5 Reasons to Fund a 529 College Savings Plan

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA 1) College is Expensive Financing a college education today can be a big challenge.  Having written some checks for college I find it handy to have a cold six pack close by. According to the College Board, the average tuition … Read more

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 … Read more

Make Your Checks Payable to the Smith Family Education Fund…

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This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Really? It’s difficult enough when someone passes away.  It’s even more difficult when someone passes away with minor children.  It’s unbelievable when someone with minor children passes away and has not appropriately planned for the funding of their education.   It’s … Read more

The Difference Between a Roth IRA Contribution and a Roth Conversion

Roth IRA   The Roth IRA (“Roth”) is an excellent tool to help provide for retirement funding.  Here are 3 Proven Reasons You Need a Roth IRA. The Roth is a younger investor’s best vehicle to use.  Unlike the IRA, the Roth is not income tax deductible.  This means contributions to a Roth are made … Read more

Estate Planning Lessons Learned From My Mom’s Estate

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA   My mother passed away this year at age 84.  While her estate was fairly modest, here is some estate planning lessons we learned about her estate. Give While You Are Alive   My mom’s estate was modest.  She had … Read more

3 Reasons Affluent Connecticut Residents Should Consider a Roth Conversion

  Affluent folks in Connecticut should consider doing a Roth Conversion.  What is a Roth Conversion? This is when a distribution is made from an IRA, taxed and then converted into a Roth IRA. Here are Five Reasons the Affluent Should Do a Roth Conversion. 1) Reduce Your Taxable Estate   When you do a … Read more