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Thursday, August 13, 2020

As temperatures start to heat up and the days get longer, summer fun can kick into gear. Looking for things to do this summer? Then, check out this list of fun and relaxing summertime ideas. Be a tourist in your own area You don't have...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The S&P 500 Index is a few points away from a new all-time high, completing one of the fastest recoveries from a bear market ever. But this will also seal the deal on the shortest bear market ever. Remember, the S&P 500 Index lost 20%...

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

529 savings plans are tax-advantaged education savings vehicles and one of the most popular ways to save for college today. They can also be used to save for K-12 tuition. Much like the way 401(k) plans changed the world of retirement...

Friday, August 7, 2020

The battle versus COVID-19 continues. The spread in some of the recent hotspots like California and Florida is slowing, while states in the Northeast and Midwest are now experiencing increases in cases. According to the World Health...

Friday, August 7, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March 2020 ushered in several measures designed to help IRA and retirement plan account holders cope with financial fallout from the virus. The rules were welcome...

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Does what you buy make you happy, deep down? If not, consider allocating more of your spending to experiences that help create meaning and satisfaction that stick with you.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Stocks opened higher. US stock markets opened in the green, with the Nasdaq reaching its 30th new record high of 2020. Investors are focusing on positive earnings reports, developments on the COVID-19 relief bill, vaccine progress, and...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

There's no denying the benefits of a college education: the ability to compete in today's job market, increased earning power, and expanded horizons. But these advantages come at a price. And yet, year after year, thousands of...

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

“An object in motion tends to remain in motion along a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force.” Sir Isaac Newton Last September, we noted that gold had many structural reasons to soar. Well, soar it has,...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A traditional IRA offers a great way to shield income from taxation while boosting your retirement accounts. Meanwhile, a Roth IRA can let you pay tomorrow's taxes today. But how can workers who are eligible to contribute to either...

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

LPL Research released our Midyear Outlook 2020 last week, discussing the path of the eventual economic and market recovery. What makes this year so incredible is, as of July 21, the S&P 500 Index moved positive for the year....

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

We are experiencing the biggest remote work experiment in history – but many are beginning to imagine life after lockdown. Amid unprecedented global job losses, concerns about transport infrastructure and the continuing need for...

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Many people who diligently seek out money-saving discounts on smaller purchases may still find themselves inadvertently overspending by thousands on major purchases. Over time, this type of large-scale overspending may cut into your...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

AT THE MIDPOINT of 2020, we’re mindful that it’s been an extremely challenging year so far in the United States and around the globe. We’re in the midst of a pandemic that continues to impact all of us, our...

Monday, July 13, 2020

Most family businesses experience disagreements and fights. Here’s a look at how to make sure those conflicts are addressed properly so they don’t harm or destroy the company.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

It’s certainly been a wild ride for stocks in 2020. Barely past the halfway point, the year has already brought the worst pandemic to hit the US in over 100 years, an unprecedented government-induced recession as much of the...

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Whether you dream of a travel-filled retirement or would prefer to relax and enjoy spending more time at home, you're probably wondering what you can do to make your golden years as stress-free as possible. For many who have spent the...

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Dramatic market turbulence has been common in 2020, and you can't help but hear about the frequent ups and downs of the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the S&P 500 index. The performance of these major indexes is widely reported and...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The July Fourth holiday will be very different this year. Although it’s a time to enjoy family and friends, and maybe even watch some fireworks, social distancing and a new wave of COVID-19 cases also may take a seat at the...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Inheriting money comes with plenty of benefits. From being less worried about paying for life’s necessities to enjoying the luxuries affluence can bring, inheritors often find that many of life’s key stumbling blocks are no...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Money. It's hard to get and easy to lose. It doesn't take long for the wealth you've accumulated to disappear if you don't manage your money well or have a plan to protect your assets from sudden calamity. Snares like the ones...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

What can we learn about investment income opportunities from coupon-clipping environments? From 1977 to 2019, the price of the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index rose in 22 calendar years and fell in 21 years, but, adding in...

Friday, June 19, 2020

For the second year in a row, interest rates on federal student loans will decrease for the 2020-2021 academic year. This year's decrease brings rates to record lows.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

COVID-19 has decimated global demand as lockdowns materially re-shaped consumer and business behavior. Even as states have begun to re-open, significant questions remain about how demand could recover. The May retail sales print...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

US equities continued to gain ground in May, with the S&P 500 Index advancing an additional 4.5%. However, Treasury yields have been remarkably stable since the equity markets bottomed on March 23, with the 10-year Treasury yield...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

It can be difficult to act rationally when your financial future is at stake, especially when unexpected events upset the markets. But understanding certain aspects of human nature, and your own vulnerabilities, might help you stay level.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The first part of 2020 was rocky, but there should be better days ahead. Taking a close look at your finances mid-year may give you the foundation you need to begin moving forward.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Benjamin Franklin once quoted, “Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”—but the key to good health (and good financial health) involves far more than just getting enough sleep.1 For...

Friday, June 5, 2020

As we look ahead to the summer months, we can’t help but think what a challenging year it’s been so far. At the same time, we’re encouraged by the resiliency and accelerated innovation among US businesses and the...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The S&P 500 Index has rallied mightily off of its March 23 low, climbing almost 40% through the close of the market yesterday, as market participants look ahead to the economy continuing to gradually reopen. While there are signs that...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Are you prepared to pass along the wealth you have built to your children or grandchildren in ways that are tax-efficient and meet your goals? For a reality check, look at how some extremely wealthy families address wealth transfer.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Despite our successes, many of us often feel we’re not at the place in our lives we’re supposed to be. The good news: We can reframe our viewpoints and take action steps that can help us grow and evolve.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The arrival of spring flowers often means one thing — the home-buying season is here. But with the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing in early March 2020 and many parts of the U.S. still under shelter-in-place orders through...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The S&P 500 Index flirted with closing above 3,000 yesterday, even as much of the economic data is some of the worst we’ve ever seen in our lifetimes. We are often asked how this is possible. The reality is the double backstop of...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the government has funded a number of initiatives to help small businesses. As you navigate this difficult time, you may want to look into the following...

Friday, May 22, 2020

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald The economic struggles in our country are among the worst we’ve ever seen. In April, a record 20 million people lost their jobs, and 36...

