A 2019 Market Review

Wow, what a ride! Since 2009, the markets have experienced tremendous growth. Many have been surprised that the markets have performed so strongly over the past 10 years. It seems like every other week we

The SECURE Act

Long-established retirement account rules change. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is now law. With it, comes some of the biggest changes to retirement savings law in recent years. While the

Getting a Head Start on College Savings

The hows and whys of college savings. The American family with a child born today can expect to spend about $233,610 to raise that child to the age of 18. And if you’ve already traded

Reducing the Risk of Outliving Your Money

What steps might help you sustain and grow your retirement savings? “What is your greatest retirement fear?” If you ask any group of retirees and pre-retirees this question, “outliving my money” will likely be one

End-of-the-Year Money Moves

Here are some things you might consider before saying goodbye to 2019.  What has changed for you in 2019? Did you start a new job or leave a job behind? Did you retire? Did you

Helping Your Parents Manage Financial Tasks

How can you make things easier on them later in life? Worldwide, the number of people aged 60 and older is growing. By 2050, this demographic will be more than twice as large as it

The Importance of TOD & JTWROS Designations

A convenient move that could ward off probate on your accounts. TOD, JTWROS – what do these obscure acronyms signify? They are shorthand for transfer on death and joint tenancy with right of survivorship –

IRA Withdrawals That Escape the 10% Penalty

The list of these options has grown. An IRA, or Individual Retirement Account, is a tax-advantaged savings account that is subject to special rules regarding contributions and withdrawals. One of the central rules of IRAs

The Benefits of Donating Appreciated Stock

In Matthew 6:20 Jesus encourages us to “…lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…”  One of the most basic ways that we can apply this teaching is to give generously of our financial resources to