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Will You Avoid These Estate Planning Mistakes?

Will You Avoid These Estate Planning Mistakes?

Too many wealthy households commit these common blunders. Many people plan their estates diligently, with input from legal, tax, and financial professionals. Others plan earnestly but make mistakes that can potentially affect both the transfer and destiny of family wealth. Here are some common and not-so-common errors to avoid. Doing it all yourself. While you…

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Growth Report – Monday, September 16, 2019

Growth Report – Monday, September 16, 2019

THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Stocks edged toward all-time peaks during a relatively calm week marked by easing trade tensions. Friday marked the eighth straight daily advance for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.1 Small-cap shares, as tracked by the Russell 2000 index, rose 4.85% in five days. The S&P 500 improved 0.96% for the week,…

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What the SECURE Act Could Mean for Retirement Plans


What the SECURE Act Could Mean for Retirement Plans


If passed, it would change some long-established retirement account rules. If you follow national news, you may have heard of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. Although the SECURE Act has yet to clear the Senate, it saw broad, bipartisan support in the House of Representatives. This legislation could make Individual…

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Growth Report – Monday, September 9, 2019

Growth Report – Monday, September 9, 2019

THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Stocks rose last week, with help from two developments: the announcement of further U.S.-China trade talks as well as August hiring and manufacturing numbers that seemed to bolster the argument for a rate cut by the Federal Reserve. The broad U.S. equity market, as represented by the S&P 500, added…

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Diversification, Patience, and Consistency

Diversification, Patience, and Consistency

Three important factors when it comes to your financial life. Regardless of how the markets may perform, consider making the following part of your investment philosophy: Diversification. The saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” has real value when it comes to investing. In a bear or bull market, certain asset classes may…

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Growth Report – Monday, September 2

Growth Report – Monday, September 2

THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Fears of an impasse in the U.S.-China trade dispute lessened last week. While additional U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports were scheduled to take effect on September 1, China’s government communicated that it would refrain from taking retaliatory measures for the moment. U.S. stock benchmarks advanced during the week. The S&P…

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Cash Balance Plans

Cash Balance Plans

More professional practices (and practice groups) should look into them. In corporate America, pension plans are fading away. Only 16% of Fortune 500 companies offered them to full-time employees in 2018, according to Willis Towers Watson research. In contrast, legal, medical, accounting, and engineering firms are keeping the spirit of the traditional pension plan alive…

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Growth Report – Monday, August 26, 2019

Growth Report – Monday, August 26, 2019

THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Traders assumed that the week’s biggest news event would be Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech at the annual Jackson Hole banking conference. Instead, China seized the headlines by announcing new tariffs on U.S. goods. Domestic stocks ended up lower for the week. The Nasdaq Composite fell 1.83%; the S&P…

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Investment Policy Statements
 provided by a Financial Advisor

Investment Policy Statements
 provided by a Financial Advisor

What are they? Why are they important? A self-fulfilling policy. An investment policy statement (IPS) is a document which helps the client and financial advisor stay “on the same page” by clearly stating the expectations and responsibilities of the client and advisor. A standard IPS will usually take into account the client’s general investment goals…

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Growth Report – Monday, August 19, 2019

Growth Report – Monday, August 19, 2019

THE WEEK ON WALL STREET U.S. stock indices saw significant ups and downs last week, with traders looking for economic cues from Treasury yields and also developments in the tariff fight between the U.S. and China. The S&P 500 lost 1.03% on the week; the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite respectively declined 1.53%…

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