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How Will the Fed’s Decision to Raise Interest Rates Impact the Markets?

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The Federal Reserve’s (Fed) policy-making arm, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), raised its target for the federal funds rate by 0.25% (25 basis points) yesterday as expected at the conclusion of its two-day meeting. By raising this key overnight borrowing rate, the Fed raised interest rates for the...

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Characteristics of the Millionaire Next Door

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Just how many millionaires does America have? By the latest estimation of Spectrem Group, a research firm studying affluent and high net worth investors, it has more than ever before. In 2015, the U.S. had 10.4 million households with assets of $1 million or greater, aside from their homes....

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Will Baby Boomers Ever Truly Retire?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Baby boomers realize that their retirements may not unfold like those of their parents. New survey data from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights how perceptions of retirement have changed for this generation. A majority of boomers expect to work in their sixties and seventies, and that expectation may reflect...

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Updating Your Estate Plan

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

An estate plan has three objectives. The first goal is to preserve your accumulated wealth. The second goal is to express who will receive your assets after your death. The third goal is to state who will make medical and financial decisions on your behalf if you cannot. Over...

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Long-Term Investment Truths

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

You learn lessons as you invest in pursuit of long-run goals. Some of these lessons are conveyed and reinforced when you begin saving for retirement, and others you glean along the way. First & foremost, you learn to shut out much of the “noise.” News outlets take the temperature...

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What Will the Election Do to the Market?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Wall Street has had a rather calm summer. How about fall? Will volatility increase before and after Election Day? So far, the market is performing roughly in line with historical patterns. In 19 of the prior 22 presidential election years, the S&P 500 advanced from June through October. The...

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The Trump & Clinton Tax Plans

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Seemingly every presidential candidate offers a plan for tax reform. You can add Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to that long list. Here is a look at their plans, and the key reforms to federal tax law that might result if they were enacted. Donald Trump revised his tax...

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When Is Social Security Income Taxable?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Your Social Security income could be taxed. That may seem unfair, or unfathomable. Regardless of how you feel about it, it is a possibility. Seniors have had to contend with this possibility since 1984. Social Security benefits became taxable above certain yearly income thresholds in that year. Frustratingly for...

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The Psychology of Saving

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Why do some households save more than others? Building household savings may depend not only on cash flow, but also on psychology. With the right outlook, saving becomes a commitment. With a less positive outlook, it becomes a task – and tasks and chores are often postponed. Financially speaking,...

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Do Our Biases Inhibit Our Retirement Savings Efforts?

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Picture an 18-wheeler, its 4,000-cubic-foot cargo trailer filled to capacity with stacks of $100 bills. The driver shuts and locks the trailer, closing the door on roughly $10 billion. Now imagine that truck driving off to a landfill, where that $10 billion will be dumped, shredded and buried, rendered...

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