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Monday, October 11, 2021

As federal student loan forbearance reaches the end of its extension come Jan 31, 2022, there is a world of unknowns in the industry of servicing the $1.59 trillion of federal student loan debt. More specifically, Navient announced on...

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

There’s a famous saying about a hurricane starting from a butterfly flapping its wings on the other side of the world. That “butterfly effect” is certainly happening in terms of the Chinese property market’s...

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The economic impact of COVID-19 has been felt from coast to coast. And, unfortunately for many pre-retirees, it could potentially impact Social Security benefits as well.A new report indicates that if Congress doesn’t take...

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

This month is life insurance awareness month. Markets are trading at very expensive multiples. Open enrollment is right around the corner. September 2021 Newsletter

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

If you have a secret, don’t tell anyone at the Federal Reserve Bank. They may leak the story before you’d like.In early August, multiple regional Federal Reserve Bank presidents hit the speaking tour. They made headlines...

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Feeling a little distracted this past year? Over the last year, many have seen their lives impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ways in which we work, live, and communicate have drastically changed, to say the least. It’s...

Thursday, September 9, 2021

In this week’s recap: Stocks mixed as U.S. copes with economic data and Delta variant. Weekly Economic Update Presented by Kit Lancaster CFP September 9, 2021 THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Stocks were mixed last week amid conflicting...

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Monthly Economic Update Presented by Kit Lancaster CFP, AWMA, September 2021 U.S. Markets Signs of an improving labor market, strong corporate earnings, and more clarity from the Fed on its tapering plans propelled stocks to multiple...

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

July 2021 Market Moves What has our attention this week? S&P 500 and Nasdaq are coming off of all-time highs Russell 2000 (Small Cap Index) is down over 6% in the last 30 days Stock market valuations are at highs last seen around the...

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Have you ever wondered what a stock is worth? How stocks grow, evolve and change over time? Check out my short video on the story of Yahoo. How it went from a valuation of $125 billion to less than $5 billion in 16 years. Check out...

Friday, April 23, 2021

Previously, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year had been automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021.1More time for allHowever,...

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Second Quarter Updates - Tax Planning There is still time to make contributions toward your 2020 IRA and ROTH IRA contribution limits. Contact us if you have questions or would like to make a last minute contribution. How do tax...

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Second Quarter Updates - Tax Planning There is still time to make contributions toward your 2020 IRA and ROTH IRA contribution limits. Contact us if you have questions or would like to make a last minute contribution. Last year was a...

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

What is Private Equity? You may have heard of Private Equity or work at a firm owned b Private Equity and have questions. How private equity has influenced the marketplace is an important story to understand. It can help us set more...

Monday, March 29, 2021

Money Managers Fear a Lost Decade Looking forward into the 2020s there is a lot fear. JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Bridgewater Founder Ray Dalio, and others have expressed concerns on the prospects of a lost decade in US equity...

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Investing vs Speculating The year is off to a strong start in the stock market. The best performing equity stocks ended February 28th where value stocks. With large cap value stocks finishing up 5.1% year to date and small cap value...

Monday, March 15, 2021

The acronym “SPAC” is showing up more often these days because there is some big money behind the revitalized investment approach.SPAC stands for Special Purpose Acquisition Company, and they are sometimes referred to as...

Sunday, March 14, 2021

I’m sure you’ve heard that the House recently passed the Senate another round of stimulus to try and counteract the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new stimulus package could narrow income eligibility to...

Friday, March 12, 2021

The House of Representatives passed a $1.9 trillion relief package focused on economic relief following the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was signed into law at the White House on Thursday.1Beyond the much-discussed $1,400 stimulus...

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Investing vs Speculating The year is off to a strong start in the stock market. The best performing equity stocks ended February 28th where value stocks. With large cap value stocks finishing up 5.1% year to date and small cap value...

Monday, February 8, 2021

Welcome to the Tax Cente2020 Tax Form Availability DatesAll dates are based on the 2021 calendar year—some dates may vary and are subject to change. Form AssetMark Trust Pershing TD Ameritrade Fidelity RMD Letter January 12 N/A...

Monday, February 8, 2021

Upcoming Events Ideas, strategies, perspectives and courses of action to inform your financial mindset in 2021. Sign up for our next Webinar on Financial Planning or Environmental and Socially Responsible Investing. Read more First...

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Equity Traded Funds or ETFs and for the sake of this article, ETNs and index funds, have become very popular in the last 15 years. (I will refer to Index Funds, ETNs and ETFs as ETFs for the rest of the article) How far you might ask?...

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Life Insurance Imagine if something happened to you while training, on a deployment or driving across town to get the groceries. What would those that depend on your income do to make ends meet? How would they pay the rent or mortgage?...

Monday, November 23, 2020

Do you need long-term care? Have you had the experience of taking care of a family member as they age? I meet people regularly looking for strategies, solutions and ideas to attack their financial problems, concerns or accomplish...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Have you ever made a bet that you were almost certain you would win only to be wrong? If you had to go back and make the same bet again would you do it? How we make decisions and the information we choose to inform our decision making...

Monday, November 16, 2020

Keeping track of our financial information, accounts and information with SEI Private Trust can be handled by way of their online login and portal. Information available in your online portal with SEI - Tax Documents, Account Documents...

Thursday, November 12, 2020

The election is over. How do you feel? How did the experience inform or change the way you made financial decisions this year? Will it affect the way you make decisions next year? A few thoughts, questions and observations before you...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Check out this video: https://share.vidyard.com/watch/omg2CdCxY219Pn9Gh4d9dy? There are a lot of different professionals who provide financial services. They have titles like financial advisor, wealth management advisor, financial...

Monday, October 26, 2020

When I meet with prospective clients they ask me all kinds of great questions. One question I get often is "Are you fee only". Below is my response. Check out this video: https://share.vidyard.com/watch/VQzjJWhJMbDkmxZwrJrn2y?

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Are you nearing retirement? If you are, take time to setup an account on SSA.gov. Doing so will help you access important information about your social security benefits. This information will help you and your financial planner...

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Check out this video: https://share.vidyard.com/watch/NTDv3c4ac1uW5rL83BCPWe? Seeking out advice, receiving advice and actioning advice are three separate actions.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

I was watching a segment of Mad Money on CNBC with Jim Cramer the other day and it reminded me there are a lot of retail investors who do not work with a professional advisor. While you may not need an advisor to do everything for you,...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

How would you feel if that asset lost value or became worthless tomorrow? Would it change your life style? Would it change the lives of your kids, parents and other family members? How would it impact your financial goals and your...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

I recently took the plunge and checked out several so called “Robo Advisor” services. I also reached out to a banking institution that primarily provides banking, financial and insurance services to military veterans. I...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

You ever have that feeling you could be doing something better? You pay all your bills on time, but you have a lot of bills. Do you find a large portion of your paycheck is already earmarked for: student loans, car payment, your living...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

This is a common question I get from prospective clients in regards to investment selection. We might be at a social event, having an initial consultation or meeting after one of my educational events. They are interested in the...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

As the spring buying season gets underway I frequently receive the following question from a first time home buyer or two. I get asked if IRA assets can be used to make a down payment for a home purchase. The short answer is yes, for...

Monday, August 6, 2018

The first time I observed such a loss was in 2010. I was deployed to Iraq serving as an Operations Officer for a HIMARS Battalion (i.e. rocket artillery). We had soldiers all over the country ready to meet the indirect fire support...