On April 27, 2019, from F. B. L….DDS, FAGD, Idaho
I just signed up for membership today and as I looked through your postings the “core” accounts were tax advantaged. What does that mean? Does that mean they are in a retirement account? I am not yet retired but at age 71 am forced to take minimum distributions and they are accumulating outside the retirement account. Is there a better way? Thanks
Monday Morning Millionaire Program Answer:
Broadly speaking, the expression “tax-advantaged” can refer to investments, accounts or plans which offer tax benefits. These are either exempt from taxation or tax-deferred allowing investors to pay taxes later, sometimes decades later. There are many examples both in the United States and Canada.
Canadian tax-advantaged accounts and US tax-advantaged accounts go by different names but are similar. There is no better place for any investment assuming that the Government allows the particular security in any particular tax-advantaged account. Over an investing lifetime, this can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars compared to investing outside such an account. We hope that this describes your investing history.
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It is almost a certainty that their views will be similar.