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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The first quarter is in the books, and it was an excellent one for stocks. The S&P 500 index rode a resilient U.S. economy, easing inflation, rising corporate profits, and anticipation of summertime rate cuts from the Federal Reserve (Fed)

Monday, April 22, 2024

Estate planning is a comprehensive process that involves organizing your assets and making informed decisions concerning how your wealth will be handled before and after death. It is a critical phase of wealth management.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Whether you wonder about your investments’ rates of return or are concerned that your financial affairs are a bit too complicated for your next of kin to handle, it may be time to seek advice from a financial professional.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Life insurance has its benefits, and choosing a manageable life insurance policy is a critical step in your retirement planning. It can help your family cover end-of-life expenses, funeral and burial costs, and pay for estate taxes.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Most often, the first question a prospective employee will ask is about your company’s benefit program. And in my experience, the two most often-asked questions are about health insurance and an employer-sponsored retirement program.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

As spring approaches, the weather is starting to warm up. For the stock market, the temperature has been rising for a while now. In fact, since December 2023, the S&P 500 has not experienced a pullback of even 2%.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Increasing your financial literacy may allow you to make better decisions about your money and your financial future. Many great resources are available to get you started on the path to financial literacy and to expand your knowledge.

Friday, March 1, 2024

Regardless of the business's size, small business owners have 401(k) retirement savings plan options that may be suitable for their situation. Business owners must plan for retirement by utilizing retirement savings vehicles that may...

Friday, March 1, 2024

Navigating these demands an adaptable approach to planning your finances As we kick off 2024, the world of retirement planning is undergoing a fairly significant transformation, as tax brackets, retirement contribution limits, estate...

Friday, March 1, 2024

As Samuel Goldwyn once said, "The harder I work…the luckier I get!" 1 But when it comes to investing, luck may play a huge role in outcomes—no matter how hard you work.2 Below, we discuss some ways that luck may...

Friday, March 1, 2024

Financial professionals need to address the special financial concerns of women Women’s History Month has its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed and authorized a resolution and requested the President...

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Asking questions and planning will give you both peace of mind Combining love, lives and laundry is one thing. Combining your money is another. Newly married couples who both work would do well to think about what to do with two...

Monday, February 26, 2024

Stocks are off to a solid start in 2024. January gains are particularly enjoyable because of the old adage from the Stock Trader’s Almanac, “As goes January, so goes the year.”

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Sitting down to figure out your budget can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know where to start or what you’re specifically budgeting for. The following tips offer simple ideas to help you get your finances on...

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Valentine's Day is one of the biggest holidays for romance and for lavishing gifts on that special someone in your life. While flowers and chocolates may be the most common gifts exchanged on that day, why not consider a gift that may...

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Even if you are already retired, it doesn't mean you should stop trying to grow your savings. Inflation, unexpected medical bills, and changes to your lifestyle or family may result in the need for additional income than you initially...

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

An executor of an estate or trust plays a pivotal role in the legal system, especially when dealing with the responsibilities and tasks related to a deceased person's property and financial matters. The executor acts as the manager and...

Friday, January 26, 2024

Read our January 2024 Client Letter to stay up to date on all things financial. Stocks defied the skeptics in a very unpredictable 2023....Read More.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

When you hear the term identity theft, the first thought that comes to mind may involve a data breach or opening a credit card in someone else's name. But another common type of identity theft involves the use of someone's Social...

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Kitty O’Neill Collings, an American politician and pioneer in the area of international diplomacy, civil liberties, and social justice, once quipped, “Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.”...

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Getting married is a joyous time, but one that comes with numerous considerations. From living arrangements to future goals, marriage may quickly change a lot of things in your life. One thing that may drastically change after your...

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

The new year is fast approaching, and it is a good time for small business owners to make some financial resolutions to help lead them toward a solid financial path. Whether your business is just starting or you have been running it...

