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Monday, April 1, 2024

The tax filing deadline is fast approaching, which means time is running out to fund an IRA for 2023. If you had earned income last year, you may be able to contribute up to $6,500 for 2023 ($7,500 for those age 50 or older by December...

Monday, April 1, 2024

As high-net-worth (HNW) individuals approach their golden years, retirement planning often becomes a focal point of their financial strategies. One aspect of this planning that sometimes creates confusion or misinterpretation is the...

Monday, April 1, 2024

The journey to prosperity involves more than just a high income. It requires strategic planning, wise investment decisions, and a keen understanding of your financial landscape. On Financial Professional Day, explore how working with a...

Monday, April 1, 2024

Embarking on retirement alone, either by choice or due to unforeseen circumstances such as the loss of a partner or divorce, presents a unique set of challenges and considerations. With the rise in divorce rates among those aged 50 and...

Monday, March 4, 2024

Despite being diverse sectors- Healthcare and Technology to Consumer Discretionary and Consumer Staples- these stocks shared a common narrative of significant underperformance, shedding light on crucial lessons for sector-based investing.

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Monday, March 4, 2024

In the ever-evolving world of finance, staying abreast of economic indicators is crucial for investors. One such key indicator is inflation, which recently made headlines with the release of data in early January 2024.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Designating the appropriate beneficiaries is essential for proper asset planning. Investors should periodically re-visit this information to make certain it still follows their intentions.

Monday, March 4, 2024

There are several benefits to having a 401(k), especially if you are a high earner, that offer ways to build a substantial retirement. However, there are some downsides to keep in mind. Here are both the pros and cons to consider.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

In times of market volatility, the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates to help to cool the inflation spike. In time, the Fed can put a halt on the interest rate hike. This pause is a breath of fresh air for consumers.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Retiring early as a couple is a goal shared by many, it may provide opportunities for travel, passion projects, and more quality time together. As they work toward their goal of retiring early, they must consider these areas.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

The IRS provides a few ways taxpayers can reduce the taxes they owe if they qualify for certain exemptions, deductions, and credits. Let’s take a closer look at what these are and how they could impact your tax return.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

As Generation X, often referred to as the "forgotten generation," inches closer to retirement, a unique set of challenges and concerns emerges. Gen Xers find themselves facing a pivotal moment, with retirement on the horizon.

Monday, January 1, 2024

It's nice to own stocks, bonds, and other investments, until it's time to fill out your federal income tax return. At that point, you may be left scratching your head. Just how do you report your investments and how are they taxed?

Monday, January 1, 2024

Asset management and financial wellness can help develop long-term confidence as wealth transfers to the next generation. Understanding and implementing financial wellness techniques is essential for sharing wealth with the next generation.

Monday, January 1, 2024

Retirement is a time to enjoy the fruits of many years of labor; a season to reap the benefits of smart saving and investing. With the changing tides of the economy, a new set of opportunities has presented itself for retirees.

Monday, January 1, 2024

The prospect of retirement is a time that many look forward to after years of hard work. A recent report from the Congressional Research Service has revealed a significant majority of individuals are not saving enough for their retirement.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

In 2024, LPL Research believes markets will make a definitive turn to a more recognizable place. En route, the transition will be marked by meaningful shifts in a few key areas. Inflation is going down. The risk of a recession is...

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Here are some things to consider as you weigh potential tax moves between now and the end of the year. Contact your financial advisor to start your new year off right!

Thursday, November 30, 2023

In the world of investing, the "holiday effect"; as it is often referred to, is a phenomenon where stock prices see an increase right before a major holiday. Follow these simple dos and don'ts for investing during a holiday.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

In a welcome development for millions of Americans relying on Social Security, the Social Security Administration has recently announced a substantial increase in retirement and disability benefits.

Monday, October 23, 2023

When you work with a financial professional, then you know how important the year-end review is to the financial planning process. And given that you should be scheduling your year-end review this month, let’s review how you can...

