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November 2017 Monthly Insight: Thoughts on Tax Reform and Stock Market Highs

Posted by on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 in Investing, Market and Economic Updates, Monthly Insights, Personal Finance | 0 comments

“Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that man behind the tree.” —Louisiana Senator Russell Long; former chair of the Senate Finance Committee (1966 to 1981) Tax reform The House Ways and Means Committee released H. R. 1, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on Thursday, November 2. The House Republican bill provided some clarity in terms of specific breakpoints for tax rates, and details on which deductions would be eliminated or reduced. While this sheds some light on the direction tax reform is heading, the end result is still unclear. It’s not a...

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Deciding When to Retire: When Timing Becomes Critical

Posted by on Monday, October 30th, 2017 in Personal Finance, Retirement, Wealth Management | 0 comments

Deciding when to retire may not be one decision but a series of decisions and calculations. For example, you’ll need to estimate not only your anticipated expenses, but also what sources of retirement income you’ll have and how long you’ll need your retirement savings to last. You’ll need to take into account your life expectancy and health as well as when you want to start receiving Social Security or pension benefits, and when you’ll start to tap your retirement savings. Each of these factors may affect the...

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Health Care Checklist for Finding the Best Coverage

Posted by on Monday, October 23rd, 2017 in Personal Finance, Wealth Advisors, Wealth Management | 0 comments

Each fall, it’s important to review your health care needs and consider your available insurance options for the coming year. A recent survey found that 53% of respondents with employer-based coverage say they’re likely to keep their current plan. Only 37% review their health insurance costs annually. Doing nothing can end up being an expensive proposition for you. Many plans change cost and benefit options, so you may pay more in your current plan or significantly less if you choose another plan. Your decision during open enrollment will...

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Health Savings Accounts: Are They Just What the Doctor Ordered?

Posted by on Monday, October 16th, 2017 in Personal Finance | 0 comments

Are health insurance premiums taking too big of a bite out of your budget? Do you wish you had better control over how you spend your health-care dollars? If so, you may be interested in an alternative to traditional health insurance called a health savings account (HSA). How does this health-care option work? An HSA is a tax-advantaged account that’s paired with a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). Let’s look at how an HSA works with an HDHP to enable you to cover your current health-care costs and also save for your future...

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October 2017 Monthly Insight: Thoughts on a Potential Market Correction

Posted by on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 in Investing, Monthly Insights, Personal Finance | 0 comments

“I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men.” –Sir Isaac Newton The Wright brothers successfully conducted the first manned flight at Kill Devil Hills, NC, on December 17, 1903. However, an aircraft’s movement through the air can be explained and described by physical principals discovered over 300 years ago by Sir Isaac Newton. He developed his theories of gravitation in 1666, when he was only 23 years old. Twenty years later, he presented his three laws of motion in the “Philosophiae...

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