Thursday, May 21, 2020

When it comes to retirement plans, there is no one-size-fits-all approach for how to invest. While there are some basic strategies everyone should follow, it’s important to keep in mind retirement plans will vary, depending on...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Finding the right work-life balance The “work first, life second” mantra guides far too many of us these days. The good news: You can make the time to create a meaningful, fulfilling life and find the work-life balance.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The incredible rally off the March 23 lows continues for equities, with the S&P 500 Index now up more than 32% in 40 trading days. As impressive as the rally has been, we do have some near-term concerns, as we discussed in Downside...

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

On March 20, 2020, the Department of Education announced terms for student loan relief for tens of millions of borrowers in response to COVID-19.1 Here are answers to some questions about the new rules. For more information and to...

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Gold has done quite well so far in 2020, up more than 12% year to date versus the S&P 500 Index which is down about 10%. We started to warm to the yellow metal late last year and continue to think it can serve as a potential hedge in a...

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

In late March 2020, as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. surged past 100,000, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed into law.1 The CARES Act provides around $2.2 trillion in aid to...

Friday, May 8, 2020

Investors like labels for the economy and financial markets—many of them with the word “great” in them. The Great Depression. The Great Recession. The Great Lockdown. Well, we’ve moved into what we might call...

Thursday, May 7, 2020

In an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the government has shut down numerous businesses throughout the country, and others have drastically cut hours. As a result, over 10 million workers filed for unemployment in March...

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Over the past couple of weeks, we have thankfully witnessed new cases of COVID-19 in the US trending lower. Increasingly, we are also seeing governors implementing plans to re-open their state economies in phases. If the US economy...

Monday, April 27, 2020

Think for a moment about how hard you have worked to build your company and your personal wealth over time. It feels great, doesn’t it?

Friday, April 24, 2020

Here’s a look at four different types of advisors you are likely to encounter and how they stack up against each other in some key areas.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Keeping your cool can be hard to do when the market goes on one of its periodic roller-coaster rides. It's useful to have strategies in place that prepare you both financially and psychologically to handle market volatility. Here are...

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Stocks rebound from Tuesday’s sell-off. Global markets are bouncing, as crude oil has somewhat stabilized after the historic sell-off. Caution over restarting the country continues to dominate conversation, with several southern...

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.” — Lou Holtz, Hall of Fame football coach

Friday, April 17, 2020

The economic data keeps getting worse, yet stocks have been in the midst of one of the greatest multi-week rallies ever. As the LPL Chart of the Day shows, the S&P 500 Index gained 27.2% in the 15 days after the March 23 lows, the...

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Stock returns get all the headlines, and with US equities entering their first bear market since 2008, there is good reason for that. However, fixed income may account for a significant portion, or even a majority, of many...

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Too many people just don’t have it, but your financial professional can help April is National Financial Literacy Month – an entire month dedicated to underscoring the importance of learning, establishing and maintaining...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Stocks have rallied nicely off the March 23 lows on the back of a bold policy response from the Federal Reserve (Fed) and lawmakers in Washington, DC, which was followed by signs that a peak in growth of COVID-19 cases may come soon....

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. This $2 trillion emergency relief package is intended to assist individuals and businesses during the ongoing coronavirus...

Friday, April 3, 2020

“Every decade or so, dark clouds will fill the economic skies, and they will briefly rain gold. When downpours of that sort occur, reach for a bucket.” —Warren Buffett The battle with COVID-19 rages on, and the...

Friday, April 3, 2020

More than 6 million people filed new claims for unemployment in the week ending March 28. It’s hard to capture what a number like that means. Last week’s 3.3 million new claims was already almost five times the previous...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Factor #1 in our Road to Recovery Playbook is finding confidence in the peak of COVID-19 cases in the United States. At LPL Research we are monitoring this factor daily, and we wanted to provide an update into what we are seeing. As...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The United States has more cases of the coronavirus than any other country, and in an attempt to stop the spread of this disease, states have closed schools and businesses throughout the country. These unprecedented shutdowns have...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Stocks trying to add to huge gains. Futures are indicating a flat to slightly positive open as stocks attempt to add to historic gains from Tuesday on optimism surrounding eventual passage of the fiscal stimulus plan in the Senate. The...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The world continues its battle to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, which now has likely impacted, either directly or indirectly, nearly every person on Earth. This is far more than just a health crisis—this is a human crisis. Its...

Thursday, March 19, 2020

As temperatures warm up, trees begin budding, and the days get longer, you probably throw open your windows and think about spring cleaning your home. As you tackle washing windows, cleaning carpets, and sorting out the garage,...

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Our everyday lives have changed dramatically over the last few weeks as we work together to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know these efforts are necessary, but they also have come at a cost. Global economic growth...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The market volatility continues, as the S&P 500 Index has closed either up or down 4% or more for a record 7 consecutive days. With the S&P 500 Index down 30% from the highs, it has officially moved into a bear market. Yesterday, we...

Monday, March 16, 2020

Fears over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) have gripped the country and sent stocks in the US and around the world into bear markets.

Friday, March 13, 2020

We want to share information about the steps we’ve taken to minimize any potential impact to ourclients as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and maximize our efforts to keep our teamand clients safe. This event,...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Trump administration has recently signaled that it’s looking at temporary reduction in payroll taxes as one way it can help support the economy through any COVID-19-releated economic slowdown. Today we take a brief look at...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Actively managing your debt is an important step, and your student debt may be one of the biggest financial obligations you have. There are many strategies that could help you manage student loans efficiently. Here is a checklist....

Monday, March 9, 2020

The tough times that global markets were experiencing due to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) worsened this past weekend as a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia resulted in sharply declining oil prices. This combination of...

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Term. Permanent. Whole. Universal. Indexed. The life insurance landscape can be tricky to understand and navigate. Here’s a primer to get you on your way.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

You have many legal ways to reduce your tax burden. Here are some tax-reduction tips to consider as you look for ways to boost your bottom line.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

It’s been a tough week. The number of coronavirus cases have continued to increase globally, and new cases have been confirmed in the United States. Countries are making progress with containment, but market uncertainty remains.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Just because we know what to do to improve ourselves doesn’t mean we take action, does it? The good news: We’ve got four ways to knock down the obstacles in your path to living your best life.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The hits keep coming, as the Federal Reserve (Fed) did an intra-meeting cut yesterday, causing stocks to sell off hard on concerns the economy is on more fragile footing than most think. Read First Emergency Rate Cut By the Fed Since...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Monday was a tough day in the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index down more than 3% as the number of coronavirus cases reported outside of China jumped. Monday’s losses reversed all of this year’s gains so far for the S&P...

