The decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union was one that was a bit unexpected by most experts. In some respects it became a referendum on globalization and sovereignty. Given this result, financial markets are under pressure, and we wanted to pass along our thoughts on this historic vote and its overall impact.
By now, most parents and grandparents who are saving and investing to pay for college costs have probably heard that so-called 529 college savings plans allow tax-free distributions for qualified education expenses, potentially making them even more attractive and effective than in the past, when they were only tax deferred.
Federal law requires that participants in employer-sponsored retirement plans designate their spouse as their beneficiary unless the spouse waives this right in writing. Assuming that you and your spouse adhered to this practice, a document known as a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO), which is part of a divorce settlement, specifies how retirement assets are divided.