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Do I Refinance Federal Student Loans?

Do I Refinance Federal Student Loans?

By Katie Bennett To refinance or not to refinance? I am asked this question with high regularity. Prior to the pandemic, I would have advised to seek lower interest rates by refinancing with a company like SoFi, Common Bond, or Laurel Road. Current legislation has...

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A New Year: 5 Realistic Financial Goals for Doctors

A New Year: 5 Realistic Financial Goals for Doctors

By Terry Westlund, Co-founder of Financial DesignsIt’s January  -  and we finally have 2020 behind us. Many of you have made or thought about making resolutions. There is probably another sub-set of readers who might have pushed that to the bottom of the proverbial...

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The Rare but Valuable Unisex Disability Rate

The Rare but Valuable Unisex Disability Rate

By Terry Westlund, ChFC® It’s the end of 2020 and the buzz in the financial world is that “unisex” pricing for disability coverage is going away. Although this is true for many large carriers like Principal, it’s not completely true across the board. Like a large...

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Top 5 Year-End Tax Tips for 1099 Physicians

Top 5 Year-End Tax Tips for 1099 Physicians

By John Golway, CPA and Founder of Financial Designs Tax Services, LLC Updated to reflect 2020 information. It’s that time of year… cheery music, crisp weather, shiny lights… and wrapping up your taxes for 2020. Don't worry - if you have a good CPA, it shouldn't be as...

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Deductible Business Expenses for Independent Contractors

Deductible Business Expenses for Independent Contractors

By Chris McQueen, CPA As an independent contractor, you qualify to deduct 100% of business expenses from your taxable income. When you take into consideration all your business expenses, this can result in quite a bit of savings. The list is lengthy, so rather than...

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What You Need to Know About Quarterly Estimates

What You Need to Know About Quarterly Estimates

By Chris McQueen, CPA As an independent contractor, you are obligated to submit quarterly tax estimates. Although the phrase “quarterly estimate” can make many feel anxious, this process doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. Here is what you need to know: 1)...

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4 Tips When Selecting Health Insurance Coverage

4 Tips When Selecting Health Insurance Coverage

By Terry Westlund Health insurance is complicated. Annual open enrollment can cause anxiety and confusion as you select a plan that's best for your situation. See below for our top tips when selecting health insurance coverage. 1) Know the Lingo Having the knowledge...

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Top 4 Things to Discuss with Your Financial Adviser Now

Top 4 Things to Discuss with Your Financial Adviser Now

By Noel Roach For many of us, 2020 hasn’t been the most ideal. As we head into the 2nd half of the year, there is more uncertainty ahead. You should be touching base with your financial adviser to make sure you have a plan in place that matches your comfort level as...

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Dollar Cost Averaging

Dollar Cost Averaging

By Noel Roach “There is simply no telling how far stocks can fall in a short period… your mind may well become rattled by scary headlines and breathless commentary. And an unsettled mind will not make good decisions.” - Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathway 2017...

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Weathering a Loss in Income

Weathering a Loss in Income

By: Ryan Johnson For at least the medium term, it appears coronavirus is here to stay. As we wade through what this means for various aspects of our daily lives, many of our clients are finding themselves in a situation where shifts have been cut and therefore income...

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Maximizing the New 20% Pass-Through Deduction

Maximizing the New 20% Pass-Through Deduction

By Terry Westlund, Co-Founder Note: This post was updated to reflect 2021 numbers. Remember the big hub-bub about tax reform at the end of 2017? The new rules included a significant change that benefited many independent contractor physicians (those with 1099 income)....

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New Physician, Big Paycheck

New Physician, Big Paycheck

By Katie Bennett, ChFC® Congrats! After years of hard work, little sleep and lots of determination, you have finished medical school and residency, and your paycheck finally reflects a physician’s salary. The jump from the average residency pay of $61,200 to a...

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Life Insurance 101

Life Insurance 101

By: Noel Roach The inevitability of death is never fun to talk about. However, to ensure a well-thought-out financial plan, you must take the time to consider what will happen to your finances when you (or your spouse) pass away. Life insurance should especially be a...

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ICs: Supplementing a Loss in Income Due to COVID-19

ICs: Supplementing a Loss in Income Due to COVID-19

By Terry Westlund, Co-Founder of Financial Designs, Inc. This blog was written on 4/9/2020. Information is changing frequently. We will do our best to update this blog as needed. As an independent contractor (1099) medical professional, you may be wondering how to...

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Panicking in a Pandemic

Panicking in a Pandemic

By: Ryan Johnson First and foremost, thank you. Thank you for being in the profession to help our communities. In a time like this, we are so ever grateful for the medical professionals caring for our family, friends and nation. We know it’s not an overstatement to...

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