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Building a Bond Ladder

June 13th, 2019

Are you looking for your investments to generate income? One approach involves buying individual bonds with staggered maturity dates and building a bond “ladder” to help manage your exposure to interest rate changes.   How does bond laddering work? Here is a simple, hypothetical example.   Suppose an investor buys three $20,000 bonds, with maturity Read more

Value vs. Growth Investing

June 10th, 2019

You might be initially confused by these terms or even suspect they aren’t that different in terms of what each model offers you as an investor, but they are very distinct approaches, and it’s good to understand these two schools of thought as you invest. This understanding could help you make important investment decisions, both Read more

Bad Money Habits to Break

June 5th, 2019

Do bad money habits constrain your financial progress? Many people fall into the same financial behavior patterns, year after year. If you sometimes succumb to these financial tendencies, now is as good a time as any to alter your behavior.   #1: Lending money to family & friends. You may know someone who has lent Read more

Is America Prepared to Retire?

June 3rd, 2019

Are Americans saving enough? Only 19% of U.S. adults describe themselves as “very confident” when asked about their savings. Worry spots include retiring without enough money saved (16%) and anxiety about having a “rainy day” emergency fund (14%). These findings come from the 2018 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Read more

Strategic vs. Tactical Investing

May 29th, 2019

Ever heard the term “strategic investing”? How about “tactical investing”? At a glance, you might assume that both these phrases describe the same investment approach.   While both approaches involve the periodic adjustment of a portfolio and holding portfolio assets in varied investment classes, they differ in one key respect. Strategic investing is fundamentally passive; Read more

Certain Uncertainties in Retirement

May 22nd, 2019

The financial uncertainties we face in retirement may risk reducing our sense of confidence, potentially undermining our outlook during those years.   Indeed, according to the 2018 Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefits Research Institute, only 17% of pre-retirees said they are “very confident” about having enough assets to live comfortably in retirement. In Read more

The A, B, C, & D of Medicare

May 20th, 2019

Whether your 65th birthday is on the horizon or decades away, you should understand the parts of Medicare – what they cover and where they come from.   Parts A & B: Original Medicare. There are two components. Part A is hospital insurance. It provides coverage for inpatient stays at medical facilities. It can also Read more

Charitable Contribution Limits

May 15th, 2019

Among the big changes in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) were new limits on standard and itemized deductions. These limits and restrictions created new hurdles when planning deductions with tax advantages in mind. An exception was charitable deduction, which remained an option for high-income individuals looking to create a donation for the Read more

Countdown to College

May 13th, 2019

Most parents want to give their children the best opportunity for success and getting into the right college may help open doors. According to the latest income-per-education-level data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American adults who have a bachelor’s degree had median weekly earnings of $1,173 and a jobless rate of 2.5% in Read more

Your Emergency Fund: How Much is Enough?

May 8th, 2019

Have you ever had one of those months? The water heater stops heating, the dishwasher stops washing, and your family ends up on a first-name basis with the nurse at urgent care. Then, as you’re driving to work, giving yourself your best, “You can make it!” pep talk, you see smoke seeping out from under Read more

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