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Whether you are just entering your golden years or are already several years in, setting goals to stay on track and maintain your health, happiness, and finances is essential. So why not use the New Year's holiday to make goals resolutions?

Thursday, December 21, 2023

After years of saving and planning for their golden years, many people nearing retirement fail to consider the tax burden they may face on income they receive after they stop working.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Check out our latest client letter to stay up to date on what's happening in the financial markets. Increasing confidence in a soft landing for the U.S. economy has shifted the focus away from rate hikes and toward eventual cuts...

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Running a business without a written business plan is like heading out on a cross-country trip without a map or GPS. Although you may be able to make it to your destination, you may spend far more time and money navigating through problems.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Charitable giving is a great way to support your community, make an impact, or leave a legacy while receiving tax benefits for giving. If you choose to give and find an organization you’re passionate about.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

In the realm of estate planning, the ripple effects of our oversights often linger long after we're gone, impacting the lives of those we leave behind. It’s the uniqueness of this area of planning that makes it paramount to get...

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Although achieving your financial goals is more challenging than following a step-by-step recipe, a few common ingredients and preparation methods may help improve your ability to manage financial resources. Here is one recipe for a...

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

It’s not just about how much money you make, but how much you keep Capital gains taxes might sound like a complex financial term reserved for Wall Street tycoons, but in reality, they touch most investors and many homeowners....

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Proper financial planning includes forecasting future Social Security benefits In a welcome development for millions of Americans relying on Social Security, the Social Security Administration has recently announced a substantial...

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

The vast majority of Americans need long-term care. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70% of people over age 65 may need some long-term care during their lives.1 Unfortunately, planning for long-term care...

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Be proactive and follow these steps to ensure accuracy and compliance Tax filing season can be a stressful time for many individuals. Dealing with the IRS and ensuring compliance with tax regulations can seem daunting. However, with...

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Starting your life together as a newlywed couple comes with many new responsibilities and opportunities, including creating a solid financial foundation for your future. Here are some essential financial planning tips to help you...

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Tips to ensure that Social Security assumptions don’t derail your retirement The Social Security system has long been a cornerstone of retirement planning, providing a safety net for millions of Americans who have paid into the...

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Retirement seems like a long way off, but it arrives faster than you think. The big question is, are you ready? What exactly does retirement entail? Analysts suggest there are four designated phases of retirement that a person often...

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

A recent survey by Caring.com found that a whopping two in three American adults do not have an estate plan1—an alarming statistic, considering that an estate plan can protect your assets and ensure that they go to the right...

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Understanding the importance of life insurance is one thing. Understanding the tax rules is quite another. As insurance products have evolved and become more sophisticated, the line separating insurance vehicles from investment...

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Ensure your investments don’t overheat in this scorching stock market run Much of the United States and many parts around the world are grappling with a massive heat wave that is sending day-time temperatures to all-time records...

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

A call to action for Generation X to improve their retirement readiness For many members of Generation X, those born between 1965 and 1980, a comfortable retirement may feel like an increasingly distant dream. Despite being in their...

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

By focusing on goals and priorities, you can create a new, simplified lifestyle As retirement approaches, many older adults consider downsizing their home as a way to simplify their lives, reduce expenses, and focus on what truly...

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

As we’ve just passed the midpoint of the year, now is the perfect time to assess your financial well-being by conducting a review.Just like a routine health checkup can ensure your physical health, a financial checkup can help...

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Retirement planning can take time and effort – but just as you wouldn't embark on the vacation of a lifetime without doing a bit of preliminary research, you also don't want to leap into retirement without a plan.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Being a small business owner can be rewarding but also may bring a lot of stress. You may be experiencing the pressures of trying to grow your company while providing a solid future for your employees. On top of all that, you will also...

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

If recent market volatility has you questioning your opportunities for financial freedom, you are not alone. Due to rising inflation, higher interest rates, a volatile stock market, and recession fears, many investors find themselves...

