The Uncommon Path – January 6th Edition

The Uncommon Path

Plan Wisely | Retire Well | Travel on Your Terms


In this issue…
  • 2022 has not been kind to many large growth stocks, but it’s not too late to rebalance
  • Exactly how much does it cost to retire in each country? A list
  • In case your retirement fund is a little low, a list of the cheapest countries to live in
  • Ready to renew your passport? Soon you won’t have to mail it in

…and more!


Happy New Year! 2022 is less than a week old, but it has already reminded us of a valuable lesson. The NASDAQ is down 3.5% in the first three days of trading – not a great way to start the new year. However, other asset classes have held up well or are positive on the year, including small-cap value stocks, which have gained approximately 1%.
 
The lesson? Rebalance regularly. I know it isn’t easy, especially when your tech stocks are screaming to new highs daily. Try to take the emotion out of rebalancing and set up a schedule to rebalance portfolios based on the time of year or when your asset allocation strays from its target.

Is it too late for 2022? Absolutely not. Rest assured that if you’re an investment management client of PathBridge Financial, your portfolio was rebalanced toward the end of 2021. If you manage your own investments, I encourage you to make sure your asset allocation matches the target allocation in your financial plan. If your investments are out of whack, it’s time to rebalance. 

Safe Travels,

David


Travel

Mailing in your passport for renewal will soon be a relic of the past as the U.S. government takes a tentative step into the 21st century!

Want to know what it’s like to work remotely from another country? 8 remote workers tell you what to expect..


Retirement

Not everyone is looking for the cheapest places to live in the world, but I think it’s fascinating to read about them and see what’s available.

So exactly how much will it cost to retire in each country? The infographic above by NetCredit.  There are some excellent graphics in this article.

I know some of you are planning to retire in 2022. Here’s a solid list of things to consider.. Here’s a solid list of things to consider.


Did you miss the last issue of The Uncommon Path? If so, you have a second chance to catch up on:

  • Should you keep Medicare if you move overseas in retirement?
  • I-Bonds will offer an annualized 7.12% rate for at least part of 2022, do they make sense in your portfolio?
  • Ever feel like you’re booking your flight/hotel at exactly the wrong time? Expedia crunches the numbers and explains when to book and when to travel for lower rates
  • My Thanksgiving trip report gives you the scoop on how bad airports really were – not that bad actually

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    David Tuzzolino, CFA, CFP®, is the Founder and CEO of PathBridge Financial, a firm that specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services for clients that are nearing retirement and love to travel.

     

     

    The Uncommon Path – December 16th Edition

    Cousin Eddie's RV

    The Uncommon Path

    Plan Wisely | Retire Well | Travel on Your Terms


    In this issue…
    • Should you keep Medicare if you move overseas in retirement?
    • I-Bonds will offer an annualized 7.12% rate for at least part of 2022, do they make sense in your portfolio?
    • Ever feel like you’re booking your flight/hotel at exactly the wrong time? Expedia crunches the numbers and explains when to book and when to travel for lower rates
    • My Thanksgiving trip report gives you the scoop on how bad airports really were – not that bad actually

    …and more!


    Thank you for making 2021 a fantastic year for PathBridge Financial. Oddly enough, in a year where the COVID-pandemic has dragged on, the U.S. stock market has continued to march higher, travel has started to re-enter our lives, and PathBridge had a record year thanks to all of my wonderful clients.

    2021 was a year that proved, trying to time the market is a bad idea. Would you have been fully invested if, on January 1, you had known about Omicron, Fed tapering, and the rate of inflation for the year? I’m guessing no.

    What will 2022 bring? Undoubtedly, a new list of things to worry about and possibly the correction many experts have been forecasting. The U.S. large-cap market, including much of the tech universe, is rich by historical measures, so make sure you’re not overweight this group. A long-term outlook and a diversified portfolio containing attractively-valued investments, such as small-cap, international, and emerging market equities, remain a good idea. 

    I will keep this letter short and sweet since I know you have more important things to do during this time of the year. But I want to close by saying I hope the work we’ve done together this year has helped you move closer to your ultimate dreams and goals.

    Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives, and I look forward to making an even more significant contribution in 2022.

