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Analyzing Your Tax Return

Another tax season has come and is almost gone.  Many people tuck their tax return and supporting documents into a folder and hand it all over to their accountants without taking a closer look.  And even investors who complete their own tax returns using tax-preparation software often plug […]

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What You Can Learn From Your 1099 Tax Forms

The first thing to know about 1099s is that there are several different subtypes: 1099-DIV, 1099-INT, 1099-R, 1099-MISC, and so on.  The unifying theme among them is that they document that you received some type of income during the preceding year, whether from your investments, from working, […]

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What You Can Learn from Your Tax Return: Form 1040

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which was signed into law in 2017’s waning days, ushers in significant changes to the individual income tax framework.  The changes include: new tax rates, an increase in the standard deduction, the repeal of the personal exemption, and a […]

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New Year’s Financial Resolutions: Get Your Finances in Shape

New Year’s Financial Resolutions: Get Your Finances in Shape

Many people make resolutions on New Year’s Day.  But no matter what your resolutions are, the key isn’t making the list, it’s sticking with it.  Here are five resolutions that can help increase your financial fitness today and in the new year. Resolution 1: Create a budget for life […]

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How to Plan Ahead for Retirement Healthcare Costs

How to Plan Ahead for Retirement Healthcare Costs

Healthcare will be one of the largest categories of expense for most retirees – and medical inflation is expected to run 2 to 3 times faster than general inflation. Retirees can cope by fine-tuning their Medicare coverage.  That can help control spending in retirement.  But what about […]

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What Happens to Your Health Savings Account (HSA) in Retirement?

What Happens to Your Health Savings Account (HSA) in Retirement?

Health savings accounts get plenty of attention in the financial media and in Washington.  Given all the publicity, it may come as a surprise that assets in HSAs aren’t all that impressive: Just $37 billion was stashed in the accounts at the end of 2016, according to HSA […]

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Seeking Financial Simplicity

Take steps to reduce the stress of managing your money. With today’s economic challenges, it’s not surprising that a growing number of people say they are feeling stressed about their personal finances. In fact, four out of five Americans say they feel anxiety due to money, according […]

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Simplicity – Quotes

A listing of quotes from financial resources espousing the virtues of SIMPICITY… William Smead: “An investment is like a bar of soap. The more you handle it, the smaller it gets.” Confucius: “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” Christine Benz, Morningstar Director […]

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A 5-Step Mid-Year Investment Portfolio Checkup

Investors looking through their portfolios today may feel a little like homeowners scouting around their yards after a major storm. There may be a few broken tree limbs here and there, but chances are things don’t look as bad as they imagined when the wind was rattling […]

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3 Portfolio Checkup Traps to Avoid

3 Portfolio Checkup Traps to Avoid

Here are a few common traps to avoid as you perform a periodic portfolio review. Trap 1 – Focusing on the Details, and not the Overall Plan A common mistake is to too quickly get into the “weeds” of your portfolio, focusing on the performance of individual […]

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