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Spending that Nest Egg Wisely in Retirement

It’s difficult enough to plan and save right for retirement, given today’s topsy-turvy financial markets. What’s more, it can be a bit of a puzzle in those Golden Years to come up with the right withdrawal plan. The idea, of course, is to find that balance between spending down a portfolio while maintaining the right…

The Importance of Maxing out Contributions to Employer Sponsored Plan Accounts

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, only about 4 in 10 workers contributed to an employment-based retirement plan in 2011.  This means that the other 60 percent of workers could be missing out on one of the most valuable retirement tools available to them. There are some significant benefits associated with contributing to such…

Generation X and Last-Minute Retirement Planning

Procrastination is rarely a good thing. When it comes to retirement planning, Generation X can’t afford to wait until the last minute. According to a recent Pew Charitable Trusts study and a PwC survey cited by Bankrate.com, Generation X is struggling to save for retirement. Moreover, experts say Generation X was hit hardest by the…

Millennials and Their Money: 3 Tips for Overcoming Investing Fears

When it comes to Millennials—Americans ages 18 to 29—and their money, most have a sinking feeling that investing in the stock market is like boarding the Titanic. According to a recent Bankrate.com study cited by a recent The Street article, younger people prefer cash or cash equivalent investments. How can a young person get over…

5 Essentials for Early Retirement Planning

Who wouldn’t want to retire early and pursue their own goals and desires? The problem is that without sensible retirement planning it can be difficult to save up enough to retire at 65 and even harder to get to that point early. To help, here are five things you can do to help get yourself…

3 Steps to Prevent and Avoid Fights Over Estates

A death in the family is traumatic and stressful, and something which all affected must come to terms with in their own way and in their own time. Unfortunately, the time during which emotions are running hot are usually also when family members need to come together and agree. In this ‘perfect storm’ of emotions,…

Current Conditions

Not since the precarious days of 2007 has the market gone so long without corrections of 5%, 10%, and 20%. Is the streak about to end? Geopolitical speculation is running rampant (think Middle East, Ukraine, Scotland, etc.) and September-October has a bad reputation. A dozen of the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s 20 biggest one-day drops…

New Baby? Saving for their Future and Yours

Congratulations! You are the proud parent of a bouncing baby boy or girl. Better yet, maybe one is on the way. Suddenly you feel compelled, almost inexplicably to start them a savings plan. You might have even searched the internet for “Educational Savings Accounts” and had this come up. I hate to burst your bubble,…

Company News

Employee Spotlight – Jacqueline Cremen

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

Employee Spotlight: Chelsie Smith

Employee Spotlight: Dirk Bernd

Congratulations, Gunnar!

Market Commentary

2023 4th Quarter Investment Commentary

2023 3rd Quarter Investment Commentary

2023 2nd Quarter Investment Commentary

Debt Ceiling: Should Investors Worry?

2023 1st Quarter Investment Commentary

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