Friday, February 21, 2020

Many adults are finding that their aging parents are in need of health care assistance. Luckily, there are many options available today to help your parents grow old gracefully, either in their own home or in a facility, and several...

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Tax tips to make sure your money is working for you, not Uncle Sam When should you file your income tax? Generally speaking, the earlier, the better, after January 1st if you expect to get a refund. If you file by the end of February,...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The recent news that technology giant Apple would miss its fourth quarter 2020 revenue targets has understandably increased investor anxiety surrounding the potential economic impact of the coronavirus (now called COVID-19). Lost in...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

How to make a charitable contribution really count at tax time The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law on December 20, 2019. Key changes included increasing the age for Required...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

As you start your career and work toward advancement, you are likely to hear all kinds of advice about the importance of saving and investing for the future. A healthy savings account and the right investments can help you get through...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law on December 20, 2019. One of the key changes is the date you need to begin taking your RMD – or Required Minimum Distribution. Under the...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

I don’t have to tell you that money is a big part of our lives. But in case you doubted it, a study by the American Psychological Association says that money issues outweigh other sources of tension, including work, family and...

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The financial media returned to a favorite topic in the last week, yield curve inversion, but we caution against getting caught up in the building frenzy. The Treasury yield curve inverts when short-term interest rates move above...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Self-employment is the opportunity to be your own boss, to come and go as you please, and oh yes, to establish a lifelong bond with your accountant. If you're self-employed, you'll need to pay your own FICA taxes and take charge of...

Thursday, February 6, 2020

2020 doesn't just mark a new year, but the beginning of a new decade—and with it, some more changes to the federal tax code. It can often be easy to put tax preparation on the back burner, but being proactive can help you save...

Thursday, February 6, 2020

If you care about ensuring your loved ones will be in good financial shape after you’re gone, then you should consider creating an estate plan—regardless of how much money you have. Here are the keys for an exceptional estate plan.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

New challenges arise as our parents age—and as we enter our golden years, too. Learn how to take steps that can help you or your parents age in place, as well as how to safeguard against bad financial decisions and scams in old age.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield moved to within .05% of its recent low on Friday, January 31, approaching the 1.47% mark set back in August 2019. Prospects of stabilizing global growth and progress on trade encouraged yields to start...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Fears that the deadly coronavirus would spread further around the globe intensified Monday and led to the biggest one-day drop in the S&P 500 Index since October 8, 2019. In fact, it was the first time the index moved 1% in either...

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Retirement planning is all about the future, your future. Whether you are classified as a millennial, Gen Xers, women, or you are in your 40s-50s, retirement planning is a must. The key to successful retirement planning is starting...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

As the economic expansion caps its first decade, we thought it’d be a good time to check on LPL Research’s leading indicators in our Recession Watch Dashboard. As you can see in our latest update and in the LPL Chart of the...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

There's no doubt about it--owning a home is an exciting prospect. After all, you've always dreamed of having a place that you could truly call your own. But buying a home can be stressful, especially when you're buying one for the...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law on December 20, 2019. Here’s how it will affect retirees. Delay the Start of Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) Currently, plan...

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Each generation comes of age during different economic circumstances, and this can have a major impact on their later money habits. Financial advisors have identified some investing tips for certain generations that can help make their...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Fourth quarter earnings season kicked off this week with 24 S&P 500 Index companies slated to report results. Our expectations are for a marginal increase in S&P 500 earnings per share (EPS) on a year-over-year basis, based on current...

Friday, January 10, 2020

An eye-opening report on living your best life in good times and bad.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The U.S. airstrike that killed the top Iranian military commander last week was a major escalation in Mideast tensions. In fact, it would be difficult to overstate the geopolitical significance of this action. Iran likely will...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

With the decline of traditional pensions, most of us are now responsible for squirrelling away money for our own retirement. In today's do-it-yourself retirement savings world, we rely largely on 401(k) plans and IRAs. However, there...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

An important part of managing your personal finances is keeping your financial records organized. Whether it's a utility bill to show proof of residency or a Social Security card for wage reporting purposes, there may be times when...

Monday, January 6, 2020

The powerful benefits of thoughtful action When people are confronted with adversity, opportunity or both, they often react quickly—with the intention of dealing with the situation rapidly and moving forward.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year! What a difference a year makes. One year ago the stock market was plunging and came perilously close to ending what has become the longest bull market ever recorded. What did December 31 bring?

Monday, December 30, 2019

Key Takeaways: Access one of the world’s busiest museums before anybody else can get in. Experience the magic of Broadway—from backstage. Sleep under a 21,000-pound blue whale. For many of us, New York City is one of the...

Monday, December 30, 2019

The SECURE Act, voted in on December 20, 2019, represents the most sweeping set of changes to retirement legislation in more than a decade. How will it affect you?

Friday, December 20, 2019

Medicare premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts change annually. Here's a look at some of the costs that will apply in 2019 if you're enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). Medicare Part B premiums According to the...

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Investing with an eye toward promoting social, political, or environmental concerns (or at least not supporting activities you feel are harmful) doesn't mean you have to forgo pursuing a return on your money. Socially responsible...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

December has been widely viewed as a strong month for stocks, with this year following suit so far. What many probably don’t realize, however, is the majority of the gains have taken place late in the month. “December has...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The window of opportunity for many tax-saving moves closes on December 31, so it's important to evaluate your tax situation now, while there's still time to affect your bottom line for the 2019 tax year. Timing is everything Consider...

Thursday, December 12, 2019

As days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months, it may feel like there is little time to catch up on all of your financial responsibilities. Sometimes it may be easier to simply toss ATM receipts, credit card bills, and bank...

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Your charitable contributions may not be having as big an impact as they could—and it’s possible you’re missing out on some valuable charitable tax benefits that could help both you and your favorite charities.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Federal Reserve’s (Fed) final policy meeting of 2019 starts today and will conclude tomorrow with the release of the Fed’s policy statement, updated economic projections, and a press conference by Fed Chair Jerome...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Hindsight is 20/20, but finding clarity in future uncertainty can be fuzzy. As we look forward to the year 2020 and a new decade, some key trends and market signals will be important to watch, including progress on U.S.-China trade...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

It may be better to give than to receive, but it may be even better to give and see your generosity rewarded. Charitable giving can play a valuable role in your financial and tax strategies. A well-planned gift to charity could provide...

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Risk management is a key component in any successful business plan. In today’s world — where data breaches are common occurrences — it’s especially important for business owners to understand the digital risks...

