3 Easy Things to Know to Get Tax Smart Investing

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA 1. Know Where to Start Most advice would suggest starting with knowing your goals. This is good advice with financial planning; it’s just not the first place to start. The first step is to have an adequate Cash Reserve.  Everyone… Continue Reading: 3 Easy Things to Know to Get Tax Smart Investing

It’s Not a Matter of “IF” Something Will Go Wrong, But “When”

Local CPA, CFP® Thomas Scanlon of Raymond James Financial Services in Manchester, CT quoted in national AARP article 7 Practical Tips for Building (Or Rebuilding) Your Emergency Fund How much money you need, and how can you get it by Patricia Amend​, AARP, October 4, 2021 Your fridge isn’t freezing, your car isn’t running, you suddenly… Continue Reading: It’s Not a Matter of “IF” Something Will Go Wrong, But “When”

You Only Get a Mulligan in Golf

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA In golf the low scores wins. The player with the least strokes per round is the winner. If you hit a bad shot into the woods or the water hazards (ponds) you can get what is called a Mulligan. You… Continue Reading: You Only Get a Mulligan in Golf

7 Reasons Why All Investors Over Age 70 1/2 Should Consider a Qualified Charitable Distribution

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Our observation is that many people are very generous with the donations they make.  It sure helps that there is likely a tax deduction for this, no question.  Many people are accustomed to donating cash, writing a check to the… Continue Reading: 7 Reasons Why All Investors Over Age 70 1/2 Should Consider a Qualified Charitable Distribution

3 Proven Reasons You Need a Roth IRA

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA To be eligible for a Roth IRA you need to have earned income from wages or from self-employment.  Additionally higher income earners are not eligible.  Married couples filing a joint return with a modified adjusted gross income of less than… Continue Reading: 3 Proven Reasons You Need a Roth IRA

The Difference Between Tax-Free and Taxable Investments

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Investors need to know the difference between tax-free and taxable investments. Tax-Free Investments One way to have tax-free investments is to own state or municipal bonds. The interest paid on these bonds is not taxable income on your federal income… Continue Reading: The Difference Between Tax-Free and Taxable Investments

5 Easy Ways to Plan for the Certainty of Your Financial Uncertainty

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Expect the Unexpected Expect the unexpected. When the unexpected happens, there is no do-over. There is no reset button to push. Remember, You Only Get a Mulligan in Golf. You knew that already. So why am I telling you this?… Continue Reading: 5 Easy Ways to Plan for the Certainty of Your Financial Uncertainty

“It’s Not About the Money”

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Don’t you just love it when a Major League athlete signs a huge contract with a new team and says, “It’s not about the money.” Bull Just to be clear: It’s always about the money!   Don’t get me wrong… Continue Reading: “It’s Not About the Money”