Financial Planning

Small-Business Growth Has Economic Benefits

A promising way to jumpstart the U.S. economy is by helping more entrepreneurs establish their own businesses. The 30.2 million U.S. small businesses represent 99.9 percent of all businesses in this country. They employ nearly half (47.5 percent) of America’s total workforce. If you need further proof that small businesses can provide an economic boost,…

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Where is Dad’s Money?

Imagine if, sadly, Dad dies or becomes incapacitated. You’re in charge of handling all his financial affairs, from managing his investments to putting income sources in place for Mom. There’s just one problem: He was an old-school guy who never consolidated his assets or set up online accounts. Also, it appears he worked with different…

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Social Security Benefits: Spouses, Ex-spouses and Surviving Spouses

As you begin the retirement planning process, it’s important to have a strategic income plan with regard to Social Security benefits. It is particularly important for married couples to consider not only when the primary breadwinner should begin drawing benefits but also how that start date could affect a spouse whose benefit is derived from…

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The Millennial Effect

Recessions have consequences, and the Great Recession of 2008 may have produced one of the most influential consequences of all: the millennial mindset. Because of their early experiences in the “real world,” this generation is poised to have long-term significance — comparable to baby boomers — in work, play and politics. If you think boomers…

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Affordable Housing a Challenge for Many Americans

If you live in or have recently visited one of America’s larger cities, you may have noticed that the homeless problem has grown in recent years. A 2018 analysis by real estate data company Zillow showed that while the level of homelessness has declined nationally — down 13 percent over the past eight years, according…

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Stock Market Roundup: What To Watch

Stock Market Roundup

Between 1926 and 2018, the S&P 500 experienced double-digit annual losses only 11 times. Not only did the market recover, but the index has never permanently lost ground in any rolling 15-year period during that timeframe. While past performance is no guarantee of future results, that bit of history is good for stock investors to…

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Why Buy An Annuity When The Market Is Up

Annuity

Perhaps you are familiar with an annuity. The basic premise is that you convert a lump sum of money into a stream of income. Unlike an investment, once you commit a fixed amount of money to the insurance company, that company is contractually obligated to provide you a minimum level of income with the option…

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Assessing your Mortgage Situation in Retirement

When it comes to retirement preparation, a common benchmark goal is having one’s mortgage paid off. This typically removes a large, ongoing payment from the budget and can reduce retirement expenses substantially. Some people even schedule their retirement just after their final payment date. Here’s an even better idea: Schedule your retirement date six months…

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Boosting Financial Literacy Is A Top Priority

Financial literacy has always been a challenge. However, now that much of the burden of retirement income has shifted to employees instead of employers, it is all the more important that we begin teaching the principles of saving and investing to people as early as possible In a recent survey, 44 percent of Americans said…

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Bull Market Turns 10

March 9, 2019, marked the 10th anniversary of the current bull market, the longest-running in U.S. history. In that decade, the market more than quadrupled, and when you factor in dividends, it’s up fivefold. The short-term spikes over the past few years coupled with corporate share buybacks have served to keep performance humming. As we…

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