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

It took nearly 15 months, but the Russell 2000 Index finally broke out to a new 52-week high. On November 25, the Russell 2000 gained an impressive 2.1% to close at its highest level since October 2018. Small caps have lagged their...

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

“We’re going streaking!” Frank The Tank in Old School As the bull market continues to make new highs, the past few weeks have seen some amazing market streaks. Here are three that have caught our attention. The S&P...

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Every year, millions of Americans celebrate the holidays with traditions such as throwing parties and buying gifts for family and friends. Unfortunately, many also participate in a tradition that lands them in debt -- spending more...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The S&P 500 Index has closed higher five consecutive weeks, making six new all-time highs along the way. There now have been 19 new highs in 2019, tying the number we saw last year. There’s no doubt that this bull market has...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tax planning can be more advantageous when done during the year and well in advance of year’s end. Opportunities may exist for you to minimize tax liability, which could leave more income for you and/or your family. Generally,...

Monday, November 11, 2019

When done well, estate planning aims both to allow you to pass on your assets as you see fit, and to minimize the state and federal tax bite that often accompanies wealth transfer. Sadly, most estate plans are old—and potentially outdated.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Turning the calendar from October to November brought more than trick-or-treaters, pumpkins, and falling leaves. It also brought important economic updates that delivered more treats than tricks and helped the stock markets reach new highs.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The U.S. services sector has steadily expanded this year, even as trade fears drag down manufacturing. The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) non-manufacturing (services) Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) climbed to 54...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Congratulations! You've decided to start a family. Up until now, your health insurance has probably been adequate, paying for routine doctor visits and prescription drugs. But now that you're facing a lifestyle change, you must make...

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) is widely expected to cut interest rates on Wednesday, October 30, which would be the third cut this year after nine consecutive hikes. The current fed funds rate target is 1.75–2%, with a 25 basis...

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

These crucial years call for action. Today, retirement may seem nearer to you than it once did. The following moves might be worth making—and soon. Catch-up contributions to your retirement accounts. Starting in the year you...

Thursday, October 24, 2019

It seems, sometimes, as though financial professionals come in only two flavors. There are those who promise everything is going to be fine; you don't have to fret about retirement, they say, because they'll help you make more than...

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The United Kingdom’s (U.K.) withdrawal from the European Union (E.U.), or Brexit, is stumbling along, and another delay looks increasingly likely. The U.K. Parliament’s “Super Saturday” voting session last...

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

In 2014, almost one-third of baby boomers had nothing saved for retirement. For those who did save, the median was around $200,000. This is a far cry less than the $1 million experts recommend for a 30-year retirement plan. Luckily,...

Monday, October 21, 2019

Significant wealth can reduce many of life’s trouble—but it can’t eliminate them entirely. Even the richest among us have fears. What’s more, they often share many of the same worries the rest of us have.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

If you care about what happens to your money, home, and other property after you die, you need to do some estate planning. There are many tools you can use to achieve your estate planning goals, but a will is probably the most vital....

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The debate over the United Kingdom’s (U.K.) withdrawal from the European Union (EU), or Brexit, is reaching another milepost in what could be an action-packed week. Talks between the U.K. government and the EU have entered...

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The world of 50 years ago was a lot different than it is today. An individual often worked at the same job all his or her adult life, lived in the same house, and stayed married to the same spouse. In those days, too, one spouse could...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

“The economy, stupid” — Phrase campaign strategist James Carville used to help Bill Clinton get elected in 1992. As Carville noted ahead of the 1992 election, the recession in 1990 and 1991 was top of mind for many...

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Where do you picture yourself in the future? Will you be in a new home, traveling the globe, or planning a big family celebration? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, and each comes with a price tag...

Friday, October 4, 2019

Summer has turned to fall, and there’s already a little chill in the air. Three-quarters of the year is behind us now, and both stock and bond markets have had a strong year so far, although we expect to see regular — but...

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Well, that wasn’t the start to the fourth quarter that the bulls wanted. The S&P 500 Index has dropped at least 1% on consecutive days to start the fourth quarter for the first time in history. It was down about 3% after two days...

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Here are the facts. Generally speaking, women earn less than men, live longer than men, and often take time out of the workforce to have children and/or to care for an aging parent or sick loved one. The potential consequence of these...

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

As shown in the LPL Chart of the Day, the 10-year Treasury yield jumped 34 basis points (0.34%) in the week ending September 13, then gave back half that gain in a 17 basis point (0.17%) slide last week. The benchmark yield...

Monday, September 23, 2019

Life insurance may be a cornerstone of a sound financial plan, providing potential financial stability to a surviving spouse, children, or other family members in the event of your untimely death. Sadly, many Americans have no life...

Thursday, September 19, 2019

It's hard to talk about college without mentioning financial aid. Yet this pairing isn't a marriage of love, but one of necessity. In many cases, financial aid may be the deciding factor in whether your child attends the college of his...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Federal Reserve’s (Fed) policy committee starts its sixth two-day policy meeting of the year today. At 2:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, following the meeting’s conclusion, the Fed will announce its rate decision and release a...

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

As the end of the year approaches, it's time to consider strategies that could help you reduce your tax bill. But most tax tips, suggestions, and strategies are of little practical help without a good understanding of your current tax...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Many extremely wealthy people have a much better handle than others on a key concept of success: the long game.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Dog Days of Summer were on full display this past month, as a variety of concerns pushed stocks and bond yields lower.

Monday, August 26, 2019

The financial challenges millennials face can be overwhelming. it's no wonder that life insurance as a financial asset gets little to no attention. But it should. There are many reasons to have life insurance at a relatively young age.

Monday, August 26, 2019

It's fairly difficult — even for professional investors — to consistently "beat the market." This realization led to the creation of index mutual funds.

Monday, August 26, 2019

A closer look at what some of the survey results reveals various lessons today's workers can learn from current retirees.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Keeping your cool can be hard to do when the market goes on one of its periodic roller-coaster rides. It's useful to have strategies in place that prepare you both financially and psychologically to handle market volatility.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

As retirement approaches, you might be facing the choice of accepting a lumpsum pension payout or a lifelong stream of pension checks. What factors should you consider when making this decision?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

These moves may help you build, protect, and enhance wealth. Want a good start on retirement saving and building wealth? Start early. Now is the ideal time to do important things for your future.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

It can be difficult, but not impossible, to save for retirement while paying down your credit card bills and student loans. Even small steps now can make a big difference later.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Major stock indexes are hovering near record levels, while other asset classes like bonds and gold have also participated in gains with little volatility in recent weeks.

