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The Under Utilized Benefits of a Health Savings Account

Sep 22, 2021

Health Savings Account
Tax benefits and new contribution limits for you Health Savings Account

Healthcare can be one of the priciest yet essential parts of life’s journey. And yet, many struggle to utilize the financial tools that may help. Take Health Saving Account (HSAs), for example. (more…)

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The Best, the Brightest, and Inflation

Sep 20, 2021

inflation
The Fed may be ready to alter course.

If you are feeling a bit confused about the direction of inflation, you’re in good company. Some of the best and brightest economists in the country are having a tough time getting their arms around the current inflation trends.

The most recent Producer Price Index reading came in above economists’ estimates at a record level of 8.3% compared with a year earlier. Producer prices can be an indicator of future price changes at the consumer level.

One way to gauge inflation is to watch the people responsible for managing inflation – the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. In recent weeks, several governors have indicated they are comfortable with how the economy is recovering. So comfortable that they appear ready to slightly change course with monetary policy in the next few months.2

Does that mean inflation will be lower in six to nine months? Time will tell, but keeping an eye on the Fed’s actions may be one of the best ways to see what’s next for prices.

Remember, inflation is just one factor to consider when making adjustments to a portfolio. But if you’re getting uncomfortable, please reach out. We welcome the chance to speak with you if you see higher prices.

 

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Starting a Roth IRA for a Teen

Sep 17, 2021

Roth IRA
This early financial decision could prove helpful over time.

Want to give your child or grandchild a great financial start? A Roth IRA might be a choice to consider. There are many reasons why starting a Roth IRA for a teenager may be a sound financial strategy. Read on to learn more about how doing this may benefit both of you. (more…)

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The Bull Market Continues … For Now

Sep 15, 2021

Worries are adding up, even as stocks hit new highs.

The bull market continues, with the S&P 500 Index now up seven months in a row. Stocks have impressively gained 20% year-to-date, with the S&P 500 making 53 new all-time highs before the end of August—another new record. All of this has happened with very little volatility, as the S&P 500 hasn’t had so much as a 5% pullback since last October. (more…)

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Making Sense of Seemingly Inconsistent Numbers

Sep 13, 2021

Wise investors take the “big picture” view.

It can be incredibly difficult to make sense of data. A report coming from one body may tell you one thing, and another report might seem to offer a wholly different perspective. (more…)



The September Market Weakness Effect

Sep 10, 2021

September Market Weakness
Investors ending their fiscal year can lead to some market weakness

The stock market notched its 7th straight month of gains in August, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has set 53 new highs so far in 2021.But stormy clouds may be on the horizon as we roll into the September market weakness effect. (more…)

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Cost of Medical Care

Sep 8, 2021

Choosing Medical Care Options
The expense of insuring yourself may be minor compared to the price of surgeries and procedures.

When uninsured people end up in the hospital, “sticker shock” can follow. Just a quick look at the current prices for medical care procedures can be sobering.

How much does a CT scan cost? Between $250 to $1,500, depending on where it is performed. Need a stent in your heart? The average cost of that delicate procedure is now close to $20,000. How about a knee replacement? That surgery may run anywhere from $15,000 to $35,000.1,2 (more…)

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