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Tax Planning Opportunities for Charitably Inclined IRA Owners
Over the past few years, tax law changes have created planning challenges and opportunities for owners of IRAs looking to maximize the after-tax value of their legacy.  We covered one key strategy, Roth conversions, in our DHG Insights feature Examining Roth Conversions in the Current Legislative Landscape.  For charitably inclined IRA owners over 70 ½, Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) often provide the most tax efficient way of funding charitable goals.
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Bill Laird Named Co-Chief Investment Officer of DHG Wealth Advisors
DHG Wealth Advisors LLC, an independent, fee-only Registered Investment Advisory firm owned by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP (DHG) is pleased to announce that Bill Laird has been named Co-Chief Investment Officer.
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The tax-free growth that Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) offer have long made them a desirable planning tool, but paying taxes on the initial contribution or conversion can be cost prohibitive, which is why many people prioritize tax-deferred savings for retirement. However, three significant pieces of legislation present unique tax planning considerations in 2020 that take advantage of the many benefits of a Roth IRA.
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Personal Planning and What the CARES Act Means For You
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected numerous aspects of our daily lives. We are isolated from friends and family, forced to change long-awaited plans and unsure of what the economic future holds. Things that felt important six weeks ago may suddenly feel unimportant or even be forgotten entirely, but it is critical to maintain a long-term perspective when it comes to investing and planning, even in the face of short-term disruption. During these stressful and uncharted times, it is important to stay focused on preserving both your physical and mental well-being, along with your financial well-being.
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The Importance of Maintaining Long-Term Perspective
The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to a global health pandemic that is having an enormous impact across the world, and our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted.  At DHGWA, our passion is to enrich our clients' lives by providing financial clarity and peace of mind. While it’s impossible to know what the outcomes of this global health crisis will be, and how long it will last, we are committed to providing insights on global market activity, and what that means for you. We take our responsibility as your advisor very seriously and are here to help you navigate through this storm.  The latest brief from DHGWA Insights looks at the recent market volatility and reminds investors to stay focused on their long-term goals.
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The Sick Market

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The Sick Market
When a market reaction is as violent as the current one, it is always due to fear. More specifically, fear of the unknown. Having no idea what will occur tomorrow, much less the next several weeks, months or years in the future, allows human emotions and psyches to run rampant and envision the absolute worst possible situation.
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The Purpose of Money is NOT Just to Make More of It
There is a purpose to having money and growing your wealth, but what money can’t do is create purpose in and of itself.
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Financial Considerations and Best Practices for Divorce
Dollie Halford | CFP®, CDFA®

C. Skotty Wannamaker

Handling personal finances can be complicated at times; however, managing finances while also facing divorce can be even more complex. Divorce can bring an unwanted combination of emotional disruption and significant financial changes. Whether you face divorce currently or in the future, the following considerations and examples may help you reach your best financial situation as you work alongside your team of trusted advisors.
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Is Your Money Being Used to Improve Your Life?
The traditional path to saving and investing has been to focus on the future (retirement), and rely solely on numbers and return on investment (ROI). However, this approach often can be misleading because it doesn’t consider your individual circumstances. “Beating the market” is often an artificial objective because it is not likely to have a substantive impact on your unique situation. Consider this: what does beating the market by one percent less (or more) mean to how you live your life? Do market returns have an impact on how you live your life?
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On December 20th, 2019 the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act – was signed into law, representing the most extensive changes to retirement legislation in over a decade. One of the primary objectives of the SECURE Act is to help Americans save for retirement – and many of the new rules and provisions reflect that including: * Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) will now start at age 72 (instead of 70½) * IRA contributions can be made after age 70½ as long as there is earned income * Part-time employees may now be eligible to participate in their company-sponsored retirement plan
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