November 2014 - The Harbor Group Inc.

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MARKET MONTH— November 2014
The Markets
November 2014
October lived up to its reputation for volatility as triple-digit intraday swings
in the Dow became almost commonplace. Despite being spooked for much
of the month--at one point the S&P 500 was down almost 8% from its most
recent high--both the S&P and the Dow industrials rallied strongly to end the
month at fresh all-time records. Generally encouraging corporate earnings
from U.S. companies, a strong Q3 GDP, and increased central bank support
overseas helped equities markets overcome fears about the end of the Federal
Reserve's quantitative easing and global concerns about slowing growth and
the threat of Ebola.
Increased U.S. energy resources and reduced global demand meant that oil
prices continued to drop, ending the month at roughly $80 a barrel. The dollar maintained its September gains against a basket of six foreign currencies;
since oil is traded in dollars, a stronger dollar also helped keep oil prices in
check.
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Meanwhile, after a bounce at mid-month, the price of gold plummeted to
roughly $1,170 an ounce. Not surprisingly, the volatility in equities caused
the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury to fall briefly to its lowest level
since June 2013 as investors sought the relative safety of Treasury securities.
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The Month in Review
Inside this issue:
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2014 Year-End Tax
Planning
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Why Losses Really Do
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Good News For a
Change
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Open Enrollment
Season is Here
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Harbor Group Contact
Information
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The U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of 3.5% during the third
quarter, according to the initial estimate by the Bureau of Economic
Analysis. That was slightly less than Q2's 4.6%, but still much stronger
than during 2014's first quarter.
 The 248,000 new jobs created in September helped cut the U.S. unemployment rate from 6.1% to 5.9%; it's the first time since July 2008 that
joblessness has been below 6%. Also, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said
hiring during the prior two months was stronger than previously thought.
However, at least some of the decline in the unemployment rate resulted
from 97,000 people, such as retiring baby boomers, dropping out of the
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labor force. That brought the percentage of people in the workforce to 62.7%--the lowest participation rate since 1978.
As expected, the Federal Reserve's monetary policy committee halted new bond purchases, which
have helped support the economy for the last six years by making credit easier to get. The statement
said that despite improvements in the labor market and the overall economy, the committee sees inflation being held in check by lower energy prices. Therefore, it still anticipates the Fed funds interest rate will remain at its current level for "a considerable time." However, that timetable could be
accelerated by unanticipated upticks in inflation and/or employment (or pushed back if either declines).
As Fed bond purchases came to an end, the Bank of Japan went in the opposite direction, announcing it will expand its securities purchases. The move is designed to prevent potential deflation
(Japan's 1% annual inflation rate is far below the central bank's 2% target). The added buying could
help make Japanese exports cheaper.
Eurozone manufacturing output saw its largest monthly decline since late 2008 in August, according
to the European Union's statistical agency. The 4.3% decline in German industrial production was
especially unsettling, and September's 0.3% annual inflation rate in the eurozone--the lowest level in
five years--raised concerns about the possibility of deflation. To help combat that weakness, the
European Central Bank will expand its bond purchases to include asset-backed securities and certain
bank bonds, but declined to lower its key interest rate, at least for the time being.
China's growth rate, while still robust compared to the rest of the world, slowed to 7.3% during the
third quarter, according to the National Bureau of Statistics--below the 7.5% official target for annual growth. Real estate prices and sales continued to be a soft spot. To try to jump-start lending,
China's central bank plans to inject roughly $33 billion into its banking system.
Data on the U.S. housing market was generally encouraging. September's 2.4% increase in existinghome sales represented the fastest growth of 2014, according to the National Association of Realtors®. New home sales also were up 0.2%, which put them 17% higher than in September 2013, and
the Commerce Department said both housing starts and building permits were up for the month.
However, home prices were a different story. The 0.2% increase in the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City
Composite Index in August represented the slowest annual growth rate in almost two years.
U.S. inflation continued to be well-contained. Consumer prices rose 0.1% in September, which left
the Consumer Price Index up 1.7% for the last 12 months. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said increases in food and housing outweighed a 0.7% drop in energy costs. Meanwhile, wholesale prices
fell 0.1% in September, largely because of declines in both food and energy costs, though wholesale
prices overall are 1.6% higher than in September 2013.
