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Monday, August 30, 2021

When was the last time you actually read your homeowner’s policy? Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on Sunday, August 29 as an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane packing winds of 150 mph, the...

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

From bright yellows to fiery reds, fall foliage is something to be admired. Regardless of where you’re located, there are multiple routes within each region where you can experience the greatest colors. Charge your camera, pack...

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

As the summer draws to a close and the first chilly winds of autumn blow through, it’s time to think through the way you’ll clean up, fix up, and maintain your home for fall. By keeping up with your home’s maintenance...

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

America's major stock market indexes, including the Dow Jones Industrial, S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite and Nasdaq 100, all hit record highs on July 7, 2021.1 For some investors, it might be tempting to tap into your 401(k) to help pay...

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The golden rule of financial planning: if you can plan it, you can achieve it Over the past July 4th, we celebrated our country’s history of declaring independence and guaranteeing basic human freedoms. But true freedom requires...

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

There’s certainly a reason why trips to the beach are one of the most desired summer vacations. From basking in the sun to indulging in delicious boardwalk treats, a beach trip is sure to create unforgettable memories with both...

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Your financial professional can help you plan for the rising costs of kids and college If you have a child in kindergarten, you may want to dust off a report from 2015 that explains just how expensive raising kids can be. And...

Thursday, July 1, 2021

These simple steps might save you a great deal of money and heartache We all make mistakes, and through them, we learn. But when it comes to finances, it is best not to take the trial-and-error approach. Maybe you’re making some...

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

At a time when your career is reaching a peak and you are looking ahead to your own retirement, you may find yourself in the position of having to help your children with college expenses while at the same time looking after the needs...

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

As time goes by, planning for a child’s college education is more challenging than ever before. The savings method you choose will depend on your child’s age, as well as your financial resources. Other considerations, such...

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Market risk is something all investors may worry about, but those close to retirement have limited time to recover from market loss. If you are within ten years of retirement, now is a critical time for your portfolio to continue to...

Sunday, June 6, 2021

When it comes to shopping for Father’s Day, it can be tricky to avoid the old clichés of a new tie or a seventh (unnecessary) screwdriver for his toolbox. Besides, what if your dad isn’t the businessman or handyman...

Friday, May 28, 2021

For many Americans, the home is the single biggest purchase made during their lifetime.[1] As a result, it's important to do everything possible to keep it in good condition. Even moderate or short-term neglect can be dangerous, as...

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

If you are like many small business owners, there may never seem to be enough hours in the day. Yet, once a company reaches a certain size, it can become increasingly difficult to rely solely on the efforts of one person alone to keep...

Sunday, May 9, 2021

The income tax benefits offered by 529 plans make these plans attractive to parents (and others) who are saving for college or K-12 tuition. Qualified withdrawals from a 529 plan are tax free at the federal level, and some states also...

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Insuring your business against various forms of financial loss is a common small business strategy. While you have much to attend to with the day-to-day needs of your small business, insurance considerations are equally as important....

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Like anyone else, you want a life insurance policy that meets your needs and budget. But how do you find the right policy when there are so many to choose from and many of them seem so similar? The key is knowing how to compare...

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

When securing your financial future, saving for retirement usually is a no-brainer. But between an IRA, Roth IRA, 401(k), 457(b), SEP IRA, and the other retirement vehicles, how can you know which plan or plans are right for you? The...

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

One year after the COVID-market-bottom, were you fully invested? The end of March 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of the stock market bottom and the end of the shortest bear market on record. Since then the U.S. stock markets have...

Monday, March 29, 2021

Although there is no such thing as a standard disability policy, you're likely to see most of the following terms, conditions, and benefits included and explained in most individual disability contracts. Definition of disability...

Monday, March 29, 2021

Small business owners are different from the average hourly employee in a lot of ways. One often-overlooked difference is how they plan for retirement. Although small business owners may offer a classic 401(k) for their workers along...