    Safe Travels,

    David


    Travel

    If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, head to Cleveland. Yes, Cleveland. You’ll not only find the legendary Christmas Story house (leg-lamp included) but outside of the city is Castle Noel, a museum dedicated to Christmas movies with an eye-popping selection of famous movie props. Here you can slide down the Christmas Story department store slide, pose with Cousin Eddie’s Christmas Vacation RV (see picture above), and check out props featured in movies such as Elf, The Grinch, and The Santa Claus trilogy. I went a few years back, and if you’re a Christmas movie fan, you won’t be disappointed.

    Did you travel for Thanksgiving? Was it as bad as the media forewarned? Here’s my blow-by-blow Thanksgiving Trip Report.  

    Ever feel that regardless of when you book a flight or hotel, it’s the wrong time? As in, it’s the time when you’re going to be charged a ridiculous amount more than if you just waited until Wednesday at 3 am? Worry no more! Expedia released their latest report outlining when to book and the best time to travel so you’ll get the top deals.

    Bringing the international back to the Pittsburgh International Airport. Direct flights to London will start up again this summer!

    The Incline has released its monthly guide on the Pittsburgh dining scene, including what’s opening and closing. I’m very excited that Chengdu Gourmet is opening a location in the North Hills, an area that is sorely lacking in mom-and-pop restaurants.


    Retirement

    Should you keep Medicare if you move overseas? Spoiler: Almost always.

    Articles about the best places to live overseas are fine, but I’ve always preferred them when they dig into the numbers. Ever think of ditching the cold and moving to Antigua? Here’s a family that did it and exactly how much they’re spending.


    Investing

    If you follow me on LinkedIn, you’ll know I posted about this article earlier in the week. There are severe limitations to investing in I-bonds, including how much you can buy and how long you must hold them, but you can receive an attractive yield in the right situation. This article does a very nice job of explaining the pros and cons.

    Own Vanguard funds? They have released their estimated year-end distributions.


    Did you miss the last issue of The Uncommon Path? If so, you have a second chance to catch up on:

    • The 10-Year Treasury yield has increased by 1% or more fourteen times in the last 70 years – here’s how the stock market performed
    • My COVID-19 Travel Resource Guide for 2022
    • An incredibly valuable tool that will show you how to best use your points and miles to get the most out of travel
    • Are you using the Hopper app? You should be

    Prefer to receive my newsletter in your inbox?

    You’ll not only be signed up for my newsletter which is published twice a month, but you’ll also get a PDF that shows you exactly what a comprehensive retirement plan for people who love to travel is all about. Thanks for reading!

     

     
     
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    David Tuzzolino, CFA, CFP®, is the Founder and CEO of PathBridge Financial, a firm that specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services for clients that are nearing retirement and love to travel.

     

     

    The Uncommon Path – December 2nd Edition

    Lori and David Thanksgiving

    The Uncommon Path

    Plan Wisely | Retire Well | Travel on Your Terms


    In this issue…
    • The 10-Year Treasury yield has increased by 1% or more fourteen times in the last 70 years – here’s how the stock market performed
    • My COVID-19 Travel Resource Guide for 2022
    • An incredibly valuable tool that will show you how to best use your points and miles to get the most out of travel
    • Are you using the Hopper app? You should be

    …and more!


    Lori and David Thanksgiving

    I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. The pic above is Lori and I preparing for our airplane adventure. More to come next week about our trip to Oklahoma. 

    Just when the coast looked clear for 2022 to be a year filled with long-delayed travel, Omicron decides to ruin the party. It’s too early to tell whether this will be a slight hiccup on our way through this pandemic, or something more serious.

    The stock market certainly wasn’t a fan of the news about a new variant as companies with economic sensitivity dropped this week. However, to keep it in perspective the S&P 500 is only down 4% from its highs as I write this. 

    Safe Travels,

    David


    Travel

    Now, more than ever, travel information is crucial when planning a trip and while you’re traveling. I couldn’t find a good resource that compiled all of this information, so I created one. I just completed an update: Coronavirus Travel Advice – a Resource Guide for 2022.

    If you’ve ever wondered how to best use your points or miles, Nerdwallet has put together an extremely useful tool that will show you exactly what to do. Should you transfer your points to another airline for the best deal? Which airline has the most attractive rewards chart for your destination? I highly recommend you check out this valuable resource.  

    Are you using the Hopper app? If not, you should be. I’m always on the lookout for new websites or apps to reduce the cost of travel and I’m surprised at how often Hopper has the best flight/hotel prices. The app will also alert you if it thinks prices will decline or if you should buy right away. 