Monday, October 23, 2023

On September 13, 2023, it was announced that August saw inflation record its biggest monthly increase for all of 2023 as energy prices rose significantly. Specifically, the Department of Labor reported that the Consumer Price Index...

Monday, October 23, 2023

A charitable remainder trust (CRT) can be a highly effective financial and estate planning tool. The CRT can allow you to: avoid capital gains taxes on highly appreciated assets, however when income is distributed to the income...

Monday, October 23, 2023

What is it? According to the IRS, you are self-employed if you carry on a trade or business as a sole proprietor, as an independent contractor, as a member of a partnership, or if you are otherwise in business for yourself. You can be...

Friday, September 22, 2023

Let's assume your financial planning is way ahead of your friends. You have saved, invested well and paid off your debts. And while it’s easy to pick your retirement date and maybe budget what you will need for retirement income...

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Do you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a business, or retiring comfortably? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, and each comes with a price tag attached. That's where financial planning...

Thursday, September 21, 2023

In 2013, a Gallup poll found that only about one in every three U.S. households maintained a budget.1 A 2021 survey of 1,000 Americans found that 80% now say they have a budget.2 Americans are budgeting more due to the pandemic....

Thursday, September 21, 2023

High Net-Worth executives and those that have been self-employed, can experience common problems in their financial planning journey. Often, they have missed opportunities in their financial planning because they haven’t planned...

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

A recent survey by Caring.com found that a whopping two in three American adults do not have an estate plan1—an alarming statistic, considering that an estate plan can protect your assets and ensure that they go to the right...

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

The more money that you can save when you are working, the easier it should be for you to retire and enjoy your golden years. Unfortunately, Social Security may no longer provide a sufficient income to live on during retirement.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Interest is one of the simplest and most appealing ways to gain profits from an investment. Like clockwork, you receive an interest payment on your principal, or the amount of money you deposit when you open an account. Unlike more...

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

When it comes to planning for retirement, Social Security benefits have traditionally been viewed as a safety net for many individuals. However, in recent years, there has been growing concern about the long-term viability and...

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Once you are in your 60s, you are likely to focus less on growing your retirement funds than answering, "When do I retire?" And once you crack open your nest egg, how should you allocate its contents? The answer often lies in a...

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Investing for your retirement isn't about getting rich quick. More often, it's about having a game plan that you can live with over a long time. You wouldn't expect to be able to play the piano without learning the basics and...

Thursday, July 27, 2023

As professionals, managing our own finances can be a challenge. However, one area that we often overlook, yet is vitally important, is understanding and navigating our aging parents' finances. As they move into retirement and beyond...

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Amidst a backdrop of a volatile market and potential inflationary pressures, these shifts can shape the future of employee retirement planning significantly. Here are four critical trends that deserve attention. Planning for a Volatile...

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

One silver lining in the current bear market is that this could be a good time to convert assets from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. Converted assets are subject to federal income tax in the year of conversion, which might be a...

Monday, June 26, 2023

As a retiree, one of the significant financial challenges you may encounter is inflation. The rising costs of goods and services can erode the purchasing power of your retirement savings, making it difficult to maintain your desired...

Monday, June 26, 2023

When it comes to financial planning, people often think of financial professionals as people who assist with strategies for retirement planning. That is one aspect of their job; however, financial planning and working with a financial...

Monday, June 26, 2023

Retirees often have the time, freedom, and desire to explore new destinations and make the most of their golden years. With careful planning and attention to detail, senior travelers can work towards preparing trips that are safe,...

Monday, June 26, 2023

If recent market volatility has you questioning your opportunities for financial freedom, you are not alone. Due to rising inflation, higher interest rates, a volatile stock market, and recession fears, many investors find themselves...

Monday, June 26, 2023

Despite progress, the pathway to financial access and stability is still rockyWhile the future seems brighter than ever for women entrepreneurs, a myriad of financial challenges continue to cast shadows over their journey. The...

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Understanding the impact on consumers, businesses and the stock market.The Federal Reserve's recent decision to raise the federal funds rate for the 10th consecutive time brings forth potential consequences for various stakeholders in...

