Tag: Personal Finance

FAQs about the 2020 Stimulus Checks

May 4, 2020

FAQs about the 2020 Stimulus Checks - Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to some frequently asked questions

The federal government is providing a little economic relief to many taxpayers. The Internal Revenue Service is sending millions of Economic Impact Payments – or as they are commonly called, stimulus checks – to households. (more…)

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How We Respond to COVID Matters

Apr 22, 2020

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Market Update

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.” – Lou Holtz, Hall of Fame football coach. As the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, how we respond to it will determine how we beat it. Continued sacrifices range from everyone in the medical community working on the front lines to the thousands of truck drivers across our country keeping goods flowing, parents who have become homeschoolers, and folks missing their family events to help stop the spread of this terrible outbreak. As Lou Holtz said, we can’t control what happens, but how we respond to it is what matters. Our response to this crisis has shown the resolve and strength of the human spirit, which is why we will overcome. (more…)

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Time In The Market Versus Timing The Market

Mar 24, 2020

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Timing things incorrectly can really set you back

The incredible market volatility continues, with the S&P 500 Index now in one of its worst bear markets ever, along the way making the quickest move from an all-time high to down 30% at only 22 days. What is a long-term investor to do? (more…)

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Business Valuation Approaches

Mar 4, 2020

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Here’s what you need to know

In the third quarter of 2019, more than 2,400 small businesses were sold. The median sale price was roughly $278,000, up 3.3% from 2018.1 All Business Valuation models are different. How should you value yours? (more…)

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SECURE ACT Lesser Known Provisions

Feb 20, 2020

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What Younger Investors need to know

The SECURE Act passed into law in late 2019 and changed several aspects of retirement investing. These modifications included modifying the ability to stretch an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and changing the age when IRA holders must start taking requirement minimum distributions to 72-years-old.1,2 (more…)

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ABLE Accounts for Loved Ones with Disabilities

Feb 5, 2020

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More families should know about these tax-advantaged savings vehicles.

Families with special needs children have a new tax-deferred savings option.

The ABLE account, also called a 529A savings account, is patterned after the popular 529 savings plan, created to help parents save for a child’s higher education. Like 529 plans, ABLE accounts are run by states rather than the federal government. These plans emerged after the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014.1 (more…)

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Should You Choose a Fixed or Variable?

Feb 3, 2020

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Thinking about your mortgage.

Buying a home is the single largest financial commitment most people ever make. And sorting through mortgages involves a lot of critical choices. One of these is choosing between a fixed- or variable-interest-rate mortgage. (more…)

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More Insights

Aug 5, 2022

Last week was epic for market-watchers. A Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike, a much-anticipated gross domestic product (GDP) report, and the busiest week of earnings season got most of the headlines. There was even a surprise out of Washington D.C., with a Schumer-Manchin agreement on a climate-healthcare-tax bill and some inflation data that added to … Continue reading “Market Update: Big Week for Market Watchers”

Aug 3, 2022

If you are approaching your seventies, get ready for required minimum distribution. You may soon have to take RMDs, as they are called, from one or more of your retirement accounts.

Aug 1, 2022

What would you do with a windfall? It’s a question I’ve read or heard a lot lately. Considering the Mega Millions jackpot ballooned to $1.34 billion, yet the lucky winner has yet to be revealed. It’s safe to say most of us have thought about what it would be like to win.

Jul 29, 2022

We all know the value of a good credit score. We all try to maintain one. Sometimes, though, life throws us a financial curveball and that score declines. What steps can we take to repair it? Reduce your credit utilization ratio. Your credit utilization ratio (CUR) is the percentage of a credit card’s debt limit … Continue reading “Ways to Repair Your Credit Score”

Jul 27, 2022

When you marry, you buy life insurance. Right? You buy it out of consideration for your spouse, and also realize that in the even of either your untimely death or your spouse’s untimely death, your household could be left with one income to shoulder expenses that may not lessen.

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