As we approach the end of the year, it’s time to take a close look at your investments, paying particular attention to three main things: Taxes — If you have a taxable brokerage account, it’s probably a good idea to check on your realized gains and losses for the year, and to see what year-end distributions might still be coming. Even if we haven’t made many trades in your account this year, some mutual funds have significant taxable gains to distribute. We may be able to offset some of those gains, since many accounts have a couple of funds currently in the red. Maximum Contributions for 2014 — If you have an retirement savings account with us, or make periodic contributions to a plan at work, you might want to review the contributions you’ve made to those accounts this year. The maximum contribution limits for 2014 for the most popular retirement savings vehicles are:
- $17,500 into 401(k), 403(b), TSP, and most 457 plans — plus $5,500 “catch-up” contributions if you’re over 50;
- $5,500 into a Traditional or Roth IRA — plus $1,000 “catch-up” contribution;
- $12,000 into a SIMPLE IRA — plus $2,500 “catch-up” contribution;
- 25% of your gross income, up to a maximum of $52,000, into a SEP IRA, though there’s no “catch-up” provision.