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Don’t Forget the Tried-and-True Value of Compounding Interest

If you forgot what compounding interest was, let’s refresh. Compounding interest is the process by which the interest earned on an investment is reinvested so that the initial investment grows over time. It may not seem like it, but compounding returns is a powerful tool that can significantly increase the value of an investment over [...]

By |2023-01-30T13:19:18+00:00January 30th, 2023|Financial Planning, Investing|0 Comments

Let’s Talk Social Security

For most, Social Security provides a solid foundation for retirement income. In fact, as of September 2022, over 70 million Americans were collecting benefits.[1] However, not everyone knows exactly how or when to start tapping into this resource. As you grow older and retirement looms on the horizon, the decisions you make start to have [...]

By |2023-01-23T14:40:21+00:00January 23rd, 2023|Social Security|0 Comments

Be the Financial Compass for Future Generations

Building towards retirement, you have made many financial decisions. Perhaps you maxed out your credit card on clothes in your early 20s or chose the wrong payment plan for your car loan or home mortgage. Regardless, you’ve navigated many financial obstacles and gained wisdom that can now be passed on to your kids and grandchildren. [...]

By |2023-01-17T13:02:11+00:00January 17th, 2023|Financial Planning|0 Comments

2 Ways the 2022 Economic Woes Affected Your Retirement Accounts

The 2022 economic climate has been bumpy for most and, in some cases, even bumpier for retirees. Americans and the world at large dealt with the economic ramifications of the Russia-Ukraine war, post-pandemic industrial effects, and rising inflation and interest rates. As the year ends, it's important to understand how these economic factors may have affected [...]

By |2023-01-06T17:21:09+00:00January 9th, 2023|Economy, Retirement Planning|0 Comments

Turning 59.5? Here are the Factors to Consider

Approaching 60 is an exciting time. Not only does it come with more wisdom and thrill for a new chapter of life, but it also presents important financial decisions that can affect your life in retirement. If you are turning 59.5 this year, you will become eligible to withdraw from your retirement accounts without penalty. [...]

By |2023-01-04T14:49:16+00:00January 2nd, 2023|Retirement Planning|0 Comments

What You Need to Know About the State of the Crypto Industry

2022 was a reckoning for the crypto industry. Cryptocurrencies deemed stable collapsed while proof of overly risky, shady, and even fraudulent practices emerged among some of the most established crypto companies. Instead of getting into the weeds of what the technology of crypto is or the genesis behind its creation, it’s more important to understand [...]

By |2022-12-22T22:03:29+00:00December 26th, 2022|Investing|0 Comments

2 Reasons the Generic 60/40 Portfolio Fails

Starting out your investing journey, you may have been advised to follow the 60/40 allocation strategy. This strategy tells you to put 60% of your portfolio in equities and 40% in bonds or other fixed-income offerings. For decades, this strategy has been revered for its balance, offering high growth potential from stocks and a safety [...]

By |2022-12-19T16:30:25+00:00December 19th, 2022|Investing, Stock Market|0 Comments

3 Factors to Know for Rising Interest Rate Conditions

The 2022 economy has broken multiple records, first, with the highest inflation rate in 40 years, and now, the highest federal reserve interest rates since 2008.[1] In efforts to curb raging inflation, the US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates six times in 2022, reaching a target of 3.75% in November.[2] This rise in the [...]

By |2022-12-13T17:44:40+00:00December 13th, 2022|Economy, Financial Planning, Investing|0 Comments

The Value of Opening a Roth IRA at the End of the Year

These days, retirement planning will likely involve Individual Retirement Accounts in one way or another. Whether you’re looking to roll over a 401(k), optimize your withdrawal timing, or take advantage of catch-up contributions, your IRA strategy may be one of the main components of your income strategy. So, let’s talk about the Roth IRA and [...]

By |2022-12-07T16:20:48+00:00November 28th, 2022|Financial Planning, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning|0 Comments