Money Management

Help Smash Your Fears with Cash

We have had a wonderfully long bull market which has probably helped to boost retirement savings for those who remained invested, but we still have some ways to go before we beat the bull market of the 1990’s. We may get there, we may not. As investors, we always want to be on the right…

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Why is Money Talk Taboo?

As a society, we pay a very high price to keep silent about money.  Why is it that many Americans feel more comfortable talking about politics, taxes, death or religion? Our hangup about money conversations contribute to “50% of first marriages ending in divorce, 70% of families failing to successfully pass down their wealth to future…

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Young Boomers May Face the Biggest Hurdles

The first half of the infamous “baby boomers” (born 1946-1955) began reaching normal retirement age six years ago.  Lucky you if you fall into the older boomer category. You have seen the longest bull run in stock market history and if you remained invested after the financial crisis of 2008, you are probably quite happy with…

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How to Help Avoid Fraud and Scams

The recent security breach at credit rating service Equifax brings home the reminder that each of us must be ever-vigilant in protecting our private information.1 It can be easy to become lackadaisical. We expect companies with which we conduct financial transactions to keep our data secure.   Unfortunately, hackers seem to be advancing their skills…

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Economic Growth Prospects for the Future

Are life-changing innovations a thing of the past in the United States? While today’s technology seems to advance in leaps and bounds, one economist believes it won’t change the fabric of the average American’s life the way inventions like electricity, indoor plumbing and the elevator did in the 20th century.1 Yes, the internet is an…

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Teachers are Vulnerable

  Teachers Are Vulnerable The Department of Labor (DOL) has approved a rule, that will become effective April 2017, that holds all financial advisors to a fiduciary standard of care when providing investment advice on retirement accounts and IRAs .  This means an advisor must recommend what is in a client’s best interest when it comes…

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Let’s Admit It: We All Need Retirement Income

  Let’s Admit It:  We All Need Retirement Income No matter what situation you find yourself in, whether you have $5 million or $50,000 saved for retirement, we can all agree that retirement income is the foundation to every financial plan.  A house without a strong foundation can never become a safe home to dwell…

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RMDs, Dividends, and Taxes, Oh My!

  RMDs, Dividends, and Taxes, Oh My! Just like Dorothy was afraid of lions, tigers, and bears in the Wizard of Oz, many retirees (especially those of higher net worth) are most concerned or “afraid” of how to minimize their tax obligations in retirement.  It’s not about how much you make in retirement, but how much you…

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An Alternative to Bonds

An Alternative to Bonds These days, there is just no yield to speak of in traditional money instruments (like money markets and CDs), including bonds. Typically, a balanced portfolio could consist of a percentage of equities and a percentage of bonds -the exact breakdown determined by an individual’s risk tolerance, time horizon and objective, (focused more…

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