Tag: Financial Planning

FAFSA Applications Open

Oct 21, 2020

FAFSA
FAFSA opportunities are often first-come, first-served.

Applications for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are now open for the academic year 2021-22. Applying for the FAFSA allows you to qualify for grants, scholarships, and other federally-sourced aid, such as work-study or student loans. The applications opened on October 1, 2020, and will be accepted until the deadline, June 30, 2022. (more…)

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Estate Planning Strategies for Year-End

Oct 12, 2020

Estate Planning
What you need to know to get ready for the end of the year.

With one year ending and a new one on the cusp of starting, many people will consider their resolutions—not their estate planning strategy. But the end of the year is a great time to sit down and review your preparations, especially when you’re spending more time with your loved ones; even more important if you have a complicated estate that may need to get managed after you’re gone. (more…)

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Budgeting for Beginners

Oct 9, 2020

budget calculator
Getting started with your household budget

Budgeting towards needs and goals. One of the objectives of creating a household budget is that, as time moves on and the various household members advance in their careers, they are likely to make more money. Knowing where that money goes can help direct that money to not only meet your day-to-day needs but also to potentially realize your financial goals. Rent payments may become mortgage payments, and socking away a few bucks into your savings each payday could change into an effective financial strategy involving various investment tools. (more…)

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Football is Back

Sep 21, 2020

Football american flag
And so is volatility

Football is back, which means Summer is coming to a close, days will get shorter, and sweaters will soon be in play.

This year, there was no pre-season, so professional football started in September, which coincidentally, is a perennial month for stock market volatility.1 (more…)

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Financial Tips for Young Families

Aug 21, 2020

Financial Tips
It’s never too late to start.

The hardest part is getting started. Even though more than half of U.S. households have some form of investment in the stock market, many new parents may still find that creating a financial strategy is the last thing on their minds. And who can blame them? After all, new parents have a million concerns to keep in mind on top of any unexpected financial pressure that may arise. A few financial tips here and there can help set the basis for your future. Thus, for young families with discretionary income, creating a financial strategy may be easier than they realize.1 (more…)

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COVID-19 and Positive Market Territory

Aug 10, 2020

Market Update
Market Update

The battle versus COVID-19 continues. The spread in some of the recent hotspots like California and Florida is slowing, while states in the Northeast and Midwest are now experiencing increases in cases. According to the World Health Organization, 27 vaccines are in human trials, and the chances of an approved vaccine by late this year or early next year are quite high. By staying on the side of scientists, and through humankind’s resolve as the entire world is working together, it’s possible to believe we will beat this latest adversary. (more…)

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The I.R.S. Has Enhanced the 2020 RMD Waivers

Jul 29, 2020

Required Minimum Distributions
Investors may be eligible to “undo” certain retirement account withdrawals before September.

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 owners of Roth IRAs never have to take RMDs from those accounts.)2,3 (more…)

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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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Oct 21, 2020

Applications for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are now open for the academic year 2021-22. Applying for the FAFSA allows you to qualify for grants, scholarships, and other federally-sourced aid, such as work-study or student loans. The applications opened on October 1, 2020, and will be accepted until the deadline, June 30, … Continue reading “FAFSA Applications Open”

Oct 19, 2020

America’s debt is now nearly as large as its economy. On September 2, the Congressional Budget Office announced that by the end of the 2020 fiscal year (September 30), the federal government is projected to owe debt equaling 98% of the nation’s gross domestic product.

Oct 16, 2020

It should come as no surprise to hear the economy is the top issue for voters in the 2020 election. Nearly 8 in ten voters say that the economy will be very important to them when they cast their votes at the ballot box in just over two weeks.

Oct 14, 2020

When training to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®, much of our course work centers on the six critical areas of creating a financial strategy. Some recognize October as Financial Planning Month, so it’s an excellent opportunity to review those six personal finance areas.

Oct 12, 2020

With one year ending and a new one on the cusp of starting, many people will consider their resolutions—not their estate planning strategy. But the end of the year is a great time to sit down and review your preparations, especially when you’re spending more time with your loved ones; even more important if you … Continue reading “Estate Planning Strategies for Year-End”

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