    Retirement

    Greece – the food, the history, the weather, and that Mediterranean lifestyle. What’s not to like? Have you considered Corfu or Crete? Maybe you should? Here’s an article that highlights the benefits of both locations. 

    If you’re a connoisseur of retirement books like me, you’ll appreciate this fantastic “best of” list put together by retirement expert Fritz Gilbert.  


    Investing

    The 10-Year Treasury yield has increased by 1% or more fourteen times since 1950. Here’s how the stock market performed.


    Did you miss the last issue of The Uncommon Path? If so, you have a second chance to catch up on:

    • You can contribute more money to your 401k in 2022!
    • There’s a new premium travel rewards card from CapitalOne
    • Want to retire abroad? Here’s an article with some unusual locations
    • The best travel books of 2021

    Prefer to receive my newsletter in your inbox?

    You’ll not only be signed up for my newsletter which is published twice a month, but you’ll also get a PDF that shows you exactly what a comprehensive retirement plan for people who love to travel is all about. Thanks for reading!

     

     
     
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    David Tuzzolino, CFA, CFP®, is the Founder and CEO of PathBridge Financial, a firm that specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services for clients that are nearing retirement and love to travel.

     

     

    The Uncommon Path – November 18th Edition

    Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

    The Uncommon Path

    Plan Wisely | Retire Well | Travel on Your Terms


    In this issue…
    • You can contribute more money to your 401k in 2022!
    • There’s a new premium travel rewards card from CapitalOne
    • Want to retire abroad? Here’s an article with some unusual locations
    • The best travel books of 2021

    …and more!


    Nothing screams Thanksgiving to me more than turkey dinners in Cambodia. The period in my life when I first discovered my love of travel was often spent on the road: the further and more exotic the location, the better.

    Sidebar – A travel hack for anyone in the corporate world where management might frown upon a two-week absence – travel over Thanksgiving. It is really more like a one-week vacation in your boss’s eyes as no one is in the office Thanksgiving week anyway.

    There are other memorable Thanksgivings in my life, including when I was just a kid, and my mom tried to sneak cranberry sauce made from real cranberries onto the table, skins and all. I rejected this act of betrayal and ensured that my beloved, jellied cranberry, can shape intact, was always present on future turkey days.

    Post-pandemic Thanksgiving will produce its own memories. Some, probably not so good. I’m visualizing packed airports filled with masked travelers on tight schedules dealing with under-staffed airlines. But after a year filled with disruption and families spending holidays apart, this feels like a Thanksgiving that should revolve around family even more than normal.  

    I’m looking forward to welcoming back family traditions and adding some good memories as well. I hope you have the chance to be with the ones you love this holiday. I hope you have the opportunity to make some memories you can look back on fondly.

    So whether you’re taking a picture of a chalkboard menu in southeast Asia to show medical professionals precisely what you ate in case of food poisoning or happily trying to extract canned cranberry in a way that keeps the can-shape intact – I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Safe Travels,

    David


    Travel

    Are you interested in seeing a map with the cheapest places to fly from Pennsylvania to destinations around the globe? You’ll spend half your day wondering why the cheapest flight from Pennsylvania to the Middle East lands you in Tbilisi, Georgia.
     
    There’s a new premium travel credit card from Capital One. Everyone values perks and rewards differently, so this card might fit nicely into your wallet. However, I don’t see it displacing my go-to travel cards in the Chase Sapphire family.

    Are you looking for a Christmas gift for the traveler in your life?  The Washington Post has released a list of its best travel books of 2021.


    Retirement

    Do you have a 401k or 403b? You’re in luck as the contribution limits for 2022 have gone up to $20,5000 from $19,500. If you include the catch-up contribution for investors over 50, you can now save a total of $27,000 per year. This release by the IRS also contains information about the new phase-out ranges for contributions. Unfortunately, IRA limits remain unchanged.

    There’s no reason to wait. Increase your eligible retirement plan contributions, so they take effect at the beginning of 2022.
     
    I like this article about retiring abroad because it is written for a U.K. audience and contains some exotic locations beyond the standard countries that are discussed frequently in the U.S. Have you considered retirement in Malta? Malaysia? Maybe you should? 


    Did you miss the last issue of The Uncommon Path? If so, you have a second chance to catch up on:

    • Three ways to reduce your Pennsylvania taxes  
    • What stock selection factors work best in an inflationary environment
    • A year-end financial planning checklist that’s worth your time
    • There are billions of miles the airlines would like to devalue; use yours before it happens

    Prefer to receive my newsletter in your inbox?

