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Bear Market

A History of Bull and Bear Markets

This is from chapter 1 of my book. Written in April 2020 Historical returns of S&P 500 and averages Let’s look at the annual returns of the S&P 500 since 1926: So we see some years it’s more than 10% and in many years its less than 10%. Ok, let me simplify the above chart […]

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Taxes

What is the difference between marginal and effective tax rates?

Let’s say your and your spouse’s taxable income is $110,000 in 2020. NOTE that your taxable income is calculated after all the tax deductions. So your actual total earned income would be higher than $110,000. For the tax year 2020, we have the standard deduction of $24,800. Assuming you did not have any other deductions […]

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What to do with your money – 401(k), HSA, IRA, Roth IRA, Emergency Fund, Debt? The Right Sequence!

Many people have this question of where they should invest money first. It really depends on your situation, on your age, on your current income, on your projected future income, current income tax rates, and future expected income tax rates. Currently, federal tax rates are at an all-time low. Most pros agree that in the […]

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IRA Roth IRA Taxes

What is Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)?

What is Gross Income (GI?) Gross Income is your total income from salary (wages), interest earned, and dividends. It also includes alimony, capital gains, business income, royalty income, rental income, unemployment income, retirement distributions, and other income What is Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)? It is Gross Income (GI) minus certain payments you’ve made during the […]

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IRA Roth IRA Taxes

The Ultimate Guide to Backdoor Roth IRA you will ever need

What is an IRA? IRA stands for Individual Retirement Arrangement. Its an investment account for your retirement savings. However know some tax tricks ad how to access money – you can use it as a rainy day fund account, highly leveraged investment account, etc. Now with this investment account, you can invest in all those […]

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401k

The Smart Way to Contribute 401k Max for 2020 Tax Year

The contribution limits for 401(k) for tax year 2020 is $19,500. If you are 50 and above its $6,500 extra. Now if you are planning to contribute the max amount there are a few ways to do it. $19,500/12 will be the most common way i.e. $1,625 each month. Here’s how I have done in […]

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401k HSA IRA Taxes

Federal Income Tax Brackets

Tax Year 2020 Federal Income Tax Brackets (Due April 2021) Tax rate Single MFJ MFS Head 10% $0 to $9,875 $0 to $19,750 $0 to $9,875 $0 to $14,100 12% $9,876 to $40,125 $19,751 to $80,250 $9,876 to $40,125 $14,101 to $53,700 22% $40,126 to $85,525 $80,251 to $171,050 $40,126 to $85,525 $53,701 to $85,500 […]

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus Stimulus Checks April 2020

The IRS plans to begin sending out coronavirus stimulus check or “Economics impact payments” as soon as April 9, 2020. They will be distributed automatically for people but for those who do not file tax return they will need to submit a simple tax return to receive economic payment. For paper checks, the priority would […]

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March 2020 Retirement Account Changes due to Coronavirus

Deadlines for most of the filing and contributions have been changed from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020: Tax return filing date and tax payment date. “To avoid interest and penalties, pay your taxes in full by July 15, 2020“ Also, note that this change of deadline only applies to federal tax and does […]

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401k HSA

What’s a better investment: an HSA or a 401k?

Best is to contribute to both but let’s say you have a cash crunch and you have only 8K that you can set aside to contribute to your retirement accounts. This is the money you are not going to need in the next 1-6 months. First is the free money that you get with your […]