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Asset Sheltering and Financial Aid

It’s that time of year – time to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid used by more than 99% of public universities. Many parents take the “why bother” approach.  “We have too much money.  We’ll never get any aid.” The first thought is usually “why did I have kids” while the second, [...]

The Cryptocurrency Misnomer

It’s time to don the professorial robe for another lesson in econ 101.  Today we deal with something we all know and love – money. In both a literal and figurative sense here’s the CliffsNotes version of the three basic functions of money: https://www.cliffsnotes.com/study-guides/economics/money-and-banking/functions-of-money See a problem?  For a currency to serve as money it [...]

Summary of Tax Changes

This chart does a nice job showing the prior laws, the competing Senate/House proposals for change and how things were resolved during the reconciliation process to create the new laws to go into effect beginning in 2018. Missing from the chart is discussion of the changes to §529s.  Previously distributions in order to qualify for [...]