Category Archives for "Peak Thoughts"

Mar 25

Book Review: Your Complete Guide to a Successful & Secure Retirement, Larry E. Swedroe & Kevin Grogan

By Steven Smith | Peak Thoughts , Uncategorized

One of the great influences in my practice has been Larry Swedroe. (Another, of course, was the late John Bogle). Fifteen years ago, I started this practice by giving away copies of one of Larry’s first books, The Successful Investor Today, 14 Simple Truths You Must Know When You Invest (St. Martin’s Press 2003). (I […]

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Nov 16

The IRA Charitable Rollover – Laserlike Tool for the Seasoned Philanthropist

By Steven Smith | Peak Thoughts , Philanthropy , Tax Planning , Uncategorized

‘Tis the season…for charitable giving. In our last post, we discussed the basics of the new tax law, its possible effects on charitable donations and the concept of “bunching” and a Donor Advised Fund as a workaround. Today we address the IRA charitable rollover – or, more technically, the qualified charitable distribution (QCD). IRA Goes […]

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Nov 06

Regaling the Donor Advised Fund – The Swiss Army Knife of Charitable Giving

By Steven Smith | Peak Thoughts , Philanthropy , Uncategorized

Nothing sharpens the mind like a deadline. Sometime around Halloween, when we have a couple of months left in the year, we begin to think in earnest about our charitable giving. On account of the charitable contribution deduction on Schedule A of the 1040 individual income tax return, many taxpayers scramble to complete their charitable […]

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May 06

How Do You Spell Relief? ATRA! (American Taxpayer Relief Act)

By Steven Smith | Financial Lifestyle , Peak Thoughts , Tax Planning , Wealth Management

Congratulations, the 2012 tax season is behind us. Time to start planning for 2013. The dramatic New Year’s Eve peek over – and retreat from – the fiscal cliff did not solve all of the country’s budgetary problems. But it did produce a historic and constructive piece of tax legislation that ended a great deal […]

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