About Scott Snider, CFP®, CRPC®
Helping clients simplify the complexities of their personal finances in a meaningful way is what drives Scott and his business. Ever since he witnessed the stressful effect the dot-com market crash had on home life as a kid, Scott knew there was a place for him in the financial services industry. He was confident in his ability to help other families avoid the same financial regrets his Dad and Mom suffered. After completing his BS in Finance at Miami University in 2006, Scott hasn’t looked back and has been giving sound financial advice to clients ever since.
Scott originally started Mellen Money Management with the purpose of providing conflict-free advice, and emphasize the impact major life transitions have on household finances. However, Scott’s desire to help a group desperate for good advice compelled him to offer a service that is lacking in the financial planning industry — advice on student loans and college affordability. Our country is currently saddled with $1.4-trillion in student loans. Unfortunately, it’s an elephant in the room most of us have ignored way too long. Rather than bury his head in the sand, Scott made a conscious decision to help young professionals and families manage the cost of college. For most, the cost of a higher education is competing with other financial priorities, and juggling all those pieces is a daunting task for anyone that is unprepared. Everyday problems like saving enough for retirement, having money set aside for a rainy day, buying a house, selecting the right healthcare plan, and more.
To put this issue into perspective, the amount of money required to pay off student loans, especially for professional degrees in Medicine and Law, is often more of a burden to a young professional’s budget than their mortgage payment. When Scott realized the harsh reality his generation is facing, it dawned on him, why aren’t more financial advisors offering a comprehensive service that is the root of the problem for the modern day professional? Shouldn’t there be an expert helping families get in front of this issue with a well-thought-out plan? This is how Mellen Money Management got started. With proper guidance, student loan borrowers and parents with college-bound kids gain the assurance necessary in order to maximize their financial resources across the board.
Given what's at stake with buying and selling a house, today's Q&A article is certainly worth the read. Here is a quick preview of the topics that we will be diving into: * Are we in a housing bubble? * Why are home prices soaring? * When is it better to choose a higher interest mortgage with no PMI versus a lower interest rate mortgage that includes PMI? * What are the tax consequences of selling a primary residence at a gain?
Should I rollover my 403(b) into a 401(k) or IRA? How can I buy oil as an investment? Which is the most tax-friendly account to distribute from? Should I use lifecycle funds or choose my own investments within my company's retirement plan? I recently inherited some annuities, is there a way to put a "floor under the market" to protect against a downturn in the stock market?
As the April 17 tax filing has come and gone, one thing on the mind of many taxpayers now that they have caught their breath, is how much more or less their tax liability will be as a result of the Tax Cuts Jobs Act (TCJA) -- also know as the new tax law enacted by the Trump administration. According to Howard Gleckman of the Tax Policy Center, about 80% of taxpayers will see a reduction in their tax liability, but about 5% will notice an increase in what they owe.