Buying Index Funds – 2 More Options

In the last few weeks, I’ve run across two more options for buying index funds, the key building blocks of my portfolio (and of anybody taking a passive, buy-and-hold, Bogleheads-ish approach). I haven’t implemented either of them yet, but wanted to share what I’ve found and I’d be very interested to hear if any ofContinue reading “Buying Index Funds – 2 More Options”

RMDs vs Lifetime Allowance – Which Alligator Should You Focus On?

Fair warning: this post is for people who have reason to be concerned about both RMDs and the Lifetime Allowance. If you don’t have a Traditional 401k/IRA/etc. balance or you have no concerns about exceeding the LTA, you can skip on past – just focus on the one that affects you. Also – this oneContinue reading “RMDs vs Lifetime Allowance – Which Alligator Should You Focus On?”

Managing the Lifetime Allowance

We learned a little bit about the Lifetime Allowance in my post on UK Pension Withdrawal Options – mostly by pointing to the excellent Monevator post on the topic. Today, we’ll dig a little bit deeper, to see how we might avoid paying HRMC an extra 25% of our hard earned savings. I’m going toContinue reading “Managing the Lifetime Allowance”

UK Pension Withdrawal Options

Continuing with our interlude from the Withdrawal Strategies series – this is the second of three posts: Required Minimum Distributions from Traditional IRA, 401(k), etc. and how to manage them UK Pension withdrawal options Managing the Lifetime Allowance (I added this one because it was going to be too long to fit in the others!)Continue reading “UK Pension Withdrawal Options”

US & UK Tax on Traditional to Roth Conversions

I’m working on a series of posts about retirement withdrawal strategies and managing US and UK taxes in retirement, and I keep drafting a comment that “I’ll do a post on Roth conversions in the future” – I’m just going to do it now 🙂 There’s already a lot out there about a Roth ConversionContinue reading “US & UK Tax on Traditional to Roth Conversions”

Social Security & State Pension

This is the last of my series on account types that Americans in the UK might use to save for retirement. US Social Security and the UK State Pension maybe aren’t accounts, strictly speaking, but they’re certainly worth understanding and considering how you’ll use them in your planning. I’ll start with an overview and comparisonContinue reading “Social Security & State Pension”

Saving & Investing for Kids

We know that 529s aren’t typically a great option for Americans in the UK, but you want to save some money for your kids – maybe for university, a first home deposit, or other long term goals, right? And maybe their grandparents want to start some kind of savings for them, too? I’ve put togetherContinue reading “Saving & Investing for Kids”

UK Junior ISA (Account Options)

This is a really quick one for completeness. A Junior ISA won’t be part of your own retirement/FIRE planning, but maybe something you consider for your kids. They come in both cash and Stocks & Shares (S&S) flavors – the rules are almost the same as adult ISAs. I’ve only called out the handful ofContinue reading “UK Junior ISA (Account Options)”

UK & US Savings Accounts (Account Options)

I’m lumping these together because there’s no practical difference, aside from the currency. These aren’t really investment accounts, but just to cover the rest of the universe of accounts that Americans in the UK might have. Synopsis Short term savings or emergency fund only – low interest rates, often below inflation. There might be someContinue reading “UK & US Savings Accounts (Account Options)”