    You’ll not only be signed up for my newsletter which is published twice a month, but you’ll also get a PDF that shows you exactly what a comprehensive retirement plan for people who love to travel is all about. Thanks for reading!

     

     
     
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    David Tuzzolino, CFA, CFP®, is the Founder and CEO of PathBridge Financial, a firm that specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services for clients that are nearing retirement and love to travel.

     

     

    The Uncommon Path – November 4th Edition

    Santorini Greece

    The Uncommon Path

    Plan Wisely | Retire Well | Travel on Your Terms


    In this issue…
    • Three ways to reduce your Pennsylvania taxes  
    • What stock selection factors work best in an inflationary environment
    • A year-end financial planning checklist that’s worth your time
    • There are billions of miles the airlines would like to devalue; use yours before it happens

    …and more!


    Santorini Greece

    Santorini, Greece

    I’ve got a long list of places I’d like to visit in the next few years and Santorini, Greece is near the top. It’s hard to capture the island’s beauty in one picture, but this one does a pretty good job. I’ve been once before, and I’m ready to return.


    Last week I completed an article titled – “Three Ways to Reduce Your Pennsylvania State Taxes and Save More Money.” As important as it is to reduce federal taxes, don’t forget your state tax burden either. Pennsylvania has several tax quirks that can cost you money if you’re unaware of them.  

    If you haven’t rebalanced your portfolio lately, now’s a good time. U.S. stocks have performed well this year and your international and emerging market holdings may be underweight. It might seem like this outperformance will last forever, but snapbacks can be rapid and brutal.

    David


    Travel

    Uruguay is a South American country that doesn’t get a lot of publicity like it’s more famous neighbors, Argentina and Brazil. My knowledge of the country is next to zero, although I’m aware they have a competitive team at the World Cup every four years. This article on Uruguayan food caught my eye, describing it as South American staples with an Italian influence.  

    If you have an interest in flying and miles, JT Genter is a writer you must follow. In this recent article he gives us a timely reminder that while the worldwide pandemic has raged, airline miles have grown rapidly, and the airlines are sitting on a huge liability. Expect devaluations to come sooner rather than later. Here’s what to do about it before it happens.


    Retirement

    Another plug for my article – it’s worth a read if you’d like to save on Pennsylvania taxes when it comes to Roth conversions, the PA 529 program, and capital losses.

    I’ve scoured the internet to find an excellent financial planning year-end checklist and this one delivers. The quick read is worth your time as the end of the year nears, especially as some opportunities disappear as soon as the ball drops.  


    Investing

    The article on inflation in the last edition of the newsletter was a hit, so when I came across this inflation research by respected money managers O’Shaughnessy Asset Management, I knew I had to include it. Enjoy.


    Did you miss the last issue of The Uncommon Path? If so, you have a second chance to catch up on:

    • A list of the best performing investments during inflation
    • The reasons a Health Savings Account is so powerful
    • The travel search engine I’ve been looking for all my life
    • Pittsburgh’s role in the birth of bourbon and my adventures on the bourbon trail

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    You’ll not only be signed up for my newsletter which is published twice a month, but you’ll also get a PDF that shows you exactly what a comprehensive retirement plan for people who love to travel is all about. Thanks for reading!

     

     
     
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    David Tuzzolino, CFA, CFP®, is the Founder and CEO of PathBridge Financial, a firm that specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services for clients that are nearing retirement and love to travel.

     

     

    Three Ways to Reduce Your Pennsylvania State Taxes and Save More Money

    Federal taxes get a lot of attention, but what you pay in state taxes is a big part of your tax bill, too. For Pennsylvania residents, there are some strategies that can both reduce this bill and help you meet other financial goals.

    This article covers Roth conversions, capital losses, and the PA 529 plan, which are three areas of the Pennsylvania tax code that can save you a lot of money if you understand them, or cost you a lot more if you don’t. While I’m not a tax expert, and this is not an exhaustive list of money-saving opportunities, I often run into these three less-known situations when helping my clients avoid unnecessary taxes. 

    Disclaimer: These tax strategies are complex and contain many nuances. Please check with your tax advisor before implementing any of the strategies presented to see if they apply to your specific situation.

    Does Pennsylvania Tax Roth IRA Conversions?

    Roth IRA conversions are one of the most attractive opportunities available to save on federal taxes if you have significant assets in tax-deferred retirement plans.

