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3 Wealth Destroyers to Fight Ferociously

This is an excellent article about how to protect your wealth.



When financial planner J. Landon Loveall was a teenager growing up, he says, “I guarded my Lego creations with life and limb from the destructive nature of my little sister.” Loveall is founder and president of Cumberland Wealth Planners in greater Nashville, Tenn.

Creating wealth is not unlike building something solid with Legos, as discussed in the article “Steps to building wealth.” In the same way, you must protect your wealth from destructive forces, such as taxes and inflation, which can erode wealth. Add to these another wealth destroyer: overspending.

Tax strategies

Tax planning can help you save hard-earned dollars.  But to be effective, tax planning must be proactive.

While there are ways to minimize taxes, you can\’t avoid them completely. “On every gross dollar you earn, pay your taxes first,” says Rick Kahler, president of the Kahler Financial Group in Rapid City, S.D. “Estimate your total tax liability and be sure your employer withholds enough to cover it. If you are self-employed, set up a savings account, deposit a percentage of every check, and use that money to pay your quarterly estimated taxes. Never raid these funds.”

Planners generally recommend that high-income earners place assets that produce ordinary income (interest and short-term capital gains) into tax-deferred accounts. Assets that produce long-term capital gains and dividends can go into taxable accounts.

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