Schwab Mobile Check Deposit

Looking for an easier way to deposit checks into your Schwab account? Charles Schwab now has Schwab Mobile Deposit. You can deposit checks wherever you are with their mobile check deposit service. You can make deposits to your eligible Schwab Bank or Schwab Brokerage and IRA accounts by simply taking pictures of your checks with…

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Making Everything Simpler & More Secure for Our Clients

Yesterday, we closed our offices so our team could attend a one-day Charles Schwab conference.  This conference offered us so much new and exciting information.  Your experience with Chesapeake Financial Advisors and with Charles Schwab will improve greatly – now – and in the coming months. Improvements have been made in several areas of client…

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Tips to Keep in Mind for Taxpayers Traveling for Charity

During the summer, some taxpayers may travel because of their involvement with a qualified charity. These traveling taxpayers may be able to lower their taxes. Here are some tax tips for taxpayers to use when deducting charity-related travel expenses: • Qualified Charities. For a taxpayer to deduct costs, they must volunteer for a qualified charity. Most…

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2Q 2017 Market Commentary

The markets continued to march higher into the 2nd quarter.  With the strong finish, it marked the eighth straight month of gains for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  The Dow is now enjoying a rise of 8.0% for the year while the S&P 500 is up 8.2%. While those two indices have had impressive returns…

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Retirement Planning (It is never too Early)

Retirement is one of the biggest experiences that you will have in your lifetime. The planning takes many years of hard work and persistence. The headaches and uncertainty can be reduced with homework, investment plan, and a long term commitment. Retirement planning is a continuous process that even goes on in retirement.   To get…

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What Are Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)?

Required minimum distributions, often referred to as RMDs or minimum required distributions, are amounts that the federal government requires you to withdraw annually from traditional IRAs and employer-sponsored retirement plans after you reach age 70½ (or, in some cases, after you retire). As the name implies, the withdraws are required or mandatory.  Stated differently, you…

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3 Potential Benefits of Dollar Cost Averaging

We put together this short presentation video as a reminder and overview of the three primary benefits of dollar-cost averaging. It is appropriate for investors considering or already utilizing a systematic investing plan, including retirement plan participants in a 401k or 403b. Click here for the video on the three primary benefits of dollar-cost-averaging Chesapeake…

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CLIENT ALERT: House Passes the American Health Care Act

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). With some changes, this is essentially the same law that was pulled from consideration by the House back in March. Compared to the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), the AHCA repeals the health insurance mandate for both individuals and…

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At Schwab your voice can be your password

How does no more PINs and no more personal questions sound? Schwab has introduced a new voice ID service that allows you to access your Schwab accounts by saying, “At Schwab, my voice is my password.”  The new technology uses voice biometrics to identify different behavioral and physical characteristics unique to your voice.  It is…

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When do I need to open a Roth IRA?

The deadline for opening a Roth IRA account and making contributions is April 15th of the following tax year. For instance, the deadline to make contributions for the 2016 tax year is April 17, 2017; that’s because the 15th falls on a weekend!  So, open a Roth IRA on April 17, 2017 and make a deposit…

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