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So You’re Retiring In A Few Years…

Congratulations you are closing in on your target retirement date!  While the bulk of your retirement prep work and heavy lifting should be completed by the time you’re still a couple of years from retirement, there’s still a few boxes you’ll want to check off before finally saying adios to the workforce. Let’s go through…

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Getting A Mortgage In Retirement

It’s not so uncommon when you hear someone who retired wanting to pack up their things and move. While it can be an exhilarating time, it can also be rather difficult, especially if their planning on buying a new house altogether.  Did you know that lenders are barred from discriminating against older people who are…

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Financial Goals for 2019

2018 was an up-and-down year for many Americans. The stock market boomed, and then it busted. No one knows what is on the horizon for 2019, but it doesn’t hurt to set goals. Here are some financial goals that could help you get off to a great start in 2019. Start an Emergency Fund Whether…

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2019 Catch Up Contributions Increase

Arm yourself to save more for your retirement in 2019! The Treasury has announced inflation-adjusted numbers for retirement savings for 2019, as well as a lot of changes that will help investors stuff these accounts. The amount which you could contribute to an Individual Retirement is being bumped from $5,500 up to $6,000 for 2019. …

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Stock Market & Economy: What’s Ahead in 2019

Since 2008, stocks have rewarded investors with solid returns. Can equity investors count on a repeat of recent history? Well, precise predictions about the market are notoriously difficult to distinguish from luck, and very easy to justify in retrospect. Risk Factors This bull market started in 2009 and although it is an adage that “bull…

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2018 Year End Contribution Reminders

Tax season comes quickly after the year comes to a close. In 2018, a few changes have occurred due to legislation that was created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. One of the main changes was a lowering of tax rates and a near doubling of the standard deduction. Also, a number…

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What You Should Know About 2018 Qualified Charitable Distributions

You have until December 31 to do a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) for 2018. This is an effective tax strategy that many individuals are overlooking. A QCD is worth considering if you are donating to charitable organizations and taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) this year.  With the increase in the Standard Deduction, many people (specifically…

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Long Term Care Planning Could Save Your Retirement 

Yes, saving for retirement and planning for income is important but so is planning for the unexpected.  It is incredibly easy to get caught up in the present and not think about how much one needs to take care of themselves in the future.  This is why retirement planning is more about planning for all…

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Retirement Planning & Holiday Spending

You’ve spent the better part of your working years planning for your comfortable retirement. As you celebrated your last official day of work, you already had a pretty good idea of the value of your financial investment portfolio and personal worth. And, you probably had a plan for how much money you would need on…

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Medicare Fall Open Enrollment Ends Soon

Time is almost up for this years Medicare Open Enrollment period.  You have until the 7th of December to modify your existing Medicare plans. In this period you can enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Part D drug plan. Any modification made during this period is effective from January 1st of the following…

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