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The NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup January 24, 2020

Welcome to the weekly roundup where I share with you interesting articles from across the web. I hope you enjoy and absolutely feel free to share and pass along.

Our Kansas City Financial Planner Weekly Roundup

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Podcast Interview: Crushing Debt Podcast

Hello blog-reading folks! I wanted to let you know that I was just recently interviewed on the Crushing Debt podcast if you want to check it out. You can subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast player or just click the play button below. 

It was a ton of fun and I had a blast. Shawn is actually an attorney who has his own practice in the Tampa area (wish I were there right now with the weather we’ve been getting in Kansas City).

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The Tax Benefits of Net Unrealized Appreciation

When you get a new job or start working for a company, your pay and benefits can take different forms. Your salary is often your primary form of taxable income, but companies can compensate you in other ways with benefits packages, perks, retirement plans, 401(k)s, and even shares of the company. 

One of the ways that companies and organizations can compensate their team is by giving them equity in the company, via employee stock ownership plan (ESOPs) or profit-sharing. If you do in fact have stock within your company 401(k) you could potentially be eligible for tax rules that can help you save money on your taxes.

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The NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup January 17, 2020

Welcome to the weekly roundup where I share with you interesting articles from across the web. I hope you enjoy and absolutely feel free to share and pass along.

Our Kansas City Financial Planner Weekly Roundup

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup. Hope you’re having a great week! 

Once again, we saw stocks hit record highs this week due to a solid start to earnings season and strong global economic data that was released. All three main markets here in the US (Dow, NASDAQ and the S&P 500) were all up 1.5-% going into today.
 
Some of these can be attributed to the aftermath of the U.S. and China trade deal signing. This trade deal signing is expected to create a sharp increase in the sales of U.S. goods and services to China. Let's hope this is the beginning of the end of the two-year trade war.
 
However, this does still leave U.S. tariffs on billions of Chinese goods, which is about three-quarters of Chinese imports to the U.S. So, possible tariff reductions will be one thing discussed at later negotiations between the two countries. 

So enough of my commentary, let’s jump in and check out some of the best articles I ran across from the past week. Enjoy the weekend and find some time to relax.

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Our Review of Mint vs. Quicken

Modern budgeting tools simplify managing your money. Some of these tools don't cost anything, but some can still really benefit you for only a small fee. Mint and Quicken are perfect examples of these tools. 

Mint is free, while Quicken will cost you a small fee. However, both can be extremely helpful and keep your finances organized. Let's take a closer look at both of these great budgeting apps. 

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Our Review of Mint vs. Personal Capital

There was a time when monitoring your financial situation was relatively complicated. Whether it was balancing a checkbook or writing expenses in a ledger, you had to input everything by hand and do a lot of math to get accurate results. 

Thankfully, we’re living in the golden age of technology. Instead of using old-fashioned financial tracking methods, all you need to do is download an app, and you’re ready to go. However, with so many options available, it can be a bit overwhelming to determine which one is best for your needs. Fortunately, we’re here to help with our review of Mint vs. Personal Capital. 

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The NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup December 20, 2019

Welcome to the weekly roundup where I share with you interesting articles from across the web. I hope you enjoy and absolutely feel free to share and pass along.

Our Kansas City Financial Planner Weekly Roundup

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup. Hope you’re having a great week! 

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Do I Need a Backdoor Roth IRA?

No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start thinking about retirement. Although you will want to put money away in a variety of different accounts, one of the most reliable is an IRA. You may already be familiar with Traditional and Roth IRAs, but the fact is there is a way to move money from a Traditional to a Roth, which is considered a Backdoor Roth IRA or a Roth Conversion.

Both actually do the same thing in a slightly different way. A Backdoor Roth IRA is typically in relation to converting a Traditional non-deductible contribution to a Roth IRA. A Roth Conversion is normally in relation to a larger amount being converted from a Traditional to a Roth. Again, they both do the same thing but just have different names. Today, we’re going to focus on the Backdoor Roth IRA.

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The NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup December 13, 2019

Welcome to the weekly roundup where I share with you interesting articles from across the web. I hope you enjoy and absolutely feel free to share and pass along.

Our Kansas City Financial Planner Weekly Roundup

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup. Hope you’re having a great week! 