Monday, July 29, 2019

"How did it get so late so soon?" -- Dr. Seuss His simple but powerful words continue to resonate today, even in the context of planning for a financially secure future.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Owning your own business gives you freedom and control. Unfortunately, it also gives you financial concerns, such as managing your retirement fund.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Juggling multiple financial portfolios with numerous advisors could create problems, whereas working with just one investment firm can provide many advantages.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

From coordinating plans to just checking in, your devices make it easy to stay in touch with your children anywhere at any time. However, you shouldn’t let technology keep your family from communicating in-person.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Often referred to as the "gig economy," these nontraditional or contingent work arrangements include independent contractors, on-call and temp agency workers, and those who sign up for on-demand labor through smartphone apps.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Millennials have youth on their side and may not devote much attention to their insurance needs. Consider insurance coverage that befits your personal circumstances without overspending.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Retirement is inevitable, but knowing exactly when to do so is often unclear. No matter when you actually begin your retirement, you’ll benefit from planning your post-work life as early as possible.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Do you have a tendency to push off important tasks? Do you do things at the last minute, or maybe not do them at all? If so, you're not alone. About one in five adults is a chronic procrastinator.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

If you were unpleasantly surprised by the amount of tax you owed or the amount of your tax refund when you filed your 2018 tax return, it may be time to check your withholding.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

. We received good news on the global trade front from the recent G20 Summit in Japan. President Trump and China’s President Xi agreed to a trade truce, clearing the way for the two nations to resume negotiations.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

No matter how much money you have or which life stage you're in, becoming financially independent starts with a dream. Your dream might be to finally pay off the mountain of debt you've accumulated, retire early, or open your own business.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Legacy planning takes estate planning to another level, looking beyond the numbers—passing on your values as well as your wealth. Choose how you want to be remembered.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Using your non-financial skills and talents in new ways can bring you prosperity and a greater sense of personal satisfaction. Here are five tips to follow when seeking balance in your finances.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

We are pleased to announce the release of the LPL Research Midyear Outlook 2019: FUNDAMENTAL: How to Focus on What Really Matters in the Markets, with investment insights and market guidance through the end of 2019. LPL Research.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Were the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changes less favorable for you? It may be time for a Mid-Year Tax Planning Check Up.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Experiencing identity theft can be traumatic and financially painful. It’s important to be proactive in formulating a cybersecurity strategy.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

10,000 people a day are facing retirement, and considering how their savings will last. This year, facing a 10-year-old bull market, what would the consequence of a market selloff be to the newly retired?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

On May 13, 2019, escalating trade tensions between the United States and China sparked a worldwide stock sell-off that wiped out more than $1 trillion in global equity values.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Trade tensions have interrupted an unusually calm year in U.S. stocks. In May, the S&P 500 Index fell from an April 30 record high as the United States and China failed to reach a trade deal and escalated tariff tensions.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Answering the following questions will help jump-start your planning process. There are web-based financial calculators available to help you in the planning process, as well.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Following are some options to consider if you aren’t on track to retire when you would like or you don’t expect to have enough money saved to live your desired lifestyle in retirement:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The newest reports, released on April 22, 2019, discuss the current financial condition and ongoing financial challenges that both programs face, and project a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2020.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which passed in December 2017, made fundamental changes to the U.S. tax code, and 2018 returns were the first time most taxpayers could see the practical impact of these changes.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Confidence among retirees continues to be greater than that of workers. Eighty-two percent of retirees are either very or somewhat confident about having enough money to live comfortably throughout their retirement years.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Exploring the world sounds fun and exciting, but it can be expensive to travel. Follow these money-saving tips when planning your next vacation to help make it more affordable.

Monday, May 20, 2019

The proliferation of ETF choices means they can now be used to create a broad portfolio of core investments, to target narrower sectors, or to gain market exposure that might otherwise be too difficult or costly to access.

Monday, May 20, 2019

You've put in the hard work as a college student and finally received your diploma. Now you're ready to head out on your own. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to start on the right track with your personal finances.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Tax reform changes to the standard deduction and itemized deductions may affect your ability to obtain an income tax benefit from charitable giving.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Periodically reviewing your portfolio with your financial professional can be an excellent way to keep your investments on track, and midway through the year is a good time for a checkup. Here are three questions to consider.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

When planning you may find that reality is not in sync with your projections, and it looks like your retirement income will be insufficient to meet your estimated expenses during retirement. This is called a projected income shortfall.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

529 plans can be a great way to save for college, but they're not the only way. When you're investing for a major goal like education, it makes sense to be familiar with all of your options.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

To live a long life, you’ll need a healthy supply of money to go the distance with you. The risk of outliving your money is called “longevity risk.” Begin early and follow the following good financial habits.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Recent history has moved many of us to take another look at our finances—a smart thing to do in any economy. Maybe it’s been a while since you took your financial temperature, or maybe considered it.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

It takes more than love to start a family—it also takes money. I can work with you to help prepare your finances for the road ahead.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Thinking about how you’ll pay for long-term care should be a part of everyone’s retirement planning process. A recent study found that most Americans don't have any idea of the costs of long-term care.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

If you're looking to save money for college, one option to consider is a 529 college savings plan.

Monday, May 6, 2019

For many families, a college education is a significant financial burden that is increasingly hard to meet with savings, current income, and a manageable amount of loans.

Friday, May 3, 2019

If it seems like the financial markets have been off to an unusually strong start to the year—you are correct. The S&P 500 Index has risen for four consecutive months, resulting in the strongest start to a year in more than 30 years!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

You've probably heard many references to "the Fed" along the lines of "the Fed held interest rates," or "market watchers are wondering what the Fed will do next." So what exactly is the Fed and what does it do?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A financial crisis can be scary at any age, but this is especially true when you're in your 40s or 50s. It's important to develop a strategy that will help you re-establish financial stability.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

You have an impressive financial portfolio that has specific needs. Make sure you’re taking advantage of the services your financial advisor can provide.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Investing with an eye toward promoting social, political, or environmental concerns (or at least not supporting activities you feel are harmful) doesn't mean you have to forgo pursuing a return on your money.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Why you should be checking your allocation just as much as – if not more than – your performance.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Some young investors are wary of equities. They remember how the 2007-09 bear market hurt their parents' retirement accounts. But it's important to recognize that Wall Street downturn for what it was: a regular part of the economic cycle.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

It’s unfortunate that we don’t always receive the salary we deserve. However, asking for a raise at the right or wrong time can influence the outcome. Here are some ways to tell when it’s the right time to ask for a raise, and how to do it.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Bucket lists can help you get a sense of what you have left to discover in the world. If you're looking for inspiration for your bucket list, read on for insights into how to make those dreams happen.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Leaving your company is a life milestone that profoundly affects your financial and emotional wellbeing. However, eventually circumstances may arise that indicate the time to leave has arrived. When is the right time to call it quits?

