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Getting In-Hock for Going to College, Is It Worth It?

It depends on the degree and the career you choose; we kind of already new this didn’t we? What we didn’t have wide access to, however, was the divergence in the actual costs versus the monetary benefits of the type of degree nor the difference the institution has on outcomes. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was… Read More

Happy Thanksgiving

I’m sure you’ve heard of it: “Sell and go away in May”. We get asked about it every year. Traditionally the period beginning May 1st through October 31st is weak for the Dow industrials. Peek at the figure 1. Astonishing isn’t it? $10,000 every November 1st and sold every April 30th grew to $1,135,173, WOW!… Read More

The Middle Class is Shrinking – Anybody Left?

Coining a phrase is always fun, isn’t? It depends on author and the conveyance of emotion, urgency, or bias. Take the following: “Seven reasons to worry about the American middle class”* “The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground – No longer the majority and falling behind financially.”** Depending on which article you read we are… Read More

Recession, Recession….RECESSION!

From all the recent headlines you’d think we would have tripped into the abyss. By any reasonable measure, check out any Federal Reserve Bank, or The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Institute for Supply Management (ISM), The Conference Board – you get the gist; Recession is nowhere in view. Except, maybe, in the minds of… Read More

A Way to Avoid Ordinary Income Taxes

As some of you may know, the IRS requires Traditional IRA, SEP IRA, Simple IRA and other qualified retirement plan investors to take a minimum distribution from those investment vehicles starting in the year the investor turns 70 ½ years old. The calculation of the minimum distribution is calculated every year by the IRS based… Read More

Any Day Now You’re Gonna Lose Your Shirt

The Wall Street Journal is my favorite read. And, yes, once in a while they disappoint. The gist of the article is that market cycles do not last forever and that no one really knows when the tide is going to ebb: All of this is true enough, but the implication that the author is… Read More

Until Death Do Us Part.2 – Whispers

You’ve remarried. Both you and your spouse have children from a previous marriage, everyone is getting along famously, and your conscience whispers in your ear – “don’t we need to re-do our wills?” And then some; don’t forget the Powers of Attorney and Living Wills. Your conscience is a little active today, and again whispers… Read More

Two Decisions

So by hook, crook, luck, or fantastic insight you decided in the fall of 2007 to liquidate your portfolio and go to cash. Boy, did you look smart or what? You put your money in Certificates of Deposit; they are FDIC insured to the account’s limit. You feel vindicated when the equity market, as defined… Read More

Women & Wealth: What’s so great about a Roth IRA?

I have been asked in almost all of my client meetings over the last couple of months about a Roth IRA, so I want to take the time to address what is so great about a Roth IRA. The first and foremost beneficial aspect about a Roth IRA is that it has the potential to… Read More

Women & Wealth: What are my best options for social security?

Social security retirement benefit rules seem to change every few years so where are we now and what’s out there that can be beneficial for your specific situation? There are different rules and benefits for women that are divorced and widowed. There are also some different rules for women that are married that may be… Read More

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