2020 is a year most of us would prefer to forget. When the year started, nobody expected natural disasters of historic proportion, the COVID-19 pandemic or the residual economic hardships that followed. But with the first year of the new decade officially behind us, how can you better prepare your finances for whatever 2021 may bring? Our seven suggestions are below.
On Jan. 13, President Donald Trump was impeached for a second time by the House of Representatives – a first for our nation. Trump was impeached for his part in inciting violence against the United States government.1 This move comes days before Trump is set to leave office, but it still begs the question – does an impeachment of the President of the United States have a direct impact on the stock market? To answer this question, we’ll take a look at past impeachments – starting with Trump’s first impeachment in 2019.
Tony Hsieh, former CEO of Zappos, died at 46 due to smoke inhalation from a house fire over the Thanksgiving holiday. Several months prior, Hsieh retired from his position as CEO of Zappos with an estimated net worth of $840 million.1 Since his death, his family has determined he died intestate, meaning he had no will. In response, his family has filed for access to the former CEO’s accounts and assets.2
Earlier in 2020, “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman lost his battle with colon cancer – Boseman also died intestate. His wife has since had to file paperwork in probate court to gain access to his estate, which has an estimated value of about $938,500.3
The moral of the story? No one, no matter how much they have, is immune to an untimely death. And while you may not have a net worth of $840 million, your assets are still significant and require proper planning.
2020 has been a difficult year to say the least, but 2021 is rapidly approaching. Utilize these 7 financial moves to make the coming year less stressful.
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With one of the most contentious elections in history behind us, President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is set to take office on January 20. In anticipation of a new administration, high earners especially are left wondering – how will the Biden presidency affect me financially? Until Biden takes office and begins enacting changes, we won’t know for sure what to expect. But based on his official campaign platform, past interviews and projections, we can better prepare ourselves for the potential changes to come.
Now that Inauguration Day is on the horizon, what challenges could this bring to high earners during a Biden administration?
There comes a point in nearly everyone’s life when they begin to wonder if they should continue to rent or make the step of purchasing a home – but throw a global pandemic, low mortgage rates and a crazy housing market into the mix, and it makes the choice a whole lot more complicated. Furthermore, since January 2020, home sales have been steadily increasing.1
The first thing to remember: don’t let the circumstances make this an emotional decision. Buying a home is a decision that should be made based on your finances, as well as your preparedness for owning a home. Before you make any real estate purchase, you should strongly evaluate your options to figure out if you are really ready to buy.
As Americans, we love giving back. In 2017 alone, we shelled out $410.02 billion in charitable donations – accounting for 2.1 percent of the GDP.1 With the 2020 holiday season officially upon us, it’s no surprise that our giving efforts are likely ramping up. And while donating to charities is an integral component of your core values, it can also be an important, strategic play in lowering your tax obligation.
This year, charitable contributions can count even more toward lowering tax bills for some. Thanks to the CARES Act, which passed in late March 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic, your giving could stretch even further this tax season.
It’s time for the new year, a new budget and a brighter future for you and your family. 2020 has been full of unprecedented events that may have left you feeling financially unstable, but you can make 2021 the year you finally take control of your financial life. Use these resolutions to create a realistic budget that will let you pay down your debts and give you the opportunity to put something away, while not forcing you to be too disciplined in order to make it happen.
2020 has been quite the year, to say the least. With only one month left, everyone is ready to put the year behind us and try to start fresh. From the coronavirus pandemic to economic shut downs, many have felt the financial strain. If you are looking to start 2021 off on a better financial note, these seven moves will (hopefully) help make your year less stressful.
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