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Jan 10, 2022

Should You Buy Bonds in 2022?

Owning bonds today is still relevant because they provide steady income and protect portfolios when risky assets fall. If you rely on your portfolio for spending, the bond portion should protect your spending level.

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Jan 6, 2022

Inherited IRAs: Do You Know The Rules?

When the SECURE Act first passed, the rules seemed straightforward. In practice, we are now encountering individuals who have more than one Inherited IRA account and possibly different distributions plans for each one.

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Jan 6, 2022

Want to Earn 7% Risk-Free? There’s a Catch

The 7% yield is very attractive. It will probably change in May, but even then, the new yield will still likely be well above any other yields that you can get on cash alternatives.

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Jan 3, 2022

Nurses, Military, Teachers: Get your Student Loans Forgiven!

The PSLF program hasn’t had the best reputation, but the recent changes should make it more user-friendly and accessible to the people it was designed to help.

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Dec 27, 2021

Goodbye 2021 – Oops, What Did I Forget?

When it comes to tax law and estate planning regulations, Congress is, if nothing else, unpredictable. While the Build Back Better bill appears to be dead in its current state, another bill will soon follow, offering up its own set of planning challenges.

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Dec 20, 2021

2021 U.S. Economy – The Bedel Barometer

The current score for the Bedel Barometer is +3. While we all know “past performance is not a guarantee of future results,” our economic metrics continue to improve with the slow reopening of the economy.

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Dec 13, 2021

Wow! Inflation over 7%

This inflation rate far surpasses the Federal Reserve's target of achieving an average inflation rate of 2% per year. Yet, despite this data, Fed Chair Jerome Powell has dismissed inflation concerns throughout much of the year because he believed higher prices were 'transitory.'

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Dec 6, 2021

Get Money from Your House

Maybe you want to renovate your home to avoid having to buy a new house in today's cutthroat market. Perhaps you wish to pay off higher interest credit card or student loan debt. Tapping home equity can be a viable and beneficial financial strategy for many reasons but also comes with its fair share of risks.

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Nov 29, 2021

Why Holiday Gifts May Cost More

We may be in the middle of the largest supply chain disruption since World War II. But what is the "supply chain," and how did we get into this mess?

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Nov 22, 2021

Widow Sells Her House: Tax Consequences?

When Harry met Sally, they bought a wonderful home for $50,000. They loved their home, neighborhood, and the fond memories created there. However, when Harry passed away, Sally decided it was time to move. Now, Sally is left wondering what the tax consequences might be.

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Nov 15, 2021

The Fed Tapering: What Does It Mean?

The rate at which the Federal Reserve has been purchasing assets is more than we have ever experienced. What signals does that send to investors, and how does the stock market react when the Fed buys or sells assets?

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Nov 8, 2021

It's Gifting Season!

Whether you gift your time, drop cash in the Salvation Army bucket, or make larger donations to charity via appreciated securities, every ounce of your giving helps fund a greater cause.

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