The backdoor to a Roth IRA is still open…for now

The backdoor to a Roth IRA is still open…for now 08/13/15 The Roth IRA was revolutionary when it became available nearly two decades ago. That’s because retirement accounts traditionally have been a method of deferring taxable income, with eventual...

How Does Greece’s Debt Crisis Impact Average Investors?

How Does Greece’s Debt Crisis Impact Average Investors? When Greece’s debt crisis reached its peak several years ago, many feared that the repercussions of Greece missing its debt payments and the possibility of it exiting the Eurozone would fare...

How should freelance workers save for retirement?

How should freelance workers save for retirement? More and more Americans are saying that the freelance life is the life for them. A whopping 53 million Americans consider themselves to be full-time freelancers – an all-time high. With the...

New poll finds that many adults are flying blind into retirement

New poll finds that many adults are flying blind into retirement According to a new survey by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council, more than half of all U.S. adults have never spoken with a financial advisor to ensure they are saving enough to...

Timeless Tips on Tax-Wise Investing Part II: You and Your Tax-Wise Team

Timeless Tips on Tax-Wise Investing Part II: You and Your Tax-Wise Team   In Part I of our series on Tax-Wise Investing, “You and Your Investments,” we explored how to engage in year-round tax-wise investing by adopting your own best practices as...

Timeless Tips on Tax-Wise Investing Part I: You and Your Investments

Timeless Tips on Tax-Wise Investing Part I: You and Your Investments   While “tax season” may imply that there is an optimal time to think about your income taxes, the best way to minimize your annual “pay-triotic duty” is to engage in year-round...

How to Protect Yourself from Outliving Your Money in Retirement

How to Protect Yourself from Outliving Your Money in Retirement In 2015, the average life expectancy for Americans is 79 years old, more than 10 years older than the average life expectancy was in 1950.  Also, in just 15 years, an expected 70...

Physical and Financial Health Go Hand in Hand

Generally, good health indicators involve factors such as diet, exercise, sleep patterns, and tobacco use.  Focusing on these direct, physical measurements of health is often the only way predictions are made about a person’s health habits and...

The Pros and Cons of a Stronger Dollar

In the past few months, the dollar has strengthened enormously against the euro, the pound and the yen. But for the United States, a stronger dollar is not always as good as it sounds. The dollar is now the strongest it has been against more than...

Retirement or college: Which is a parent to save for first?

Retirement or college: Which is a parent to save for first?  Conventional wisdom tells parents to make saving for their own retirement a priority over saving for their children’s college education. Parents, however, are doing just the opposite,...

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An Evidence-Based Approach to Sustainable Investing

7/19/18 Part I: Setting the Sustainable Stage                              If there’s one trait most of us share, it’s a desire to make the world a better place. No wonder there’s so much interest in sustainable investing. Who wouldn’t want to try...

The Impact of Inflation

6/21/18 When the prices of goods and services increase over time, consumers can buy fewer of them with every dollar they have saved. This erosion of the real purchasing power of wealth is called inflation. Inflation is an important element of...

It’s Time to Get Serious About Your Happiness

5/24/18 There’s a great quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: “We are our choices.” When it comes to our happiness and our overall success in life, that’s truer than you might have realized. Taking time to examine the choices you make in your life and work...

Sailing with the Tides

4/17/18 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-...

10 Things To Do Right Now While Markets Are (Not Really) Tanking

  4/02/18 “This is a test; this is only a test. Had this been an actual emergency …” The truth is, the markets are not tanking as we write this piece. In fact, overall market temperatures have been so mild for so long, many newer investors have...