Financial Planning

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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Annuity Strategies That Keep the Income Flowing in Retirement

More than 90 percent of American workers in their 50s don’t have a pension and 46 percent don’t participate in an IRA or 401(k) at work. A recent study found four in 10 middle-class Americans will likely live on or below the federal poverty line by age 65. Many experts say annuities may be appropriate…

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Don’t Leave Your Long-Term Care Plan to Chance

According to new research from Genworth, one of the nation’s leading long-term care insurance companies, Americans are both entering caregiver roles and requiring care at younger ages. Among the study’s findings: Nearly half of family caregivers now are men The average age of a family caregiver is 47 (down from age 53 in 2010) 57%…

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Look ahead while looking back at 2018

If you didn’t adjust your tax withholding in early 2018, you might be in for a surprise when completing your tax return this year. A lot of people opted for the “wait-and-see” approach to determine if the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would impact their return. Initially, the Tax Policy Center projected the new legislation…

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Stability Grows For Emerging Markets

Thirty years ago, developed markets were seen as much more stable than smaller, emerging countries. But as political division and uncertainty permeates the West, the differences have faded, and emerging markets (EM) have shed the high-risk perception that accompanied foreign investment. Sound government situations, conservative monetary policy and lower levels of debt were once staples…

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Customers Withdraw from In-Person Banking

A changing society has changed some of the ways customers and banks interact. For example, early efforts by brick-and-mortar banks to cut costs by promoting online transactions and electronic statements gave way to a new wave of competition from internet-based banks. This also severed some of the close relationships longtime customers enjoyed with familiar tellers…

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Life Cycle Financial Planning

How do you judge how well your investment plan is doing? Do you compare its annual performance to similar benchmarks? Do you have a specific target you want to reach before retirement? Or, are you more concerned with how your overall financial strategy will provide for your daily, monthly and annual expenses throughout retirement? Some…

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Social Security Updates

Good news for retirees: Social Security benefits are scheduled to increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the biggest bump since the 3.6 percent increase in 2012. The average beneficiary – who received about $1,405 a month in 2018 – can expect to see just over $39 more each month, or about $468 more over the course…

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Thinking About Downsizing?

Thinking About Downsizing

When companies face a rough period, they often look to either increase revenues or trim expenses, including reducing overhead costs. You can do the same thing for your personal budget, where reducing expenses can give you the opportunity to increase your savings rate. Though this sometimes can seem easier said than done. Costs have a…

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