How much should I have in my 401k at age X?

August 9, 2018 12:00 am

As the calendar turns to 2014, many folks use the month of January to review their retirement balances and see how their accounts have grown. Whether it’s the cold weather that makes people pay more attention or a derivative of a new year’s…

Three Things to Keep In Mind Before Deciding to Downsize

April 24, 2018 10:03 am

If you’re nearing retirement, or settling in to your new retirement routine, chances are you’ve considered downsizing. Whether you’re looking to take advantage of mortgage savings, a warmer climate, or adding a second home, downsizing can be an integral part of your desired lifestyle in retirement. Downsizing is defined as the liquidation – or selling […]

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…

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 […]

Should I Pay Off my Mortgage Before I Retire?

July 11, 2017 9:26 am

Ideally everyone would reach retirement and not have an outstanding mortgage balance, but that is not always the case.  Some people choose to keep a mortgage for tax purposes, but often, due to any number of circumstances, retirement approaches and a mortgage balances still exist for many retirees.  The outstanding mortgage loan may be on […]

Are You Promoting Financial Wellness Among Your Employees?

May 25, 2017 10:11 am

In a recent study conducted by PwC around employee financial wellness, 30% of employees surveyed reported that issues with their personal finances have led them to being distracted at work. Of the distracted workers, 46% say that they spend at least three hours or more each week thinking about or dealing with issues related to […]

Don’t Forget Those Bonds!

March 7, 2017 10:44 am

It is easy to ignore bonds. Bonds don’t generate the same flashy headlines as stocks, (“DOW 21,000!!!”). Bonds also don’t swoon or shoot up the way stocks do. When was the last time you heard investors talk in near panic terms about a bond market “crash?” or coo about “new highs?” In spite of their […]

Financial Planning for Blended Families

February 21, 2017 10:13 am

blend·ed fam·i·ly noun NORTH AMERICA a family consisting of a couple and their children from this and all previous relationships.   The joining of two families can be an exciting time but also a time when you will be faced with many financial decisions.  There are many aspects of life to plan for, from living […]