Thursday, April 4, 2019

April brings showers, baseball, and historically, the best month of the year for the S&P 500 Index (for the last 20 years).

Monday, April 1, 2019

Financial mistakes can occur throughout your lifetime. Whether you're in your 40s, 50s or 60s, it's important to be aware of financial pitfalls to avoid.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

As you cheer for your favorites in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament, you may not be thinking about the cost of college – but here’s a fun bracket that shows you how the NCAA schools measure up, tuition wise.

Friday, March 22, 2019

When you enter retirement, you'll immediately notice two things: You no longer draw a salary, and you have more time on your hands. Use that time to effectively manage your finances to take care of yourself and family overtime.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Daily obligations and tasks while raising kids can make it hard to connect as a family. Learn why it's important to spend quality time with your family and how it benefits everyone.

Friday, March 22, 2019

They say timing is everything. The best time to distribute an inheritance might be right now. Here are some pros and cons of distributing your inheritance early.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Being a mom may make you a more productive worker. Two recent studies have made that claim, and the flextime often requested by working moms may be a contributing factor.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Each year, the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) surveys employers to gauge trends in retirement plan features and participation. How does your plan compare?

Friday, March 22, 2019

If you're unhappy about your retirement savings, consider these tips to help you get back on track before time runs out.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Money can be a sensitive subject to discuss with your aging parents. Before you start the conversation, consider the following four signs that your parents might be experiencing financial challenges.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

While retirement is generally thought of as a utopian stage of life, upon first entering it, many find themselves struggling to fill their days.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

As successful families plan to sustain their assets, they must also consider potential financial hazards. Some of these risks are not always obvious.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Find out how you can potentially improve your portfolio’s bottom line through tax-efficient investing.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Parents may not like to dwell upon their untimely deaths, but creating a will now will help ensure your family's finances.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Do you know your credit score? If it's too low, you'll want to take steps to improve it. Your credit score hinges on many factors, including high-interest credit cards, student loans, and even lack of credit.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

With the cost of college continuing to increase year after year, applying to college usually involves applying for financial aid. And for many families, financial aid can be the deciding factor in which college your child will attend.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Even though tax filing season is well under way, there's still time to make a regular IRA contribution for 2018.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The S&P 500 Index has staged an impressive rally after nearly entering a bear market December 24, with U.S. stocks notching their best start to a year since 1991.

Friday, February 15, 2019

You see money one way, your partner sees it another. Don't let financial disagreements take a toll on your relationship.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Have you made your 2018 individual retirement account (IRA) contribution yet? The deadline is April 15, 2019.

Friday, February 15, 2019

You might think that those who are rich and famous would be way ahead of the curve when it comes to planning their estates properly, considering the resources and lawyers presumably available to them.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Most of the country might still be in the throes of the winter, but after extreme cold throughout many parts of the United States, thankfully the weather has warmed up. Stocks followed a similar path, warming up in January after a...

Friday, February 1, 2019

When saving for retirement, you're probably aware of the benefits of using tax-preferred accounts such as 401(k)s and IRAs. But you may not be aware of another type of tax-preferred account that may prove very useful.

Friday, February 1, 2019

While tax scams are especially prevalent during tax season, they can take place any time during the year. As a result, it's in your best interest to always be vigilant so you don't end up becoming the victim of a fraudulent tax scheme.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Right now, many households across the country are contending with the financial pressures resulting from the partial federal government shutdown. About 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Learn how the stock market can affect your retirement strategy.

Friday, January 4, 2019

On your journey to retirement, you'll likely face many risks that have the potential to throw you off course. Following are five common challenges retirement investors face.

Friday, January 4, 2019

In the simpler world of the twentieth century, parents were likely to buy brands based on a catchy jingle. Millennials are cut from a different cloth and are more likely to make purchases based on their values.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Money coaching is an excellent way to optimize your financial plans. Proper coaching promotes behavior that helps you build your wealth and rationalize retirement assets.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The new year is almost here. Have you considered your financial resolutions for 2019? Whatever your current situation, you can benefit from improving your spending and saving habits.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Outstanding student loan debt in the United States has tripled over the last decade, surpassing both auto and credit card debt to take second place behind housing debt as the most common type of household debt.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Every year, the Internal Revenue Service announces cost-of-living adjustments that affect contribution limits for retirement plans and various tax deduction, exclusion, exemption, and threshold amounts.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Retirement. College. An emergency fund. A new home or home improvement project. If you've been saving faithfully each month for some or all of these things, you might feel that you're on a never-ending financial treadmill.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

After nearly 10 years of witnessing the U.S. economy and stock market recover—and thrive—investors are starting to wonder if we've seen all this expansion and bull market have to offer.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Another year is drawing to a close, but so far neither market volatility nor market-moving headlines have shown any signs of winding down. Let's reflect on a challenging 2018 and look for bright spots in 2019.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Without setting your life goals, saving and investing can seem like a bunch of disconnected facts and figures

Friday, November 23, 2018

The holidays are quickly approaching. Consider celebrating the season by gifting savings investments to your young loved ones.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Have you saved enough for these major retirement expenses? Many people approach retirement thinking that their cost of living will decrease once they stop working. This is only partially true.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The pace and complexity of managing modern finances leave many people feeling unprepared and uncertain about their financial future. Here's a look at our process.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Its effect is subtle, yet significant. In retirement, you face a quiet financial threat. Over time, inflation may erode your purchasing power.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Stepping into retirement is great for getting in that well-earned rest and relaxation - and for taking up volunteering, no matter what that looks like.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

If you're a disciplined saver, you increase the potential of enjoying a comfortable retirement. How does your savings compare to national averages?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The financial markets in 2018 experienced lots of ups and downs we haven't seen in a long time. How do you stay focused on your goals when the markets get volatile? Take this short quiz to uncover your feelings about investing.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

One of the most confusing Medicare provisions is the prescription drug coverage gap, often called the "donut hole." Here's a breakdown.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Wearable technology: Useful devices you can wear at work and home. Wearable tech isn't just about being on trend. It's about creating a more efficient and informed lifestyle.