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What is Tax Gain Harvesting?

As a general rule, one of the biggest challenges to overcome when investing is trying to minimize your tax liability. Capital gains taxes can take a significant chunk of your gains if you're not careful. This is why you need to understand as much about various tax strategies as possible to minimize what you’re paying. 

Although it may seem a bit counterintuitive at first, tax-gain harvesting may be a viable option in some cases. While you may have heard of tax-loss harvesting, today we want to take a closer look at tax-gain harvesting to see how it works and when it should be deployed. This strategy is a little more advanced than others, but it can benefit you when used effectively. 

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The NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup December 6, 2019

Welcome to the weekly roundup where I share with you interesting articles from across the web. I hope you enjoy and absolutely feel free to share and pass along.

Our Kansas City Financial Planner Weekly Roundup

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup. Hope you’re having a great week! 

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What To Do With $50,000

Have you recently come into a $50,000 windfall, such as an inheritance? You may be tempted to buy a new car or take your family and friends on a dream vacation. 

But before you do, stop and consider all of your options — including saving the money...who would've thought a financial advisor would recommend this. 😁Developing a sound financial strategy is a good way to make your money grow.

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Can Income Shifting Lower My Taxes?

As the old saying goes, the only constants in life are death and taxes. However, while you can’t avoid paying your share to the government, you may be able to lower your tax burden. Income shifting is a well-known tactic for moving money around so that you don’t have to pay as much in taxes. Today, we’re going to dive into this strategy and see how income shifting might be able to lower your taxes. 

What is Income Shifting?

The name of this tactic kind of gives it away. To reduce the amount you owe, you simply shift your income to another person. Let’s say that you’re in a relatively high tax bracket (i.e., 35 percent). So, instead of paying all of your income at that rate, you give part of it to a relative in a lower tax bracket (i.e., 10 percent). 

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The NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup November 22, 2019

Welcome to the weekly roundup where I share with you interesting articles from across the web. I hope you enjoy and absolutely feel free to share and pass along.

Our Kansas City Financial Planner Weekly Roundup

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup. Hope you’re having a great week! 

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Different Ways to Make $200 in a Day

We all run into some tough times when it comes to money. Perhaps you’ve been randomly laid off, you’re in between jobs or perhaps an emergency popped up and it requires funds. It’s never fun being at the mercy of money, but you have the power to take control of the situation and make the most of it. 

According to USA Today, 40% of Americans don’t have $400 to spare if an emergency were to pop up right now. The same survey notes that the median savings account for a household is about $4,000, which is far below the recommended amount to have for rainy days. 

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The Best Kansas City Financial Advisors

Are you in the market for a financial advisor and looking to know who are the best in the Kansas City area?  Well, you’ve come to the right place.

In today’s post, I’m going to provide you with who I believe are the best financial advisors in Kansas City. I respect and admire all of these firms and individuals and would have no problem at all referring a family member (as long as they’re a good fit, of course).

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The NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup November 8, 2019

Welcome to the weekly roundup where I share with you interesting articles from across the web. I hope you enjoy and absolutely feel free to share and pass along.

Our Kansas City Financial Planner Weekly Roundup

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup. Hope you’re having a great week! 

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The Risks of Being a Power of Attorney

As family members, we have a natural inclination to volunteer when it comes to managing end of life affairs and estate planning. It’s what we do. We make sure our parents, siblings and other extended family can count on us to pitch in now and in the future. 

One of those responsibilities is signing on as power of attorney to better serve as executor of a will or to handle legal affairs should a family member pass on or become incapacitated. After all, they’re family, right?

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5 Great Value Investing Books Worth a Read

When it comes to investing, putting money into stocks is one of the best options for the long term. However, as you can imagine, trading in the market can be complicated and somewhat confusing for first-timers. Fortunately, there are tons of resources on the subject, so getting started is all about doing a bit of research. 

We’ve compiled a list of five great value investing books worth a read. Whether you’re brand new to the world of stocks and investing or just want to polish your knowledge, each of these books is going to help. 

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The NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup October 25, 2019

Welcome to the weekly roundup where I share with you interesting articles from across the web. I hope you enjoy and absolutely feel free to share and pass along.

Our Kansas City Financial Planner Weekly Roundup

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup. Hope you’re having a great week! 

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