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Dec

7

Utah Key Person Insurance

A way for Utah businesses – especially niche businesses – to address a major risk. Who are the people most crucial to your business? Have you taken steps to insure them? At every company, there are certain people whose absence would cause day-to-day operations to grind to a halt. If they die or become disabled, […]

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Dec

7

Growth Report for Monday, December 7, 2015

JOBS REPORT GIVES THE FeD A GREEN LIGHT The economy created 211,000 jobs in November – a healthy hiring total that could prompt the Federal Reserve to tighten for the first time since 2006. Job growth has averaged 218,000 over the past three months (the Labor Department just revised October and November job gains upward […]

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Nov

30

Charitable Lead Trusts

How they work, how they may help you reduce taxes. Are you concerned about the inheritance taxes your heirs may have to pay? Then you may want to consider creating a charitable lead trust. A charitable lead trust is the inverse of a charitable remainder trust. While a CRT is structured to provide income to […]

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Nov

30

Growth Report for Monday, November 30, 2015

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE TRENDS DOWN November saw the Conference Board consumer confidence index plummet. It dropped 8.7 points from its revised October mark of 99.1 to 90.4; economists polled by Briefing.com assumed it would rise slightly to 99.6. The CB attributed November’s poor reading (the lowest since September 2014) to declining expectations of job and wage […]

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Nov

23

Comprehensive Financial Planning: What It Is, Why It Matters

Your approach to building wealth should be built around your goals & values. Just what is “comprehensive financial planning?” As you invest and save for retirement, you will no doubt hear or read about it – but what does that phrase really mean? Just what does comprehensive financial planning entail, and why do knowledgeable investors […]

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Nov

23

Growth Report for Monday, November 23, 2015

FED HINTS AT A DECEMBER RATE HIKE Minutes from the October Federal Open Market Committee meeting were released last Wednesday, and they revealed that “most” of the 10 FOMC members thought that conditions for a rate hike “could well be met by the time of the next meeting.” Another passage noted that “it may well […]

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Nov

16

2016 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

Tame yearly inflation means very little change. Over the past 12 months, consumer prices have increased very little. The latest Consumer Price Index (September) shows 0.0% yearly inflation and only 1.9% core yearly inflation. That means no cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security, and very few IRS adjustments to retirement plan contribution limits.1 Roth IRA & […]

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Nov

16

Growth Report for Monday, November 16, 2015

RETAIL PURCHASES UP JUST 0.1% IN OCTOBER The tiny increase was actually an improvement, as retail sales were flat in both August and September. Gas station sales tailed off 0.9% in October, car sales 0.5%; offsetting those declines, online retail purchases were up 1.4% last month, spending at restaurants and bars up 0.5%. The Commerce […]

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Nov

9

Dealing With Sudden Retirement

A Financial Planners perspective What if you are laid off or forced into retirement before 65, or even before 60? If that happens to you, what do you do in response now that the next phase of your life is starting sooner than you planned? As a first step, gauge where you stand financially. It […]

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Nov

9

Growth Report for Monday, November 9, 2015

OCTOBER WAS A GREAT MONTH FOR JOB GROWTH Employers added 271,000 new jobs last month according to the Labor Department, far surpassing the Bloomberg consensus forecast of 182,000. The jobless rate ticked down to an even 5.0% while the U-6 rate measuring “total” unemployment fell to 9.8%. Wages also rose nine cents to $25.20, up […]

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