    Why is a Roth conversion so attractive? It allows you to pay taxes when you’re in a lower tax bracket.

    There is often a significant drop in income for retirees between their retirement date and when they start taking social security or are forced to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) from their retirement accounts. If you retire at age 55 and wait to take social security until age 70, you could have 15 years of depressed income. This period is the sweet spot for Roth conversions.

    The conversion process involves taking money from tax-deferred retirement accounts, paying taxes at the federal income tax rate, and putting the money into a Roth IRA account. Your money will then grow tax-free, can be withdrawn tax-free, and there will be no estate tax at the federal level for these accounts. In addition, Roth IRAs are not subject to required minimum distributions, which gives you more control over your income levels. Unfortunately, PA has an inheritance tax that can be as high as 15% depending on your relationship to the deceased, but that’s a topic for another day and doesn’t change the attractiveness of a conversion.  Refer to the 5-year rule for exceptions and limitations involving conversions.

    Unlike the federal government, Pennsylvania does not allow you to put money into a retirement account tax-free. You will pay a 3.07% tax when you first contribute to any retirement account. The state will also tax you on any IRA gains if withdrawn before their official retirement age of 59 ½.

    The critical distinction to remember is:

                  A Roth conversion performed before age 59 ½ will be subject to the 3.07% Pennsylvania tax.

                  A Roth conversion performed after age 59 ½ will not be subject to the 3.07% Pennsylvania tax.

    This difference can cost you thousands of dollars. When completing a Roth conversion, there are many factors to consider, including the timing of income, your current federal tax bracket, and your expectations of future tax rates. However, don’t forget to include the Pennsylvania 3.07% tax into any decision you make if converting to a Roth IRA before 59 ½.  

    Can I Carry Forward Capital Losses in Pennsylvania?

    The federal government allows you to carry forward capital losses. A $100,000 loss generated by selling a stock can be carried forward into future years. If you have a $100,000 capital gain the following year, it washes out, and you pay nothing in federal taxes.

    Pennsylvania, however, does not allow residents to carry forward a loss into future years to offset gains. Instead, you lose it if it’s not used in the year it is generated. In this example, you will owe state tax on the $100,000 in capital gains in year two. That’s a $3,070 check.

    How do you avoid losing this potential deduction and pay less state tax? As long as it doesn’t adversely affect your federal state taxes, such as generating a short-term gain now or in the future, it often makes sense to sell a stock with capital gains in the same year. Also, there is no 60-day wash rule when it comes to generating capital gains. You can immediately buy back your investment. However, keep in mind your one-year holding period to achieve long-term capital gains will reset. 

    Caveats:

    • You don’t want to convert long-term capital gains into short-term capital gains and pay more in federal taxes
    • Consider the impact this might have on dividend-paying stocks and the taxation of dividends
    • You can apply $3,000 in capital losses to earned income at the federal level, so you may not want to offset capital losses completely
    • Always weigh the tax implications on both a federal and state level before making any decisions
    • Capital gains and losses do not offset for spouses at the state level

    Of all the topics discussed in this article, capital gains and losses may be the most intricate. Please do your homework and check with your tax advisor before making any decisions.

    How Does the PA 529 Plan Tax Deduction Work?

    The following discussion only applies to PA 529 plans. You can read about the difference between this plan and out-of-state plans here.  Like the other topics in this article, I recommend you talk to an expert to determine the best alternatives for your specific situation.

    There are many ways to save money for your child’s education, and a 529 plan is one of the most popular alternatives. Benefits include no Pennsylvania state tax on contributions, the growth of assets, or withdrawals. Because of this triple-tax-free treatment, it usually makes sense to run all applicable education expenses through your 529 plan.

    The money you contribute can be withdrawn in approximately ten days, so even if your student is near the end of their college experience and your 529 plan has run low on funds, or has been completely drained, it can benefit you to make payments through the plan. You’ll avoid the 3.07% Pennsylvania tax and have more money to pay college tuition.

    Conclusion

    Planning for retirement is a process often filled with compromises and sacrifices. So it’s especially sweet when you can save thousands of dollars by deftly navigating tax laws. While federal tax laws get most of the attention, understanding Pennsylvania tax laws is just as important. Sometimes no compromises or sacrifices are necessary to save thousands of dollars, just some well-applied knowledge.


    Your questions about planning for retirement and travel answered. Where to go? What to do? How to plan it? How to afford it?

