Morris Armstrong

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“Morris Armstrong operates under a fiduciary standard all of the time, whether he is advising clients on financial matters or representing them before the Internal Revenue Service, his mission is to help clients achieve their goals, not his.”
Firm:

Armstrong Financial Strategies

Job Title:

Owner

Biography:

Morris Armstrong founded Armstrong Financial Strategies in 2001 as fee-only firm. The firm does not accept commissions or referral fees and the only source of its income is from the client.  Morris has taught at Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY and has written extensively on the subject of investments, taxes and planning for Multex Investors, which Reuters purchased in 2003.

Morris has also been active in the field of divorce planning, and in 2008, the Connecticut Law Tribune recognized his efforts. The lawyers in the state voted him as one of the top three planning firms in the state.

Morris has written for and been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Planning magazine, Wealth Manager Magazine and Yahoo Finance. His investment philosophy has been shaped by both John Bogle and Eugene Fama, and is his portfolios, which are a blend of passive and active vehicles, reflect this.

While he enjoys divorce planning, it can be draining and he prefers not to work with those couples who believe that “War of the Roses” was a manual for divorce. He enjoys his role as an Enrolled Agent helping people resolve their issues with the IRS, whether it is a notice or something more involved such as an audit or offer in compromise.

Education:

BBA, Banking, Pace University

Assets Under Management:

$12 million

Fee Structure:

Fee Only
Hourly

CRD Number:

127983

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The answers presented on Ask an Advisor, together with any commentaries, articles or other opinions should be considered general information presented to inform the public. They are based on the information provided in the question, which may have omitted important details that would have changed the answer had they been known. 

Articles and answers are not intended as a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any security investment or instrument or to participate in any particular trading strategy. Armstrong Financial Strategies and Morris Armstrong, EA. are not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on any information contained within this site. The general information contained in this publication should not be acted upon without obtaining specific legal, tax, and investment advice from a licensed professional.

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    Debt, Retirement
Should I borrow from my thrift savings plan (TSP) to pay off $45,000 of credit card debt?
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You have to look at the cost of credit vs the return on the fund, and unless you are in a teaser rate, I would think that the rate of return in the TSP is less than the interest that you are paying.  I would borrow against the TSP and burn the credit cards!  The question is how you accumulated so much debt and what will prevent that from happening in the future.  

Your loan must be repaid back on schedule or it is a deemed distribution.  The portion that you default on will be added to your income.  If you are under 59.5, unless retired, you will pay a 10% penalty.

I have one client that has allowed credit card debt to derail her retirement.  She will have a lower standard of living than planned.

September 2018
    Marriage / Divorce, Retirement, 401(k)
Can I take cash from my QDRO without the 10 percent penalty?
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September 2018
    Debt, Social Security, Investing, Annuities, IRAs
Can qualified charitable contributions be used as required minimum distributions (RMDs) from a variable annuity tax-deferred IRA to minimize taxable income?
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September 2018
    IRAs, Charity
Can I write a check from my IRA to use as a qualified charitable distribution (QCD)?
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September 2018
    Stocks, Taxes, Charity
How do I donate stock gains to my IRS approved nonprofit charity, and what tax reduction advantage does that offer?
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