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Making informed decisions about retirement is crucial to financial independence. In an era characterized by high job turnover, it is more important than ever for employees to carefully manage their retirement savings. With a...

Thursday, May 25, 2023

A new analysis by the Tax Policy Center (TPC) indicates a significant decline in the number of American households that will not pay federal income taxes in 2022. According to the TPC, an estimated 72.5 million households, or 40% of...

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Golfing and investing may not seem to share much common ground at first glance. But the more you think about it, a successful golfer and a successful investor share a number of traits such as patience, perseverance, attention to detail...

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Setting investment goals means defining your dreams for the future. When you're setting goals, it's best to be as specific as possible. For instance, you know you want to retire, but when? You know you want to send your child to college...

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Those that choose to invest in the education of a family member, friend or acquaintance are investing not only in that individual’s future, but also the future of society. It is an act of generosity, forward-thinking, and love.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

It can be fairly easy to underestimate your net worth. After all, predicting the future value of your home and savings is merely hypothetical. On the other hand, you can rely on the fixed amount of the death benefit provided by your life...

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

A drawdown is looming. You're separating at the end of active service. You've decided to retire after a long career. No matter why you're leaving the military, a big part of preparing for your civilian life is taking steps to proactively...

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

If you work after you begin receiving Social Security retirement benefits, all or part of your retirement benefit may be withheld if your earnings exceed the retirement earnings test exempt amount. However, excess earnings won't affect your

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The financial literacy gap—or the gaps in financial knowledge among various sectors of the public—may have racial, gender, and socioeconomic components. Those whose parents or mentors are experienced investors who may provide sage advice

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Today's kids have more information at their fingertips than past generations could ever have dreamed—but not all this information is always accurate. And when it comes to financial literacy, the ability to weed out misinformation is...

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, or CFP® practitioner, is a financial professional who meets the requirements established by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. While some professionals may call themselves..

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

As 2023 heats up, talk about the national debt spiraling out of control will too. But what is the national debt and should investors worry about it? More importantly, can the national debt teach investors a thing or two?

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

As you age, the question of when to collect Social Security (SS) retirement benefits will likely come to mind. There is no one size fits all age; your unique circumstances and goals will dictate the appropriate time for you to take...

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

As temperatures warm up, trees begin budding, and the days get longer, you probably throw open your windows and think about spring cleaning your home. As you tackle washing windows, cleaning carpets, and sorting out the garage, don’t forget

Monday, February 27, 2023

One of the more important—and hopefully enjoyable—events you will face in life is retirement. After spending many years building your career, you have likely accumulated a comfortable nest egg. If you have reached a point where retirement..

Friday, January 27, 2023

As the year comes to a close, probably the last thing on your mind is filing your taxes in spring. But if you start assembling the necessary documents and information now, you’ll experience less stress and be in a far better...

Friday, January 27, 2023

What health care benefits are available in retirement?Health care in retirement is available from many sources. Government programs (such as Medicaid and Medicare) offer numerous health care benefits. However, you may need to purchase...

Friday, January 27, 2023

Are you getting close to retirement and trying to stay on top of any changes to the retirement laws that may impact your goals and strategy? With the Secure Act 2.0 now signed into law, there are numerous retirement-related provisions...

Friday, January 27, 2023

What is it?IntroductionIf you're the beneficiary of a large inheritance, you may find yourself suddenly wealthy. Even if you expected the inheritance, you may be surprised by the size of the bequest or the diverse assets you've...

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

When it comes to New Year's Resolutions that include financial goals, writing them down and being visible is essential to your success. After you’ve written down what your financial resolutions for the New Year are, tell others...

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

After years of saving and planning for their golden years, many people nearing retirement fail to consider the tax burden they may face on income they receive after they stop working. While you will likely see a reduction in the amount...

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Financial wellness, like physical wellness, isn’t something you should ignore. Instead, it's a critical concept for anyone who wants to be knowledgeable and confident about their finances, and in fact, financial wellness is so...

