Get the Checklist: Organizing Your Finances for the New Year

New year, new budget! The holidays are over, 2018 has arrived, and we’ve begun a new year to meet your financial goals. Don’t let unexpected expenses derail your plans for the new year. The start of a new year is the perfect time to clear off your kitchen table and take an in-depth view at your overall financial situation. In...

The Case for Risk Management in 2018

A friend recently said to me, “Anyone could make money in 2017.” Quite true, allowing for the slight exaggeration on “anyone.” The average equity investor benefitted from significant gains in the markets; The S&P rose 19%. IXUS (iShares Core MSCI International Stock Index) gained 28%, while even the traditional US Aggregate Bond Index had a decent year rising 3.54%. In...

Top 3 Considerations When Selecting a 529 Plan

If you are saving for college for your children, a 529 college savings plan is one of the best vehicles to utilize.  A 529 plan is a tax-deferred account that allows you to save money and invest it for future college expenses.  As long as you use the funds for qualified college expenses, withdrawals from the account are tax free. ...

Financial News or Financial Entertainment? There is a big difference.

Last week famed investor Jim Rogers received a ton of press around his latest call that “The Worst Financial Crash You Have Ever Seen Is Coming”!!! I’m loathe to give him any more attention, but I do believe in full transparency so here’s the link if you’re so inclined: https://www.thestreet.com/story/14322684/1/stock-market-crash.html News? More like entertainment. Over the past few years there’s...

Equifax: Are Monitoring, Alerts and Freezes Enough?

Like most people, my credit cards have periodically been stolen, and subsequently replaced by my credit card companies. A vendor for my health insurance company was also hacked, entitling me to free Identity Theft Monitoring. I have felt lucky that any assault to my personal credit has been limited. But the Equifax breach is different. It affects over half the...

Tips for Charitable Giving in Times of Crisis

In 2016, over $390 billion was donated to charitable causes in the US.  Many people donate money and time to their favorite charities throughout the year.  Some choose to set up scheduled giving such as a monthly donation, while others make their donations at the end of the year.  When unexpected events, like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma occur, you may...