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What’s on our mind? You can read about it in our blog. Whether it’s ideas from the industry or emerging trends, you can read about it here. And once in a while, we may throw in a movie review or some other surprise. So keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

 A beneficiary is the person or entity you name (i.e., designate) to receive the death benefits of a life insurance policy. Some states require that your beneficiary have an insurable interest in your life or be related to you (at...

Sunday, August 28, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act includes health-care and energy-related provisions, a new corporate alternative minimum tax, and an excise tax on certain corporate repurchases of stock.The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law on August...

Monday, August 8, 2022

More women are working and taking charge of their own retirement planning than ever before. What does retirement mean to you? Do you dream of traveling? Pursuing a hobby? Volunteering your time, or starting a new career or business?...

Monday, August 8, 2022

One silver lining in the current bear market is that this could be a good time to convert assets from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. Converted assets are subject to federal income tax in the year of conversion, which might be a...

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Markets rarely give us clear skies, and there are always threats to watch for on the horizon, but the right preparation, context, and support can help us navigate anything that may lie ahead. So far, this year hasn’t seen a...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

When market volatility takes investors on a wild ride, fear and panic are common responses to this stock market roller coaster. Acknowledging these emotions may be a good first step, but acting upon them could result in impulsive,...

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Stock Market has been trying to teach these lessons forever….The real value of a bear market may be that it gives investors, who are temporarily frozen within its grip, the opportunity to learn or relearn important lessons...

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

If you're like some Americans, you've probably heard of annuities but are unsure what they are. An annuity is a contract with an insurance company designed to help your money last throughout your life. With an annuity, the money you...

Thursday, May 19, 2022

It’s tempting to give up on data security altogether, with all the billions of pieces of personal data – Social Security numbers, credit cards, home addresses, phone numbers, passwords and much more – breached and...

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Market volatility could spook even the most seasoned investor. If a precipitous week or two in the market has you ready to sell, you may want to reconsider your risk tolerance and asset allocation. Attempting to time the market by...

Monday, April 4, 2022

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Whether you're searching for an accounting professional to help you with your business needs or just want your taxes prepared by a CPA, forming a relationship with an accountant can require a lot of trust — and due diligence....

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Asset allocation is a common strategy that you can use to construct an investment portfolio. Asset allocation isn't about picking individual securities. Instead, you focus on broad categories of investments, mixing them together in the...

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Talk to a financial professional to help create an appropriate financial plan for you. The Internal Revenue Service announced that the amount individuals can contribute to their 401(k) plans in 2022 has increased to $20,500, up from...

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Download the 2021/2022 Tax Season at a Glance guide from LPL.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Many women manage their own money. This includes women who have always been doing so and women who are relatively new to the world of investing, for whatever reason. Regardless of your level of investing experience, there are certain...

Friday, January 14, 2022

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

There are countless benefits of charitable giving. Through generous donations, you can make a difference in your community and society. You may also feel happier and even save on your taxes. Here are some key things to need to know...

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

When it comes to retirement planning, much ado is made of how much to save. But often, the real difference lies in shrewd distribution planning. By withdrawing funds from certain account types in a certain order, you might...

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Retirement and financial planning should take on a holistic approach. There are two parts involved, preparing for retirement, and being in retirement stages. Both stages are equally important in your approach to how you view your mind,...

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

You may be able to reduce your tax liability if you consider adopting these tax strategies before year’s end. Few words can dampen the cheer and optimism of a New Year like taxes. Let’s face it, the time for holidays, time...

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

“So what do you think?” she asked, staring across a desk piled with papers. Nearing the end of her 32-year teaching career, after years of diligent saving and several weeks...

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Has it been a year already? Here once again, October is Long-Term Care Planning Month. And this year, workers in Washington State must make an important long-term care decision. Beginning January 2022, Washington workers will begin...

Monday, September 20, 2021

Taking money out of retirement without a plan is a recipe for trouble You‘ve saved for years. Now that you are retired, did you create an income plan from your savings? The financial industry and media constantly talk about the...

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Quantitative easing and short-term rates near zero could be ending soon. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell seems to have capitulated on plans to taper the Fed’s stimulus program as of mid-July, causing the bond market to rally...

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Identity theft compromises the personal data of millions of Americans every year. There are steps you can take to minimize your online risk and protect your sensitive data from cyber-attacks. Identity theft is a growing concern that...

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

An Investment Policy Statement is your guardrail to help keep you on your path When markets near high records, you wonder, “Is this a bubble?” When markets dive, you wonder, “Is this a crash?” Your biggest...

Monday, July 26, 2021

In March 2021, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.6%, the largest one-month increase since August 2012. Over the previous 12 months, the increase was 2.6%, the highest year-over-year inflation rate since...

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Many self-improvement goals focus on stability and personal growth — and financial goals are often no different. From buying your first home to saving for retirement, planning your finances can also help you work toward your...

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Most of us go to see professionals when we’re in trouble or during times of crisis. Think about it. We go to the doctor when we’re sick. We go see a lawyer when we have a pending legal matter. We go see a counselor when...

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Whether you've been wondering about boosting your investments' rates of return or are concerned that your financial affairs are a bit too complicated for your next of kin to handle, it may be time to seek advice from a financial...

Thursday, January 28, 2021

I have always been skeptical when companies change names. Often, one unpronounceable but familiar name is replaced with something less pronounceable and completely unfamiliar. I’ve always felt that customers are right to wonder...

Monday, January 25, 2021

We all have a word or phrase to describe what 2020 was like for us. Among the more politely printable options, “Extraordinary” may sum up the year for investors. Through a period of extraordinary volatility, global markets...

Saturday, December 19, 2020

LPL Research Outlook 2021: Powering Forward is designed to help you navigate a year in which economic conditions may continue to improve dramatically. Like the markets, Outlook 2021 looks ahead. 2021 will bring advances to further limit...

Monday, November 9, 2020

What comes to mind when you hear the word "budget?" You’re not alone if you’re thinking “tedious, life-draining sacrifice.” ...

Friday, August 28, 2020

We knew it was time to take action when the last file drawer refused to close. This summer our practice completed a long-postponed paperless conversion, moving everything we had stored on paper up to the cloud. Now, as we wield greater...

Monday, April 20, 2020

Turbulent markets challenge investors to balance reason and emotion. When the ride turns bumpy, our reasonable side buckles in while our emotional side prepares to bail out. Finding the calm place in between can help investors stay on...

Monday, March 23, 2020

Last week, The New York Times shared the story of a rafting group who returned from a month of isolation in the Grand Canyon to discover a new reality. I have tried to imagine what I might choose if offered a return to reality or...