Alterra Advisors

When Should I Take Social Security?

When should I start Social Security? Should I take it now or wait until I’m 70? We hear this question in almost every retirement planning meeting. The right choice depends on your specific needs, but this guide will help you weigh your options and pick the best one for you!

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Can Losses Increase My Investment Return?

No one likes a seeing their investments lose value. But, as advisors, we ask what opportunities exist in any situation, including market downturns. One such opportunity is called tax-loss harvesting. We discuss what it is, how it can help and when you might consider using it.

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How Much Should You Keep In Emergency Reserve?

Job loss, unexpected trip to the hospital, a tree falls on the house – events like these can send the unprepared into a financial tailspin. An emergency reserve is your mini financial self-insurance policy, so we all know we should have one. But, getting around to funding that reserve tends to sit on the to-do list… Read More »

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The ABCs of RSUs, ESPPs, ISOs – Get to Know Your Stock Incentive Programs

In our tech-heavy Pacific Northwest, many companies grant stock or stock options as part of an overall compensation package. These equity incentive programs can seem like a windfall but, as with any source of income, they must be carefully managed so they don’t disrupt your financial plan or create a major tax headache.

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