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Apr

16

The Major 2018 Federal Tax Changes

Comparing the old rules with the new. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made dramatic changes to federal tax law. It is worth reviewing some of these changes as 2019 approaches and households and businesses refine their income tax strategies. Income tax brackets have changed. The old 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35%, and 39.6% […]

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Apr

9

Catching Up on Retirement Saving

If you are starting at or near 50, consider these ideas. Do you fear you are saving for retirement too late? Plan to address that anxiety with some positive financial moves. If you have little saved for retirement at age 50 (or thereabouts), there is still much you can do to generate a fund for […]

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Apr

2

How Retirement Spending Changes With Time

Once away from work, your cost of living may rise before it falls. New retirees sometimes worry that they are spending too much, too soon. Should they scale back? Are they at risk of outliving their money? This concern is legitimate. Many households “live it up” and spend more than they anticipate as retirement starts […]

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Mar

26

Keeping This Correction in Perspective

After 20 months of relative calm, this volatility needs to be taken in stride. Are you upset by what is happening on Wall Street? It may help to see this pullback within a big-picture context. Corrections have become so rare as of late that when one occurs, emotion threatens to influence investment decisions. So far, […]

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Mar

19

The Retirement Mindgame

Your outlook may influence your financial outcome. What kind of retirement do you think you’ll have? Qualitatively speaking, what if the success or failure of your retirement begins with your perception of retirement? A whole field of study has emerged on the psychology of saving, spending, and investing: behavioral finance. Since retirement saving is a […]

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Mar

12

Why Having a Financial Advisor Matters

A good advisor provides important guidance and insight through the years. What kind of role can a financial advisor play for an investor? The answer: a very important one. While the value of such a relationship is hard to quantify, the intangible benefits may be significant and long lasting. A good financial advisor can help […]

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Mar

12

Growth Report – Monday, March 12, 2018

FEBRUARY SAW A HIRING SURGE Payroll growth was truly impressive last month. According to the latest Department of Labor report, employers added 313,000 net new jobs, including 61,000 in the construction industry; economists polled by Reuters projected a total February gain of 200,000. With the labor force participation rate reaching a 6-month high, the headline […]

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Mar

5

Think Total Return

Never touch your principal in retirement? More than a century ago, an American financial archetype emerged – the household that lived on the interest earned by its investments, never touching its principal. Times have changed. While the Vanderbilts, Carnegies, and Rockefellers could do that back in the Gilded Age, you will likely face a tough […]

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Feb

26

Why a GIPS Audit Matters

A firm that is GIPS compliant must abide by high ethical standards. What are GIPS, and why should investors seek firms that comply with them? To put it simply, when an investment management company commits to undergoing a GIPS audit, it affirms its commitment to upholding ethical standards agreed upon by investment firms worldwide. GIPS […]

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Feb

19

Try the Bucket Approach

Constructing a retirement plan this way may help you ride through a bear market in retirement. Stocks sometimes retreat. That reality can be overlooked in a long bull market. Bear markets do appear, and a deep downturn could force you to sell securities in retirement, so you can pay for necessary expenses. Right now, you […]

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