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Strategies For Retiring Single

If you're heading into retirement as a single person, you'll want to replace your income...and stay socially engaged.

About 6% of Americans 65 and older have never married. That statistic comes from a 2018 Census Bureau report, which also found that 22% of Americans aged 65-74 live alone.1

The Problem of Money Paralysis

Not making a move may not always be the best move to make.

A decision not made may have financial consequences. Sometimes, we fall prey to a kind of money paralysis, in which financial indecision is regarded as a form of “safety.”  

Economic Update May 2019

In this month’s recap: the S&P 500 returns to record territory, key economic indicators show strength, oil continues its ascent, and existing home sales decline.

Wall Street shifted its focus from trade to earnings in April. On that front, the news was good: through April 26, first-quarter results for S&P 500 firms had beaten expectations by 5.3%, a bit better than the historical average of 4.8%. A strong first-quarter gross domestic product reading and solid consumer spending and hiring numbers did much to quell worries about the economy slowing. Existing home sales retreated again; mortgage rates went north again. Oil prices rose. Bullish sentiment was palpable.1

Could Social Security Really Go Away?

That may be unlikely, but the program does face definite financial challenges.

Will Social Security run out of money in the 2030s? You may have heard warnings about this dire scenario coming true. These warnings, however, assume that no action will be taken to address Social Security’s financial challenges between now and then.

April 2019 Economic Update

April 2019: In this month’s recap: the Federal Reserve sees no rate hikes in 2019, investors watch Treasury yields with interest, hiring suddenly weakens, home sales pick up, and the price of oil tops $60.  

Investing in Agreement with Your Beliefs

The case for aligning your portfolio with your outlook & worldview.

Do your investment choices reflect your outlook? Are they in agreement with your values? These questions may seem rather deep when it comes to deciding what to buy or sell, but some great investors have built fortunes by investing according to the ethical, moral, and spiritual tenets that guide their lives.   

March 2019 Economic Update

In this month’s recap: domestic and foreign shares (and many commodities) advance, as two major
investor anxieties ease for the moment.

You could say that Wall Street breathed a collective sigh of relief in February. Investors were encouraged by new developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations and by the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s most recent policy meeting. On Main Street, consumer confidence improved, while consumer spending kept pace. Home sales declined once more, but so did mortgage rates. Optimism about the potential of the markets seemed to outweigh pessimism about possible economic deceleration. The S&P 500 gained 2.97% for the month.1

Is America Prepared to Retire?

Are Americans saving enough? Only 19% of U.S. adults describe themselves as “very confident” when asked about their savings. Worry spots include retiring without enough money saved (16%) and anxiety about having a “rainy day” emergency fund (14%). These findings come from the 2018 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. (The survey collected data from 2,017 U.S. adults.)1

Break These Ten Bad Money Habits

Do bad money habits constrain your financial progress? Many people fall into the same financial behavior patterns, year after year. If you sometimes succumb to these financial tendencies, now is as good a time as any to alter your behavior. Here are 10 bad habits you should break.

10 BIG Changes for Your 2018 Taxes

Now that it’s February, most of us will begin thinking about preparing our 2018 tax returns.  2018 marked the start of the broadest tax code revision in a generation.  Passed in 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ushered in changes to almost every aspect of the tax code.  In fact, you would need to go back to the era of Ronald Reagan to find a more extensive revision.  The following are ten of the biggest changes for 2018 that individual taxpayers should pay attention to as they complete their tax returns:

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