Retail sales in the United States slipped 0.3% in September, though the Commerce Department said
they were 4.3% ahead of a year earlier. The biggest declines were seen in building and garden supplies, clothing, and nonstore retailers, all of which were down more than 1% during the month.
U.S. durable goods orders fell 1.3% in September, according to the Commerce Department. However, much of that was due to a 3.7% decline in the typically volatile transportation sector; excluding
transportation, new orders were down 0.2%.
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Eye on the Month Ahead
With the Fed's quantitative easing officially at an end and monetary policy meetings on hold until December, equities markets may begin to focus on what's left of earnings season as well as the jobs and
inflation data that will affect future Fed actions. The results of Tuesday's midterm elections also could
influence the mood of the markets.
Data sources: Economic: Based on data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (unemployment, inflation); U.S. Department of Commerce
(GDP, corporate profits, retail sales, housing); S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Index (home prices); Institute for Supply Management (manufacturing/services). Performance: Based on data reported in WSJ Market Data Center (indexes); U.S. Treasury (Treasury
yields); U.S. Energy Information Administration/Bloomberg.com Market Data (oil spot price, WTI Cushing, OK);
www.goldprice.org (spot gold/silver); Oanda/FX Street (currency exchange rates). All information is based on sources deemed reliable,
but no warranty or guarantee is made as to its accuracy or completeness. Neither the information nor any opinion expressed herein constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any securities, and should not be relied on as financial advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. All investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal, and there can be no guarantee that any investing strategy will be successful.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is a price-weighted index composed of 30 widely traded
blue-chip U.S. common stocks. The S&P 500 is a market-cap weighted index composed of the common stocks of 500 leading companies in
leading industries of the U.S. economy. The NASDAQ Composite Index is a market-value weighted index of all common stocks listed on the
NASDAQ stock exchange. The Russell 2000 is a market-cap weighted index composed of 2,000 U.S. small-cap common stocks. The Global
Dow is an equally weighted index of 150 widely traded blue-chip common stocks worldwide. The U.S. Dollar Index is a geometrically
weighted index of the value of the U.S. dollar relative to six foreign currencies. Market indices listed are unmanaged and are not available
for direct investment.
Key Dates / Data Releases
11/3: Auto sales, ISM manufacturing report, construction spending
11/4: Balance of trade, factory orders
11/5: ISM services report
11/6: Business productivity/costs
11/7: Unemployment/payrolls
11/13: JOLTS job turnover report
11/14: Retail sales
11/17: Industrial production, Empire State manufacturing survey
11/18: Wholesale inflation, international capital flows
11/19: FOMC minutes, housing starts
11/20: Consumer inflation, Philly Fed manufacturing survey, home resales
11/21: Options expiration
11/25: Q3 revised GDP, home prices
11/26: Durable goods orders, personal income/spending, new home sales
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES
Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. does not provide investment, tax, or legal advice. The information presented here is not
specific to any individual's personal circumstances. To the extent that this material concerns tax matters, it is not intended or written to be
used, and cannot be used, by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Each taxpayer should seek independent advice from a tax professional based on his or her individual circumstances. These materials are provided for general information
and educational purposes based upon publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable—we cannot assure the accuracy or
completeness of these materials. The information in these materials may change at any time and without notice.
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2014 Year-End Tax Planning
The 2015 tax filing season may seem like a long time away, but time is passing quickly. Individuals
who want to explore minimizing their tax burden and maximizing their tax savings are eager to get
started now on 2014 year-end planning. By taking certain steps now, before 2014 draws to a close, individuals may be able to reduce the size of their tax bill otherwise due when they file their returns next
year. This communication explores some of traditional year-end planning techniques, how events in
2015 may impact year-end planning, and more, including the Affordable Care Act, which impacts almost everyone in one way or another.
Applying some traditional techniques
One year ago, prospects for comprehensive tax reform were looking up in Congress. Two senior lawmakers, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, and Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., had worked together to develop
a tax reform package. In early 2014, Camp introduced a sweeping tax reform bill, the Tax Reform Act
of 2014. If it had passed, Camp’s bill would have turned traditional year-end planning upside down.
However, momentum for tax reform quickly faded. Baucus retired from Congress to become U.S. ambassador to China. Camp also announced his plans to retire after 2014. Several proposals in Camp’s bill
have moved separately in the House, but not yet in the Senate, and any action on the overall bill is extremely unlikely before year-end.
