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Special Bulletin Regarding the Stock Market

- Jan 01, 2019

While the Christmas holidays may provide us with many reasons for celebration, the precipitous volatility and decline of the stock market indexes is certainly not one of them. A typical 60/40 portfolio was down nearly 10% for the year as of Christmas, with much of that decrease occurring in December alone.  So please be forewarned that unless…

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Year-End Tax Planning

- Jan 01, 2019

 By Barry Jamieson, MA, CFP® With increases in the standard deduction ($24K for couples, $12K for singles) resulting from last year’s tax changes, it has become harder to take advantage of the tax breaks provided through itemized deductions. For those of you who are taking required minimum distributions, or RMDs, having the part of your distribution…

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Estimating Expenses for Your Special Needs Financial Plan

- Nov 23, 2018

By Barry Jamieson One of the more difficult tasks in establishing your special needs financial plan is estimating expenses of your adult child after he or she begins living independently from you. Much of the difficulty is the result of the uncertainty of not knowing precisely what kind of support will be needed when your…

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Creating a Special Needs Financial Plan

- Oct 29, 2018

Creating a special needs financial plan involves putting together two plans: one for the parent and one for the child with a disability. Because the combined financial plans take into account the needs and goals of both the parents and the adult child with a disability there is additional complexity in producing an overall projection…

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Investing in Socially Responsible or Sustainable Funds

- Sep 27, 2018

 By Christina Povenmire, MBA, CFP® According to the 2014 Nielsen Global Survey of Corporate Social Responsibility, more than half of consumers surveyed globally said they would be willing to pay more for products and services from companies committed to a positive social and environmental impact. And when it comes to investing, a recent Morgan Stanley survey…

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Obtaining Your Social Security Benefit Estimate

- Sep 27, 2018

 by Barry Jamieson, CFP®, MA As you approach retirement, you may want to estimate more precisely estimate what your monthly Social Security benefit will be.  For many this figure is important because this benefit is likely to represent a significant share of their retirement income.  Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration does not send out paper statements as…

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