A Quirky 529 College Savings Plan Rule

As we know 529 college savings plans are a great way to save for college.  What you might not know is that an IRS rule limits you to just one investment change per calendar year.  This has alot of parents in a panic as they look to increase their bond allocation given the state of the market.  Seems a bit restrictive to me, what does everyone think?

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Donating Money From Your IRA

Every week Kelley Greene’s Focus on Retirement Segment in the Wall Street Journal is excellent, this week is no exception.  If anyone has any money left their IRA and would like to donate it to a charity…here are some details.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122489075823068591.html

Basically what it says is if you are 70 1/2 or older you can donate up to $100,000 from your IRA tax free to a qualified charity.  The same does not hold for a 401(k) or 403(b).

50 Fun Stock Market Facts from Blueprint For Financial Prosperity

Fun article.  Make sure you read the comments very insightful!

http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/50-fun-facts-about-the-stock-market.html#comment-289713

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Jim Cramer Panics? Umm…Isn’t He Just Restating The Obvious?

“Whatever you may need for the next five years, please take it out of the stock market. Right now. This week. I do not believe that you should risk those assets in the stock market.”

– Jim Cramer

With all due respect Mr. Cramer…No $h*t…It’s called a long term investment for a reason.  Any money you need in the next 5 years should be in short term savings vehicles.

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One Of The Better Articles About “Mark to Market” I Have Read

I don’t have a strong opinion regarding mark to market accounting rules but I read a decent article in an older Economist magazine (sometimes I have to play catchup) this afternoon.  Enjoy!

Here she is:

http://www.economist.com/finance/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12274096

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Why I Haven’t Been Writing About The Bailout

Wow, today the Dow dipped below 9,000.  These certainly are trying times for investors like you and me.  But at the end of the day what can we do about it?  I look at it this way, if this is armageddon and I’m going to hell in a handbasket, shifting my money from the market to treasuries is not going to do a heck of alot of good.  I’m screwed either way.  If there are no jobs and no economic growth what does my nest egg mean for me anyway…I’m 30 for God’s sake. 

Let’s say I let this crisis make me a more conservative investor, sticking my money in treasuries for the rest of my life.  Getting 1% over inflation isn’t going to help me much in the long run.  My savings rate is going to have to be pretty damn hefty to live for 30 years into retirement.  

I woud much rather take the market risk that our country will not grow as a capitalist economy than the inflation risk of parking my money in low yield investments and outliving it!  We are at a 39% decline right now.  We have seen this in the past and thrived.  I believe in the economy and what the future holds for our country.  I know I have naysayers, many even in my family.  But I still believe in modern portfolio theory and our economy.  Only time will tell.

 

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There Goes My Plan To Retire Tax Free To A Tropical Island

After years of threatening to do so, Congress has passed a law that will tax the assets of those who revoke their citizenship and leave the country to avoid taxation.  The assets of the ex pat will be taxed on their way out of the country as if they had been sold.  In addition any assets gifted to a current US citizen will be taxed at the rate of 45%.  These laws apply to individuals with a net worth of more than 2 million.

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