Shape Up Your Financial Plan for 2024

December 7, 2023
From polishing up your portfolio, to checking on your estate plan, to making tax-efficient choices, now is the time to get your financial plan on sound footing for the new year.
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    With 2023 winding down, it's important for investors to take stock of their financial plan, consider strategies to minimize taxes, and begin looking for opportunities in 2024. Host Mike Townsend is joined by Daniel Stein, who manages two Schwab branches in Virginia, to discuss what investors are most concerned about right now, some key end-of-year planning strategies for investors to consider, and how to think about some of the uncertainties facing the markets next year. Dan provides practical suggestions on minimizing taxes by using tax-loss harvesting and other techniques; the importance of creating an estate plan or revisiting the one you have to help ensure it still fits your evolving circumstances, along with some specific strategies for estate planning; and taking a longer-term view on fixed income investing. He also discusses Schwab's 2024 market outlook.  

    Mike also provides updates on the latest news out of Washington, including the negotiations over a major aid package for Ukraine and Israel, next week's Fed meeting, and a decision by the IRS to delay a controversial new tax reporting requirement for payment apps and e-commerce platforms.

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    Will government policy affect your money?

    Schwab Market Perspective: Confidence Catches Up

    Sentiment data is beginning to match relatively strong "hard" economic data.

    Geopolitical Risk: Is the Bark Worse than the Bite?

    Global hotspots are constantly generating headlines. But investors need a balanced perspective, or they could miss out on potentially strong performance in international markets.

    Fed Drops Tightening Bias, but No Easing Signaled

    As expected, the Fed held rates steady in January, but importantly downplayed the likelihood that rate cuts will start as soon as March.

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