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

For members of the "Sandwich Generation"—those currently in their 40s and 50s who are caring for children and their parents who are over 65-years old—estate planning may seem like a low priority. After all, when you're...

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Those who receive an inheritance with the passing of a loved one are potentially given the gift of financial freedom if they choose to manage the wealth carefully. Did you know that only about one-third of adults have a prepared will,...

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

What is family wealth, and how do you preserve it? You have worked hard for years and accumulated wealth. You earned this money through your job, investing, and saving, and you want to preserve it for yourself and to take care of...

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Having enough retirement income is a top concern for many Americans nearing or in retirement. Even though they may have saved consistently throughout the working years, they may be concerned that their retirement plans will succeed. A...

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Estate planning helps disperse your assets according to your wishes. The effort may seem daunting at first, but estate planning does not have to be overly complicated. With the proper planning, you may find yourself resting a little...

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

When you contribute to a 529 plan, you'll not only help your child, grandchild, or other loved one pay for school, but you'll also remove money from your taxable estate. This will help you minimize your tax liability and preserve more...

Monday, May 22, 2023

Those who receive an inheritance with the passing of a loved one are potentially given the gift of financial freedom if they choose to manage the wealth carefully.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

When market volatility takes investors on a wild ride, fear and panic are common responses to this stock market roller coaster. Acknowledging these emotions may be a good first step, but acting upon them could result in impulsive,...

Monday, May 1, 2023

What is it?Life insurance is not only about protecting your survivors in the event of your death. Depending upon the type of policy you purchase, it can also enable you to meet specific life goals: retiring comfortably, paying for your...

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

As you age, the question of when to collect Social Security (SS) retirement benefits will likely come to mind. There is no one size fits all age; your unique circumstances and goals will dictate the appropriate time for you to take...

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Check List: Keep Calm and (Financially) Plan On: Navigating Money Stress with a Financial Professional

Saturday, April 15, 2023

In the midst of inflation, war, and stock market volatility, it may be tough to maintain a level head. What might a financial professional do to help you navigate money stress?

Friday, April 14, 2023

The aggressive interest rate hikes have had a mixed impact on the economy. On the positive side, inflation has somewhat moderated, as the rate hikes have helped to reduce demand-side pressures.

Sunday, April 9, 2023

In golf, as in finances, there are a few rules of thumb that may improve your game: keep a level head, avoid traps, practice before trying something new and stay the course. Applying lessons from the golf course to your financial life...

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

With April’s federal tax filing and payment deadline on the horizon, Americans are dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s as they prepare for the countdown to Tax Day. But before you rush to get that return out the...

Thursday, March 23, 2023

You may have heard about the recent failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. These two events highlight the importance of diversifying your cash holdings and exploring bank alternatives.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE SECURE ACT 2.0 With the signing of the Omnibus Appropriations package into law, both employees and employers can take advantage of more than 90 new provisions aimed at creating opportunities to create or...

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Are you getting close to retirement and trying to stay on top of any changes to the retirement laws that may impact your goals and strategy? With the Secure Act 2.0 now signed into law, there are numerous retirement-related provisions inclu

Monday, February 27, 2023

Deciding which one comes first so you know where to focus your efforts. When it comes to personal finance, there are a number of competing priorities that can make it difficult to determine where to focus your efforts.

Friday, February 17, 2023

3 U.S. Presidents Who Still Influence Your Retirement Planning Today

Monday, February 13, 2023

Families inherit money and sometimes make the right moves investing and spending. Inheritances can also ignite disruption, divorce and a host of bad behavior – far from the hopes and plans of the benefactor.

Thursday, February 9, 2023

While you never know your needs as you age, the first step is thinking about your financial situation and health today so you can plan for your later years. With a one in four chance of making it to our 90th birthday, being independent...

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

If you're thinking about working in retirement, you must consider a few things before making your decision. As you get older, the question of when to collect Social Security retirement benefits and how your monthly payment may be impacted b