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Friday, October 27, 2017

Holiday Spending Tips

For many of us, autumn is filled with outdoor activities, spending time with extended family, and the start of an expensive holiday season. Before you hit the mall on Black Friday or make your online purchases on Cyber Monday, consider these tips for getting the most out of your holidays while minimizing your expenses.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Locked & Loaded

Identity Theft Revisited

In the wake of the recent Equifax data breach, I thought I’d update and republish my article on identity theft from earlier this year. Identity theft is becoming a greater concern as our personal information becomes easier for thieves to access. While you can’t stop someone from hacking your employer’s or your favorite retailer’s data centers, there are things that you can do to reduce the likelihood of having your information stolen and minimize the potential losses if a theft occurs.

While many same-sex couples have done some estate planning, few have truly created an estate plan as a couple. For example, most people name a beneficiary on their retirement accounts or insurance policies, but fail to name a back up or contingent beneficiary. As I tell my clients, it is important to have a back up just in case it’s a tie!

Friday, August 04, 2017

Social Security Income

Why early birds get smaller worms

When considering Social Security income, most people think it best to take the income as soon as they are able. In most cases, this would be starting their income at age 62. While this strategy works for some, there are some other options to consider.

 

Historically, people have looked to bonds for stability, income, and security. As people approach retirement, they tend to take a more conservative risk position with their portfolio. The more conservative people become with their investments, the more bonds they typically add to their mix. For some time now interest rates have been falling or have stayed relatively stable. If that trend changes and interest rates move up, then the value of your bonds may go down.

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