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A positive investment experience does not require any special education, special knowledge, or special training. Reading a crystal ball is not required either. Our role is to guide you through a journey which begins at setting goals and is endlessly in pursuit of those goals.
There are many elements of the investment process that we have control over including the decisions regarding fees paid for advice, the types of investments used, or how much to allocate to various investments. However, the one thing we cannot control is the reason investing can be so unsettling for many - the uncertain future.
Whatever investment option you choose to help get you to your destination, each one has an expected return that is based on both the straightforward common-sense relationship of risk and return, and on historical academic evidence that covers almost 100 years of data. Carr Wealth Management strongly believes that compounded growth - interest on interest, earnings on earnings, is the most powerful investment strategy in building wealth. However, high fees, higher taxes, and transaction-oriented strategies can prevent investors from experiencing the powerful effect of long-term growth.
Investment products offered through Carr Wealth Management, LLC are not insured by the FDIC or any other federal government agency, are not deposits or other obligations of, or guaranteed by, a bank or any bank affiliate, and are subject to investment risks, including possible loss of the principal amount invested.
TYPES OF ACCOUNTS
Qualified accounts receive the benefit of tax deferral on the investment earnings and gains from sale of investments not distributed. Examples are employer savings plans such as 401K, or individual retirement accounts (IRA’s). Tax deferral enhances the powerful effect of compounding growth:
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Traditional IRA’s – Created by individual contributions. Distributions are taxed at ordinary income tax (10% penalty applies if taken before 59½). Minimum distributions from IRA are required beginning no later than April 1, following the year you turn 72.
Rollover IRA’s – Investments that are rolled over from either an employer plan (401K, 403B, 457B) or from another IRA. Contributions, tax impact on distributions, and minimum distribution rules are the same as they are for Traditional IRA’s.
Beneficiary IRA’s – Investments inherited from deceased owner of an IRA. Non-Spouse beneficiaries cannot contribute to a beneficiary IRA and must begin distributions or withdraw money soon after the death of the IRA owner. Spouses who are beneficiaries have more options – rollover into their own, for example.
Roth IRA’s – Investments that allow tax free distributions of earnings from the account once certain conditions are met: a) must wait at least 5 years from contribution, and b) must be at least 59½. However, while the earnings are non-taxable, the contributions are not tax deductible.
College 529 Plans – Investments that are similar to Roth IRA’s in that the distribution from earnings are tax free provided the funds are used for higher education purposes. Contributions are not deductible.
Individual Accounts – Taxable investment accounts. Since these accounts generate taxable income on earnings and gains of sales, focusing on tax-savings strategies while maintaining long-term growth objectives can be challenging. If you have both qualified and non-qualified accounts, there are also potential tax savings depending on which account specific investments are placed. For instance, a bond which pays semiannual interest may be best suited to the qualified, tax-deferred accounts.
Joint Accounts – Taxable Accounts that are set up jointly with a spouse or another individual. Titling of the accounts can have an impact on family transfer goals and tax basis following the death of one of the joint owners.
Trust Accounts – Family trust accounts are taxable non-qualified accounts (revocable living trusts or irrevocable trusts). Living trust accounts can ensure that your assets pass to your desired beneficiaries without the need for probate and provide management of assets in the event of you or your surviving spouse's incapacity.
Which Investment Companies Will We Be Using?
There are over 9,500 mutual funds offered in the United States by approximately 80 mutual fund companies. Carr Wealth Management believes that achieving positive long-term investment results is better accomplished through low-cost investment vehicles that take advantage of market returns by essentially tracking various market sectors. Carr Wealth Management has predominantly used investments from two companies over the past twenty years – Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) and Vanguard.
Both Dimensional Fund Advisors and Vanguard share our investment philosophy of providing clients investment solutions based on academic research and a commitment to disciplined investing. Some of the major characteristics of the investments used by Carr Wealth Management:
Publicly Traded Investments
We manage client investments that are traded exclusively on national exchanges (i.e., N.Y. Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, etc.). Stocks or bonds traded on public exchanges have the following benefits:
The Third-Party Custodian where client funds are held and trades are executed is the institutional division of TD Ameritrade, Inc. They neither offer proprietary products nor services to the general public. They make available to independent Registered Investment Advisors, like Carr Wealth Management, the necessary platform to provide independent advice that is legally required to be in the client's best interests. Their online access is user friendly and they support clients and advisers alike with state-of-the-art technology.