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.
What recent graduates (and their parents) need to think about
Spring is here, summer weather has begun in Austin, and graduation time has arrived. Across Central Texas, students are finishing their high school, college, and even graduate school lives, after years of hard work, stress, excitement, and even some boredom.
As our lives become more intertwined with the internet it may be only a matter of time before all of our important data is stored in this vast “cloud” of bits and bytes. Most people are well on their way with online banking and bill paying, e-tax filing, email, document storage vaults, Social Security information, and soon we will be making payments using our smart phones.&nbs
A penny saved is a penny earned, right? Not necessarily. Thanks to inflation, over time that penny could be worth less than when it was first dropped into the piggy bank. That's why if you're investing -- especially for major goals years away, such as retirement -- you can't afford to ignore the corrosive effect rising prices can have on the value of your assets.
Successful entrepreneurs invest a great deal of time and effort building their companies. With the day-to-day demands, it is often difficult to imagine selling or stepping down from your business. But in order to help build financial security for your future, minimize estate taxes, and ensure business continuation, it is important to plan ahead.
There are two great reasons for buying a vacation home: You want one and you can afford to buy it. Buying a vacation home as an investment, however, should not be your primary motivation.
Some vacation properties can also be good investments. Others aren't. As recent history has shown, real estate prices can go down as well as up, and there are no guarantees.
Most business that desire to help their owners and employees, find their budgets strained by spiraling medical insurance premiums. One solution, the Health Savings Account (HSA), which was created as part of the 2003 Medicare Act, is a relatively affordable—and tax efficient—alternative to traditional managed-care group plans.