The “new” FAFSA schedule (introduced in 2016) makes summer the time for FAFSA prep. On October 1, 2017, financial aid applications for the 2018-19 school year can be filed. In prior years, students had to wait until January 1 to request financial aid for the coming academic year. Why is this important?
The Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) law coming into effect on January 1, 2018 will be employee funded. The PFL benefits will be provided through insurance coverage, included under the employer’s mandatory disability benefits policy. Due to the intricacies of the law, it is important for employers to fully understand and prepare for the new requirements heading into July. While coming into effect in January, employers are eligible to start deducting from payroll beginning in July in order to fund the policy.
Among major corporations, 401(k) plans have become common, but even the smallest of businesses can have a 401(k) plan for retirement. One-participant 401(k) plans, known by names such as Solo 401(k) and Uni-k, are available. For some business owners and self-employed individuals, Solo 401(k)s may offer a chance to save more for retirement with tax advantages compared with other small business retirement plans.
Investors may put together their own asset allocation, or they might work with an investment professional. Either way, the challenge is to maintain the desired allocation through the ups and downs of the financial markets. The answer generally recommended by financial advisors is to rebalance periodically.
The second-best investment you can make is paying off high interest rate debt. That could come after you’ve contributed enough to your 401(k) to get a full match from your employer. What should come next? If you have no expensive debt to pay down and you’re getting the full employer match, where should you direct your money? Here are some suggestions.
ESOP - Employee Stock Ownership Plans. As the title indicates, an ESOP is a process for transferring ownership of the company to employees. How does that work as a retirement plan?