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5 Ways to Play the New Tax Law

August 27, 2018
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Written by Joe Erickson, CPA The new tax law—known officially as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and signed into law in December 2017—took effect at the beginning of the 2018 tax year. Among its major adjustments, the TCJA almost doubled the standard deduction, lowered tax brackets, repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate,…

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Financial Fitness for Women

July 9, 2018
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Written by Mary Ann Ferreira, CFP®, CDFA™, AIF® Original article posted on Market Watch Here

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Two solutions for elderly parents who are house rich but cash poor

June 25, 2018
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Written by Bruce Yates, Financial Advisor A Common Financial Conundrum If your parents are getting on in years, they may find themselves facing a situation shared by many older Americans. The majority of their wealth may be tied up in the house they bought decades ago, while their liquid assets—cash and securities that can be…

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How Can You Manage Your Debt?

May 28, 2018
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Understanding how much debt you can handle and being smart about managing it can help you pursue long-term financial goals. Consider the following tips when analyzing how much you owe. 1. Calculate how much debt you carry. Although there are exceptions for special situations, many mortgage providers consider the most attractive candidates to be those…

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In-Service 401(k) Rollovers

May 21, 2018
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Written by Mary Ann Ferreira, CFP®, CDFA™, AIF® Does it make sense for you to do an “In-Service” (while still working) rollover of your 401(k) assets? Some 401(k) plans have high fees and expenses. In addition, the investment choices available in these retirement plans are sometimes limited. As a result of TIPRA (Tax Increase Prevention Reconciliation…

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Marriage: Entering a New Investment Life

April 30, 2018
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There are a lot of issues that couples need to think about when tying the knot — wedding preparations, family, and, of course, finances. Addressing personal finance and investment issues before the big day may help improve your odds of being together years later. Here are some financial issues that you should consider when embarking…

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Don’t Plan for Retirement — Plan for an Encore Life

April 9, 2018
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Written by Mark Jaeger, ChFC®, CFP® – CCO/COO Original article posted on Market Watch here.

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Five Strategies for Tax-Efficient Investing

April 2, 2018
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You may be able to use losses within your investment portfolio to help offset realized gains. If your losses exceed your gains, you can offset up to $3,000 per year of the difference against ordinary income. After factoring in federal income and capital gains taxes, the alternative minimum tax, and potential state and local taxes,…

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A Strategy to Pursue Your Retirement Goals and Beat Inflation

March 26, 2018
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Your retirement plan is designed to help you meet two important objectives — beating inflation and pursuing your retirement savings goals. The challenge is finding the right mix to strive for both. Why Be Concerned With Inflation? Technically defined, inflation is the rising cost of goods and services over time. Like termites invisibly gnawing at…

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Questions to Ask When Drafting an Estate Plan

March 19, 2018
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Because you’ve worked hard to create a secure and comfortable lifestyle for your family, you’ll want to ensure that you have a sound financial plan that includes trust and estate planning. With some forethought, you may be able to minimize gift and estate taxes and preserve more of your assets for those you care about.…

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