2017:  The Year in Review

The Year in Review: 2017

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Heading into the year, 2017 was viewed by many investors with a great deal of trepidation and concern.  Political turmoil in the US, uncertainty in the global  economy, rising tensions in the middle east, strained relations with North Korea, and an eight year-old domestic bull market gave many investors pause for the prospects of 2017. For all the potential causes…

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Sir Isaac Newton's South Sea Bubble experience provides investors with valuable lessons.

Lessons from Newton’s South Sea Bubble Disaster

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If I were to postulate that Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727) was one of the most brilliant minds the human race has ever seen, I would have ample evidence to support my position.  The English physicist and mathematician is legendary in his contributions to the advancement of mankind.  Newton is credited with inventing the reflecting telescope in 1671.  Newton…

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We now know by how much Social Security benefits and Medicare Part B premiums will increase in 2018.

2018 Adjustments to Social Security and Medicare Announced.

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While we continue to wait for Congress to act on tax reform, two pieces of next year’s financial planning puzzle have recently been revealed for retirees.  In October, the Social Security Administration announced that 61 million Americans will receive a 2.0% increase in their monthly Social Security benefits beginning in January of 2018.  The 2 percent increase in monthly income…

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Do you suffer from an illusion of wealth or an illusion of poverty?

Which Illusion Do You Suffer From: Wealth or Poverty?

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Think quickly, would you rather have a $1 million retirement nest egg or $5,000 in monthly income to spend during retirement?  Your answer could tell you whether you possess an ‘illusion of poverty’ or an ‘illusion of wealth’ according to recent research published in the Journal of Marketing Research.  In their paper, “The Illusion of Wealth and Its Reversal,” Drs….

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Health-care-costs are projected to rise at 6% clip.

Health-Care Costs Rise Again

By | Health Care, Retiree, Retirement | No Comments

Health-care costs for retirees are on the rise again, a new study from Fidelity Investments reports.  According to the Fidelity study released in August, a 65-year-old couple retiring in 2017 will need $275,000 to cover health-care costs during their retirement years.  This cost is 6% higher than it was in Fidelity’s 2016 report. The 6% cost increase corroborates findings by…

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Implementation of the Fiduciary Rule is moving at a snail's pace.

Another Potential Delay in the Fiduciary Rule

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It is starting to sound like a broken record: the future of the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule is once again in question.  Shortly after the first phase of the regulation went into effect on June 9th, the Department of Labor (DOL) submitted a proposal that would delay the full implementation date from January 1st of 2018 to July 1st,…

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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?

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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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