Monday, September 10, 2018

How can you make sure your teen is staying safe on the field? It's a tricky conversation. You don't want to discourage your teen from participating in a sport, connecting with peers, or learning something new.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

In today's complex world of medical billing, you may have difficulty understanding exactly which procedures you're being charged for, or what the billing codes on your hospital bill mean.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A health savings account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged account that you can establish and contribute to if you are enrolled in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP).

Thursday, August 16, 2018

You and your significant other are ready to take the next big step in your relationship: moving in together. While this is an exciting milestone, it's also one that should prompt you and your partner to have some serious conversations.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

When you live with a chronic illness, you need to confront both the day-to-day and long-term financial implications of that illness.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

One advantage of term life insurance is that it is generally the most cost-effective way to achieve the maximum life insurance protection you can afford.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Memorial Day weekend is the beginning of the summer driving season, and — not coincidentally — often a high point in the annual ups and downs of gas prices.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Interest rates on federal student loans are set to rise for the second year in a row. This table shows the interest rates for new loans made on or after July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

How critical is it for women to build retirement savings? At least as critical as it is for men, perhaps more so because of two factors. Women have a longer life expectancy than men.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

You must have been pleasantly surprised to find out you'd be getting a refund from the IRS — especially if it was a large sum. And while you may have considered this type of windfall a stroke of good fortune, is it really?

Tuesday, July 17, 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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Often, tax-qualified retirement accounts such as IRAs make up a significant part of one's estate. Naming beneficiaries of an IRA can be an important part of an estate plan.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The federal funds rate is the interest rate at which banks lend funds to each other from their deposits at the Federal Reserve (the Fed), usually overnight, in order to meet federally mandated reserve requirements.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Buying a home can be a major expenditure. Fortunately, federal tax benefits are still available, even after recent tax reform legislation, to help make homeownership more affordable.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

As people move through different stages of life, there are new financial opportunities — and potential pitfalls — around every corner. Have you made any of these mistakes?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Each year, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) conducts its Retirement Confidence Survey to assess both worker and retiree confidence in financial aspects of retirement.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

If you have a penchant for financial trivia, put your knowledge to the test by taking this short quiz.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Your life insurance needs will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your family, the nature of your financial obligations, your career stage, and your goals.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Statistics tell us that the leading cause of household stress is money. Yet many people do not have a system for knowing where their money goes once it comes in the door.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Getting married is an exciting time for a couple. However, along with this excitement come many challenges. One such challenge is how to manage your finances together.

Friday, June 15, 2018

If you're the parent of a high school student who's looking ahead to college, it's important to have a grown-up conversation with your child about college costs.

Friday, June 15, 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.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Some individuals begin or revisit their estate planning in response to a life event; others do so when their business or career changes.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

After you marry, to what degree should your financial lives be shared?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

We all know men and women are different in some fundamental ways. But is this true when it comes to financial planning? In a word, yes.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Now that it's fairly common for families to have two wage earners, many husbands and wives are accumulating assets in separate employer-sponsored retirement accounts.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The more money you make, the more valuable you perceive your time to be — and the more time-strapped you may feel, according to University of British Columbia psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Go out into your yard and dig a big hole. Every month, throw $50 into it, but don't take any money out until you're ready to buy a house, send your child to college, or retire. It sounds a little crazy, doesn't it?

Friday, May 11, 2018

A self-created last will and testament may lead to problems. As an early step in estate planning, you may be tempted to write your own will. There are some good reasons why you shouldn't.

Friday, May 11, 2018

The financial considerations of retiring “earlier” or “later.” If you can retire by choice, the question of “when” comes to mind.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Some people decide to get another college degree later in life. That typically means taking on student debt, and dealing with that debt after 40 takes planning.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Automate your retirement planning and wealth-building approach.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in December 2017, doubled the federal generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax exemption to $11.18 million in 2018 (adjusted for inflation in later years).

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in December 2017, approximately doubled the federal gift and estate tax basic exclusion amount to $11.18 million in 2018 (adjusted for inflation in later years).

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

College students and their parents expected changes after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was passed. Here's what takes effect in 2018.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Most people will receive Social Security benefits at some point in their lifetimes, but how much do you know about this important source of income? Take this quiz to learn more.

Tuesday, April 24, 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.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Wealthvision is designed to consolidate all of your accounts, assets and information into one secure location, making your personal financial life easier.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Ever since a legal secretary named Ida May Fuller received the first retirement benefit check in 1940, women have been counting on Social Security to provide much-needed retirement income.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Nowadays, it's easier than ever to get caught up in the cycle of credit card debt. In fact, it's become a growing problem for many Americans.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Creating a budget is the first key to successfully manage your finances. Knowing exactly how you are spending your money each month can set you on a more clear path to pursue your financial goals.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act substantially increased the standard deduction amounts for 2018 to 2025. It also eliminated or restricted many itemized deductions for those years.

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Equifax data breach was initially announced in September 2017, with an estimated 143 million Americans affected. In early March of 2018 it was announced that an additional 2.4 million consumers were affected as well. [i] While many...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Going through years of accumulated possessions and memories is probably not how you envisioned spending part of your retirement. It may sound like a daunting and emotionally draining task, but downsizing could be a good move.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Are employer wellness programs worth the investment? A review of some of the key studies examining the topic seems to indicate that such programs may indeed bring a variety of organizational benefits, depending on your objectives.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

529 plans were created 22 years ago, in 1996, to give people a tax-advantaged way to save for college. Roth IRAs were created a year later, in 1997, to give people a tax-advantaged way to save for retirement.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Severe weather can test even the most seasoned homeowners. And while storm hazards such as power outages, downed trees, and flooding can result in costly damage to your home, they can also put your family's safety at risk.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Critical illness insurance will pay you a lump sum if you are diagnosed with certain illnesses or injuries.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Being named as the executor of a family member's estate is generally an honor. It means that person has been chosen to handle the financial affairs of the deceased individual and is trusted to help carry out his or her wishes.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

If you or a loved one needs long-term care, other choices besides nursing home care may be available. Here are some of the other options. Home care Most people would prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible. Depending on your...

