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The Importance of a Fee-Only Fiduciary Financial Advisor

The financial services industry has a bad habit of using terms that can seem vague and confusing to clients. There is probably no place where this confusion is greater than how an advisor is compensated. Additionally, the term fiduciary is tossed around by the media quite a bit. However many investors don’t fully understand what […]

Charitable Giving and How to Maximize Tax Benefits 

Charitable giving is a great thing to do regardless of whether or not you are able to realize a tax benefit. However, if you can help others and realize a tax benefit this is a good thing and might even allow you to give a little bit more. Here are some things to know in […]

Investment Commentary October 2022

Over the past year, we've had continued turbulence in the stock and bond markets due to rising interest rates and monetary tightening by central banks across the globe. As a result of the stimulative monetary and fiscal policy enacted during the Covid pandemic, most developed economies have seen a dramatic increase in inflation.  To fight […]

Understanding the Basics of Medicare 

Medicare is the core component of healthcare coverage for most retirees. Medicare is also misunderstood by many people as they approach age 65. As Medicare open enrollment approaches, here is a brief overview of the basics of Medicare to help increase your understanding of this important program.  What is Medicare?  Medicare is a federal health […]

Asset Location – What is it and Should I Be Using It? 

Asset location pertains to the types of investment assets that are best held in various types of accounts. Asset location is a tax minimization strategy that matches various types of investments with the type of account best-suited for that type of investment holding.  Asset Location Basics  Asset location is about strategically holding investments in accounts […]

Is Your Company's 401(k) Plan as Good as it Could Be?

For many of us, our employer’s 401(k) plan is our primary retirement savings vehicle. Participating in the plan is generally easy and painless. Your contributions are deducted from your paycheck each pay period, there is nothing that you need to do other than select how you want your money invested. Some companies even offer a […]

Managing Healthcare Costs in Retirement

Saving for retirement is a top financial priority for most people over the course of their working life. In terms of retirement spending, we generally think about the cost of housing, travel, and other activities we’d like to pursue.  However, one of the biggest costs in retirement is the cost of healthcare. Fidelity Investments does […]

Retirement Investment Mistakes to Avoid 

Retirement is a common investing goal for many people. How you invest both while saving for retirement and once you are retired is important and can have a big impact on your financial security in retirement.  Here are some retirement investment mistakes to avoid.  Saving and Investing for Retirement – the Accumulation Phase  While you […]

War in Ukraine, Market Turbulence, Recent Rebalance

Recent changes in the geopolitical environment have warranted changes to our portfolios. As the deeply disturbing war in Ukraine continues to develop, we are observing the potential impact on the stock, bond, and commodity markets across various sectors and regions.  We have decided to reposition the portfolios to adapt to the escalating conflict in Eastern […]

Estate Planning Basics

Estate planning is the process of ensuring that your assets are properly distributed to your heirs upon your death and designating who will handle your affairs should you become incapacitated. Estate planning is important for all of us, not just the ultra-wealthy. Here are some estate planning basics to consider.  Take inventory of your assets  […]

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