    You’ll not only be signed up for my newsletter, but you’ll also get a PDF that shows you exactly what a comprehensive retirement plan for people who love to travel is all about. Thanks for reading!

     

     
     
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    David Tuzzolino, CFA, CFP®, is the Founder and CEO of PathBridge Financial, a firm that specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services for clients that are nearing retirement and love to travel.

    PathBridge Financial Newsletter – October 1st Edition

    Portugal

    The Path Ahead

    Plan Wisely | Retire Well | Travel on Your Terms


    In this issue…
    • One of the most important things you can do for the health of your retirement portfolio is rebalance now
    • Win the ex-pat life for a month in Portugal (pictured above), expenses paid – here’s how to apply
    • 10 life-changing world tours to add to your bucket list
    • Who wins? Chase Ultimate Rewards Vs. American Express Membership Rewards

    …and more!

    If you’re in Pittsburgh, I highly recommend a trip up to McConnell’s Mill State Park. Get there early and you’ll have the place almost to yourself. I shot this video last fall. 


    Fall is one of my favorite seasons as I enjoy weather where I can wear a henley without a coat, leaves start to change color, and I have an excuse to make chili – often. Here at PathBridge Financial, I am doing reviews with all ongoing financial planning clients and rebalancing portfolios. Not a client? It’s still a good time to review your goals, asset allocation, and financial progress over the last year.

    International travel has been put on hold for me, but I enjoy hearing travel stories from clients who are a bit more adventurous than myself. However, all is not lost as I have a Louisville, KY trip planned, which includes a day on the infamous bourbon trail. The perfect fall activity.

    I also will do my best to hit McConnell’s Mill State Park to catch some quality foliage. For everyone that lives in Pittsburgh, the park is about an hour north of the city. It’s a fantastic place to hike year-round, but it is elevated to another level of spectacular in the fall. Take a look at the video I shot last year above. You hike through a forest alongside a rapidly running stream while navigating huge rocks that look unworldly as multi-colored leaves rain down. There’s also a red, covered bridge you can drive/walk through that belongs on a postcard. I highly recommend the trip, and if you get there before 9-10 am, you’ll have the place mostly to yourself.

    Safe Travels,
    David


    Travel

    I’m sharing this next link under one condition. If you win, I’m coming to visit! International Living is looking for one lucky winner (or couple) to test out the ex-pat life in Portugal for a month. They will fly you there, pay for your accommodations, and give you “a generous expenses allowance.” The catch? You have to report back about your experience. It appears that much of your reporting back will involve some short videos. If you’re a natural in front of the camera and looking for an adventure, here’s the link. Good luck!

    Some of the exotic, “life-changing” trips featured in this article from Travel Curator: Around the World in 80 Days, Flavors of the World, and Wildlife of the World. There’s something for everyone in this eclectic list that will certainly stir your wanderlust and have you dreaming about what could be.

    I often find myself recommending one of the Chase Sapphire cards to clients, but this article is a reminder that one size doesn’t fit all.  Chase Ultimate Rewards vs. AmEx Membership Rewards – the winner? It depends.


    Retirement

    Here is a fantastic article from Morningstar on the importance of rebalancing your portfolio. It was written in March of 2020 when global pandemic fear was high among investors and stocks were trading near their lows. The timing was exceptional, and investors that followed the article’s advice were well-rewarded as they increased stock positions and then watched stock markets around the world rebound strongly.

    I will soon begin rebalancing portfolios for all ongoing clients, and doing it now may be just as important as it was in March of 2020. The dramatic returns of the U.S. stock market over the last year and a half have created overweight positions in equities, especially in U.S. large-cap technology stocks. When meeting with new clients, I repeatedly see portfolios dangerously overweight with large-cap technology holdings. Never forget – the market often drops much more quickly than it goes up, so now is not the time to disregard your desired asset allocation and risk tolerances. Now is the time to rebalance and diversify. 


    Did you miss the last issue of The Path Ahead? If so, you have a second chance to catch up on:

    • The best fall foliage map I could find

    • The types of investments you should put in each account

    • 21 new direct flights from Pittsburgh

    • How to reduce your taxes by superfunding a 529 plan


    Prefer to receive my newsletter in your inbox?

    You’ll not only be signed up for my newsletter which is published twice a month, but you’ll also get a PDF that shows you exactly what a comprehensive retirement plan for people who love to travel is all about. Thanks for reading!

