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January 2019 CAPTRUST Market Update

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

CAPTRUST Chief Investment Officer Kevin Barry talks about the recent market volatility from late 2018 and if signs are pointing toward a recession. Barry reminds investors to have a long-term view and keep in mind that the stock market is not the economy and the economy is not the stock market. While the news headlines sound negative, there is good news underneath.

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The 401(k) at 40

Thursday, January 03, 2019

CAPTRUST Managing Director and Defined Contribution Practice Leader Scott Matheson outlines our predictions for plan sponsors, participants, and the retirement industry in general in the new year. These predictions contain the accumulated insights of our business line leaders, financial advisors, and client-facing service associates as they look forward to 2019.

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Income Tax Planning and 529 Plans

Monday, December 31, 2018

The income tax benefits offered by 529 plans make these plans attractive to parents (and others) who are saving for college or K-12 tuition. Qualified withdrawals from a 529 plan are tax free at the federal level, and some states also offer tax breaks to their residents. It’s important to evaluate the federal and state tax consequences of plan withdrawals and contributions before you invest in a 529 plan.

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The ABCs of 529 Plans

Monday, December 31, 2018

529 plans are tax-advantaged education savings vehicles and one of the most popular ways to save for education today. Much like the way 401(k) plans revolutionized the world of retirement savings a few decades ago, 529 plans have changed the world of education savings.

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Education Tax Credits

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Now that your child is in college, you might qualify for one of two education tax credits—the American Opportunity credit and the Lifetime Learning credit. And because a tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction against taxes owed, it’s more favorable than a tax deduction, which simply reduces the total income on which your tax is based.

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