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Retirement Plan Contribution Limits Rise for 2018

November 20th, 2017

You will able to put a little more into your workplace retirement account in 2018. The federal government has boosted the annual contribution limit on some of the popular qualified retirement plans thanks to inflation and made other adjustments worth noting. Contribution limits for 401(k)s are rising by $500. This is the first increase seen Read more

Enjoy the Rally, But Prepare for the Retreat

November 16th, 2017

Will the current bull market run for another year? How about another two or three years? Some investors will confidently say “yes” to both questions. Optimism abounds on Wall Street: the major indices climb more than they retreat, and they have attained new peaks. On average, the S&P 500 has gained nearly 15% a year Read more

ACA Open Enrollment Season Is Here

November 14th, 2017

This fall, the annual enrollment period to sign up for health insurance is shorter. In many states, it lasts only six weeks, from November 1 to December 15, and the federal government website link to health coverage, healthcare.gov, will be down for maintenance on many Sundays within that window of time. Eight states are extending Read more

October 2017 Market Update

November 10th, 2017

MARKET RECAP* U.S. stocks again climbed to new highs in October, outperforming all other asset classes 75% of the S&P 500’s return came from the Technology sector The S&P 500 finished the month with a gain of +2.4%, putting the index up +16.7% year-to-date Top Sectors: Technology (+7.8%), Utilities (+3.9%) Bottom Sectors: Telecommunications (-7.6%), Consumer Read more

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How to Avoid Buying a Flood-Damaged Car

November 8th, 2017

How many cars and trucks were damaged by floodwaters in 2017? Perhaps as many as a million. Some estimates say as many as 500,000 vehicles were waterlogged in the wake of Hurricane Harvey alone. Were all those cars junked? No. Some are being sold.  It is not illegal to sell a flood-damaged car. Some auto Read more

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Life Insurance Is Probably Cheaper Than You Think

November 6th, 2017

According to a new study, 41% of Americans lack life insurance coverage. The 2017 Insurance Barometer Study, conducted by the non-profit organizations LIMRA and Life Happens, also discovered that while 84% of Americans felt life insurance was appropriate for most people, just 70% thought it was a good idea for them. What is preventing so Read more

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Your Social Security Benefits & Your Provisional Income

November 2nd, 2017

You may be shocked to learn that part of your Social Security income could be taxed. If your provisional income exceeds a certain level, that will happen. Just what is “provisional income”? The Social Security Administration defines it with a formula. Provisional income = your modified adjusted gross income + 50% of your total annual Read more

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Understanding Inherited IRAs

October 31st, 2017

At first glance, the rules surrounding inherited IRAs are complex. Here are some questions (and potential answers) to consider if you have inherited one or may in the future.     Who was the original IRA owner? If the original owner was your spouse, you have a fundamental choice to make. You can roll over your Read more

REITs

Are REITs Right for You?

October 30th, 2017

What is a REIT? A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a real estate investment company that manages a portfolio of income properties, distributing the lion’s share of its profits as dividends. By getting into a REIT, you can gain an ownership interest in prime commercial real estate, without the headaches of commercial real estate Read more

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Retirement Plan Trusts

October 26th, 2017

Inherited IRA assets are vulnerable in bankruptcy proceedings. Many older IRA owners and their beneficiaries do not realize this, but it is true. In Clark, et ux v. Rameker (2014), the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that inherited IRAs cannot be defined as “retirement funds” under federal bankruptcy law. They now lack the protection that retirement Read more

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