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Survey: Advisors Anxious About What Might Lie Ahead for Clients

January 17, 2019

As 2019 begins, two new surveys suggest that both advisors and economists aren’t so optimistic about where the economy is headed. This kind of insight from industry experts is useful, but especially to those who are approaching retirement. Knowing what pundits and advisors believe could lie ahead, and exploring what action can be taken in…

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Rising Interest Rates, Market Turmoil Encourage a Self-Reliant Retirement

January 2, 2019

While a volatile stock market is often referred to as a roller coaster ride, the closing days of 2018 seemed to have been the next step up. After a prolonged growth period, the market moved into a new record-setting path of volatility. And some financial pundits suggest that it may continue in the new year. Welcome to…

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Good News! Retirement Concerns Appear to Decline with Age, But Planning Still Required

December 22, 2018

With age comes wisdom – and apparently the ability to better handle unexpected expenses, according to the Society of Actuaries (SOA). In their recent study, the SOA analyzed financial risk management across generations. Chief among their findings? That “the ability to handle unforeseen expenses increases with age, peaking with Early Boomers and then declining for the Silent…

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ACA Struck Down by Federal Court, but Will Remain in Place Pending Appeal

December 18, 2018

On Dec. 14, 2018, a federal judge ruled in Texas v. United States that the entire ACA is invalid due to the elimination of the individual mandate penalty in 2019. Following this decision, the White House announced that the ACA will remain in place pending appeal. This lawsuit was filed by 20 Republican-controlled states as…

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The Rich Person Roth: For The Most Tax-Free Retirement Income

November 16, 2018

Article by David Rae Forbes Contributor While the Trump Tax Plan was touted as a huge tax cut, many millions of Americans will still see their taxes go up in 2018. Residents of high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey are the ones who will be mostly affected. Those individuals should be proactive and look…

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Small Group Special Open Enrollment Window

November 11, 2018

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurers to offer a one-month Special Open Enrollment Period, where eligible small groups can enroll in coverage without having to meet standard employer-contribution and/or employee-participation ratios. The Special Open Enrollment Period occurs from November 15th through December 15th each year, allowing eligible small groups to enroll for coverage…

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Five Things to Know About Long-Term Care (LTC)

November 10, 2018

November is long-term care awareness month.  Here are five things you should know about LTC. Statistics vary on how many people will need LTC. With 10,000 people turning 65 every single day in America until around year 2030, there are varying statistics regarding the need for long-term care floating around out there—some as high as…

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How Can Market Downturns Affect Your Retirement Income?

October 30, 2018

For skiing enthusiasts, the concept of ups-and-downs is quite exhilarating. Just the thought of cutting powder on tall, sloping moguls can make even the “hard cores” blush. But as recent market volatility reminds us, the goodwill doesn’t apply to ups-and-downs in every situation. Sometimes it can bring just the opposite. Earlier this month on Morningstar, Director of Personal…

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Market Volatility is Back as Fed Hints at More Rate Hikes

October 25, 2018

Earlier this year, equity analysts started reaching for the Motrin again as market volatility came back to town. After a prolonged period of growth, U.S. stocks began charting a new path of ups and downs. Scores of commentators observed the change in market winds. Even Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard, said the newfound market swings…

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This Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Sold His Medal to Help Cover Medical Expenses

October 20, 2018

Nobel laureates are certainly top achievers. In 1988, Leon Lederman won a Nobel Prize for his work in physics. Apart from award-winning research into subatomic particles, he is famous for coining the infamous name of the Higgs bosin: the “God particle.” Lederman passed away in a nursing home in Idaho on October 4. He was…

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