Tag Archives: retirement

  • Investment advice from The Great One

    If you collect inspirational, empowering quotes, then you’ve already heard this one a million times: “I skate to where the puck is going to be,” hockey legend Wayne Gretzky once said, “not where it has been.” At the time of this writing, it’s a hundred degrees outside in most cities with a National Hockey League […]

  • Long-term Care Planning

    In the year 2000, almost 10 million people needed some form of long-term care in the United States. Of that number, 3.6 million (37%) were under age 65 and 6 million (63%) were over age 65*. What does that really mean? This trend means that almost 70% of people turning age 65 will need long-term […]

  • Fast Forward One Year

    What a difference a year makes.  Do you recall how 2016 started? The United States’ Federal Reserve announced the first interest rate hike in years in December of 2015, and the S&P 500 would then plummet almost 11% over the following 8 weeks.  At the same time, Japan and a number of European countries initiated […]

  • Interesting Times…..

    As Chinese New Year celebrations wind down, it’s fitting to recall an expression that has been attributed to the Chinese for generations. The expression “May you live in interesting times” has an origin that is, ironically, interesting itself. Regardless of its origin, upon closer examination, the expression seems not to be a blessing at all, […]

  • Tax Free? Does it Really Exist?

    Most People Confuse Tax Deferred (will be taxed at some point) with Tax Free (will never be taxed) When most investors hear “tax free income”, they immediately think about investing in municipal bonds which are free from federal income taxation.  There are many financial calculators for the tax free equivalent yield when investing in municipal […]

  • Annuities 101

    Last month, Steve mentioned his issues of sending his youngest off to college and how the 529 plan played a role in funding the college education costs for both of his sons.  I too am sending a child off to college this year, one next year, and our youngest a few years after that.  It […]

  • TRANSITIONS

    We know they’re coming but don’t want to acknowledge them! As I sit to write the blog for this month, I can’t help but reflect how my life has changed over the past month with what seem like normal life events.  What are these life events?  Well both of my sons have had graduations.  I […]

  • Who is the beneficiary of your 401k or IRA?

    This oversight could cost your loved ones dearly. Something seemingly so easy as to declare the beneficiary of your 401k has caused heartache for many unsuspecting heirs, who are unintentionally left with nothing. Take the case of Ben Langford, who worked at a privately owned company for 25 years.  He named his wife of 38 […]