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Investment Policy Statements

Investment Policy Statements
What are they? Why are they important?

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A self-fulfilling policy. An investment policy statement (IPS) is a document which helps the client and advisor stay “on the same page” by clearly stating the expectations and responsibilities of the client and advisor.

 

A standard IPS will usually take into account the client’s general investment goals and objectives, but also more specific elements, such as a breakdown of asset allocation targets, any control and monitoring procedures to be followed by everyone involved in the portfolio, and concrete procedures for making any future changes to the IPS.1

 

Read the fine print. Because an IPS includes your broad investing goals and objectives, it’s important to read through it fully. For some, it may be helpful to think of an IPS as a way for you to communicate with your advisor, even if you’re unable to be reached. This may also be helpful when quick action is necessary.

 

That’s because an IPS sets the parameters within which the advisor will operate in order to help you pursue a set of preestablished goals. So, if during your read through of an IPS anything feels uncomfortable, a conversation with your advisor is a great idea.

Invest in a conversation. An IPS is a great way to make sure you’re with a professional who understands your risk tolerance, goals, and time horizon. After all, an investment policy statement can be deeply personal and works best when tailored to your circumstances. However, if you happen to find an element of your IPS that doesn’t fit exactly right, don’t despair. A conversation with a financial professional can often help create an investment statement that’s as unique as your portfolio may be.

 

MidAmerica Financial Resources may be reached at 618.548.4777 or greg.malan@lpl.com www.mid-america.us

This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note – investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Adviser, Member FINRA/SIPC.
MidAmerica Financial Resources and Malan Financial Group are separate and unrelated companies to LPL.

Citations.

1 – cfainstitute.org/membership/professional-development/refresher-readings/2018/the-portfolio-management-process-and-the-investment-policy-statement [06/18/2019]

Tax Moves to Consider in Summer

Tax Moves to Consider in Summer

Now is a good time to think about a few financial matters.

Provided by MidAmerica Financial Resources

 

Consider making tax moves earlier rather than later. If you own a business, earn significant investment income, are recently married or divorced, or have a Flexible Savings Account (FSA), you may want to work on your income tax strategy now rather than in December or April.

 

Do you need to pay estimated income tax? If you are newly retired or newly self-employed, you will want to be familiar with Form 1040-ES and the quarterly deadlines. Each year, estimated tax payments to the Internal Revenue Service are due on or before the following dates: January 15, April 15, June 15, and September 15. (These deadlines are adjusted to the next available workday if a due date falls on a weekend or holiday.)1

 

Ideally, you would just make four equal payments per year – but if you are a small business owner, your business income could vary per quarter or per season. The risk here is that you will underpay and set yourself up for a tax penalty. Confer with your tax professional to see if you should adjust your estimated tax payments for this or that quarter.1

  

Has your household size changed? That calls for a look at your pre-tax withholding. No doubt you would like to take home more money now rather than wait to receive it in the form of a tax refund later. Adjusting the withholding on your W-4 may bring you more take-home pay. Ideally, you would adjust it so that you end up owing no tax and receiving no refund. You can adjust it at the I.R.S. Tax Withholding webpage, or via a paper W-4 form.2

 

Think about how you could use your FSA dollars before the end of the year. The Department of the Treasury has modified the rules for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). The I.R.S. now permits an employer to let an employee carry up to $500 in FSA funds forward into the next calendar year. Alternately, the employer can allow the FSA accountholder extra time to use FSA funds from the prior calendar year (up to 2.5 months). Companies do not have to allow either choice, however. If no grace period or carry-forward is permitted at your workplace, you will want to spend 100% of your FSA funds this year.3

 

You could help your tax situation by contributing to certain retirement accounts. IRAs and non-Roth workplace retirement plans are funded with pre-tax dollars. By directing money into these retirement savings vehicles, you position yourself for federal tax savings in the year of the contribution. If you are able to make the maximum traditional IRA contribution of $6,000 in 2019, and you are in the 24% tax bracket, that will allow you to claim a $1,440 federal tax deduction for 2019.4

 

While next April may seem far off, this is an excellent time to think about tax-saving possibilities. You have plenty of time to explore your options.

MidAmerica Financial Resources may be reached at 618.548.4777 or greg.malan@lpl.com www.mid-america.us

This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note – investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Adviser, Member FINRA/SIPC.
MidAmerica Financial Resources and Malan Financial Group are separate and unrelated companies to LPL.

Citations.

1 – web.blockadvisors.com/estimated-tax-payments-2019/ [5/23/19]

2 – turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/tax-refund/top-5-reasons-to-adjust-your-w-4-withholding/L8Gqrgm0V [5/23/19]

3 – investopedia.com/ask/answers/111615/does-money-flexible-spending-account-fsa-roll-over.asp [5/21/19]

4 – fool.com/retirement/2018/12/23/the-6-best-tax-deductions-for-2019.aspx [12/23/18]

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