December Checklist

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

To-do-ListIf you’re anything like me the holiday season is a busy time of year.

My family’s list of things to do is a mile long…

  1. Christmas Decorations
  2. Hang the lights
  3. Prep present list
  4. Shopping
  5. Travel Plans
  6. Pack For Trip To Grandma and Grandpa’s House
  7. Work Holiday Party
  8. Holiday Letter
  9. Family Pictures
  10. Wrap Presents
  11. Bake Christmas Cookies
  12. More Holiday Parties

Needless to say, it’s easy to put your personal finances on the backburner with all of these obligations.

But before you immerse yourself in the holidays, here’s what you need to do to make sure your financial house is in order…

  1. Review Your Portfolio

It’s time for a yearend reality check. It’s a great time to re-balance and adjust your portfolio to make sure it’s in line with your financial goals.

Make sure the fundamentals and macro themes behind your investments are still intact. If not, make the adjustments that need to be made.

  1. Prepare For The Tax Man

Are there any stocks or ETFs with losses that you want to sell?

Consider doing it before the calendar turns and you can use the losses to offset capital gains on other investments. This is called tax loss harvesting.

It’s an effective way to reduce your tax bill. But there are rules you need to follow so make sure you get some advice from your financial planner or accountant.

  1. Retirement Accounts

Another tax saving tip is to maximize your contributions to your 401(k) or IRA.

You can contribute up to $17,500 or $23,000 if you’re over 50 years old. These tax deferred savings plans are a great way to lower your tax bill. But you need to make contributions to a 401(k) before December 31st.

And here are seven more things you should do…

  1. Meet with your financial planner
  2. Donate to charity
  3. Use money in FSA for healthcare expenses
  4. Review your budget
  5. Calculate your net worth
  6. Check your credit score
  7. Update your estate plan

If you do these ten things, you will certainly be ready to start 2015 on the right foot.

Good Investing,

Corey Williams

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Corey Williams is the editor of Sector ETF Trader, an investment advisory service focused on profiting from ETFs and the economic cycle. Under Corey’s leadership, the Sector ETF Trader has become one of the most popular and successful ETF advisories around. In addition to his groundbreaking service, Corey is the lead contributor to ETF Trading Research, where he shares his insights about ETFs and financial markets three times a week. He’s also a regular contributor to the Dynamic Wealth Report and the editor of one the hottest option trading services around – Elite Option Trader.

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