Planning Tips to Help You Flourish in Spring

Planning Tips to Help You Flourish in Spring

  • 03.24.20
  • Retirement & Longevity
  • Article

Spring is full of important financial deadlines – be sure to mark your calendar.

As the weather warms and days grow longer, schedule some time to rebalance your portfolio.

Spring 2020 market closures

  • Friday, April 10: Good Friday
  • Monday, May 25: Memorial Day

Dates to remember

  • Wednesday, April 15: Traditionally tax day, but this year you’ll have more time. The IRS has extended the filing and payment deadline to July 15 to help ease some of the financial burden stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Things to do

Review your cash flow: Make sure all expenses are being considered, and that you’re still allocating enough to your savings, retirement and “rainy day” accounts. 

Spring cleaning: Declutter your home and office, donating useful items. Request an appraisal and receipt if anything is particularly valuable. While you’re at it, consider deep cleaning frequently touched surfaces.

Plant some roots: It’s homebuying season. If you’re considering buying or refinancing a home, keep an eye on mortgage rates and plan to review the terms with your advisor as such a major purchase will have an effect on your financial plan.

Relief for retirees: The CARES Act coronavirus response plan (passed March 27) includes a provision waiving required minimum distributions for 2020. Please consult your tax professional and financial advisor for additional guidance..

Spring stimulus: The CARES Act includes coronavirus relief provisions for families, small businesses, homeowners, student borrowers and more. While the individual rebate payment amount depends on your last-filed tax return, most Americans can expect to receive a credit via mail or direct deposit in April 2020. Talk to your tax professional or financial advisor to learn more.

Rebalance your portfolio: Similar to your retirement accounts, consider a seasonal review of your portfolio to ensure your allocation is optimal for your objectives.

Check your credit report: Making a habit of checking your credit report at least once a year can help you detect and dispute errors.

Be counted and accountable: Newsworthy events, like the coronavirus outbreak and Census Day (4/1/2020), unfortunately bring out predatory behavior among scammers. Be aware of people using these events as a cover to email, call or even visit you in an attempt to gain access to sensitive personal information. Stay alert and don’t be an April fool by offering up this data.

Talk to your advisor to ensure you don't miss any important financial planning dates.

Withdrawals from tax-deferred accounts may be subject to income taxes, and prior to age 59½ a 10% federal penalty tax may apply. Roth IRA owners must be 59½ or older and have held the IRA for five years before tax-free withdrawals are permitted. The process of rebalancing may result in tax consequences. Asset allocation does not guarantee a profit nor protect against loss. Investment products are: not deposits, not FDIC/NCUA insured, not insured by any government agency, not bank guaranteed, subject to risk and may lose value. © 2020 Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC. © 2020 Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Raymond James financial advisors do not render legal or tax advice. Please consult a qualified professional regarding legal or tax advice.