Monthly Insights


“Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.”– Nicholas M. Butler, American philosopher, diplomat, and educator. Technically, the economy is still in a recession. The contraction started in March 2020 just after the February peak. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the arbiter of recessions and economic recoveries, has yet to declare the recession is over. When...

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By Lee Sherbakoff, CPA/PFS, CFP®, RICP® We all dream of a fulfilling retirement, but that dream doesn’t become a reality without years of diligent planning and saving. And there’s no better retirement savings vehicle than a 401(k), into which I’m sure you’ve been socking away your hard-earned dollars year after year. But what happens to this money if you switch to a new job? The days of sticking with one company for an entire career...

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It’s a lie and it’s a scam.— Lenny Kravitz, American singer-songwriter “Slam the Scam” Day Thursday, March 4, 2021 has been designated as the second annual National “Slam the Scam” Day. The goal is to raise public awareness of government imposter telephone scams, which continue to spread across the United States. Last year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) received over 718,000 reports of Social Security-related telephone...

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By Lee Sherbakoff, CPA/PFS, CFP®, RICP® Are you planning on Social Security making up a significant portion of your retirement income? If so, you’re in the same boat as almost half of Americans over the age of 50. (1) With a program that impacts the lives and finances of so many, you would think people would be more prepared to claim their benefits, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. Close to 63% of future retirees are not...

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By Lee Sherbakoff, CPA/PFS, CFP®, RICP® Do you want to know the two most powerful words in the financial world? Compound interest. It’s not some flashy investment scheme or hidden secret only a few people know, but compound interest has changed how people build wealth and has actually made wealth-building more accessible for millions. The beauty of compound interest is that it’s a simple but mighty concept that takes your initial...

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“When it comes to luck, you make your own.” — Bruce Springsteen, American singer, songwriter, and musician Perhaps over the last few weeks you’ve come across financial news containing terms you don’t completely understand.  You may have seen words and phrases like GameStop, gme, short squeeze, Reddit, hedge funds, WalStreetBets, or even “up 700% in one week.”  You may be just as confused by “up 700%” as you are over what is a Reddit....

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