Tag: Financial Help

30 Year Home Loans Fall to Historic Lows

Jul 27, 2020

Mortgage Interest Rates
Investors and homebuyers take note

Lately, it can feel like each day brings a new headline about fluctuating market behavior. But amid the ups and downs of 2020, there may be some potential good news on the horizon. On July 16, 2020, the interest rate for 30-year home loans have fallen to 2.98%. In addition, the average interest rate for a 15-year home loan had declined to 2.48%.1,2,3 (more…)

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Little Known Homeowners Insurance Facts

Jul 24, 2020

Home Insurance Documents
You may be surprised to learn what is and is not covered

If you have a homeowners insurance policy, you should be aware of what this insurance does and does not cover. These policies have their limitations as well as underrecognized perks. (more…)

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CARES Act: Will There Be a Phase 4?

Jul 10, 2020

CARES
Phase 4: What you need to know if it comes.

With the economy and financial markets flashing mixed signals, it’s no wonder that lawmakers are deadlocked on whether to pass a Phase 4 of the CARES Act. (more…)

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Who is Your Trusted Contact?

Jun 19, 2020

Trust written on 2 pieces of paper
This vital investment account question should be answered sooner rather than later

Investment firms have a new client service requirement. They must now ask you if you would like to provide the name and information of a trusted contact.1

You do not have to supply this information, but it is encouraged. The request is made with your best interest in mind – and to lower the risk of someone crooked attempting to make investment decisions on your behalf.1 (more…)

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Cash Balance Plans

May 27, 2020

Pension Cash Balance Plans Scrabble Words
More professional practices (and practice groups) should look into them

In corporate America, pension plans are fading away. Only 16% of Fortune 500 companies offered them to full-time employees in 2018, according to Willis Towers Watson research. In contrast, legal, medical, accounting, and engineering firms are keeping the spirit of the traditional pension plan alive by adopting cash balance plans.1 (more…)

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Better Times Are Coming

May 22, 2020

Market Update
Market Update

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

The economic struggles in our country are among the worst we’ve ever seen. In April, a record 20 million people lost their jobs, and 36 million people have filed for unemployment since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in mid-March. Record drops in consumer confidence, manufacturing, and spending are all adding to the immediate economic fallout. Specific industries have been devastated, with names like J.C. Penney, J.Crew, and Neiman Marcus filing for bankruptcy. (more…)

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Protecting Yourself While Shopping Online

May 15, 2020

Shopping Online Computers Credit Card
What steps should you take?

We’re all at home now and shopping online has become commonplace. Whether you shop online routinely or infrequently, the risk of identity theft rises as you offer more and more information about yourself online. (more…)

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Federal Student Loan Relief

May 13, 2020

Student Loans Clipart
Low does it work? What should you do?

Are you or someone you know currently making federal student loan payments? In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, some welcome relief may be on the way. (more…)

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Tax-Loss Harvesting

May 13, 2020

tax-loss harvesting
A useful move to counteract capital gains

Even though this may end up being a subpar year for stocks, you may realize capital gains, which is a taxable event. What can you do about them? You can do what some investors do – you could recognize investments with a loss and practice “tax-loss harvesting.” (more…)

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A Stock Market Lesson to Remember

May 1, 2020

 

Stock Market Chart on Laptop
Confidence can quickly erode, but it can also quickly emerge

Undeniably, spring 2020 has tried the patience of investors. An 11-year bull market ended. Key economic indicators went haywire. Household confidence was shaken. The Standard & Poor’s 500, the equity benchmark often used as shorthand for the broad stock market, settled at 2,237.40 on March 23, down 33.9% from a record close on February 19.1   (more…)

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More Insights

Aug 5, 2020

One of my favorite Wall Street quotes regarding volatility is from Mark Twain, who said: “October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.”

Aug 3, 2020

To some, the buying and selling of a company’s stock by corporate executive officers and directors can be an indicator of Wall Street sentiment. In July 2020, the ratio of companies with executive buying compared with executive selling touched 0.27 – the lowest level in nearly 20 years.1

Jul 31, 2020

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.

Jul 29, 2020

In March, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act became law. It was designed to help Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.1 The new law offered investors a financial break. It gave people the option to skip required minimum distributions (RMDs) from traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and 401(k)-style plans in 2020. (Original … Continue reading “The I.R.S. Has Enhanced the 2020 RMD Waivers”

Jul 27, 2020

Lately, it can feel like each day brings a new headline about fluctuating market behavior. But amid the ups and downs of 2020, there may be some potential good news on the horizon. On July 16, 2020, the interest rate for 30-year home loans have fallen to 2.98%. In addition, the average interest rate for … Continue reading “30 Year Home Loans Fall to Historic Lows”

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