News and Financial Insights

8
Feb

How the New President May Affect Your Finances

In honor of President’s Day on February 15th, it may be a good idea to discuss with your financial professional how our new president, Joe Biden, may affect your finances, taxes, and retirement. Meeting with your financial professional will enable you to prepare accordingly for the next four years and beyond. Here’s a brief overview of what Biden has in store for his upcoming term:

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1
Feb

Hobbies and Your Health

According to Wikipedia, “A hobby is considered to be a regular activity that is done for enjoyment, typically during one’s leisure time, not professionally and not for pay. Hobbies can include collecting items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, or pursuing other amusements.”

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25
Jan

10 Financial Moves for 2021 to Do Now

Happy New Year! The start of a new year is a great time to make financial moves that benefit your life in 2021 and beyond. Let’s get started. Starting the New Year with these 15 tasks in process or completed can make a financial difference to you and others:

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18
Jan

Financial Wellness- How Do You score?

If you do a Google search for financial wellness, you will find many definitions or explanations. Financial wellness doesn’t have just one meaning because it means something different to each person. Financial wellness is a broad term that encompasses these key areas:

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11
Jan

Smart Tax Planning for 2021 & Beyond: What You Need to Know.

The IRS released its breakdown of marginal tax rates for 2021 in December 2020. Consistent with the previous year’s notifications, tax rates adjust almost yearly basing on inflation. Check out these smart tax planning tips.

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4
Jan

What You Need to Know: 2021 Social Security Benefit Changes.

The Social Security Administration has again approved a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for the Social Security benefit starting in January 2021. The increase of 1.3 percent is calculated based on the year-over-year rate of inflation and will increase the average American worker’s benefit by about $20 per month.

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7
Dec

How to Deal with Post-Election Volatility

With the election over, you may be concerned about post-election volatility as we enter 2021. Regardless of politics, short-term stock market results can vary depending on factors, including gridlock in the House and Senate and a newly elected future President Biden, who will take office in January 2021.

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30
Nov

2020 Year-End Checklist

It is officially the fourth quarter, and while many cannot wait until the “unprecedented times” of 2020 are over, there is still a bit of housekeeping you will likely want to do before ringing in the New Year. Check these items off your financial year-end checklist before year-end to help keep you financially on track for 2021:

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23
Nov

Giving Thanks and Giving Back

As COVID-19 continues to shape our lives and our future, many Americans give thanks and give back to others less fortunate during this pandemic. Some have had personal experiences that lead them to ease others’ financial stresses by providing directly or through other institutions. Donors are giving to resolve the inequities in our society that others are facing during this time.

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19
Nov

The Golf Caddie Analogy

Throughout the years, I’ve found that people tend to have a wide range of expectations that come to mind when they hear the term “Financial Advisor.” And it’s no wonder that sometimes even the advisors themselves have differing opinions on the term, and certainly different approaches to serving their clients. I’d like to outline what it means for me to be a financial advisor for my clients, and it’s not dissimilar to the relationship a golfer has with their caddie.

The Caddie’s Role in Golf

For a touring pro, there is a very unique relationship between them and their caddie. Not only does the caddie carry the players bag, but they also carry with them a wealth of wisdom about the course, the weather conditions, the player, the field, and the game in general. Perhaps more importantly, they also carry the player’s trust to give solid, actionable advice even in tense situations when the stakes are highest. A good caddie provides a reliable sounding board for the decisions ahead, and is often the voice of reason in difficult situations.

My role as a Financial Advisor

While there is no official rule that states a golfer must use a caddie, playing without such a valuable resource can put the player at a competitive disadvantage. Financially speaking, trying to “carry your own bag” by making your own investments and financial decisions might not be the best idea either. The financial advisor, like the caddie can lend a special knowledge of the course, the dangers, layup positions, club selection, and the sucker-pin placements. It’s handy information to have when trying to decide whether to go for it or hold back, especially when everything is on the line. They are also there to help you to eliminate mistakes and avoid unnecessary penalties or even disqualification. A trusted caddie with intimate knowledge of all of the factors surrounding a golfer’s next shot is just as valuable as a good financial advisor when it comes to evaluating your next financial move. And, it can make all the difference in determining where you finish.

Fuzzy Zoeller, after winning the 1979 Masters at Augusta remarked:

“I never had any thought the whole week. I figured my caddie (Jerry Beard) knew the course a lot better than me, so I put out my hand and played whatever club he put in it. I’d say “How hard do I hit it?” He’d tell me and I’d swing. The guys who come down once a year and try to get smart with Mr. Jones’ course are the dumb ones.”

Glittering generalities aside, sometimes the smart play is to simply take advantage of the resources available to you.

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