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Insights and opinions on the markets, the economy, and what it means for investors.

Retirement Planning for One

February 24, 2017 -

Planning and steps to consider for singles


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Retirement Planning for Special-Needs Families

February 16, 2017 -

Understanding government assistance available to special-needs family members, the role of ABLE accounts, and retirement plans that involve the whole family.


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Will Pro Rata Rules Trip Up Your Retirement Plan?

February 16, 2017 -

Failing to understand these rules can force investors to pay more in taxes than they expected to.


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Are Roth or Traditional IRA Contributions Better?

February 16, 2017 -

Take the tax break at the time of contribution or save it for later? We discuss the considerations.


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Possible Retirement Policy Changes in a Trump Administration

January 20, 2017 -

Taking a look at retirement-related issues that could see action in Washington in the coming year.


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What is on Deck For Your 2017 Taxes?

January 9, 2017 -

The skinny on dividend and capital gains taxes, IRA and 401(k) contribution limits, and more.


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Do Not Write Off Tax-Loss Selling in a Strong Market

December 16, 2016 -

Even buy-and-hold investors may be able to identify worthy candidates.


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How Trump Has Changed Inflation Expectations

December 16, 2016 -

Changing expectations concerning inflation and interest rates have sent bond prices lower and yields higher.


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8 Questions for RMD Season

December 16, 2016 -

We are coming into the year’s home stretch; do you know where your required minimum distributions are?


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Essential Financial-Planning Numbers for 2017

December 16, 2016 -

The skinny on retirement-plan contributions, Social Security, and more.


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December 2016 Manager Commentary

December 14, 2016 -

Our take on the markets


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Selecting a Successor Trustee

December 1, 2016 -

Many grantors initially name themselves to maintain control of their financial affairs. However, there will come a time when he or she is unable to act due to either incapacitation or death.


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Roll Over Your 401(k) or Leave It Behind?

December 1, 2016 -

Considerations for when you should—or should not—roll over your old 401(k)


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Have You Taken a Good Look at an HSA?

November 25, 2016 -

For high-income investors who are maxing out other tax-sheltered accounts, the high-deductible healthcare plan/HSA combo is close to a no-brainer.


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Tax-Gain Harvesting Can Be a Profitable Strategy

November 25, 2016 -

‘Stepping up’ cost basis can reduce tax bills for lower-income investors.


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Is a Donor-Advised Fund Right for You?

November 25, 2016 -

A look at some of the pros and cons of these increasingly popular investment vehicles.


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Election Day 2016

November 10, 2016 -

Our take on the 2016 presidential election


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5 Pitfalls to Avoid During Mutual Fund Capital Gain Distribution Season

September 30, 2016 -

Unwanted distributions will be here before you know it—navigate them wisely


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8 Steps to Wealth Protection for Aging Investors

September 30, 2016 -

How you can make a plan to protect yourself—or an aging parent


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6 Fast Facts About 529s

September 5, 2016 -

Must-know information for anyone considering a 529.


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