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Don’t Ignore the Cost-Cutting Shifts with Your Pension

I’m always on the lookout for proposed policies that impact pensions. There are two considerations for both federal and private pension beneficiaries. The explosion of private pension transfers in 2017 and the president’s fiscal 2019 budget includes a few proposals to reduce retirement benefits for federal civilian workers. The president’s budget proposes four changes to...
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February 2018 Market Recap: Stocks Bounce Back after Volatility Rocks Markets

Risks are building in the markets but so is bearishness. Though markets are going to do what they are going to do in short-term, we have learned there are still not a lot of natural sellers, and if the market gets too offside, you can bet the other side for a trade.The fast money is...
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Who owns your advisor?

Forget Bitcoin. The red-hot M&A market for RIAs (Registered Investment Advisors) shows no signs of slowing down. Research and investment banking firm Echelon Partners reports deal volumes in 2017 were on track to set a new record breaking 150 transactions. According to industry estimates, there are between 10 to 20 qualified buyers are lined up for...
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January Market Review 

“You scream and shout. What’s it all about. I want out. I want out of you,” renowned singer/songwriter Russ Tolman sings in “I Want Out”. I felt like a lot of investors were thinking the same thing about their portfolio after watching the S&P 500 fall 3.9 percent this week, the most since early 2016. As investors, we...
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There are lies, damn lies, statistics…and then there are backtests.

Isn’t it crazy how every sales guy working at an investment firms claims their products/strategies consistently beats the market? You’ve never heard a salesman say “To be honest, most of our clients lose money with us. However, our client portal is, modestly speaking, quite exquisite.” However, it’s critical to pay particular attention during these sales...
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Make money this flu season

One of the benefits of the newly signed tax-reform law is the temporary reduction in the medical expense deduction floor. The floor, which was scheduled to be 10% of adjusted gross income in 2017, will now be 7.5% for 2017 and 2018 (returns to 10% in 2019). So, each dollar spent on health care beyond...
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