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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How to Roll Over Your Employer Retirement Plan

There are two types of rollovers: direct and indirect. A direct rollover is paid from your plan directly to your IRA or to your new employer’s retirement plan. The funds are never payable to you. An indirect (60-day) rollover is a payment made to you that you later roll over to an IRA or an…

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Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security was originally intended to provide older Americans with continuing income after retirement. Today, though the scope of Social Security has been widened to include survivor, disability, and other benefits, retirement benefits are still the cornerstone of the program. How do you qualify for retirement benefits? When you work and pay Social Security taxes…

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HSA Deposit Limits for 2018-2019

The 2018 family maximum Health Savings Account contribution limit is $6,900.  It has been widely reported, erroneously, that the limit remains at $6,850.   The 2018 single maximum HSA deposit limit is $3,450. One financial planning strategy everyone can use is to allow your HSA balance to carryover from year to year and be invested in…

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Investment Planning: The Basics

Why do so many people never obtain the financial independence that they desire? Often it’s because they just don’t take that first step — getting started. Besides procrastination, other excuses people make are that investing is too risky, too complicated, too time consuming, and only for the rich. The fact is, there’s nothing complicated about…

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2018 Q1 Market Commentary

After starting the year where we left off in 2017 with the S&P 500 rising more than 7% in January, the market finally met some volatility that we haven’t seen in several quarters.  Inflation fears, higher interest rates, tariffs, privacy concerns and other issues finally took the buzz off of the tax cuts and made…

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There’s Still Time to Contribute to an IRA for 2017

There’s still time to make a regular IRA contribution for 2017! You have until your tax return due date (not including extensions) to contribute up to $5,500 for 2017 ($6,500 if you were age 50 by December 31, 2017). For most taxpayers, the contribution deadline for 2017 is April 17, 2018. You can contribute to…

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All About Credit Scores

It’s difficult to imagine functioning in today’s world without credit. Whether buying a car or purchasing a home, credit has become an integral part of our everyday lives. Having easy access to credit goes hand in hand with having a good credit score, so it’s important to know how to maintain a positive credit score…

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