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Monthly Archives: November 2018

How are Social Security Benefits Calculated?

Social Security planning often focuses on filing strategies to help determine when and how to take your benefits. But before you make any decisions, you should also consider the tax implications your Social Security benefits will have on your overall retirement plan. If you have additional sources of income in retirement, there is a chance… Read More

Market Commentary – 11/26/18

It was a turkey of a week. The United States and China continued to spar over trade and other issues. An expert from Moody’s told Frank Tang of the South China Morning Post (SCMP) the United States-China dispute will not be easily resolved: “Look at the speech Vice President Pence gave in Papua New Guinea… Read More

Leaving a Legacy: Life Insurance vs. Roth IRAs

Leaving a Legacy: Life Insurance vs. Roth IRAs When considering the best way to leave your loved ones an inheritance, it’s important to be aware of the options available to you. While life insurance is a well-known option, Roth IRAs can be effective as well. Both can provide a tax-free legacy, but you should know… Read More

Market Commentary – 11/19/18

Keep your eyes on the horizon. Motion sickness happens when your body receives conflicting signals from your eyes, ears, and other body parts. One way to manage the anxiety and queasiness that accompany the condition is by keeping your eyes on the horizon. The motion of the stock markets has been causing some investors to… Read More

Avoiding the 10% Tax Penalty

As a retirement account owner, you’ve probably been warned about the 10% early distribution penalty that applies to taxable distributions made before age 59½. But did you know that if for some reason you need to access your money early, there are exceptions to this rule? Expenses such as medical bills, buying your first home,… Read More

Market Commentary – 11/13/18

How are you feeling about financial markets? Some votes are still being counted but investors appear to be happy with the outcome of mid-term elections. Major U.S. stock indices in the United States moved higher last week, and the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) Sentiment Survey reported: “Optimism among individual investors about the short-term… Read More

End-of-Year Checklist

End-of-Year Checklist With the holiday season upon us, your to-do list might seem endless. In the midst of preparing for all of the festivities, have you taken the time to review your end-of-year financial checklist? Though it may be difficult to find time to squeeze this in, it is important to consider whether there are… Read More

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Market Commentary – 11/5/18

Stocks recovered some ground last week and then stumbled over unemployment. Major U.S. stock indices faltered Friday after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on a popular ‘lagging’ economic indicator – unemployment. (Remember, lagging indicators describe what has happened in the past.) The BLS reported:1, 2, 3 “The unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent… Read More