Investment Management

Estimating Your Retirement Income Needs

You know how important it is to plan for your retirement, but where do you begin? One of your first steps should be to estimate how much income you’ll need to fund your retirement. That’s not as easy as it sounds, because retirement planning is not an exact science. Your specific needs depend on your…

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Understanding Risk

Few terms in personal finance are as important, or used as frequently, as “risk.” Nevertheless, few terms are as imprecisely defined. Generally, when financial advisors or the media talk about investment risk, their focus is on the historical price volatility of the asset or investment under discussion. Advisors label as aggressive or risky an investment…

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Six Keys to More Successful Investing

A successful investor maximizes gain and minimizes loss. Though there can be no guarantee that any investment strategy will be successful and all investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal, here are six basic principles that may help you invest more successfully. Long-term compounding can help your nest egg grow It’s the “rolling…

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Handling Market Volatility

Conventional wisdom says that what goes up, must come down. But even if you view market volatility as a normal occurrence, it can be tough to handle when it’s your money at stake. Though there’s no foolproof way to handle the ups and downs of the stock market, the following common sense tips can help.…

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2018 Q3 Market Commentary

After watching the market yo-yo higher and lower in the first 6 months of 2018, it finally gained some traction on the heels of a stronger economy and fantastic earnings announcements.  It seemed like every day during earnings season we got news of another company beating the analyst estimate and raising their outlook.  Additionally, strong…

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Final Chance to Undo a 2017 Roth IRA Conversion

If you converted a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA in 2017 and your Roth IRA has sustained losses, you may want to consider whether it makes sense to undo (recharacterize) your conversion. You have until October 15, 2018, to undo your 2017 conversion.* A recharacterization can help you avoid paying income tax on IRA…

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Designing a Benefit Package for Your Small Business

One of the greatest benefits our clients have come to appreciate from us is the different shadow services we provide.  While serving as a financial and tax advisor we get to see both sides of our clients personal finances.  It helps us be better advisors.  Some of the shadow services we provide clients include calculating…

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Tapping the Equity in Your Home

Over time, the value of your home has grown and your mortgage balance has been reduced (or even eliminated). The equity (the property’s value minus any liens against it) you now have in your home is a reservoir of funding potential. You may decide to tap into it for various purposes, such as remodeling your home, paying…

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Mutual Funds Explained in Simple Terms

A mutual fund pools the money of many investors to purchase securities. The fund’s manager buys securities to pursue a stated investment strategy. By investing in the fund, you’ll own a piece of the total portfolio of securities, which could be anywhere from a few dozen to hundreds of securities. This provides you with a…

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2018 Q2Market Commentary

Looking back on our commentary written in early January we see that the S&P 500 closed at 2,673.61.  It now stands at 2,718.37 as of the close of the 2nd quarter – up a whopping 1.7% for the year.  It’s hard to put a positive spin on that kind of return but in all reality,…

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