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

The Power of Diversification

September 9, 2015 -

Many investors struggle to put this important concept into practice.


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Retirement: Reality vs. Delusion

September 9, 2015 - 59% of pre-retirees planned to stop working gradually, yet only 22% of retirees had done so.
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Doing Good While Doing Well

September 1, 2015 -

Consider leaving your IRA to charity


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Do Your Holdings Pass the Decluttering Test?

August 6, 2015 -

Asking how well your holdings are doing their jobs is a starting point for skinnying down your number of holdings.


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The Value of a Financial Advisor

July 17, 2015 -

Technology is best used as a tool, not a solution


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The Risks of DIY Investing

July 15, 2015 -

Biases and misperceptions about risk challenge individual investors


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AMT Does Not Have To Stand For “Assume More Tax”

June 9, 2015 -

Muni bonds exempt from Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) may help impacted investors.


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6 Questions to Ask Before Relocating in Retirement

June 7, 2015 -

Review this checklist of financial concerns first


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Is Your Estate Plan Obsolete?

May 5, 2015 -

Negative tax consequences make A/B estate plans less attractive than they once were.


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A Hierarchy for Retirement Savings

April 30, 2015 -

Confused about which vehicles to fund first? We can help.


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Inflation Protection: How Much Do You Need?

April 19, 2015 -

Answering these questions can help you right-size your portfolio’s inflation hedges.


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An International Investing Primer

April 14, 2015 -

A diversified portfolio means exposure in international assets


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Coping with Near-Term Fluctuations

April 1, 2015 -

Adopting a long-term perspective can prove helpful


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A Checklist for Taxable Bond Fund Investors

March 27, 2015 -

Five considerations for those investing in fixed-income funds


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New Strategies for Covering Long-Term Care Costs

March 19, 2015 -

A recent study offers food for thought on the best way to insure against the risk of high long-term care expenses.


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Backdoor Roth IRA? Avoid These 6 Mistakes

March 15, 2015 -

These errors can jack up tax—and opportunity—costs.


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Cost-Basis Choices Not Set in Stone

March 5, 2015 - Investors may switch methods used to calculate capital gains, with one big exception.
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The Tax Break That Does Not Die With You

February 27, 2015 -

Widowed investors are at risk of missing an important tax break because they are not aware of a key deadline.


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6 Key Reasons Why Investing in a Taxable Account Is Underrated

February 25, 2015 -

Currently low tax rates are one of the key reasons that taxable accounts should be part of most investors’ tool kits.


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Pay Some Tuition in Cash, Get a $2,500 Tax Rebate

February 24, 2015 -

Families with incomes of up to $180,000 can take advantage of the American Opportunity Tax Credit to recoup some college costs, but the measure is set to expire after 2017.


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