Data Breach at Equifax: What to Do

There is a good chance if you have a credit report that you are among the over 100 million American consumers whose social security numbers, birth dates, driver’s license numbers and addresses were compromised during the data breach at Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies. According to Equifax the breach occurred from…

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Rules of an Inherited Traditional IRA

When inheriting a traditional IRA in a non-spousal relationship, you have different options based on the age of the original account holder of the traditional IRA. If the account holder was under 70 1/2 you have three options: Life Expectancy Method: annual distributions over your life expectancy based on your age in the calendar year following…

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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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