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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 Among its major adjustments, the TCJA almost doubled the standard deduction, lowered tax brackets, repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate,…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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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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Getting to Know Bonds

April 16, 2018
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Many investors own bonds or debt based investments as a strategy for balancing the short-term market risk historically associated with stocks.1 It’s important to understand the characteristics of bonds when making decisions about how to invest. A bond is an “IOU” for money loaned by an investor to the bond’s issuer. In return for the…

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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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Have You Checked Your Retirement Plan Lately?

March 5, 2018
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It’s generally a good idea to review your employer-sponsored retirement savings plan at least once each year and when major life changes occur. If you haven’t given your plan a thorough review within the last 12 months, now may be a good time to do so. Have you experienced any life changes? Since your last…

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Considering an Offer to Retire Early: Should You Take It?

January 29, 2018
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What is it? In today’s corporate environment, where cost cutting, restructuring, and downsizing are the norm, many employers are offering their employees early retirement packages. As you near retirement age, you may find yourself confronted with an offer from your employer for early retirement. Your employer may refer to the offer as a golden handshake…

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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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