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Improving return by minimizing taxesAlthough we are all obligated to pay our fair share of taxes, few of us would be pleased to pay taxes unnecessarily. Because taxes lower the actual return on your investments, you should be...

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Social security is way behind inflation so you may need a better retirement planIn October of 2022, the Social Security Administration announced that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 70...

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Here are some things to consider as you weigh potential tax moves between now and the end of the year.1. Defer income to next yearConsider opportunities to defer income to 2023, particularly if you think you may be in a lower tax...

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Shifts in tax brackets as well as the standard deduction slated for 2024On October 18, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced tax year 2023 adjustments for tax returns filed in 2024.From the IRS directly:“The tax...

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

As inflation soars, you can now save a lot more for your retirementOn October 21st, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the amount individuals can contribute to their 401(k) plans in 2023 has increased to $22,500, up from...

Monday, October 24, 2022

What are appropriate checklists for year-end tax planning?Tax planners often develop checklists to guide taxpayers toward year-end strategies that might help reduce taxes. Typically, suggestions are grouped into several different...

Monday, October 24, 2022

World currency fluctuations mean more than calculating our travel costs.The strong dollar is much in the news lately. But most Americans, other than tourists beyond our shores, don't focus on what that means to them. For U.S. investors...

Monday, October 24, 2022

If you hope to retire soon and are concerned about what the future may hold for your investments, you are not alone. Inflation has many retirees and soon-to-be retirees worried about outliving their savings and investments.1 What...

Friday, September 30, 2022

An important part of managing your personal finances is keeping your financial records organized. Whether it's a utility bill to show proof of residency or a Social Security card for wage reporting purposes, there may be times when you...

Friday, September 30, 2022

Cut a pie into 100 slices and what do you have? Barely a nibble. Seemingly an inconsequential share of anything, 1% can actually make a tremendous difference to your financial security.

Friday, September 30, 2022

When it comes to planning for your retirement income, it's easy to overlook some of the common factors that can affect how much you'll have available to spend.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Planning personal finances used to be the worry of the wealthy and their worry—usually preservation of wealth—was attended to by teams of trust officers and lawyers.

Monday, August 29, 2022

The changes you make today might be the benefits you need long-term. Today, many people find themselves inundated by a constant stream of financial news from television, radio, and the Internet.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Remember, early planning puts time on your side.Whether retirement is around the corner or decades away, there are more options than ever to help you plan for it. Let’s look at Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and 401(k)...

Monday, August 29, 2022

One of the main concerns about retirement is health care. As healthcare costs continue to rise, medical bills may quickly derail your retirement plan. The good news is when you turn 65, you will be able to apply for Medicare

Monday, August 29, 2022

Understanding long-term capital gains taxes when you sell investments. Market downturns could be a good time to adjust your fund portfolio to minimize the tax bite. Here’s how to calculate the best ways to do that

Monday, August 1, 2022

One silver lining in the current bear market is that this could be a good time to convert assets from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. Converted assets are subject to federal income tax in the year of conversion

Monday, August 1, 2022

In 2022, U.S. inflation hit a 40-year high, with prices for food, housing, gasoline, and other key staples increasing by nearly 10% over the previous year.1 During these uncertain times, stocks have continued a roller-coaster ride...

Monday, August 1, 2022

With approximately 94% of American workers covered by Social Security and 65 million people currently receiving benefits, keeping Social Security healthy is a major concern.1 Social Security isn't in danger of going broke

Monday, August 1, 2022

Making decisions about your retirement account can seem overwhelming, especially if you feel unsure about your knowledge of investments. However, the following basic rules can help you make smarter choices regardless of whether you...

Monday, June 27, 2022

When it comes to investing, having fewer investments might help streamline your portfolio to manage stress better. Here are some benefits of a simple portfolio and some ways to help you create one.

Monday, June 27, 2022

A regular program of disciplined financial practices can help you in the long-run. Many people realize that the best way to stay in shape is to develop an appropriate fitness regimen and then stick with it.