     

     
     
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    Welcome to the new PathBridge Financial Newsletter!

    The Path Ahead

    Plan Wisely | Retire Well | Travel on Your Terms


    In this issue…
    • The best fall foliage map I could find
    • The types of investments you should put in each account
    • 21 new direct flights from Pittsburgh
    • How to reduce your taxes by superfunding a 529 plan

    …and more!

    Mont-Saint-Michel – designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. This French, part-time island is equal parts medieval fortress, architectural oddity, and natural wonder. I’ve been intrigued for decades, and hopefully, I’ll be here next spring if all goes well.


    And finally…

    …welcome to the long-delayed PathBridge Financial newsletter. Titled – The Path Ahead!

    I know what you’re thinking – “Why should I care?”

    My goal is a twice-a-month newsletter that is equal parts entertaining and informative. I’ll cover travel, retirement, investing, personal finance, and news about me and the firm. The newsletter will contain original content and I’ll share the best books, articles, videos, podcasts, and more that I come across. 

    Please let me know if there’s anything you like, dislike, or want to see in the future. All feedback is appreciated. Thank you for your time.

    David


    Travel

    Parts of the country are already entering peak foliage season. Here’s a link to the best map I’ve found on the internet. It allows you to change the date to see when peak season will be near you.

    COVID sucks, but – “The pandemic did not quench the thirst for air travel.” New, direct flights were added nationwide as airlines moved away (at least temporarily) from their hub-and-spoke system. Pittsburgh added 21 new routes, and this map shows you each one. I hope this is a change that has staying power.

    I always take notice when another financial advisor talks about travel, especially when it’s one as respected as Benjamin Brandt. His podcast – Retirement Starts Today Radio – has a new episode out on Bucket Lists. It covers how to budget for a trip and how to focus on experiences you value. The podcast is a breezy 25 minutes. 


    Retirement

    When it comes to funding a 529 Plan to save on taxes, go big and go early! There is an option to superfund 529 plans where a couple can deposit up to $150,000 at one time. Do this early on and you’ll have many years of tax-free growth. Another benefit is certain states don’t tax contributions. For example, Pennsylvanians will avoid the 3.07% state tax. Here’s a brief overview. 

    One of the most common questions I get from clients is –  “What type of investments should go into my different retirement accounts?” Determining what type of account should hold different asset classes is a balancing act between tax efficiency, expected return, and holding period. Below is the asset location “Smile” as created by Michael Kitces. And here is an in-depth article on everything you need to think about when making this critical decision.   


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    The Life-Is-Short Mindset, Retiring to Greece, Preparing for a Miles Devaluation, and More – Links

    Spring Bridge with Pink Flowers - Spring

    It’s interesting to see how people are reacting to the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel — some quality articles about retirement planning, your precious miles, the life-is-short mindset, and more.


    Travel

    What’s it like to retire and take off on a sailboat? – (Retirement Voices)

    “ My advice to others in their retirement is to follow your passion and take a chance when the time is right. Don’t wait for the “perfect” time to follow your dreams because “perfect” never happens.”

    A statement that rings true in the days of COVID.

    Steps to get traveling in retirement right – (Real Simple)

    Planning for a retirement filled with travel is half the fun. Here’s an article on how to do it right.

    Are your miles about to be devalued? – (The Points Guy)

    Unfortunately, you’re going to have to prepare for a devaluation. Now is not a good time to start hoarding miles. 

    Have you been able to find a travel pillow that actually allows you to sleep on a plane? 2021 recommendations – (CNN)

    I have had terrible luck finding the right travel pillow for international flights. Before my next long trip, I’m giving CNN’s top recommendation a try.


    Retirement

    Five retirement savings mistakes you’ll want to avoid – (Business Insider)

    It’s hard to recover from a major mistake, so why not get it right the first time?

    Greece Becoming a Prime Location for Ex-Pats – (In the Loop Travel)

    Greece? Fantastic history, beautiful weather, and tremendous food…you could do worse.

    Have you developed a life-is-short mindset? You’re not alone – (Bloomberg)

    How could a year like 2020 not generate a change in mindset? Especially when the stock market increased the financial well-being of many pre-retirees.


    Your questions about planning for retirement and travel answered. Where to go? What to do? How to plan it? How to afford it?

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    David Tuzzolino, CFA, CFP®, is the Founder and CEO of PathBridge Financial, a firm that specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services for clients that are nearing retirement and love to travel.