Friday, March 19, 2021

If you've been diligently saving for your retirement, you may often find yourself wondering when you can afford to set an official retirement date. The answer to this question can often depend on how much monthly or annual income your...

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

On Monday, Feb. 22, the White House announced several changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that went into effect on Wednesday, Feb. 24. These changes are intended to further target “the smallest businesses and those...

Monday, March 8, 2021

As a physician, you've devoted a lot of time to educating yourself, building a career, and providing top notch care that enriches your patients lives, and in the midst of all that, it can be easy to overlook your finances. To ensure...

Monday, March 8, 2021

Being a doctor comes with a lot of stressors, but planning for taxes should not be one of them. As a doctor, you have been through years of hard work and may be looking for ways to help limit your tax liability and preserve as much of...

Monday, March 8, 2021

As a group, physicians are among the highest-earning professionals out there—and this specialized and life-saving career comes with some specific financial needs. Because of this, physicians should seek out a financial...

Friday, March 5, 2021

Grandparents can often find themselves in a better financial position to save for their grandchildren's education than their own children are. The parents of prospective students may still be contending with competing priorities like...

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Budgeting should always be the centerpiece of your financial resolutions Did you make a New Year’s resolution about seven weeks ago? For 2021, many Americans are making the resolution to adopt healthy habits – concerning...

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Know what to do if you inherit an IRA from a spouse or someone else As we get older, it is likely that we might inherit an IRA from mom or dad – or we need to counsel mom or dad as they inherit an IRA after one of them dies. The...

Monday, February 8, 2021

The beaten-down sectors from 2020 might be worth another look in 2021 In general terms, the bond market will rally when increases in the Consumer Price Index (inflation) are small and the bond market will fall when increases in the CPI...

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

We all want more money, and many of us would like to work less, as well. This may seem like a dilemma, yet there is a solution. The best way to increase money without working is to avoid spending it in the first place. Some people call...

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tax identity theft is when someone steals your Social Security Number, files a tax return with your number, and directs a refund to their own bank account. In other cases, this type of identity theft may involve a scam artist calling...

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Don’t let disorganization become one of your biggest money problems. It’s easy to lose or misplace money. But unlike finding $20 in an old jacket, what if a bank or investment account containing thousands goes untouched for...

Friday, January 22, 2021

Joe Biden will inherit among the most challenging political and economic environments of any US president. With America reeling from the storming of the Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists, not to mention a raging pandemic, President...

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

On Sunday, December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA 2021) was signed into law. A $900 billion emergency relief package is included as part of this omnibus spending bill. It is intended to assist individuals and...

Monday, December 28, 2020

In 2020, the government gave taxpayers an automatic six-month extension due to the coronavirus. Individuals who were affected by the damaging wildfires were also given additional time to meet most tax deadlines. However, in 2021, the...

Monday, December 21, 2020

Will your 2021 benefits include telehealth and mental health services? As we approach the end of the year, employees and employers are both wrestling with changes to employee benefits for 2021. While every year always brings about...

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

There are a lot of options to consider, depending on your business model You’re an entrepreneur and you’re not looking back. You’ve opened your own business, whether alone or with partners, and you’ve achieved...

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

When an investor sells a stock for more than the purchase price, the investor experiences a capital gain (it is simpler to call it a profit, but let’s stick to some technical terms for a minute). For example, if you bought Amazon...

Sunday, November 29, 2020

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. Shopping for holiday gifts is stressful but also a little fun, especially when you think about the joy you will bring to those who receive them. But in all the rush to get everything done...

Friday, November 20, 2020

With businesses around the country reducing their in-office staff to essential personnel only—in some cases, literally overnight—many remote workers found themselves setting up a full home office on short to no notice. But...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Remember back on July 30, the Commerce Department reported that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) decreased at an annual rate of 32.9% in the second quarter of 2020. It was the worst quarterly decline in history. And unfortunately, that...

