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Translating Stock Market Jargon

September 19th, 2017

Have you ever been confused by the jargon used on Wall Street? Perhaps it is time to translate some of those esoteric stock market terms into plain English.   Blue chips: This term refers to stocks that have a history of consistently strong dividend payments, issued by large corporations with solid management. In addition, this Read more

Why You Should Stay Invested Through Tense Times

September 14th, 2017

We have seen some uneasy times lately. Uneasiness impacts the financial markets. When it does, we all need to keep some long-term perspective in mind. Those who race to the sidelines and exit equities may regret the choice when crises pass.   Wall Street loves calm. Traders literally want “business as usual,” every day. If Read more

Preventing a Debit Card Hack

September 13th, 2017

Debit card data theft has surged lately. According to FICO’s Card Alert Service, the number of businesses or ATM locations where debit cards were hacked rose 26% from 2015 to 2016. Additionally, the number of compromised cards has steadily risen during this decade.   Crooks can attach skimmers to ATMs or point-of-purchase devices in seconds. Read more

Saving More Money – Now & Later

September 12th, 2017

Directly & indirectly, you might be able to save more per month than you think. Hidden paths to greater savings can be found at home and at work, and their potential might surprise you.   Little everyday things may be costing you dollars you could keep. Simply paying cash instead of using a credit card Read more

August 2017 Market Update

September 7th, 2017

MARKET RECAP* U.S. stocks rallied in the last week of August to end the month in positive territory Volatility increased due to North Korea concerns The S&P 500 finished the month with a small 0.3% gain, putting the index up 11.7% year-to-date Top Sectors: Technology (+3.5%), Utilities (+3.2%) Bottom Sectors: Energy (-5.2%), Telecom (-3.0%) Large Read more

Medicare Enrollment Options for 2017-18

September 6th, 2017

Key Medicare enrollment periods are approaching. This fall and winter, there are three periods in which Medicare beneficiaries can either enroll or disenroll in forms of coverage.   >> Oct. 15-Dec. 7, 2017: Open enrollment period. This is when you can exit Original Medicare (Part A & B) for a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) Read more

Getting (Mentally) Ready to Retire

September 5th, 2017

A successful retirement is not merely measured in financial terms. Even those who retire with small fortunes can face boredom or depression and the fear of drawing down their savings too fast. How can new retirees try to calm these worries?   Two factors may help: a gradual retirement transition and some guidance from a Read more

Before You Claim Social Security

August 30th, 2017

Whether you want to leave work at 62, 67, or 70, claiming the retirement benefits you are entitled to by federal law is no casual decision. You will want to consider a few key factors first.     How long do you think you will live? If you have a feeling you will live into your Read more

Cybercurrencies: A Risky Choice

August 29th, 2017

Bitcoin. Ethereum. Litecoin. Ripple. These are just four of the cybercurrencies attracting opportunistic investors today. Are they the next big thing? Or the next big bust?   The answer to that question may vary per day, week, month, or year. These altcoins are classified as commodities, not currencies, by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Like Read more

Are financial advisory fees tax deductible?

August 23rd, 2017

Do you itemize your tax deductions? Then you might have a chance to partly or fully deduct the cost of the advisory fees you pay for the investment, legal, and tax advice you receive.   Under federal tax law, you may deduct “investment fees, custodial fees, trust administration fees, and other expenses you paid for Read more

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