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Major Retirement Planning Mistakes

February 21st, 2018

Much has been written about the classic financial mistakes that plague start-ups, family businesses, corporations, and charities. Aside from these blunders, there are also some classic financial missteps that plague retirees.   Calling them “mistakes” may be a bit harsh, as not all of them represent errors in judgment. Yet whether they result from ignorance Read more

Goal Setting and Business Risk Management

February 20th, 2018

A popular topic of conversation for podcasts, news articles and books is goal setting. A new approach to this common theme is to frame goal setting as a road map or GPS. For a navigational system to work properly, you must know your current location and desired destination. A GPS not only tells you how Read more

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Bad Money Habits to Break in 2018

February 19th, 2018

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, the New Year is as good an occasion as any to alter your behavior.   #1: Lending money to family & friends. You may know someone who Read more

Tax Deductions Gone in 2018

February 15th, 2018

Are the days of itemizing over? Not quite, but now that H.R. 1 (popularly called the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act) is the law, all kinds of itemized federal tax deductions have vanished.    Early drafts of H.R. 1 left only two itemized deductions in the Internal Revenue Code – one for home loan interest, Read more

Keeping This Correction in Perspective

February 14th, 2018

Are you upset by what is happening on Wall Street? It may help to see this pullback within a big-picture context. Corrections have become so rare as of late that when one occurs, emotion threatens to influence investment decisions.   So far, February has been a rough month for equities. At the close on February Read more

2018 Market Correction

February 13th, 2018

Volatility is back.   1,793 points. That is how many points the Dow went up in the first 15 trading days of January. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was 24,824* on Jan 2nd  and at that time many experts felt it was too high. But by January 26th the DJIA reached 26,617.* A better than 7% Read more

Things to Consider if You Plan to Retire Before 60

February 12th, 2018

By choice or by chance, some people wrap up their careers before turning 60. If you sense this will prove true for you, what could you do to potentially make your retirement transition easier? As a start, you may need to withdraw your retirement funds strategically.    The I.R.S. wants you to leave your retirement Read more

Everyone is Talking About Bitcoin

February 7th, 2018

Investors are excited about bitcoin – perhaps too excited. Their fervor is easy to understand. On December 18, bitcoin closed at $17,566. Back on September 22, bitcoin was valued at only $3,603.   Yes, you read that correctly – the price of bitcoin jumped nearly 500% in three months. Thanks to this phenomenon, investors everywhere Read more

January 2018 Market Update

February 6th, 2018

MARKET RECAP* Global stock markets continued their momentum in January, with all major global indices posting strong gains The S&P 500 continued its winning streak to 15 positive months in a row The S&P 500 finished the month with a gain of 5.6% Top Sectors: Consumer Discretionary (+9.3%), Technology (+7.6%) Bottom Sectors: Utilities (‐3.1%), Real Read more

You Will Probably Pay More for Medicare in 2018

February 5th, 2018

Was your monthly Medicare Part B premium less than $110 in 2017? Next year, you may pay considerably more for the same coverage. In 2018, more than 40% of Medicare recipients will pay monthly Part B premiums of $134.   What is prompting this 23% increase? The biggest factor is the 2.0% cost-of-living adjustment to Read more

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