Squam Lakes Financial Advisors, LLC
Bob has long been a proponent of fee-only financial planning and was a founding member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the leading professional association of fee-only financial advisors. He served three years as president and director of the Northeast Mid-Atlantic Region of NAPFA and led a committee to develop NAPFA University for the continuing education of fee-only financial advisors and planners. In 2011, he received NAPFA’s Robert J. Underwood Distinguished Service Award and in 2013 he was honored and recognized as one of the 30 Most Influential for meritorious service to NAPFA and the Fee-Only financial planning community.
Bob’s client base included women, retiring and retired couples, owners of closely held businesses professors at Plymouth State University. They look to Bob and his team to help articulate personal goals and develop comprehensive planning strategies for achieving those goals.
In the 14 years prior to founding his own business, Bob administered estates, trusts, and developed new business for bank trust departments. He was awarded the Master of Science Degree in Financial Services (MSFS) from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and had his undergraduate studies at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. Bob holds the Accredited Estate Planner certification from the National Association of Estate Planing Councils, a leading organization of professional estate planners and affiliated estate planning councils focused on establishing and monitoring the highest professional and educational standards for the practice.
Bob has been recognized as one of the best financial advisors in the country by both Moneymagazine and Worth magazine. Medical Economics also recognized Bob as one of the best financial planners in the country for doctors.
Financial writers have often sought Bob’s expertise in areas of personal finance. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Investment Advisor, Medical Economics, Physicians Personal Advisory and Money Magazine. Bob was also featured in Financial Planner magazine for his work as a financial advisor to women.
Bob is immediate past president and a board member of the Squam Lakes Chamber of Commerce and president of the White Pond Watershed Association. He is an active member of the Town of Holderness, NH as a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustments and the Budget Committee and a long-time participant in the “Who Can Make the Best Apple Pie Contest” in Holderness, NH.
In 2012 Bob was named as a director of Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, NH and serves on its Budget Committee and its Long Range Planning Committee.
He is a member of the New Hampshire Estate Planning Council; past Chairman, President, and Director of the Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council; and a former President and Director of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the International Association of Financial Planners (IAFP).
Bob is an avid hiker and fresh-water fisherman, and lives with his wife Bonnie in Holderness, NH.
BS, Finance, Siena College
MSFS, Financial Services, Bryn Mawr College
Fee-Only--Retainer Fee and Fixed Plan Fee
I see you already have eight answers and I'm hoping I'm not simply piling on what others have already shared with you. The point you may be missing is that there is a difference between income and taxable income. Taxable income from employment on your form W-2 includes your gross income less the 401(k) contributions and possibly less some other pretax items. So in effect, if you had an income of $70,000 this year and could put away $10,500 in your 401(k), your income for the year is still $70,000 but your taxable income is only $59,500. This may be the reason you were rejected and leads me to believe that you have to check the rules to determine what each organization uses to qualify or fail to qualify for benefits. What you are doing with the 401(k) plan is shifting income from the current tax year into a year in which you may well be retired. In theory, the typical goal involves moving money out of a higher tax bracket with the expectation that when you retire you will be in a lower tax bracket. I frankly don't know where this theory has come from because in the best of all situations, you've had the use of money that would've gone to Uncle Sam (taxes) over your working lifetime and this money earns additional funds that you would never have had. Paying it back after age 70 1/2 is simply the price you pay for the deduction in the years in which he worked. In the best of all worlds, your retirement income would be much higher but this is often not the case. Hope this helps a little and good luck
I'm going to try to offer some assistance and my response is going to take some work on your part. There are a number of websites that will provide you with the value of a stock at any given moment in time. What you might consider doing is going back and find the average price of the stock for any given year. I can't tell you that this is going to satisfy the IRS if you're audited, but at least you have a basis to claim that you made your best effort. Unfortunately, no one took the time to photocopy the stock certificates before they were converted to a brokerage account and therefore many of the records have been lost, possibly forever. The best you can do is put forth an effort and try to come up with an average price over that period of time that you can use as a cost basis but under no circumstances should you use zero simply because you have no information. If you need help in this area, I think would be your best interest to sit down with a fee-only financial advisor and or a competent CPA to help you work through this exercise. I hope this is of some help and I wish you much success.
With very rare exceptions, life insurance proceeds are never taxed as ordinary income. However, they will be taxable as part of an estate. However, with the current estate tax exemption at $5.43 million, most estates will never owe an estate tax at the federal level. You may have to check in whether in fact the state in which the decedent died has an estate or inheritance tax independent of the federal tax. I hope this helps and good luck.
If in fact you are the named beneficiary of your mother's IRA, then the executor is wrong. Under no circumstances would you be required to provide the executor with the proceeds from the IRA. The beneficiary designation, assuming it names you directly, supersedes any provision in the will. Even if the will said I leave my IRA rollover or my IRA to my estate, the beneficiary designation takes precedence. I hope this helps and good luck.
If you speak with any investment advisor that manages portfolios, they are going to try to convince you that paying down the mortgage is not the way to go and the money should be invested for future growth. Let me give you an alternative that I'd like you to consider. First and foremost, the US stock market has been up for nine years and at some point it's going to take a fairly significant hit. This is called a recession and when you add to this all of the debt were carring in our country, I think you want to be careful as you move forward towards retirement. I'm not sure I would apply the entire $112,000 against the mortgage but before interest rates move much higher, I would consider refinancing and possibly knocking off $74,000 of the current balance. One of your longer-term goals should be to be mortgage free in retirement and again, this may go contrary to those who manage money. When you determine how much will be left after the refinancing, try to do the refinancing with a 15 year mortgages where the interest will be less and payments will be a little higher than a traditional 30 year mortgage. Then, if you have the cash flow to do it once you've acquired the 15 year mortgage, calculate what it would cost per month to pay it off in 10 years and see if you can afford to do that. I can prove to anyone on paper that the after-tax cash flow of having no mortgage is much better than having a mortgage. What I can't do is tell you what the markets will do over the next five or 10 years but I can share with you that they go down, as easily as they go up. I hope this helps a little bit and good luck.