Meyer Capital Group
Certified Financial Planner
Michael Howley is a fee-only investment advisor representative at Meyer Capital Group in Marlton, NJ. Michael joined Meyer Capital Group in April 2002. Prior to joining MCG, he served as a Senior Investment Specialist and Assistant Branch Manager with Charles Schwab & Company, where he consistently led a $3 billion branch.. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, he was selected by Schwab management to act as the Regional Coordinator for their AdvisorSource, a program for high-net wealth investors that have complex financial situations and need specialized planning & investment solutions. For his work with the program he was awarded the prestigious "Excellence In Service Award" for superior performance and client relations. Prior to that experience, Mike worked on a trade desk at Brown & Company in Philadelphia and started his financial services career with Smith Barney specializing in the IPO markets.
Mike holds an Associates of Science in Management from Pierce College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rutgers University, and has completed all of the education requirements with Fairleigh Dickinson University for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. Mike has also completed all of CFP Board's requirements in education, ethics, experience and examination to earn the right to call himself a CFP®.
BS, Business Administration, Rutgers University
AS, Management, Pierce College
Financial Planning Program, Fairleigh Dickinson University
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Yes. Think of an account as just a shell. You can put almost any investment under that shell. You can buy stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange traded funds, Cd's, etc. in a taxable account, Ira, Roth Ira, trust, custodial account, etc.
There should be no tax issues for simply changing the registation and journalling the assets into a trust. The cost basis should follow the positions over. You should note that trusts do in fact have a different capital gains tax and income tax schedules as well as rates.
A trust is a great vehicle and might be the solution to your issue, but there are also less expensive ways to pass the assets down and avoid the probate process. You could also just add a Joint party to the account or if you don't want to give up any control and ownership now, you can add a TOD - Transfer on Death aka Designated Beneficiary.
Finally, always consult with your estate planning attorney and CPA before you change account registrations.
Best of luck!
Focus on paying off the credit cards first. This type of consumer debt is considered "bad debt". A mortgage would be considered "good debt". The two main differences would be that you can deduct mortgage interest from tax liabilities and they are typically a fraction of the rate on credit cards. With that said, you should consider converting your credit card debt to a HELOC (home equity line of credit) and then chopping up all of your cards except one.
Best of Luck!
Great job! It's not often that we see someone your age with that type of capital. You're off to a terrific start in life and on a road to becoming a millionaire. However, you can't stop saving and investing just yet.
First, I would recommend that you start and keep an emergency fund in short-term liquid money markets, CD's, US bills, etc.
Anything above your six to nine months of living expenses can be invested into a diversified growth-oriented target date fund or portfolio of mutual funds or exchange traded funds.
You are still going to need to invest a sizable amount of capital every year if you would like to be a millionaire and retire early. I ran some quick numbers for you based on the limited data so check out this "Becoming a Millionaire" calculator. From here you can work on your specific numbers, timeframes, etc.
Great question! Unfortunately, the industry has made this process very very confusing for the public. I can simplify it for you here.
While most financial professionals refer to themselves as financial advisors, only a small number of them can call themselves "Fee-only" and an even smaller number actually conduct business as a "Fiduciary". We are proud to be a member of the National Association of Personal Finance Advisors (NAPFA.org). Our entire Investment Committee has agreed to abide by the NAPFA Code of Ethics and have signed a Fiduciary Oath. When dealing with our clients we must always act in good faith and candor, we must proactively disclose any conflicts of interest and we shall not accept any referral fees for compensation that is contingent on the sale or purchase of a financial product. There is only one way to ensure you’ve found a financial advisor who will put your interests first all the time - Make sure they are a NAPFA member and CFP.
Here are some other helpful tips:
- They have a written 3-5 year business plan, a succession plan and a catastrophe plan.
- They never take possession of your assets. Your assets are always held with an independent custodian (Schwab, Fidelity, TD) with SIPC & FDIC.
- They do not hold a Full Power of Attorney with the ability to extract funds for any reason. Limited Power Only!
- Accounts are 100% visible for daily access on the custodians website as well as the advisors.
- Statements, trade confirmations, and tax documents are sent directly to you by the custodian, not the advisor, on a regular basis.
- They are a SEC regulated advisor subject to stringent protocols as well as periodic SEC audits.
- They perform a number of internal annual audits on various aspects of their business.
- They have been vetted by third-party outside firms for various awards.
Yes, you can.
Think of a brokerage firm (Schwab, TD, Morgan Stanley, etc) as a house. A house has many different rooms to it just as a brokerage firm has many types of account registrations that you can open (Ira, Roth, Taxable, Trust, UGMA, etc.). In a house, you might have your favorite chair currently in the family room, but there's really nothing stopping you from putting it in your bedroom or basement or even the kitchen (except for your spouse of course). There's also nothing stopping you from putting an ETF under any of your differenet account registrations.
The only difference will be tax related. The IRS mandates income tax on annual dividend income and capital gains tax on both short and long-term gains when the position is sold.
The ETF in your Roth will not be be subject to either of these taxes so it's a great place to put it for long term growth until retirement.
Best of Luck!