Real Estate Update

What a difference a decade makes. After the real estate debacle of the Great Recession, home prices are now near record highs in many markets with mortgage default and foreclosure rates at near record lows, according to the National Association of Realtors, or NAR.1 However, Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, says some of America’s most…

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Sustainable Investing Goes Mainstream

Invest in what you know is a common piece of investment wisdom. In the past, that advice has most likely referenced your favorite soda or retail store. Today, however, more people are investing in actions and causes they champion, and this is true of companies, as well. For example, while the current U.S. administration is…

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Wealth & The Trump Effect

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act were meant to kick start the economy with growth not seen in a decade. Six months in, the results are a bit lackluster. Business investment has increased only slightly throughout the last year (excluding oil and gas, which are highly volatile).1  This begs the question — how much impact…

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Handling Market Corrections Correctly

Today’s political environment and recent volatility in the U.S. stock markets, particularly February’s correction, caused concern for some investors. If you’ve met with a financial advisor who designed a strategy to fit your individual financial goals, timeline and tolerance for risk, it’s generally recommended you stay the course.1 But that doesn’t mean to hold steady no…

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The New Tax Law: Things to Consider

The New Tax Law: Things to Consider Who will be affected by the new tax legislation that went into effect Jan. 1? That is a question many are asking. While “everyone” is likely to see some changes, here’s an idea of how many people fell into each income group. In 2015:1 About 1.4 million Americans…

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Financial Strategies in 2018

Financial Strategies in 2018 One philosophy of investing, as opined by Warren Buffett, is to be “fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”1The nation’s eight-year bull market, however, has tested that philosophy. Most market analysts would agree that it was more important to be in the market and taking advantage of…

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Planning for Retirement – Do You Have a Plan?

Preparing for Retirement — Do You Have a Plan? For much of the 20th century, many employees who spent decades working for one company typically received a pension plan. According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, 88 percent of all private-sector employees in 1975 had a pension.1 With the confidence of knowing…

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Midlife Insurance Audit

We need different types of insurance policies for different phases of our lives, for different amounts, for different reasons. If you haven’t taken stock of your current coverages by the time you hit middle age, it may be time for a midlife audit. If it’s been even longer, you’re probably overdue. The following are some…

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Year End Tax Tips

As of this writing, Congress is attempting to reform our tax code. While changes are common with every new presidential administration, an initiative so transforming as to be called “tax reform” is quite unusual — the last major tax overhaul happened during the Reagan administration in 1986.1 According to Fox News, some who may benefit…

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Update on the DOL Fiduciary Rule

In August, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed to delay the launch of the final portion of the new “fiduciary rule” until July 2019. Part of the rule went into effect in June of this year, mandating that any financial professional making financial recommendations to a client with regard to an individual retirement account (IRA)…

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