How seniors can still get charitable tax deductions

As a result of the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, taxpayers – especially in California – may find themselves losing some of the deductions they used to get for charitable contributions on their 2018 taxes.

Here’s a simple example to explain this. Suppose you are married and have the following annual expenses.

How to use social media, not let it use you

Over the past 12 years, social media has evolved from purely being an opportunity to connect with people and share information to being something bigger. It is now woven deeply into the fabric of our lives. Social media now plays an important role, influencing us on where to go and how to spend our time on a daily basis.

Given that there are many social media platform choices, ranging from LinkedIn to Facebook, from Snapchat to Pinterest and from Tumblr to Reddit – all vying for our time – how can we make peace with social media and still manage to feel productive in our daily lives?

Looking to buy a home? Do your homework first

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a house in 2019, following are some commonly asked questions and answers to consider.

Why this year could be better for stocks

The U.S. stock market did not have a happy holiday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 was down approximately 12 percent for the fourth quarter of 2018, and the large market drop the day before Christmas, ordinarily a quiet trading session, was record-breaking.

Yet the news during this period was mixed. On the negative side, there was the ongoing trade war with China, another Federal Reserve interest rate increase, the government shutdown and executive branch instability, and greater uncertainty around the UK exit from the European Union. On the positive side, corporate profits remained strong (bolstered by the largest corporate tax cut in history), the Conference Board’s leading economic indicators pointed to further growth and consumer spending during the holidays set another record.

Moving your 401(k)to an IRA

It is a new chapter and new year, usually with resolutions. One of them could be that you have had enough of your current job, boss and colleagues and want to move to newer pastures.

But what about your company 401(k), where you have diligently stashed away $19,000 every year if you are under 50 years old, or $25,000 if you are over 50? Should you keep it at your employer or move it to a self-managed or adviser-managed IRA?

Exploring the pros and cons of off-market listings

Following are some frequently asked questions about selling and buying off-market listings.

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