Monday, June 27, 2022

You don't need to wait until the end of the year to look for ways to minimize your tax liability. Tax planning should take place throughout the year to have you prepared well ahead of tax season. Here are six ways to minimize your tax...

Monday, June 27, 2022

The sandwich generation is a term commonly used to describe those between the ages of 40 and 59 who are responsible for raising their family and are also often helping their aging parents manage their ongoing needs.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Your long-term retirement strategies must account for inflation – or else. On Friday, June 10th, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 1.0% in May after...

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

In March 2022, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), the most common measure of inflation, rose at an annual rate of 8.5%, the highest level since December 1981.1 It's not surprising that a Gallup poll at the end of...

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Your retirement planning needs to incorporate more than just investments.Your open heart and your relatives can combine to threaten your retirement savings – savings you soon may need. Learn the true cost to your future

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Although many things have changed in the financial world over the past 20 years, some nuggets of financial advice are timeless. Here are a few tips that have remained constant for several generations.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Investing is stressful. It takes sound mental decisions to weather the ups and downs that come with the markets and investing in general. Whether you are managing your financial portfolio or making investments on the side, staying...

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

With tax season coming to an end, it’s the ideal time to use this year's tax return to help update your financial plan. If you’re in the group of one in four Americans who do not already have a financial plan, it may be...

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

You may be retired and considering investing some of your retirement nest egg. Depending on your situation, it is crucial that investing in the stock market, bond market, or other investments does not jeopardize your retirement savings

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

According to the College Board, the most recently published figures of the average annual cost of tuition and fees at a public university for a school year was $9,970 for in-state students and $25,620 for out-of-state students.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Even though tax filing season is well under way, there's still time to make a regular IRA contribution for 2021.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Myth: Social Security will provide most of the income you need in retirement. Fact: It's likely that Social Security will provide a smaller portion of retirement income than you expect.

Monday, March 28, 2022

A few pointers to help avoid a double-drubbing this time Stoicism amid market turmoil comes hard when a tsunami of dire investment headlines and plunging prices hits you, as we’ve seen for the first 2+ months of 2022.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Making sure your investments help you work towards your true life goals. Too often during uncertain times, we inadvertently compare ourselves to the people around us – and that may lead us to make financial mistakes.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

The federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact individual income tax returns, from the suspension of federal student loan interest to expanded child tax credits. For many taxpayers, this may mean your...

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

As Samuel Goldwyn once said, "The harder I work…the luckier I get!" 1 But when it comes to investing, luck may play a huge role in outcomes—no matter how hard you work.2 Below, we discuss some ways that luck may...

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Spring cleaning presents a great opportunity to clear out any items you no longer need—and the same goes for your finances. Checking in with your finances during tax season may be particularly beneficial, as it allows you to...

Thursday, January 27, 2022

It might be tempting to tap into your 401(k) to help pay down debts, purchase a home or take a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. However, doing so may seriously cost you.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

There are several key differences between these two kinds of retirement accounts, and your unique circumstances often will dictate whether you contribute to a 401(k), an IRA, or both.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Understanding the potential benefits and drawbacks of each type of IRA can help you make more informed decisions.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Monday, February 28th, kicks off America Saves Week this year. The week is dedicated to bringing awareness and encouraging people to look at and make progress on their savings.

Monday, January 3, 2022

'Tax advice' is left to federally-authorized tax practitioners who prepare tax returns, defend clients pursuing relief, or dispute tax payment errors. Financial professionals don't provide tax advice but can provide information on the...

Monday, January 3, 2022

Regardless of whether you prepare your taxes yourself or use a professional's services, it's a good idea to gather the information and documentation you need well in advance of your actual tax filing date. Below, we've listed some key...

Monday, January 3, 2022

If your retirement years are on the horizon, here are a few new year's resolutions that may help put you on track.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Friday, December 17, 2021

With inflation on the rise, the IRS increased the 2022 contribution limits for some retirement accounts.