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As Mitlin Financial’s president and lead wealth manager, Larry Sprung drives planning and asset management services, as well as business development, for the firm.
Larry entered the financial industry in 1996, and continues to be inspired and energized by the challenge of helping his clients achieve and even surpass their financial goals.
Larry earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Binghamton University. He holds the Certified Financial Planner™ designation, reflecting expertise across a broad range of planning topics.
He started his career at a small boutique, and later served as a Financial Consultant at Salomon Smith Barney and a Vice President at Bank of America Investments. He founded Mitlin Financial in 2004, incorporating in the business the best features and practices from his previous firms.
Today, Larry is proud to be serving the second and third generations of his clients. He has seen first-hand how strong financial habits, instilled in parents, children and grandchildren, can impact a family’s wealth and wealth stewardship for generations.
Larry is known as a devoted educator. His efforts include not just regular client meetings but also workshops on diverse financial topics. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences.
An active volunteer, Larry serves on the National Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and sits on its Financial and Investment committees. With his wife, Denise, he has raised more than $700,000 for the organization through the Keith Milano Memorial Fund. The fund was created at AFSP in memory of Larry and Denise’s brother-in-law and brother, respectively.
Larry has been recognized as one of Long Island Business News' "40 Under 40*," and was subsequently chosen, in 2009, as Valedictorian of the "40 Under 40*" Class of 2006. His commentary is regularly featured in publications such as Long Island Business News, U.S. News & World Reports, Newsday and RT Digital Magazine, serving the author community.
A Smithtown resident, Larry is an avid New York Rangers fan, and gets on the ice himself whenever he can. He and Denise travel frequently to watch their two sons play hockey in traveling leagues.
BS, Mathematics, Binghamton University
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This an excellent question and one that cannot be answered simply on the information provided here. In order to determine if this would make sense for you I would suggest you make an appointment with a fiduciary advisor to discuss the pro's and con's of this strategy for you.
Some general items you should be aware of that may help you with the decision:
1) Contributions to your 401(k) will provide you with a tax deduction in the year you make the contribution. These assets will grow tax deferred until such time you will be required to start withdrawing funds and then they will be taxable at that time. The idea here is that you obtain the deduction when you are in a higher tax bracket and then pay taxes in the future when your bracket is lower. This may or may not be the case when all is said and done.
2) Contributions to a Roth IRA will not provide you with any tax deduction at the time of deposit. The assets will grow tax deferred and as long as you satisfy the requirements you will be able to withdraw the assets tax free in retirement. This would be ideal if you feel you will be in a similiar or higher tax bracket in retirement (when you withdraw the funds) than where you are now. Contributions to a Roth IRA may be phased out or you may not be able to make them at all if and when you reach a certain level of income. This can be found here: http://www.investopedia.com/university/retirementplans/rothira/rothira1.asp
3) You can contribute to both a 401(k) and a Roth IRA at the same time. The 401(k) maximum contribution for 2017 is $18,000 if you are under 50 and $24,000 if you are over the age of 50. Roth IRA contributions are subject to a maximum of $5500 if you are under the age of 50 and $6500 if you are over the age of 50.
4) The only penalties would be if you did not follow the rules and contributed too much or a situation where you did not fulfill the requirements in order to make a contribution.
5) These are great vehiicles, 401(k) and Roth IRA, in order to build significant wealth for the long term. You will also want liquid assets for emergeny's and future purchases and goals.
Depending on where you are today and where you think you will be in the future this may be a great strategy. I would suggest you review this for your own personal facts and circumstances to see if it is right for you. Good luck in making your decision!
I would congratulate you on your discipline of saving and investing. This discipline early on will pay off in spades as you get older and you take advantage of compounding.
This question is a personal preference and not one that works for everyone. I would recommend that you base your decision off of two main criteria:
1) Are you looking for more than invesment advice and guidance? Meaning, do you have planning needs. Do you know if what you are currently doing is optimal based upon your current fact and circumstances and future goals.
2) Do you feel comfortable entrusting your financial future to a robo solution or would you prefer having a personal relationship with an advisor that you can have a personal relationship with? You will want to make sure that, whomever you move forward with, it is a good fit for you and that you are a good fit for the firm you are working with.
Good luck and congratulations again!
This is a great question and I am pleased that you are thinking about this so early in the process.
It is a difficult at such a young age to decide what direction you want to go in for the next 40 years possibly. I think some of the things you should consider and/or simply keep in mind are:
1) Keep an open mind, just because you are interested in going in one direction does not mean another path may be better.
2) Look to have several internships while in school in order to learn about different areas within finance.
3) Speak with those that are in the areas you are interested in. You may learn that the areas in which you had an interest were not what you thought. The people will tell you what they do on a day to day basis and it may not be what you think.
4) There are so many roles that fit what you are looking for that you should narrow it down to five roles that you want to explore further and go for it.
Best of luck as you navigate this porcess and complete your undergraduate work!
This is a great question and one we see fairly often. The answer really depends on your financial plan and what tax bracket you believe you will be in during retirment.
In short, if you believe you are in a higher tax bracket now than you will be in retirement then the traditional 401(k) would be a better option for you. However, if you believe that you will be in the same or higher tax bracket in retirment your strategy will work well.
The reality is that you can only base this upon current tax rates and we do not know what they will be in the future. Due to this uncertainty, it may make sense to have monies in both the Traditional and Roth 401(k) options to hedge rates in the future.
I would suggest engaging a fiduciary advisor to work with you on developing a plan and testing various scenarios based upon your current fact and where you want to be in the future. Best of luck as you work through this process!
This is a great question.
Typically when people say they are "moving to cash", this is a strategy when they feel the markets are headed to a decline. They would go ahead and sell investments and keep this money in cash until such time they feel it is ideal to re-enter the markets.
"Moving to cash" can mean different things to different people. Some investors will simply have the funds sit in cash in their trading or investment accounts. This could either be in the form of a money market holding, true cash in their account or an FDIC insured deposit account. Depending on the brokerage firm that you hold your assets with will dictate what options would exist for you within your account.
In addition to the above, some investors will remove the funds from their brokerage account all together and move the funds to a bank account instead.
Whether this is a a good idea or not would depend on your personal situation. Typically, most investors are not savy enough (and neither are most advisors) to determine when to exit and enter the markets. Should you have a long term time horizon, 10 years plus, moving to cash may not make sense for you. You may get out of the markets and avoid some of a decline (you will never avoid it all) but when do you re-eneter the markets. Many times investors will miss some of the rebound and reinvest their cash too late.
These are great questions and I would recommend you hire a fiduciary advisor to help you navigate this as best you can based upon your own facts and circumstances. Best of luck!