Your Money Persona

We are all unique individuals with distinct personalities, likes and dislikes as well as different ways of talking, thinking, solving problems and interacting. We have exclusive modes of expressing ourselves through dress, grooming and our own catchphrases. And, we each have our own way of thinking about money. Some of us are frugal, some are…

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Inheriting a 401(k) Plan

Within the scope of an investment portfolio, the commonplace 401(k) may seem to be a simplistic account. But it’s not, especially when it comes to estate and legacy planning. The named beneficiary on the plan will inherit your 401(k) regardless of your will’s instructions. And from there, a spectrum of various choices emerge based on…

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Caregiving: What’s Your Strategy?

There’s an adage often found on decorative signs and other accessories that reads, “Be nice to your kids; they will choose your nursing home.” The saying rather drives home the best and the worst aspects about planning for old age. Many retirees will tell you that their most fervent wish is to have a good…

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Your Vote, Your Investment

Here’s some food for thought regarding the aftermath of Watergate: “The great paradox of one of the worst presidential scandals of the 20th century was that it forced candidates to stop attacking each other and start persuading the nation that they could be trusted.”1 Wouldn’t it be nice if the 2020 elections followed this same…

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Your Money

The federal minimum wage is set at $7.25 an hour, a rate that has not increased in more than 10 years, not even to keep pace with the cost of living. Even so, the national average minimum wage is $11.80, but only because some states have increased their minimum floor.1 In 2020, another 24 states…

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The Coronavirus and Other Oddball Risks

One of the reasons investing never gets boring is because it is an ever-changing, never-sleeping industry that presents new opportunities — and new risks — every day. One of the most recent threats to the global business economy, and therefore investors, is the coronavirus and its far-reaching impact. China, home to much of the world’s…

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Chipping Away at Health Care Problems

The Supreme Court recently said it wouldn’t fast-track a hearing to discuss the end of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), which means it’s unlikely a ruling will come before the 2020 election.1 Instead, Congress is engaged in a slow-moving discussion of health care issues with varying degrees of potential impact. In…

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Climate Change: A World of Opportunity

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the amount of heat stored in the upper levels of the ocean reached an all-time high in 2019. This is a primary factor that contributes to the rise in sea levels. Furthermore, the world’s five warmest years have all occurred since 2015.1 On the heels of Davos…

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Boomerangers: When the Chickadees Return Home To Roost

That first summer after they graduate from college. When they get laid off. After a divorce. There are plenty of times in life when adult children, albeit reluctantly, move back in with their parents until they can get on stronger financial footing. Unfortunately, this has a way of happening right about the time when parents…

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2020 Market Update: Reversal of Sentiment

After making a bunch of gloom-and-doom predictions about the markets in 2019, with fears of a pending recession, Wall Street money managers have a considerably more brightened outlook for 2020. Indeed, recent indicators have heightened expectations for U.S. economic growth this year. For example, the Conference Board is predicting a 2.1% rise in the gross…

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