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Red Flags When Transferring Money

Cybercrime and fraud attempts have not slowed down, so we want to share some red flags to look for when transferring money. Leonard Rickey Investment Advisors has security precautions to ensure the funds we manage are as safe as possible. When you request funds, we will verify your identity and verbally confirm transactions with you.…

2023 3rd Quarter Investment Commentary

 After a strong first half, stocks, as measured by the S&P 500 TR, pulled back during a historically weak third quarter. Economic data continued to be stronger than expected and even showed signs of accelerating. This, amongst other factors, caused long term bond yields to increase significantly during the quarter. We ended the quarter…

Shreds and Meds Day – October 28th at The Valley Mall

Mark your calendars! The next Shreds & Meds event will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 9-1 at The Valley Mall (next to the old B of A building) in coordination with the semi-annual DEA Drug Take-Back event. Please join us and our partners, Safe Yakima Valley and the Yakima Sheriff’s Office, to safely…

Employee Spotlight: Chelsie Smith

This month we are featuring Chelsie Smith. Chelsie is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Advisor at Leonard Rickey. She has been with us for almost 5 years and works in our Yakima Office. What do you love most about your job? I love being able to put a client’s mind at ease when they…

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2024 Begins October 15th

Medicare beneficiaries can make new choices and pick plans that work best for them during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period. Each year, Medicare plan costs and coverage typically change. In addition, your health-care needs may have changed over the past year. The Open Enrollment Period — which begins on October 15th and runs through…

Social Security Benefit Increase of 3.2% for 2024

Starting January 2024, Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 3.2% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The adjustment is calculated based on inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index. The maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $168,600 from $160,200. Social Security beneficiaries are normally notified by mail or through…

Does It Still Make Sense to Hold I-Bonds?

Last year we wrote a blog on Series I Savings bonds, also known as I-Bonds. At the time, they offered an appealing interest rate of 9.62% due to the high inflation rate. We wrote, “If you have extra cash on the sidelines over your rainy-day fund, consider purchasing I-Bonds to help your money keep up…

Do I Need Disability Insurance?

In the US, there are 51 million working adults without disability insurance. Loss of income due to disability is a risk that should not be overlooked. If you lose your income suddenly, are you prepared? Perhaps you could live off your emergency fund for 3-6 months but what about after that? Losing your income with…

Company News

Welcome, Liz Stokes!

Employee Spotlight – Jacqueline Cremen

Shreds and Meds Day – October 28th at The Valley Mall

Employee Spotlight: Chelsie Smith

Employee Spotlight: Dirk Bernd

Market Commentary

2024 1st Quarter Investment Commentary

2023 4th Quarter Investment Commentary

2023 3rd Quarter Investment Commentary

2023 2nd Quarter Investment Commentary

Debt Ceiling: Should Investors Worry?

Retirement Planning

2024 Key Financial Changes

Social Security Benefit Increase of 3.2% for 2024

The 4 Changes from SECURE Act 2.0 You Should Know for 2023

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2023 Begins October 15th

Social Security Benefit Increase of 8.7% for 2023

Tax Planning

2024 Key Financial Changes

2023 1099 Release Information

2023 Year-End Tax Planning

When do I start my Required Minimum Distribution?

UPDATE: Washington State Long Term Care Payroll Tax

Cyber Security

Red Flags When Transferring Money

Cybersecurity 101 – 2022 Update

Cybersecurity 101

New Changes to Web-Portal Password Requirements

Equifax Data Breach Update: Make a claim today