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Is It Time to Buy an Electric Vehicle?

December 2022

Record-breaking fuel prices may have you thinking about buying an electric vehicle sooner rather than later. All electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), as they’re also called, run on electric energy stored in a rechargeable battery rather than... Read more

IRA Distributions Can Benefit Your Favorite Cause … and Your Tax Bill

December 2022

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act nearly doubled the standard deduction beginning in 2018 and indexed it annually for inflation through 2025 ($12,950 for single taxpayers and $25,900 for joint filers in 2022; $13,850 and $27,700 in 2023). The result... Read more

Talk About These Money Matters Before the Wedding

December 2022

If predictions come to pass, 2022 will be the biggest year for weddings since 1984, with the culmination of many postponed or delayed celebrations in addition to regularly scheduled events. There are expected to be about 2.5 million weddings in... Read more

Fraudsters and Scammers Pocket Nearly $6 Billion in 2021

December 2022

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 2.8 million people lost $5.8 billion to fraud in 2021, a 70% increase in losses over 2020. Imposter scams topped the list of fraud types, surpassing others by a huge financial margin, followed... Read more

Sectors: Overweight, Underweight, or Just Right?

December 2022

The U.S. stock market had a banner year in 2021, with the S&P 500 index up almost 27%. Unfortunately, stocks turned downward on the second trading day of 2022 and kept sliding into a bear market.1 Stocks in the S&P... Read more

HOT TOPIC: ‘Tis the Season for Tax-Friendly Giving Strategies

December 2022

You may donate money to charitable organizations throughout the year, for no other reason than your heart-felt desire to support causes that you care about. But if philanthropy is important to you, keep in mind that the associated tax breaks... Read more

Famous People Who Died Without Proper Planning

November 2022

The importance of proper estate planning cannot be overstated, regardless of the size of your estate or the stage of life you’re in. Nevertheless, it’s surprising how many American adults haven’t put a plan in place. You might think that... Read more

New Life for Your Old Insurance Policy

November 2022

Life insurance can serve many valuable purposes. However, later in life — when your children have grown, you’ve retired, or you’ve paid off your mortgage — you may no longer think you need to keep your coverage, or perhaps your... Read more

Virtual Health Care Is Here to Stay

November 2022

The use of telehealth skyrocketed early in the COVID-19 pandemic, with the number of remote office visits and outpatient services 78 times higher in April 2020 than in February 2020. Usage has stabilized since that extraordinary rise, but as of... Read more

How Funding an HSA Could Help Strengthen Your Retirement Strategy

November 2022

By one estimate, the typical 65-year-old couple who retired in 2021 could spend as much as $296,000 on health-care expenses in retirement. This figure includes lifetime premiums for Medicare, supplemental insurance, deductibles, coinsurance, and other out-of-pocket costs for medical care... Read more

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