Our doctors frequently ask whether they should invest in their Roth 401k/403bs or use the pre-tax option instead. There are a number of factors that savvy doctors should consider when deciding whether or not to Roth at work.
Despite all of the noise in the media, the markets have only experienced small overall negative returns this year. As of today, most of our long-term, diversified portfolios are only down about -1.0% since the beginning of the year. This is common for short-term market reports. We expect to continue to see choppy markets throughout the rest of the year.
Although most of our physicians are concerned about income taxes—estate taxes can be a much bigger burden. In fact, they can eat up almost 50% of an estate.
The good news: unlike income taxes, estate taxes are completely voluntary. There are things doctors can do to make sure your estate passes without any estate taxes.
For estate tax purposes, you may be richer than you think.
When I first started financial planning, we all had one basic assumption - push taxes into the future. The general thought was our clients would be in a much lower tax bracket for taking distributions from their retirement plans. About 13 years ago, I had an "aha moment". What if that assumption was false?
As a physician, your largest, most valuable asset is your ability to work and earn a good living. Out of all the risks you face as a physician that could derail your financial future, the one most likely to happen is being too sick or injured to practice medicine. That is why getting cost effective, income protection or disability insurance, while a doctor is young and healthy, is imperative.