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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Using IRAs to Help Children in 5 Easy Steps

Did you know there is no minimum age for having an IRA? As long as your child has earned income, you can open an account in their name. Whether they contribute to the IRA with their own money from working or a gift from you, the power of compound interest can help them get a… Read More

Market Commentary – 10/29/18

Why did the stock market fall when the economy is doing well? The answer is that one reflects the past and the other anticipates the future. Last Friday’s advance estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis showed the U.S. economy grew 3.5 percent during the third quarter of 2018. Harriet Torry of The Wall Street… Read More

The Power of NUA in Numbers

Do you own company stock in your employer-sponsored retirement plan that you’re looking to roll over to an IRA? Before you make any moves, there may be a tax break available to you that could save you a significant amount of money: the Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA) tax break. Completing an in-kind distribution (as opposed… Read More

Market Commentary – 10/22/18

The world remains full of opportunities and challenges. Although we’ve seen global markets moving in tandem in recent years, Sara Potter of FactSet pointed out, “…we’re starting to see the end of the synchronized global growth that has prevailed over the last two years. While the U.S. economy remains strong, growth in Europe and Japan… Read More

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4 Requirements of a See-Through Trust

Are you looking to have control over your IRA assets after they’ve been passed along to your beneficiaries? You’ve worked hard to build your nest egg, and you want to ensure that your assets are utilized in the best way possible—but how? A see-through trust is a trust that is treated as the beneficiary of… Read More

Oct. 15-21, 2018 – National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Estate planning is an often overlooked element of financial wellness. It is estimated that over half of Americans – 56% – do NOT have an up-to-date estate plan! National Estate Planning Awareness Week (H. Res. 1499) was adopted on September 27, 2008, to help consumers understand estate planning and its need, along with how best… Read More

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Market Commentary – 10/15/18

Like an unexpected gust of wind that blows the hat off your head or flips your umbrella inside out, last week’s stock market performance startled investors. Looking back, it’s easy to identify some of the factors that may have contributed to investors’ unease and shaken confidence in the markets. Ben Levisohn of Barron’s offered a… Read More

Market Commentary – 10/8/18

The stock market tends to be a leading economic indicator. Last week offered some insight to economics and stock market behavior. The U.S. unemployment rate reached its lowest level since 1969 and wages moved higher, yet major U.S. stock indices lost value. Why didn’t stock markets move higher? The answer is stock prices tend to… Read More

Calculating Your RMD in 5 Easy Steps

One of the greatest advantages of retirement savings accounts are the opportunities for tax-deferred or tax-free growth; however, the government sets a time limit on how long these benefits can last by way of establishing required minimum distributions (RMDs). An RMD is the minimum amount that must be taken out of your retirement accounts each… Read More

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Market Commentary – 10/1/18

It wasn’t headline news… But, if newsprint was still popular, last week’s key economic news would have appeared below the fold. The Federal Reserve raised rates for the third time in 2018, as expected. In addition, the Federal Open Market Committee projects economic growth will continue for three more years, although its median numbers show… Read More

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