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Social Security Insights: Can you still file a “Restricted Application?”

Written by Matt Boelter, Financial Advisor & Shareholder Choosing the wrong time to pull Social Security benefits can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars over your lifetime.  On November 2nd, 2015, new Social Security rules were signed into law that ended what was known as the “restricted application.”  However, if you were born before…

Q3 Viridian Market Commentary

Written July 24, 2019 by Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer and Shareholder. Summary:  Returns have been stellar through the first half of 2019.  We’re looking to take advantage of pullbacks. It has been an incredible first half of 2019.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (“Dow”) just experienced its best June since 1938, while the S&P…

Tax Planning AFTER April 15th

It is a common belief that once April 15th is past, you can breathe a sigh of relief, and not think about taxes again until next year.  But that is not true, since there can be a great deal of value in tax planning throughout the year.  Tax problems may have been avoided if you…

529 plan vs. Roth IRA: Here’s how families can use both to save for college

Article including quotes from Matt Boelter Viridian Financial Advisor and Shareholder. The article was originally published with Bankrate. To read the full article, click here.

Retirement Travel: Make the Most of Your Travel Dollars

Many retirees are happy staying close to home, enjoying family and taking life easy.  But many others are motivated by a certain wanderlust—a desire for a more adventurous lifestyle while they’re still physically able. You’ve worked hard to accumulate wealth that will enable you to live comfortably in retirement.  Now you have the time, freedom…

Inside the Toolbox: Monitoring Sector Performance

Brian Johnson
We thought it might be insightful this month to share with you one of the tools we use in analyzing sectors and sector performance. It is always useful to have simple ways to keep market moves in perspective, and one way that we do this is by looking at the relative performance of the 11…

Creating your “Encore” Life Part #3

Part Three of Weekly Three Part Series started 6/14/19. Part 3 – Goal Setting If you aren’t setting goals, start – now. If you are setting goals, do it the right way. Based on the Encore Wheel of Life exercises you completed in Part 2, you should have many ideas that, if accomplished, will increase…

Creating your “Encore” Life Part 2

Part Two of Weekly Three Part Series started 6/14/19. Part 2 – The Encore Wheel of Life In Part 1 of this 3-part series, we looked at life’s stages, and some of the common experiences and changes people go through during each of life’s four “quarters.” This led to the idea of an “Encore Life,”…

Shouldn’t your Retirement be your “Encore” Life? Part 1

Part One of Weekly Three Part Series starting 6/14/19. Part 1 – Don’t Plan for Retirement The retirement you saw your grandparents or even your parents live through will likely not be the retirement you choose for yourself. Consider the following: In 1900, the average life expectancy was 47 years. Only 100,000 Americans lived to…

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