Gift Wrapping

Financial Christmas gifts don’t need to be a piggy bank. They can be more serious and more meaningful than that.

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Ameriprise Sued By Ameriprise Employees Over Excessive 401k Fees

Ameriprise Sued By Ameriprise Employees Over Excessive 401k Fees

A fundamental fiduciary principle is to avoid self-dealing.

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Social Security Loopholes Scheduled to Sunset

Social Security Loopholes Scheduled to Sunset

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 ends two very profitable Social Security optimization techniques that allowed some savvy beneficiaries to take up to $50,000.00 in additional lifetime income.

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An Immediate Annuity Is Probably Never The Right Answer

An Immediate Annuity Is Probably Never The Right Answer

The Journal of Financial Planning featured a nice column by Harold Evensky entitled “These Innovative Research Papers Deserve Your Attention.”

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Utilizing Uncommon Beneficiary Designations

Utilizing Uncommon Beneficiary Designations

Will substitutes sacrifice some of the customization of trusts but avoid the accounting complexities.

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October 2015 and Year-to-Date Returns for Our 6 Asset Classes

Q3 2015 6 Asset Class Returns

October showed a sharp reversal of the movements of Resource Stocks.

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Radio: The Broken Promises of the Government

Broken Glass

David Marotta was interviewed recently on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing some of the government’s broken promises

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2

I encourage you to read the books and watch the film.

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Understanding Your IRA Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

Understanding Your IRA Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

After you reach the age of 70 1/2, the IRS requires you to begin taking minimum distributions from your traditional retirement accounts.

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When Are Taxes Due On A Roth Conversion?

When Are Taxes Due On A Roth Conversion?

Any tax which is ultimately going to be owed is owed by April 15th. Otherwise it may be subject to interest and penalties.

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Mailbag: When Can I Move Into a 1031 Property?

Mailbag: When Can I Move Into a 1031 Property?

Because 1031 exchanges are a great way to defer paying large amounts of capital gains tax, the IRS tends to be suspicious of them.

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Baby Bear: The Bear Market of 1966

Baby Bear: The Bear Market of 1966

Examining past Bear Markets can help provide some context when we experience the next one.

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Safe Withdrawal Rate Adjustments

Safe Withdrawal Rate Adjustments

Assumptions about these adjustments to your net worth should be made carefully and conservatively.

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What Capital Gains Is Owed For The Sale Of Gifted Stock?

What Capital Gains Is Owed For The Sale Of Gifted Stock?

It is better to leave stock to a family member in your estate plan than to gift them the stock while you are alive.

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Can I Put My RMD Into A Roth IRA?

Can I Put My RMD Into A Roth IRA?

Annual required minimum distributions must be satisfied before any additional amounts are converted to a Roth IRA.

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