Saturday, November 14, 2020

When Thanksgiving rolls around, the holiday shopping season comes into full swing. While many people prepare their strategy for Black Friday shopping, a lot of them forget about the second shopping holiday that weekend: Small Business...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

By the last third of the calendar year, you're likely to have a pretty good idea of what your annual income will be and whether any major expenses or big life changes await you. This can allow you to engage in more robust tax planning,...

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Dealing with market volatility during uncertain times can be stressful, and these tips may help. 1. Focus on What You Can Control During times of economic uncertainty, you may be worried about your investments, your business, your job,...

Saturday, October 31, 2020

History says that Value should have outpaced Growth during COVID – nope Are you a Growth investor or a Value investor? Or do you prefer a mix of the two? Understanding your style of investing is an important step in deciding...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Reviewing your benefit choices to maximize what your employer offers: Open enrollment for employee benefits kicks off on November 1st. Before you plan your Thanksgiving menu, you should make the time to review your benefit choices....

Friday, October 23, 2020

Your plans for retirement may include travel, home improvements, and more time spent with family. Few people enter retirement with the expectation (or even the thought) that they soon may be unable to live independently. However, this...

Monday, October 19, 2020

Many people postpone the planning of their estates because they assume that estate planning is only for the affluent. Others may think that estate planning is similar to tax planning, which can always be done “later.” In...

Friday, October 16, 2020

Small businesses owners should conduct an annual assessment of their personal finances. Owners of small businesses have much the same concerns as everyone else, except they are personally responsible for the fortunes of their...

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Don’t just set it and forget it – tips for looking after your retirement money: Lots of investors never bother to check on their 401(k) regularly. But you should keep a constant eye on your funds’ risk level, whether...

Thursday, October 8, 2020

It is only natural that investors would want to find some way to sit out bear markets and get back just in time for the next bull run. The belief that you can foresee the direction of the stock market is a seductive one. Some investors...

Monday, October 5, 2020

Whether your goal is to build or protect your assets, the sooner you start planning your personal finances, the better. Having a financial plan in place can help you address common concerns such as funding your retirement, saving for...

Friday, October 2, 2020

Financial planning is an important part of securing your current lifestyle as well as preparing yourself for what you wish to do in your eventual retirement. And while this importance may look different during each stage of your life,...

Monday, September 28, 2020

Here are steps to take today to prepare your family for when an emergency strikes. California and the Pacific Northwest have to contend with wildfire season for six months of every year from May through October, with the last two months...

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The world's events always affect the markets, and making smart investment choices requires you to look at what's happening around the world. But what about during an election year? How should you invest while the country is deciding...

Saturday, September 19, 2020

After decades of adding to your retirement accounts, making the mental switch to withdrawal mode can be a challenge. It may be tempting to try to time the market to mitigate the risk of any sudden drops or ongoing turbulence. However,...

Monday, September 14, 2020

Many of you already have estate documents, probably executed many years ago. You need an estate attorney to look over your documents every 10 years or so. Here are a dozen points to review. 1. Do you have a will and powers of attorney...

Friday, September 11, 2020

As you get older and closer to retirement, your financial practices need to shift slightly as you transition from working and saving to relying on your nest egg. As you approach this stage of your life, you need to take steps to...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

As the threat of the coronavirus swept through the nation in March, many businesses sent their workers home, and now, as fall looms around the corner, many people are continuing to work from home. If you're working home longer than...

Friday, September 4, 2020

What are appropriate checklists for year-end tax planning? Tax planners often develop checklists to guide taxpayers toward year-end strategies that might help reduce taxes. Typically, suggestions are grouped into several different...

Monday, August 31, 2020

Planning for a disaster is no different from other measures you probably take to protect yourself and your family from potential hardship, such as insuring your life, saving for retirement, and getting regular medical check-ups....

Friday, August 28, 2020

Many self-improvement goals focus on stability and personal growth — and financial goals are often no different. From buying your first home to saving for retirement, planning your finances can also help you work toward your...

Thursday, August 20, 2020

We might look back and marvel how during the dog-days of August 2020, the stock market reached a new high not seen since pre-COVID. Remember when the S&P 500 closed at a then record high of 3,386 on February 19th? And just three short...

