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Jan

16

Should You Care What the Market Does Each Day?

A calm investor may realize better long-term returns than an overly concerned one. Investors are people, and people are often impatient. No one likes to wait in line or wait longer than they have to for something, especially today when so much is just a click or two away. This impatience also manifests itself in […]

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Jan

9

What You Can & Cannot Control as You Plan for Retirement

Some things you have no influence over. You may have some power to affect other factors. Are you worried about retiring? Many baby boomers are, and they have reason to be, given low interest rates, returns on equities, increasing health care costs, and the issues facing Social Security. Now, do yourself a favor. Read that […]

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Jan

2

The Fiduciary Advisor Standard

What designations let you know that a financial professional will abide by it? The Department of Labor is introducing an important new rule regarding retirement plan accounts, which will be phased in during 2017 and fully implemented by 2018. Under this new rule, financial professionals who consult retirement savers will be held to a fiduciary […]

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Dec

19

What to Do Financially When a Spouse Dies

Steps to see that financial matters remain in good order. When a spouse passes away, the emotion and magnitude of the loss can send our lives reeling. This profound change can also affect our finances. All at once, we have a to-do list before us, and the responsibility of it can make us feel pressured. […]

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Dec

12

New Rule, Nicer Returns?

Could the new fiduciary rule effectively enhance portfolio performance for retirement savers? A change is coming. The Department of Labor is introducing a new rule regarding retirement accounts – a rule that is profoundly impacting the financial services industry. The rule will require financial services professionals to serve as fiduciaries when they provide advice about […]

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Dec

5

Funding 35-40 Years of Retirement

If you live to 100, can you avoid outliving your money? Will you live to 100? Your odds of becoming a centenarian may be improving. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control reported that the population of Americans aged 100 or older rose 44% between 2000-2014. The Pew Research Center says that the world […]

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Nov

28

Can You Get More Income by Reapplying for Social Security?

Most of the loopholes that let retirees do this are gone, but two possibilities remain. Years ago, retirees exploited loopholes in Social Security’s framework to dramatically increase their lifetime Social Security benefits. Many of the tactics they used are no longer permitted, but there are still a couple of ways to restart those retirement benefits […]

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Nov

21

Is a SIMPLE IRA Right for Your Business?

A look at this easy-to-administer retirement program. Do you want a simple retirement plan? A plan you can implement easily as an independent contractor or small business owner, without a lot of paperwork? A SIMPLE IRA may be the answer. A SIMPLE IRA plan gives you a tax break, while giving you and your employees […]

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Nov

14

Global Markets React to the Trump Win

Major indices advance after the news. Wall Street quickly rallied. Some analysts feared the worst Wednesday morning, but a half-hour after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 28 points while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were barely in the red. By the end of the trading session, the Dow had […]

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Nov

14

Growth Report for Monday, November 14, 2016

BLUE CHIPS HIT ALL-TIME HIGHS Donald Trump’s unexpected presidential election win did not rattle Wall Street. Instead, bulls saw the prospect of greater federal outlays and less business regulation in the near future. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a new record Friday: 18,847.66. The Dow 30 had its finest week since 2011, gaining […]

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