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What does this mean for tax planning? It means that the current Tax Code, with all its complexities, will
be around for 2015 and likely for 2016. The current individual income tax rate structure (10, 15, 25, 28,
33, 35, and 39.6 percent) will be in place for 2015. The same is true for the current tax treatment of
capital gains and dividends. The limitation on itemized deductions and the personal exemption phaseout
are also expected to remain unchanged for 2015. The alternative minimum tax (AMT) is “patched,”
thanks to the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), providing enhanced exemption amounts
and allowing the use of nonrefundable personal credits against regular tax and AMT liability. All these
developments provide some certainty in tax planning for year-end 2014.
Individuals should take a look at traditional year-end tax planning techniques. One traditional technique
is, if possible, to spread the recognition of income between 2014 and 2015. This may come into play for
individuals who are able to postpone year-end bonuses, maximize deductible retirement contributions,
and delay year-end billings. Individuals may want to consider the prepayment of real estate taxes or
mortgage interest. Timing the recognition of capital gains and losses at year-end may help to minimize
an individual’s net capital gains tax and maximize deductible capital losses. Life changes can also impact traditional year-end tax planning. Individuals who married or divorced, changed jobs, retired, or
experienced other life events in 2014 need to review how these events may have revised their tax planning. A change in employment, for example, may bring about severance pay, sign-on bonuses, stock
options, moving expenses, and COBRA health benefits, which all must be taken into account in yearend tax planning.
Retirement savings strategies also fall within traditional year-end planning techniques. Individuals also
can contribute up to $5,500 to an IRA or Roth IRA for 2014. If they qualify, individuals can make additional so-called “catch-up contributions” of up to $1,000. This treatment is targeted to individuals age
50 and older. Keep in mind that individuals have until April 15, 2015, to make an IRA contribution for
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2014. Code Sec. 401(k) plans and similar arrangements, including new myRA accounts, should be explored to determine their maximum benefit.
Gift-making in general should be part of a year-end review. Individuals can make tax-free gifts of
$14,000 per recipient (unlimited in number) for 2014. Married couples may combine their gift-tax exclusion amounts and make tax-free gifts per recipient of up to $28,000 for 2014. There is an important
and often over-looked provision affecting gifts. An individual can make unlimited tax-free gifts used for
qualified tuition or medical expenses of another person. The qualified tuition or medical expenses must
be paid directly to a medical or educational institution.
Planning for net investment income tax
For some individuals, the new net investment income tax has become part of their year-end tax planning. The Affordable Care Act created the net investment income tax to help fund health care reform.
There are three categories of net investment income:
Category 1: gross income from interest, dividends, annuities, royalties and rents, if the income is not
derived in a trade or business;
Category 2: income from a “trade or business” that is a passive activity, as determined under Code
Sec. 469, or is from a business as a financial trader; and
Category 3: net gains from the sale of property, unless the property is held in a nonpassive trade or
business.
Under Code Sec. 469, individuals may group multiple activities into a single activity. Generally, an individual must meet the material participation standard of Code Sec. 469 for each activity. Grouping into
a single activity can make it easier for a taxpayer to meet the standard by combining the taxpayer’s
hours and participation. By grouping activities, a taxpayer may be able to avoid having income treated
as net investment income. The Affordable Care Act envisioned that the net investment income tax
would impact higher income taxpayers.
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The Affordable Care Act set certain income thresholds for triggering the net investment income tax:
$200,000 for single taxpayers; $250,000 for married couples filing a joint return; and $125,000 for married couples filing separately.
Tax extenders add complexity
Prospects for permanent extension of many of the so-called tax extenders also appear dim before yearend. However, there will likely be an extension of the extenders, probably for two years. That means
extension will be retroactive to January 1, 2014 because many of the extenders expired after December
31, 2013. For planning purposes, individuals should consider their tax strategies under one scenario that
includes extension of the extenders and another that does not. Keep in mind that some of the extenders
impact other provisions of the Tax Code.
The list of expired extenders is long. Among the more popular are the state and local general sales tax
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deduction, the higher education tuition deduction, the teachers’ classroom expense deduction and the
mortgage insurance premium deduction.
