Retirement Planning

Roth IRA

What Happens to My Roth IRA When My Income Increases?

by Sophia Bera March 20, 2019

I frequently recommend Roth IRAs to my clients as part of their retirement savings strategy. Because you contribute after-tax income, millennials who are still establishing their careers (and therefore are in a lower tax bracket) can lock in a lower tax rate on contributions now, and then pay no taxes when withdrawing money in retirement […]

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FIRE movement

The FIRE Movement: A Financial Planner’s Perspective

by Sophia Bera January 23, 2019

More and more, I work with clients who are interested in the FIRE movement (which, if you haven’t heard of it, stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early). Countless blogs, websites, and podcasts are dedicated to FIRE, sharing the stories of how people penny-pinched their way to freedom from The Man. My friend Paula Pant interviewed […]

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Supporting Family Financially

Ask Gen Y Planning: How to Financially Support Family?

by Sophia Bera June 16, 2018

This question was submitted by a reader! Do you have a money question you’d like Gen Y Planning to answer in a future blog post? Submit it to genyplanning.com/askgyp. What should the financial planning look like when you have a parent who has no retirement saved up and won’t be working much longer due to health […]

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Socially Responsible Investing

Ask Gen Y Planning: Should I Be a Socially Responsible Investor?

by Sophia Bera May 20, 2018

This question was submitted by a reader! Do you have a money question you’d like Gen Y Planning to answer in a future blog post? Submit it to genyplanning.com/askgyp. I would like to learn more about the pros and cons of socially responsible investing (e.g. VFTSX fund instead of VTSAX). What are the criteria used for […]

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Money mistakes in your 40s

9 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 40s

by Sophia Bera November 29, 2017

Your 20s were all about setting up your financial foundation and establishing good habits. Your 30s were about life changes like getting married, having kids, and building your career. In your 40s, everything is amplified even more. You’ve got growing kids and aging parents — and what you don’t have is a ton of spare […]

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Money mistakes in your 30s

8 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 30s

by Sophia Bera November 22, 2017

“It’s complicated” is a great way to describe life in your 30s. You’ve been working for a while, so you might finally feel more financially stable than ever before. But on the other hand, you often have competing financial priorities. Career growth, serious relationships, family, and major life purchases tend to make this a very […]

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