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Examining whether you have a healthy relationship with money is important. The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives in unprecedented ways, forcing us to live closer together with some people, rely on video conferencing to connect...

Monday, August 10, 2020

Recent surveys have indicated that many of us are rethinking our retirement plans because of COVID-19. In fact, one survey from the nonprofit group Life Happens suggests that a whopping 43% of Americans say they plan to postpone and...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

One is a significant financial risk whereas the other is a financial guidepost. One of the biggest obstacles on so many financial journeys is the inability to identify risk. That blindness to risk is due to a variety of reasons, but one...

Friday, July 31, 2020

We’ve all been there: scratching our heads wondering what to do with all the retirement savings accounts. Too many choices can be overwhelming, until you step back and realize that there are actually only three questions. Once...

Monday, July 27, 2020

Do you have a will, investing in education or building a Freedom Fund? Amid the heat of mid-summer, do you remember your New Year’s resolutions regarding your personal financial planning? How are you coming with your to-do list?...

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

All investors should account for inflation to maintain future purchasing power. You hear it all the time: you should make sure your retirement savings at least keep pace with inflation. But what is inflation and how does it really...

Sunday, July 19, 2020

While preparing a financial budget is a difficult task, committing to it over the long haul may be even more difficult. Here are a few tips to help you start your budget planning and keep yourself on the savings track: 1) Watch what...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

529 plans can be a great way to save for college, but they're not the only way. When you're investing for a major goal like education, it makes sense to be familiar with all of your options. Mutual funds Mutual funds are an option to...

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Young adults and those making less money are hardest hit by the pandemic. The United States Census Bureau has been collecting data in as close to real-time as possible in order to provide empirical insights into how Americans are really...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Organization, efficiency and discipline are the three primary steps of financial planning. Organization is knowing where your money comes and goes. An efficient portfolio means a better chance of profits, and discipline keeps you on...

Monday, June 29, 2020

New guidelines for retirement loans and distributions due to COVID-19 On June 19, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service announced new guidelines to help those affected by COVID-19 gain more access to retirement plan distributions and...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Combined with surprising jobs numbers, hopes for a faster recovery heat up On June 16, 2020, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that U.S. retail sales surged a whopping 17.7% in May, as consumers returned to shopping and spending....

Friday, June 19, 2020

When you're a small business owner, you need to pay extra careful attention to both your business and personal finances. Your financial planning strategies should simultaneously encourage the success of your business while also working...

Monday, June 15, 2020

Whether you dream of a travel-filled retirement or would prefer to relax and enjoy spending more time at home, you're probably wondering what you can do to make your golden years as stress-free as possible. For many who have spent the...

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Housing starts down, construction jobs way down and lumber prices are up? As states begin to ease stay-at-home orders, communities across the county are starting to see “For Sale” signs planted in neighbors’ lawns...

Monday, June 8, 2020

However much you make or save now doesn’t promise you a bright financial future. Life is unpredictable. Follow these 10 tips to prevent you and your family from money troubles. 1. See a lawyer and make a will. If you have a will,...

Friday, June 5, 2020

Invest early. Invest often. Invest for growth. These are the basic principles of saving for your child’s college education. The earlier you begin a savings program, the more time you have to benefit from the power of compound...

Monday, June 1, 2020

The makers of the fitness tracking device Fitbit reported that Americans were less active during the spread of coronavirus, as we stayed-at-home and practiced social distancing...

Friday, May 22, 2020

For the past two months, the market declines and market rallies have been historic, as COVID-19 introduced a level of uncertainty that was difficult to...

Thursday, April 23, 2020

To help people suffering from business closures, stay-at-home orders, and other effects of the coronavirus, the government has decided to send out stimulus checks. If your adjusted gross income is up to $75,000 for an individual or...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the government has funded a number of initiatives to help small businesses. As you navigate this difficult time, you may want to look into the following...