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Income for the Long Run

April 2018

In a recent survey of 3,000 Americans ranging in age from 20 to 70, almost two-thirds of the respondents said they feared running out of money in retirement more than they feared death.1 Fear may not be a helpful response, but this concern is not surprising considering changes in the American retirement landscape. People are… Read more

Pick Your Plastic: Debit or Credit?

April 2018

According to a Federal Reserve study, Americans use debit cards more often than credit cards, but the total value and the average value of credit card transactions are higher than those of debit card transactions (see chart). This reflects fundamental differences. A debit card acts like a plastic check and draws directly from your checking… Read more

Dividend Investing: Small Payments Can Boost Returns

April 2018

Owning shares of stock or stock funds might increase the value of your portfolio in one of two fundamental ways: capital appreciation (i.e., price increases) and dividend payments. Of the two, capital appreciation carries the greatest potential for return, but it also carries the greatest potential for loss. And any gains or losses are only… Read more

HOT TOPIC: Trade Tactics: New Metal Tariffs Reflect Policy Shift

April 2018

On March 8, 2018, President Trump imposed a global tariff of 25% on steel imports and 10% on aluminum imports.1 A tariff is a tax on a particular class of imported goods or services that is designed to help protect domestic industries from foreign competition. The metals tariffs have not been well received by U.S…. Read more

Preparing to Withstand the Loss of Key Players

March 2018

For the most part, the odds of dying young are fairly remote. The probability that people between the ages of 30 and 60 will live to age 65 ranges from about 85% to 95%, depending on gender and age.1 But have you considered that the odds of one out of any two people dying before… Read more

Going Public

March 2018

An initial public offering (IPO) is the first public sale of stock by a private company. Companies tend to schedule IPOs when investors are feeling good about their financial prospects and are more inclined to take on the risk associated with a new venture. Thus, IPOs tend to reflect broader economic and market trends. And… Read more

Do You Need an Umbrella?

March 2018

Getting caught in the rain without an umbrella can be an unpleasant experience. Getting caught without appropriate insurance coverage can be more than unpleasant — it could damage your hard-earned financial stability. Having an umbrella policy might make the difference between getting a little “wet” financially and facing a financial downpour. Another Layer of Protection… Read more

Four Financial Numbers You Should Know

March 2018

Daily life is full of numbers, and some matter more than others. Here are four that could help you understand and potentially improve your financial situation. Retirement Plan Contribution Rate What percentage of your salary are you contributing to a retirement plan? Making automatic contributions through an employer-sponsored plan is a convenient way to save… Read more

Phasing Out…or Practice Makes Perfect

March 2018

In late 2014, the federal government launched a formal phased retirement program that allows eligible employees to work part-time in their positions while collecting half of their salary and half of their pension. Typically, at least 20% of their remaining work hours must be spent mentoring younger workers. And their pensions continue to grow based… Read more

HOT TOPIC: Correction Time: The Market Takes a Hit

March 2018

After reaching all-time highs on January 26, 2018, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 went into a two-week slide that saw both stock indexes drop by more than 10%, a decline that is typically considered a market correction.1 Analysts have been saying for several years that the long, booming bull market was… Read more

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