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Retirement Now vs. Retirement Then

August 21st, 2019

Decades ago, retirement was fairly predictable: Social Security and a pension provided much of your income, you moved to the Sun Belt, played tennis or golf, and you lived to age 70 or 75.   To varying degrees, this was the American retirement experience during the last few decades of the previous century. Those days Read more

Mutual Funds vs. ETFs

August 19th, 2019

The growth of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has been explosive. In 1998, there were only 29; at the end of 2018, there were over 1,900 investing in a wide range of stocks, bonds, and other securities and instruments.   At first glance, ETFs have a lot in common with mutual funds. Both offer shares in a Read more

Why Does the Wage Gap Between Men & Women Persist?

August 14th, 2019

First, what wage gap are we talking about? There is a commonly cited statistic that American women earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. This is true, supported by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey, but it mostly applies to women in their 20s and 30s. The gap is actually wider Read more

Six Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

August 12th, 2019

Who among us wants to pay the Internal Revenue Service more taxes than we have to? While few may raise their hands to voluntarily pay more taxes, Americans regularly overpay because they fail to take tax deductions for which they are eligible. Are you one of them? Let’s take a quick look at the six Read more

Saving Your Elderly Parents from Financial Fraud

August 7th, 2019

Elders are financially defrauded in this country on a daily basis. Only a few of these crimes are made public. In fact, the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) estimates that only 1 in 44 cases of elder financial abuse are reported. NAPSA also reports that one in nine seniors had been financially “abused, neglected Read more

Behind on Your Retirement Savings?

August 5th, 2019

If life has not allowed you to build substantial retirement savings, what possible steps could you take in an effort to improve your retirement prospects?   You could play catch-up. If you are 50 or older, see if you can make the catch-up contributions the Internal Revenue Service allows for IRAs and other retirement accounts. Read more

Are You Retiring Within the Next 5 Years?

July 31st, 2019

You can prepare for your retirement transition years before it occurs. In doing so, you can do your best to avoid the kind of financial surprises that tend to upset an unsuspecting new retiree.   How much monthly income will you need? Look at your monthly expenses and add them up. (Consider also the trips, Read more

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Are you Taking Advantage of “Business Vacation” Tax Breaks?

July 30th, 2019

If you are a small business owner, holding an annual business meeting away from home can be a tax-efficient way to combine an important element of running a business with a personal vacation. You can deduct certain travel expenses, such as transportation (including to and from your destination), lodging, and meals, if the travel has Read more

Yes, Young Growing Families Can Save & Invest

July 29th, 2019

Put yourself steps ahead of your peers. If you have a young, growing family, no doubt your to-do list is pretty long on any given day. Beyond today, you are probably working on another kind of to-do list for the long term. Where does “saving and investing” rank on that list?   For some families, Read more

Are You Committing These Financial Illegalities?

July 24th, 2019

Americans do many things with their money and invested assets, most of them on the up and up. However, there are exceptions; cases in which people unintentionally bend or break the law. Here are a few examples, from the cavalier to the ridiculous.   Signing a check that is not your own. Have you ever Read more

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