Some extenders were made permanent by ATRA. They include the student loan interest deduction, special enhancements to the earned income tax credit, the child tax credit and the child and dependent care
credit, as well as special enhancements to the adoption credit and adoption assistance programs.
Any news about the fate of the extenders will likely not come until late in 2014 or even in early 2015.
The House and Senate have taken very different approaches to the extenders. The House has passed several extenders in stand-alone bills that would make them permanent. The Senate has taken the traditional
approach of wrapping all the extenders in a comprehensive bill (called the EXPIRE Act). When lawmakers return to work after the November elections, the leaders of the House and Senate are expected to
confer about how to move the extenders before year-end.
New considerations from Affordable Care Act
As of January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires all individuals to carry health insurance or
make a shared responsibility payment, unless exempt. For many, employer-provided health insurance
will satisfy the individual mandate. Others will satisfy the individual mandate if they are covered by
Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who are not exempt will need to make a shared responsibility payment when they file their 2014 returns in 2015.
Generally, the shared responsibility payment amount is either a percentage of the individual's income or
a flat dollar amount, whichever is greater. The amount owed is 1/12th of the annual payment for each
month that a person or the person's dependents are not covered and are not exempt. For 2014, the payment amount is the greater of:
1 percent of the person's household income that is above the tax return threshold for their filing
status; or
A flat dollar amount, which is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child, limited to a maximum of $285.
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The individual shared responsibility payment is capped at the cost of the national average premium for
the bronze level health plan available through the Marketplace in 2014.
The lack of health insurance does not automatically mean an individual must make a shared responsibility payment. The types of exemptions are broad. For example, an individual may have no affordable
coverage options because the minimum amount he or she must pay for the annual premiums is more
than eight percent of household income. An individual also may have a hardship that prevents him or
her from obtaining coverage.
Some seven million individuals have obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Many qualified for a special tax break to help offset the cost of coverage (the Code Sec. 36B
credit) and many took advance payments of the credit. In these cases, individuals must reconcile the
amount paid in advance with the amount of the actual credit computed when they file their tax returns.
Life changes in 2014 may impact the final credit amount.
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For more details about the year-end planning ideas we have discussed, and to review other strategies,
please contact your personal tax advisor. Together, you can create a customized 2014 year-end tax strategy tailored to your specific situation.
Why Losses Really Do Matter
Everybody who told us that the steep market drops earlier this month wouldn’t last can rightly claim
they’re right. When the S&P 500 was down 7.4% during a two-week selloff, there was no way to
know whether we’d have to endure more of the same. Staying the course turned out to be exactly the
right strategy, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be concerned about downside risk. In fact, during the downturn, all of us should have been working hard to keep our portfolios from falling as far and
as fast as the American indices.
Isn’t this a contradiction? There is no contradiction between holding on during market downturns and
building portfolios that are unlikely to keep pace with a bear market free-fall. You hold on because no
living person knows when the stock markets will recover, but history tells us that they always do seem
to recover and eventually deliver returns that are higher, on average, than the returns you get when the
money is safely stored under your mattress.
But you also pay attention to downturns because the further your portfolio falls, the harder it is to recover. There’s actually a rational reason why you tend to fear losses more than you enjoy your gains.
The mathematics show the asymmetrical effect of losses vs. gains. If your $1 million portfolio loses
10%, falling to $900,000, then it requires an 11.11% gain to get you back where you started. It doesn’t
seem fair, but that’s how it is. A 20% loss requires a 25% gain, and if your portfolio were to drop 40%,
you’d need a subsequent 66.67% gain to climb back to your original $1 million nest egg.
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Chances are, you know how we fortify portfolios against losses: we include a variety of different types
of assets--including bonds which, against every single market prediction at the start of the year, are actually delivering positive returns almost all the way across the maturity spectrum. We include foreign
stocks, which haven’t exactly been knocking the lights out this year, but which will, someday, offer
strong gains when the U.S. markets are weakening. All of these different movements tend to have a
calming effect on the portfolio’s returns, not always in every circumstance, but fairly reliably over
time.
The result? A smoother ride puts more money in your pocket. If an investor experienced returns of
+20% and -10% in alternate years over the next 20 years, a $100,000 portfolio would grow to just under $216,000. If a more diversified investor experienced a smoother ride of 10% a year, her portfolio
would grow to just under $673,000. The power of steady compounding is a marvelous thing to see.
