EverGuide Financial Group, LLC
Mark R. Painter, CFA is the Founder and President of EverGuide Financial group. He has been an investment manager for over 12 years at both the institutional and retail level having managed public mutual funds and individual client accounts. Additionally he has written for Seeking Alpha and been a speaker on various panels and industry conferences. Mark and his team's mission at EverGuide Financial Group is to help their clients navigate their financial course through cost effective wealth management and Everlasting education.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business, Mark went on to attain his CFA charter in 2009. Mark worked for Stanley Laman Group, Ltd from 2004 2016.
At Stanley Laman Group, Mark quickly went from analyst to portfolio manager in 2005 and helped create their portfolio management business. Not only was Mark responsible for portfolio management but also had large responsibilities in working with clients to understand their needs and financial goals. In 2014 Mark became the lead portfolio manager of a publicly listed mutual fund (American Real Estate Income Fund).
BS, Business Administration, Carnegie Mellon University
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Congratulations on the sale of your condo. Paying off student loans is a big milestone and would recommend using some of the money to pay this down. Additionally you may want to look at taking a portion of the money and contributing to an IRA or Roth IRA. The combination of paying down debt and saving for retirement in a tax sheltered way will be a big benefit for you down the road.
Options are liquid investments just like a stock so you can sell it at any point in time. Commissions on options trades can be fairly high so this should always be factored into your decisions. Additionally, if you bought the option to hold the stock for the long term, then excercing at expiration will be your best bet. If you are simply trading options and do not plan on holding the stock, it is never a bad idea to take a profit.
One more piece of advice is that options prices can move rather dramatically so make sure you are careful and pay attention.
Congratulations on saving for retirement. The best way to save for retirement is to keep more of what you make. This is done by reducing your current taxes and allowing your money to grow tax deferred.
In general a Solo 401 (k) plan can provide better tax savings because you can contribute both as an employee and an employer which allows you to contribute more money to the plan. Additionally, if you are over the age of 50 there are catch up provisions that can allow you to contribute even more.
The SEP- IRA is a little easier to administer and at $145,000 since you can not contribute more than 25% of your income, you will fall under the maximum $55,000 limit for a SEP-IRA.
Basically either option would work for you at this income level. The important things to consider would be the ability to earn significantly more so that a solo 401k makes more sense and if not than how whether the slightly easier administration on the SEP-IRA makes sense.
Good for you on thinking towards the future. It is never too early to start investing. In fact, the early you start the longer your money has to compound and earn more money.
Since a 1 year old is not going to need income for a long time, your best bet is to use stocks.
The only other thing you should consider is what the money will be used for. Thinking ahead to college you may want to consider a tax advantaged account such as a 529 plan.
Congratulations on having the extra $1,000 each month! This will go a long way towards your financial goals. While there are a number of other factors to consider in order to give an exact recommendation such as other debt, retirement savings, emergency savings, age, current income, taxes, etc. I will try to point you in the right direction on how to think about the problem.
First of all you want to make a decision that puts you in the best situation on an after tax basis. Taxes are important here because if you have the ability based on your current income to contribute to an IRA then this would be a great place to start. The money that you contribute will reduce your current taxes and then will grow tax free until you decide to take the money out after age 59.5 or are required to start taking the money at age 70.5. Not maxing out your 401k contributions would be another area to consider as well.
Additionally, the mortgage interest you currently pay is also tax deductible. The combination of lower taxes makes the 5.75% return requirement a little bit lower.
In either case, whether you decide to invest or pay down debt, you are making a good long term financial decision for yourself!