Month: October 2014

Retirement contribution limits, QLACs, a case of fraud and the circle of life.

The IRS recently announced adjustments to retirement plan contribution limits. In 2015 the elective deferral limit for 401(k) participants will be increased to $18,000. Most similar plans, 403(b), 457, etc. will allow increased contribution limits as well. The catch-up contribution limit for employees age 50 and over will increase to $6,000. Therefore, older employees can defer as much as $24,000 next… Read more →

The Gold Standard, Alpha, Beta, and now…Gamma.

Question: Should the US return to the gold standard, so that the Fed can’t “create money out of thin air”? To answer that question David Andolfatto, Vice President and Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis recently published a piece entitled, The Gold Standard and Price Inflation. You can view it here. The author cites an historical example… Read more →