Commentary

July 13 , 2018 | Posted by Brad Schueler |

Tax Planning and Your Investment Portfolio

Summertime is back upon us and brings with it a break from school for families, summer vacations, and generally a more relaxed pace of life. The stock market has gotten off to a volatile start this summer. Market volatility can lead to rebalancing of an investment portfolio, which may, however, lead to tax consequences from

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April 27 , 2018 | Posted by James McGrath |

Rough Seas Ahead, Should you Change Course?

As most everyone knows, the past few months have seen volatility return to the investment markets.  2017 was a historic year for the S&P 500 (500 largest US companies) where the index was positive every month of the year with the number of 1% moves experienced (up or down) only being eight. We’ve now had

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April 11 , 2018 | Posted by Marc Wambaugh |

Sailing with the Tides

by Jim Parker, Dimensional Fund Advisors Embarking on a financial plan is like sailing around the world. The voyage won’t always go to plan, and there’ll be rough seas. But the odds of reaching your destination increase greatly if you are prepared, flexible, patient, and well-advised. A mistake many inexperienced sailors make is not having

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March 21 , 2018 | Posted by Marc Wambaugh |

Should You Establish a Donor-Advised Fund?

Many taxpayers around the country have given to charity for years and the tax deduction associated with those donations was an added bonus. However, with the sweeping new tax law changes that took effect in January 2018, some taxpayers may no longer receive a tax benefit for donations. The new standard deduction is $24,000 for

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December 15 , 2017 | Posted by Emilie Schwarz |

Demystifying Social Security Basics

If you’ve ever looked into your Social Security benefits you’ve probably discovered this: they’re simple in concept and confusing in execution. If you or your spouse work long enough, you’ll get a benefit that you can claim at some point. But, that’s when the questions start: how much do you get, how much will your

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September 12 , 2017 | Posted by Marc Wambaugh |

The Long and Short of It

Since the beginning of the year, equity markets have been on a tremendous run. Many of the market indices are reaching new highs each day. These indices keep climbing due in large part to the FAANG stocks (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) as well as the large cap growth sector in general. We believe,

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