Where you retire matters

Where You Retire Matters

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The old adage of “Location, Location, Location” applies to more than just real estate apparently.  According to a report from GOBankingRates and a recent article from Bloomberg News, location can have a big impact on your retirement.  More specifically, where you live has a big impact on the health of your retirement nest egg. The GOBankingRates report analyzed and projected…

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Mutual Funds:  Costs Matter

Mutual Funds: Do You Really Get What You Pay For?

By | Active Investing, Expense Ratios, Mutual Funds, Passive Investing | No Comments

We have all heard the old adage “You get what you pay for” at one point or another in our lives.  We understand the adage to generally mean that inexpensive items and services tend to be inferior, or of lower quality, than more expensive items or services.  We understand that with most things in life you have to pay a…

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Should Stock Investors Worry About Rising Interest Rates?

Should Stock Investors Worry About Rising Interest Rates?

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We have been in a low interest rate environment for quite a few years now, but the Federal Reserve has signaled its intention to raise interest rates throughout 2017.  In recent months, several clients have asked the question of how rising interest rates would affect stock prices in the coming months. Realizing that many of you may have the same…

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A new fifteen year study finds that passive investing strategies beat active investing strategies.

Passive Investing Beats Active Investing Over 15 Year Timeframe

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“Just wait until next year” was the lament of faithful Chicago Cubs’ fans for over 100 years before last season.  From 1908 until their victory over the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series, fans of “the Lovable Losers” would lick their wounds from the previous season while optimistically looking forward to next spring when the Cubs would begin the…

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Are Americans Facing a Retirement Crisis?

Are Americans Facing a Retirement Crisis?

By | Education, Investing Lessons, Retirement, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Social Security | No Comments

Are Americans facing a retirement savings crisis?  The answer to that question depends on who you ask, and perhaps that individual’s prospects for retirement.  The Wall Street Journal recently asked two prominent economists if Americans were facing a retirement savings crisis.  Alicia Munnell, director of Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research and Andrew Biggs, resident scholar at the nonprofit American…

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Investors Can Learn a Lot from Farmers!

What Lessons Can Investors Learn from Farmers?

By | Financial Planning, Investing Lessons, Investment Returns, Passive Investing, Patience, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Returns | No Comments

Spring is my favorite season of the year.  I suspect many of you feel the same way based on the amount of outdoor activity I have observed in recent days.  For me, spring means the start of the Major League Baseball season, hours of therapeutic and relaxing lawn care and landscaping activities, and the opportunity to watch my daughter Erin…

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Warren Buffett has declared himself the winner of the "Million-Dollar Bet."

Warren Buffett Declares Himself the Winner of the “Million-Dollar Bet”

By | Active Investing, Hedge Funds, Investing Lessons, Investment Returns, Passive Investing, Warren Buffett | No Comments

They do not call him the “Oracle of Omaha” for nothing; Warren Buffett knows a good bet when he sees one.  Nine years into a ten-year wager, now referred to as the “Million Dollar Bet,” Buffett has declared himself the winner. What exactly is the “Million-Dollar Bet?”  In 2007, Buffett engaged in a wager with asset management firm Protégé Partners…

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The Depart of Labor's Fiduciary Rule is likely to be delayed for at least 180 days from its planned April 10th implementation.

Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule Likely Delayed

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The Trump administration has hit the ground running since taking office in late January, moving at a tempo more reminiscent of a nimble business rather than the plodding pace of past administrations.  One of the results of this swift action is that the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule will likely be delayed from its anticipated April 10th implementation date. On…

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached 20,000 points.  So what?

Dow 20,000: What’s in a Number?

By | Dow Jones Industrial Average, Market Index, Stock Markets | No Comments

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) reached a major milestone earlier this year when it finally surpassed the 20,000 hurdle.  The event was widely ballyhooed by investors and media outlets alike.  Almost immediately, articles and news stories questioning how much higher the index could go began to appear. Our local newspaper even went so far as to write an article…

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The Stretch IRA may soon be extinct if a proposed bill is signed into law.

Will the Stretch IRA be Extinct Soon?

By | Estate Planning, Inherited IRA, IRA, Stretch IRA | No Comments

A popular estate planning strategy utilized by affluent investors may soon be disappearing.    This past September, the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act of 2016 passed in the Senate Finance Committee.  If signed into law in the future, this bill would kill the popular stretch IRA strategy that allows investors to pass along large IRA accounts to their children and grandchildren….

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