Archive for December 2018

Real Estate Update

Real Estate

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, up to 10 million Americans lost their homes during the last financial crisis. Now, 10 years later, we’re only slightly above 2016’s low of 63 percent home ownership – at about 64 percent as of June 2018. While many metropolitan areas have experienced robust growth in…

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2018 Tax News

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 reduced federal income tax liability for some, but not all, Americans. Wealthy residents of California, New York and other high-tax states could face a higher tax bill when they file their 2018 return. While cutting tax rates on ordinary income, increasing the standard deduction and doubling the…

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Pension vs. 401(k)

Pension vs. 401(k)

Given a choice, which would you choose: a guaranteed fixed income for the rest of your life, or a lump sum that you could invest? As it turns out, lots of people prefer a sure thing. This is what a recent survey showed about public sector employees posed with the option to select a defined…

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The Debt Trap

The Debt Trap

When the economy thrives, consumers tend to spend more money. Unfortunately, many Americans have a habit of spending money they haven’t yet earned, so debt also tends to rise when things are going well. According to a new study by Northwestern Mutual, many Americans have accumulated nearly twice as much debt as savings. Specifically: The…

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