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The Payroll Protection Program went through its first wave of applicants in April of 2020 when the program was first launched. As of April 27, 2020, the application has been reopened to business owners and entrepreneurs seeking help as coronavirus impacts their businesses. There are several misconceptions around the Payroll Protection Program, particularly about when (and how) the loan can be forgiven. Let’s dig into how you can qualify for PPP loan forgiveness as a business owner, and what steps you need to take to stay compliant.

Many families are experiencing dramatic changes to their financial situation due to COVID-19. Even if you feel secure in your job and your financial life right now, your life may still be drastically different than it was two months ago. As schools have been shut down, and child care facilities debate whether or not to reopen for the summer months, many parents are planning to work flexible schedules from home for the foreseeable future to watch their kids. However, there’s one problem with this:

For families who contribute to a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, the funds are often sitting unused. 

Whether you’ve been considering earning your MBA for a while now, or you’ve been recently motivated to further your education through online schooling while spending more time at home during the coronavirus quarantine, pursuing an advanced degree is on many people’s respective bucket lists. Before you dive in, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of enrolling in an advanced degree program. 

Given the COVID-19 outbreak, many individuals and families are seeking financial resources and support. Regardless of your financial situation, knowing what national and local programs to look for can help alleviate the financial pressures you may be feeling right now. 

The CARES Act is a 2 trillion dollar coronavirus economic stimulus bill that President Trump signed into law on March 27, 2020. It is designed to offer relief for businesses, families, and individuals who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

When you go through a divorce, one of the many questions you may ask yourself is where you’re going to live. Of course, one option (and often the most convenient) is to stay in your own home. However, this isn’t always possible, and every divorce is different. Let’s walk through a few of your housing options after you’ve gone through a divorce.

When you open a Roth IRA, the IRS stipulates that you’re only able to contribute up until you hit an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $124,000 if you’re single (or married filing separately). If you’re married filing jointly, this increases to $196,000. 

Many people mistakenly feel that they’ve graduated out of being able to contribute to a Roth IRA. This is especially true as they near retirement, and have a notably increased annual income at the end of their career. 

In 2020, the SECURE Act, or the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” Act, went into effect. This new government spending bill will impact both current retirees and pre-retirees who are currently in the process of building their retirement savings. 

In the past, I’ve written on both market corrections and the history of recessions in the United States. The truth is that there will always be a fear of market volatility for investors, and it’s worth discussing not only what a recession would look like, but also how to protect yourself against one if the market should dip in the near or distant future. 

The 5-10 years before retirement can be both exciting and stressful. Retiring from a career you’ve spent a lifetime building can be an unexpectedly challenging transition - both financially and personally. The more you can set clear goals in the leadup to your retirement, the more likely you’ll be able to enter this new season of your life seamlessly. 

For many people, Social Security makes up a large percentage of their retirement income. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to navigate Social Security - especially if you’ve gone through a divorce. Let’s explore what divorcees can expect when it comes to Social Security benefits, and how that impacts their retirement planning. 

As a new grandparent, I’ve given a lot of thought to the kind of family legacy I want to start building. The truth is, I often have similar conversations with my clients who are grandparents, as well. It’s incredibly important to teach our kids and grandkids the ins and outs of giving, and helping to show them how to give according to your family values can be even more meaningful. 

One way to teach your grandkids to give, and encourage them to think about the type of impact they want to make on the world, is to leverage a Donor-Advised Fund. 

Are you in the sandwich generation?

Sandwich generation individuals are literally “sandwiched” between their young adult children and aging parents. The emotional and financial strain of caring for both your parents and your kids can be difficult to navigate. 

Everyone I’ve spoken to about becoming a grandparent says it changes their life. Now that I’ve had my first grandchild recently, I can honestly say - I completely get it! Becoming a grandparent is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever experienced.

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