Tech Wealth Blog

  • Player or Investor?

    As an observer of the capital markets over the past few decades, I’ve noticed that “market professionals” and investment advisors are generally selling a story about the future. Whether a bold prediction on the future price of gold or a more subtle discourse on why it’s a good time to buy Tesla, Uber or Apple. They are all spinning a […]

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  • Magic of Roth IRA

    The Magic of a Roth IRA

    A Roth IRA (Individual Retirement Account) offers a unique advantage for many investors; the magical ability to earn tax-free income. These tax-advantaged accounts allow you to indefinitely grow your investments without ever paying Federal income tax on interest, dividends, or capital gains. I say “indefinitely” because, as opposed to Traditional IRAs, there is no required minimum distribution (RMD) requirement after […]

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    Are Qualified Opportunity Funds A Good Investments?

    Do you hold highly appreciated stock that you want to sell, but don’t want to pay the subsequent capital gains tax? If so, there is a new investment option to consider. Investing in a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) allows you to defer federal tax on your capital gains while freeing up the money you initially used to buy the stock […]

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  • Amazonian’s $1 Billion Retirement Bet

    Amazon employees have invested $1 billion of their 401(k) retirement funds[1] in their employer’s stock—by far the single largest holding in Amazon’s 401(k) plan. Luckily, this was a very good bet during 2017 (up 56%) and has continued to be an outstanding investment during 2018 (up over 70% as of end of September). Implying a potential gain of $700 million […]

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  • Maximize your after tax 401k

    Save Taxes on 401(k) Distributions

    Preferential Tax Treatment on Company Stock in Your 401(k) If you hold shares of your employer’s stock in your 401(k) account, there is an IRS rule with the potential to significantly reduce your future tax burden. The rule pertains to net unrealized appreciation (NUA). NUA is the difference between the price you originally paid for a stock (i.e., your cost […]

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  • RSU Income & Mortgage Qualification

    Working for a tech company—like Amazon—that uses Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) as compensation, can limit your ability to qualify for the home mortgage you might desire. Luckily, more mortgage providers now accept income from RSUs in their qualification calculations, but it may take some advanced planning on your part. This change is likely based on demand from borrowers—as more companies […]

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