The drag of losses can be debilitating to a portfolio’s growth.
You won’t experience either of those trajectories, of course. But if you can somehow avoid the worst
of the market’s falls, even if it means never beating the market during the up-cycles, you raise your
chances of long-term success. If you can do this and remain invested through a lot of uncertainty, like
we experienced earlier this month, chances are you’ll enjoy better long-term returns than a lot of the
“experts” you see screaming at you to buy or sell on the cable finance channels.
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Oh, and that 7.4% drop? The S&P 500 will have to go up 7.99% to recover the ground it lost in that two
-week period.
Good News For a Change
One leading candidate for the “most under-reported story” of 2014 is the remarkable drop in the U.S.
government’s budget shortfall. The final numbers announced by the U.S. Treasury for fiscal 2014
(ending September 30) shows a $483 billion deficit. That’s about $1 trillion lower than the record $1.4
trillion deficit recorded in 2009. As a percentage of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, the deficit came
in at 2.8%--below the average of the last 40 years.
Digging into the numbers a bit, the government collected just over $3 trillion in the past 12 months,
which comes to 17.5% of America’s total GDP. That’s up from $2.8 trillion last year, largely the result
of a stronger economy, but also reflecting higher tax rates on higher-income Americans. Meanwhile,
spending was essentially flat; rising from $3.45 trillion to $3.50 trillion, reflecting decreased defense
spending and cuts in the unemployment insurance program, flood insurance and disaster relief, crop insurance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and a variety of housing programs.
If there is bad news in this picture, it’s that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are taking over an
ever-larger share of the budget, and these costs have been rising much faster than inflation.
“Entitlement” expenses are not discretionary; they are basically written contracts with the American
people. Medicaid in particular is worrisome; while discretionary expenditures are down almost totally
across the board, Medicaid spending growth came in at 10.2% in 2014, and is projected to rise 14.3%
next fiscal year.
How does all this affect you? Notice that the partisan budget bickering has quietly faded away. Congress has extended government funding several times without fanfare, and is expected to do so again
during the lame duck session after the elections. This might induce the rating agencies to give American bonds back their A+ credit rating.
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We may see a tax reform bill sometime next year, which will certainly lower the U.S. corporate tax rate,
and may address America’s tangled individual tax code. Earlier this year, a House bill proposed to repeal dozens of tax credits, deductions and tax preferences, including the mortgage interest exemption
and deductions for charitable contributions. The legislation would create two individual income tax
brackets at 10% and 25%. Another proposal would replace most current federal taxes with a 23% national retail sales tax.
And you may hear more about reforming Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The Social Security
fix is relatively straightforward; for persons under the age of 50 today, full benefits would be deferred a
year or two, to reflect the fact that people are living (and capable of working) longer. Medicare proposals have ranged from giving total discretionary control to states, to creating a voucher system that would
cap benefits for each participant.
Finally, all of us who are recommending Roth conversions have to pause when we see proposals that
would replace income taxes with a sales tax. The premise of a Roth conversion is that you are paying,
today, equal or lower taxes on the converted retirement dollars than you would be paying in the future.
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If future marginal tax rates go down to zero, and all government revenues are shifted to a sales tax, that
dramatically changes the Roth equation. Yes, this is unlikely, but even the unlikely contingencies have
to be factored into today’s financial decisions. After all, who thought the budget deficits would fall below 3% of GDP so quickly?
Open Enrollment Season Is Here: Give Your Benefits a Check Up
Open enrollment season is your annual opportunity to review your employer-provided benefit options
and make elections for the upcoming plan year. To get the most out of what your employer has to offer
and potentially save some money, take time to read through the enrollment packets or information you
receive before making any benefit decisions.
Review your health plan options
Even if you're satisfied with your current health plan, compare your existing coverage to other plans
your employer is offering for next year. Premiums, out-of-pocket costs, and benefits offered often
change from one year to the next and vary among plans. You may decide to keep the plan you already
have, but it doesn't hurt to consider your options.
Some tips for reviewing your health coverage:
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Start by reading plan materials you've received in your open enrollment packet and find out as much
as you can about your options. Look for a "What's New" section that spells out plan changes.
