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What’s on our mind? You can read about it in our blog. Whether it’s ideas from the investment world or concepts from the financial industry, you can read about it here. And once in a while, we may throw in a movie review or some other surprise. So keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along.

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Too many Americans have no life insurance. Their loved ones may pay dearly for that choice. Provided by Clyde French September is National Life Insurance Awareness Month - a good time to think about the value and importance of...

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Key lessons for retirement savers. Provided by Clyde French You learn lessons as you invest in pursuit of long-run goals. Some of these lessons are conveyed and reinforced when you begin saving for retirement, and others you glean...

 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Think About Your Lifestyle Before You Retire Sometimes planning for retirement isn't entirely about money. Provided by Clyde French How many words have been written about retirement? It's a preoccupation for many, and we devote so...

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In fact, many predictions about Wall Street have misread the market’s direction. Trying to determine how Wall Street will behave next week, next month, or next year is difficult. Some feel it is impossible. To predict the...

 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What is dollar strength & who invests in it? You may have heard that the dollar is “strong” right now. You may have also heard that a strong dollar amounts to a headwind against commodities and stocks. While there is some...

 

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Little things to keep in mind for life after work. Decades ago, there was a popular book entitled What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School. Perhaps someday, another book will appear to discuss certain aspects of the...

 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Should You File Jointly, Or Not?For many married couples, filing jointly is a good idea, but there are exceptions. Provided by Clyde French Ninety-five percent of married couples file joint federal tax returns. Filing jointly can be...

 

Monday, February 22, 2016

When you reach age 70½, the IRS instructs you to start making withdrawals from your Traditional IRA(s). These IRA withdrawals are also called Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). You will make them annually from now on.1 If...

 

Monday, January 11, 2016

How will your money habits change in 2016? What decisions or behaviors might help your personal finances, your retirement prospects, or your net worth? Each year presents a “clean slate,” so as one year ebbs into another, it is natural...

 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Some life & financial factors that can be overlooked. Provided by Clyde French We all have a “blue sky” vision of the way retirement should be, yet it helps to plan for retirement with a little pragmatism. Fate may alter...

 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

These recent ups & downs are reminiscent of past Wall Street swings. Provided by Clyde French Fall might be anything but calm on Wall Street. Volatility is back, in a big way: the CBOE VIX has risen more than 105% since the end of July...

 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

With the Fed poised to gradually raise rates, this is worth considering.Provided by Clyde FrenchAmerica once experienced something called “moderate inflation.” It may seem like a distant memory, but it could very well return in the...

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

If the economy is healthy, why are retail sales so poor? Provided by Clyde French Retail sales have been flat or negative for four out of the past five months. Even though households are saving an average of $50 a month on gasoline...

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

As you approach your “third act,” does it need to be adjusted? Provided by Clyde French Motivational speaker Denis Waitley once remarked, “You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.” That statement...

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tax Season Phone Scams Beware of crooks calling you up & claiming to be the IRS. Provided by Clyde French Every year, con artists posing as the Internal Revenue Service perpetrate scams on taxpayers. Their weapon is a telephone, and...

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What should you bring to your preparer? Provided by Clyde French You can file your federal tax return starting January 20. IRS filing season will start right on time in 2015, and there is wisdom in filing your 1040 well before April 15...

 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Can a 5-question test predict how wealthy you will become? In the future, will you become wealthier or poorer? Who knows, right? It seems like you would need a crystal ball to really answer that question given life’s up and downs...

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Market Is Up & I Am Not ... Why? Remember that the major indices don’t represent the entirety of Wall Street. Provided by Clyde French The S&P 500 is up about 10% YTD, why aren’t I? If your investments are lagging the...

 

Monday, December 1, 2014

What little steps can you take to keep from getting carried away? Provided by Clyde French You’ve seen the footage on the news. You’ve been in the middle of it. You’ve stood in the vexing lines. You’ve circled for the elusive parking...

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Retiring? Saving for retirement? Here’s some good news. Provided by Clyde French Are 90% of articles written about retirement pessimistic? Sometimes it seems that way. Repeatedly, we are reminded that most baby boomers haven’t saved...

 

Friday, October 24, 2014

What is the Ebola virus doing to stocks? That depends on who you ask. While the threat of another European recession, rapidly falling oil prices and the oncoming end of QE3 (Quantitative Easing) all had a hand in the selloff that...

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Financial Reminders

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We do not believe the volatility seen in recent weeks is immediate cause for alarm when viewed in thecontext of historical trends. There is precedent for moves of this magnitude — both up and down — thathave taken place during an...