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Stocks, Real Estate and Gold

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Does your retirement or investment strategy rely largely on shiny lumps of metal (Gold, Silver, Platinum)? If so, you might not want it to. A recent article by John Aziz of TheWeek.com takes a look at Gallup’s recently released poll on Americans’ favorite investments. The poll, which is always interesting, asks Americans to choose the best investment given the [...]

U.S. Stock Markets Closed in Observance of Good Friday.

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We were expecting this earnings season to be pretty volatile, and that has been the case so far.   The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose two points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 1,864.85. Seven of the 10 industry sectors in the S&P 500 showed gains. This was led by energy stocks. The Nasdaq [...]

7 Ways to Minimize Income Tax in Retirement

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Another April 15th has passed so Tax day is over, for now.  Taxes are a unfortunate necessity when you have a full-time job, but your tax liability will probably change  after you retire. You are probably hoping your taxes will decrease after you retire. They probably will but you still need to take control of [...]

Are You Earning a Living Wage?

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How To Interact With this Graphic 1. Adjust the slider at the bottom to match your wage.   2. On the left, select how many adults and children are in your household.   3. Select a state to see where you fall between a poverty wage and a living wage. – States that are brighter [...]

6 Signs You’re Not Ready to Retire

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For many, retirement is the ever elusive goal. The reward at the end of the tunnel that was going to work every day. However, retirement isn’t a one size fits all plan. This article by Dave Bernard of US News and World Report highlights six signs that you might not be ready for retirement. To [...]

Earnings Season = Uncertainty & Volatility

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After a spectacular rally Wednesday, stocks were pummeled Thursday. The selloff came after a higher opening and surprisingly good jobless claims number of 300,000. That’s the the best weekly number since 2007.   We have to remember that we just exited the 1st quarter of 2014, thus we are entering Earnings Season. Often times, earning [...]

How Insurance Fits into Your Financial Plan

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  Life insurance is one of those things that almost everyone needs, but almost no one wants to think about. But if anyone is relying on you financially, you need life insurance because frankly, your financial obligations might outlive you. And as your financial responsibilities grow, so does your need for insurance. That’s why life insurance [...]

8 Retirement Questions 50-Something Couples Need To Answer

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Last week during a speech at a Washington retirement conference sponsored by the Investment Company Institute, James Poterba, president of the National Bureau of Economic Research set out eight questions he’s come up with to help 50-something friends, neighbors and relatives think about whether they’re saving enough for retirement. Below is a summary of his [...]

Expensive School Myths

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Record High Markets + Margin Debt = Extreme Caution

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The job market grew, with employers adding 192,000 jobs in March as milder weather helped propel the labor market out of its winter doldrums. The unemployment rate stayed still because there were more people looking for jobs. In afternoon trading, the Nasdaq composite index is being hammered, it’s off 2.3%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is [...]