List your expenses. These will vary from year to year, but what you've spent over the course of the
last 12 months may be a good predictor of what you'll spend next year. Don't forget to include copayments and deductibles, as well as dental, vision, and prescription drug expenses.
Reevaluate your coverage to account for life changes. For example, getting married, having a baby,
or retiring are events that should trigger a thorough review of your health coverage.
Consider all out-of-pocket costs, not just the premium you'll pay. For example, if you frequently fill
prescriptions, you may save money with a plan that offers the broadest prescription drug coverage
with the lowest co-payments, even if it charges a higher premium than other plans.
Compare your coverage to your spouse's if he or she is eligible for employer-sponsored health insurance. Will you come out ahead if you switch to your spouse's plan? If you have children, which plan
best suits their needs?
Take advantage of technology. Some employers offer calculators or tables that allow you to do a
side-by-side comparison of health plans to help select the best option.
Decide whether to contribute to a flexible spending account
You can help offset your health-care costs by contributing pretax dollars to a health flexible spending
account (FSA), or reduce your child-care expenses by contributing to a dependent-care FSA. The money
you contribute is not subject to federal income and Social Security taxes (nor generally to state and local
income taxes), and you can use these tax-free dollars to pay for health-care costs not covered by insurance or for dependent-care expenses.
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If your employer offers you the chance to participate in one or both types of FSAs, you'll need to estimate your expenses for the upcoming year in order to decide how much to contribute (subject to limits).
Your contributions will be deducted, pretax, from your paycheck.
One thing to watch out for this open enrollment season: Because of a change to the "use-it-or-lose-it"
rule, employers may now allow participants the chance to roll over $500 of health FSA funds that are
unused at the end of one plan year to the next plan year. So before you decide how much to contribute to
your health FSA, read through your employer's materials to see whether this change will apply to you-employers aren't required to adopt this new carryover approach. If your employer has not, you'll lose
any contributions you don't spend by the end of your benefit period (including any grace period). And
remember, you must enroll in a health or dependent-care FSA each year; enrollment is not automatic.
Find out what other benefits and incentives are available
Many employers offer other voluntary benefits such as dental care, vision coverage, disability insurance,
life insurance, and long-term care insurance. Even if your employer doesn't contribute toward the premium cost, you may be able to conveniently pay premiums via payroll deduction.
To avoid missing out on savings opportunities, find out whether your employer offers other discounts or
incentives. Common options are discounts on health-related products and services, such as gym memberships and eyeglasses, or wellness incentives such as a monetary reward for completing a health assessment.
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Ask your benefits administrator for help if you have any questions about your benefits, the options
available to you, or enrollment instructions or deadlines. You generally have only a few weeks to make
important decisions about your benefits, so don't delay.
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Harbor Group Contact Information
Main Client Service Line (603) 668-0634
Marc A. Hebert, MS, CFP®
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional / Principal
[email protected]
Timothy M. Riley, MS, CFP®, ChFC
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional / Principal
[email protected]
Vickie Worrad, CPA, CFP®
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional
[email protected]
Inna Rivilis, MSFP, CFP®
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional
[email protected]
Ryan Callaghan, CFP®
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional
[email protected]
Christopher MacBean, MSFP, CFP®
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional
[email protected]
Sharon Rocheleau
Asset Management Administrator
[email protected]
Ginny Albanese
Asset Management Administrator
[email protected]
Sherrie Gibson
Asset Management Administrator
[email protected]
Shirley Peverly
Trading Specialist
[email protected]
Timothy Colonna
Information Technology
[email protected]
Sean Riley
Administrative Support
[email protected]
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Location
Marc Hebert’s Money
$ense Show
WGIR AM 610, WQSO FM
96.7 Seacoast
9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
Saturday
Southern, Central and
Eastern New Hampshire
Financial and Economic
Updates on the Morning News
WGIR AM 610, WQSO FM
96.7 Seacoast
8:30 a.m.—9:00 a.m.
Thursday
Southern, Central and
Easter New Hampshire
Marc Hebert’s Money
Matters Web Cast
WMUR ABC 9
www.WMUR..com
Project Economy Section
Available on
www.WMUR.COM
World Wide Web
Go to www.wgiram.com or www.iheartradio.com to listen to live audio streams of
Marc’s radio show Saturday’s from 9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
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