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Concentrated Stock Position Series, Part 1: Employee Stock Option Plans (ESO Plans)

November 26, 2018
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Written by Marcus Dusenbury, Financial Advisor So you just got stock options from your employer . . . now what? Employee stock option plans (ESO plans) have been around for a few decades now.  They are an employee benefit plan through which companies offer employees “options” to buy shares of the employer stock at a…

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IRA and Retirement Plan Limits for 2018

December 11, 2017
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IRA contribution limits The maximum amount you can contribute to a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA in 2018 is $5,500 (or 100% of your earned income, if less), unchanged from 2017. The maximum catch-up contribution for those age 50 or older remains at $1,000. You can contribute to both a traditional IRA and a…

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Investment Planning throughout Retirement

November 27, 2017
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Introduction Investment planning during retirement is not the same as investing for retirement and, in many ways, is more complicated. Your working years are your saving years. With luck, your income increases from year to year as you receive promotions and/or pay raises; those increases offer some protection against rising costs caused by inflation. While…

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The Traits of a Good Investor and How Women Can Make the Most of Them

October 2, 2017
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Women are increasingly taking responsibility for managing their own money. That includes those who in the past may have left investing to a spouse because they were busy raising a family or had no interest in the subject, but who have since found that divorce, a spouse’s death, or the need to help a parent…

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How Women Are Different from Men, Financially Speaking

September 11, 2017
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We all know men and women are different in some fundamental ways. But is this true when it comes to financial planning? In a word, yes. In the financial world, women often find themselves in very different circumstances than their male counterparts. Everyone wants financial security. Yet women often face financial headwinds that can affect…

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Immediate vs. Deferred Annuities

July 24, 2017
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The terms immediate annuity and deferred annuity simply indicate when the distribution phase of the annuity begins. Both allow unlimited contributions, and both can provide, upon election, a continuous stream of payments for life. Immediate annuities Immediate annuities allow you to convert a lump sum of cash into an income stream. They differ from deferred…

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Growth vs. Value: What's the Difference?

April 24, 2017

With the wide variety of stocks in the market, figuring out which ones you want to invest in can be a challenging task. Many investors feel it’s useful to have a system for finding stocks that might be worth buying, deciding what price to pay, and identifying when a stock should be sold. Bull markets–periods…

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Investing as a Couple: Getting to Yes

April 17, 2017
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In a perfect world, both halves of a couple share the same investment goals and agree on the best way to try to reach them. It doesn’t always work that way, though; disagreements about money are often a source of friction between couples. You may be risk averse, while your spouse may be comfortable investing…

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Understanding the Net Investment Income Tax

December 26, 2016
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If your income hits a certain level, you may face an additional wrinkle in calculating your taxes: the net investment income tax (also referred to as the unearned income Medicare contribution tax). This 3.8% Medicare tax applies to some or all of your net investment income if your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) exceeds certain…

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10 Years and Counting: Points to Consider as You Approach Retirement

July 18, 2016
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If you’re a decade or so away from retirement, you’ve probably spent at least some time thinking about this major life change. How will you manage the transition? Will you travel, take up a new sport or hobby, or spend more time with friends and family? Should you consider relocating? Will you continue to work…

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