4 Ways to Spend Your Income Tax Refund

April 5, 2018 12:00 am

Are you one of the 75% of taxpaying Americans who will get a refund this year?  That number seemed surprisingly high to me since I’ve always been taught that overpaying or having too much withheld for taxes was basically lending Uncle Sam mo…

The Stock Market’s Balancing Act

March 26, 2018 11:32 am

Investing is a delicate balancing act, weighing the good news against the bad. Fortunately, for most of the last year and a half, we didn’t hear a lot of really damaging news. Unfortunately, that has changed recently and escalated this past week.  Investors usually can handle one challenge fairly effectively, but when the pace of […]

Have You Completed Your “What If” List?

March 6, 2018 10:36 am

Now that tax season is finally behind us, time has freed up to focus on other financial matters that may have been neglected over the past few months.  For me, it has been to make a list of all of my financial and estate planning items in the case…

Who…..or What is to Blame For the Recent Market Volatility?

February 6, 2018 12:30 pm

The Supreme Court back in 1919 found that while the freedom of speech is protected under the First Amendment, it does not however protect “dangerous speech.” The definition of dangerous speech being purposely vague. An example was provided by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in which he said “falsely shouting fire in a theater […]

Get the Checklist: Organizing Your Finances for the New Year

January 10, 2018 9:59 am

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 […]

The Case for Risk Management in 2018

January 2, 2018 12:52 pm

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 […]

Top 3 Considerations When Selecting a 529 Plan

November 13, 2017 12:04 pm

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 […]