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Inflation is one of the key factors you will need to consider when planning for retirement. Not only will the cost of living rise while you're accumulating assets for retirement, but it will continue to rise during your retirement.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

It's human nature to put off complicated or emotionally heavy tasks. Talking with aging parents about their finances, health, and overall well-being might fall in this category.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Money is power. A fool and his money are soon parted. A penny saved is a penny earned. Money is the root of all evil. Do any of these expressions ring true for you?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sadly, for many women, becoming a widow is a first step toward economic hardship. That's why it's critical for you to organize your finances after your spouse's death and take ongoing steps to secure your financial future.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Are you planning to go back to school but not sure how you'll pay for it? If you're currently employed, a good starting point is to find out whether any employer-provided education benefits are available to you.

Friday, January 5, 2018

On December 22, President Trump signed the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law. Although the depth of detail of this new law may be intimidating, on balance, we believe its passage provides firmer footing for investors as we begin 2018.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

You may not mind if a legitimate robocall provides a helpful announcement from your child's school or an appointment reminder from a doctor's office. But sadly, criminals often use robocalls for nefarious purposes.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Women face special challenges when planning for retirement. To meet these financial challenges, you'll need to make retirement planning a priority.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Just getting out into the "real world?" These six steps can help your bottom line.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Does your company use electronic data? Does it store or communicate potentially sensitive information about customers, employees, or competitors? If so, then a breach of that data could cost your company plenty.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

It's no secret that the demographic profile of the United States is growing older at a rapid pace. GDP growth during this recovery has been weak. Could demographic changes be the reason?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Even if you're generally comfortable with your finances, you may occasionally worry about how much you're spending, especially if you consistently have trouble saving for short- or long-term goals.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Statistically speaking, women live longer than men; if you're married, that means that the odds are that you're going to outlive your husband. That's significant for a couple of reasons.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A will is often the cornerstone of an estate plan. Here are five things you can do with a will.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

You may think that the chances of becoming disabled during your working years are slight, and even if you did get hurt or had to miss time at work, you could get by because you have group disability insurance.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

There is no magic formula to determine how much you or your child should borrow to pay for college. But there is such a thing as borrowing too much. How much is too much? Here are some guidelines.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trimming college costs up front can help families avoid excessive college borrowing and the burdensome student loan payments that come with it. Here are some ideas.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

As you progress along your career path, there's no telling how far you'll go. But to fully reap the financial rewards of all your hard work, you'll need to take charge of your own career--here are a few issues you'll want to address.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

For several years, the Social Security Administration mailed statements every five years to people starting at age 25, but due to budgetary concerns, the SSA has stopped mailing Social Security Statements to individuals under age 60.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

With some private colleges now crossing the once unthinkable $70,000-per-year mark in the 2017/2018 school year, and higher costs at public colleges, too, financial aid is essential for many families.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It's a catch-22: You feel that you should focus on paying down debt, but you also want to save for retirement. It may be comforting to know you're not alone: 18% of today's workers describe their debt as a major problem.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The opportunity to acquire company stock — inside or outside a workplace retirement plan — can be a lucrative employee benefit. But having too much of your retirement plan assets in one investment could expose you to concentration risk.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Women are increasingly taking responsibility for managing their own money. However, many women, including high-level professionals who are experts in their field, may not feel confident about their investing abilities.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) adjusts interest rates to help keep inflation near a 2% target. How is this calculated?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

If you plan to continue working after you reach age 65, you may be wondering how Medicare coordinates with your employer's group health plan. Here are some guidelines on how to compare coverages.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Life can be busy. The requirements of work and family often leave little time to step back and think about where you've been and where you're heading. But as your responsibilities grow, so does your need for life insurance.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Women in the workforce generally earn less than men. While the gender pay gap is narrowing, it is still significant. The difference in wages, coupled with other factors, can lead to a shortfall in retirement savings for women.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

If you're the parent of a young adult who is still living at home, you might be wondering whether this situation is commonplace.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

How much do you know about market basics? Put your investing IQ to the test with this quiz on stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Planning on working during retirement? Recent studies have consistently shown that a majority of retirees plan to work at least some period of time during their retirement years. Here are some points to consider.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Yes, you can make a direct or 60-day rollover from a 401(k) plan [or other qualified plan, 403(b) plan, or governmental 457(b) plan] to a Roth IRA, as long as you meet certain requirements.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's a vicious cycle: Money is one of the greatest causes of stress, prolonged stress can lead to serious health issues, and health issues often result in yet more financial struggles.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

You've probably heard the news that the Federal Reserve has been raising its benchmark federal funds rate. The Fed doesn't directly control consumer interest rates, but changes to the federal funds rate often affect consumer borrowing costs

Friday, May 19, 2017

It's no secret that today's college graduates face record amounts of debt. Approximately 68% of the graduating class of 2015 had student loan debt, with an average debt of $30,100 per borrower — a 4% increase from the prior year.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Women face special challenges when planning for retirement. Many generally work fewer years and save less, leaving many to rely on their husbands' savings and benefits to carry them both through retirement.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act was enacted in 1974 to protect employees who participated in retirement and certain other employee benefit plans. The fiduciary provisions of ERISA protect participants from the mismanagement and

Thursday, April 27, 2017

For many workers, there may be mathematical and psychological advantages to keeping the pension. However, a lump sum could provide financial flexibility that may benefit some families.

Friday, March 24, 2017

You've been saving diligently for years, and now it's time to think about how to convert the money in your traditional 401(k)s (or similar workplace savings plans) into retirement income. But hold on, not so fast.

Friday, March 10, 2017

One of the most difficult conversations many of us face with parents is talking about money.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When your career is peaking and you are preparing for your own retirement, you may find yourself in the position of having to help your children with the financial challenges of young adulthood while also looking after your aging parents.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

When you determine your retirement income needs, you make your projections based on the type of lifestyle you plan to have and the desired timing of your retirement.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Being self-employed has many advantages — the opportunity to be your own boss and come and go as you please, for example. However, it also comes with unique challenges, especially when it comes to how to handle taxes.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

If you're satisfied with your current coverage, you don't need to make changes, but you should review your options before you decide to stay with your current plan.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The success of a business, especially a small business, is often predicated on the performance and retention of a few key employees. Here is one way owners can try to retain and reward their key employees.

Friday, August 19, 2016

If you've been designated as the beneficiary of a traditional or Roth IRA, it's important that you understand the special rules that apply to "inherited IRAs."

Thursday, August 4, 2016

In an ideal world, your retirement would be timed perfectly. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world, and events can take you by surprise. What if you retire during a market downturn?