Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson is editor of the monthly newsletter and web site, Retirement Watch and managing member of Carlson Wealth Advisors, L.L.C. He also is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fairfax County Employees' Retirement System, which has over $3 billion in assets, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Retirement System, which oversaw $42 billion in assets, from 2001-2005. He was appointed to the Virginia Retirement System Deferred Compensation Plans Advisory Committee in 2011.

His latest book is Personal Finance for Seniors for Dummies, published by John Wiley & Co. in 2010 (with Eric Tyson). Previous books include Invest Like a Fox…Not Like a Hedgehog, published by John Wiley & Co. in 2007, and The New Rules of Retirement, as published by John Wiley & Co. in the fall of 2004.

He has written numerous other books and reports, including Tax Wise Money Strategies, Retirement Tax Guide, How to Slash Your Mutual Fund Taxes, Bob Carlson’s Estate Planning Files, and 199 Loopholes That Survived tax Reform. He also has been interviewed by or quoted in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, Barron's, AARP Bulletin, Money, Worth, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, the Washington Post, and many others. He has appeared on national television and on a number of radio programs. He is past editor of Tax Wise Money.

 Carlson is an attorney and passed the CPA Exam. He received his J.D. and an M.S. (Accounting) from the University of Virginia and received his B.S. (Financial Management) from Clemson University. He also is an instrument rated private pilot. He is listed in several recent editions of Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

Analyst Articles

Your greatest risk of being scammed or having your identity stolen might be one you don’t suspect. The big headlines in the past were generated when information thieves accessed the databases of major retailers or other well-known businesses. But those headlines are changing. Read More

Too many people leave money on the table when managing their IRAs. That’s a shame, since IRAs are among the most valuable assets most people own. Resolve this year to review the IRA strategies discussed here and adopt those that will improve the management and after-tax value of your IRA. Read More

Medicare and medical expenses are among the most misunderstood parts of retirement and retirement spending. It’s no wonder that the leading cause of financial difficulties in retirement often is cited as medical expenses that aren’t covered by insurance or Medicare. Read More

You need a complete, up-to-date estate plan now more than ever, regardless of the value of your estate. Because few estates will face a federal tax burden, we can focus on the real issues of estate planning. Failure to have a plan or to have a quality, updated plan likely will lead to dissipation of much of your lifetime’s wealth by forces other than federal taxes. Read More

Giving gifts isn’t as easy as one might think. Watching every gift is the tax man, looking to take a piece of it. Even if your estate isn’t likely to be taxable, taxes still are a concern when making gifts. Read More

Selecting the executor of your estate or a trustee is one of the most important decisions in estate planning. Bob discusses the factors in that decision.Selecting the executor of your estate or a trustee is one of the most important decisions in estate planning. We’re going to discuss the factors in that decision. Read More