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You Can Skip Your 2020 RMD…But Should You?

You Can Skip Your 2020 RMD…But Should You?

The recently passed CARES Act allows you to skip your Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from all retirement accounts this year. These distributions, required for retirement account owners over age 72 (increased from age 70½ by the SECURE Act), are taxed as income,...

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Can Losses Increase My Investment Return?

Can Losses Increase My Investment Return?

No one likes a seeing their investments lose value. But, as advisors, we ask what opportunities exist in any situation, including market downturns. One such opportunity is called tax-loss harvesting. We discuss what it is, how it can help and when you might consider using it.

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What Would You Do if Every Day was a Saturday?

What Would You Do if Every Day was a Saturday?

What would you do if you didn’t have to work? At first, you’d probably celebrate your newfound freedom – sleep in late, go out more, travel. You’d partake of the pleasures you didn’t have time for before. Maybe you’d even tackle all those home projects you’ve been putting off for years. But after the excitement wears off, what then?

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CARES Act and Tax Deadlines – 6 Coronavirus-Related Changes to Know

CARES Act and Tax Deadlines – 6 Coronavirus-Related Changes to Know

With so many feeling the effects of the COVID-19 quarantine, federal and state governments are moving to help. Here are a few of the notable tax deadline changes and stimulus efforts in the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Tax deadlines, IRA & RMD changes, stimulus efforts, small business relief options and more.

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Backdoor Roth IRAs – What Are They and Are They Worth It?

Backdoor Roth IRAs – What Are They and Are They Worth It?

Roth IRAs are one of the few ways to build tax-free retirement income. And with a long retirement time frame, they can build quite the snowball. But, if you make too much income, the IRS won’t let you contribute. Fortunately, for many, the Backdoor Roth IRA can help…so is it worth the extra effort?

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Person to Person Charity – What Is It and Why Should You Consider It?

Person to Person Charity – What Is It and Why Should You Consider It?

When you think of charity, what comes to mind? Do you think of non-profits – organizations taking on major challenges and trying to make a difference? True! Many charitable contributions aim to give from your resources to fund groups who seek to meet the needs of others – and, as an incentive, you usually get a tax deduction for your contribution! But what if we simply define charity as giving to those in need? This opens a new world of philanthropy many find brings deep fulfillment and makes a difference. We call it Person-to-Person Charity.

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Time in the Market Is Better Than Timing the Market

Time in the Market Is Better Than Timing the Market

In days, weeks and months of sharp declines, the first thought is often to sell stocks and “wait for things to stabilize”. Unfortunately, this usually means watching the market rebound and missing the upswing. Why do many advisors say you should ride it out? Because sharp market declines are usually followed by equally sharp recoveries.

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Coronavirus and the Market

Coronavirus and the Market

News of the coronavirus is front and center in the headlines. Health organizations around the world are actively assessing the situation, learning about this new virus and attempting to build containment and treatment plans as they observe and respond to the spread and impact on those affected. Uncertainty about how the virus will impact business both in the US and around the world has also catalyzed a decline in financial markets since hitting all time highs in mid-February. We wanted to provide our perspective on a few questions you might be asking yourselves and what history has to say about these kinds of events.

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Should you really stay the course?

Should you really stay the course?

Whether you're retired and living on portfolio income or just starting your investment journey, big market swings are always unsettling. So why do you always hear that you should “stay the course” or “ride it out” when it comes to the stock market, volatility and...

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6 Money Habits to Teach Your Kids

6 Money Habits to Teach Your Kids

Parents have a lot to deal with. You’re feeding, clothing, cleaning, running back and forth to practices…all the while trying to find teachable moments – windows of opportunity to train the adults they will become. No easy task, especially with a topic like money. So,...

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How Much Should You Keep In Emergency Reserve?

How Much Should You Keep In Emergency Reserve?

Job loss, unexpected trip to the hospital, a tree falls on the house – events like these can send the unprepared into a financial tailspin. An emergency reserve is your mini financial self-insurance policy, so we all know we should have one. But, getting around to...

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