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2019 Retirement Plan Limit Changes

2019-03-13T19:14:48+00:00

December 13, 2018 2019 Retirement Plan Limit Changes By Paul Miloe, CRPS®  The IRS has increased the amounts available for contributions to several retirement plans.  If you seek to maximize your contributions, be sure to review the updated limits below.  For full details, search on IRS Notice 2018-83. $56,000 - Defined [...]

2019 Retirement Plan Limit Changes2019-03-13T19:14:48+00:00

Medicare Changes in 2019

2019-03-13T19:16:18+00:00

January 9, 2019 Medicare Changes in 2019 By Sylvia Salguero, Financial Advisor Since the enactment of the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003, high income individuals have been subjected to IRMAA, which stands for income related monthly adjustment amount. (In the vernacular this is referred to as means-testing.)  Medicare beneficiaries whose income [...]

Medicare Changes in 20192019-03-13T19:16:18+00:00

A History of Bear Markets Since 1929

2019-01-12T00:29:34+00:00

January 9, 2019 A History of Bear Markets Since 1929 By Vance Albitz, CFP® The U.S. stock market (measured by the S&P 500*) recently entered into bear market territory for the first time since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.  A bear market is classified as a 20% drop from its peak.  The [...]

A History of Bear Markets Since 19292019-01-12T00:29:34+00:00

529 Plan State Tax Traps

2019-02-04T23:13:44+00:00

January 10, 2019 529 Plan State Tax Traps! By Paul Miloe, CRPS® In 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1), and it was signed into law in December of that year.  As part of this package, changes were made regarding qualified distributions from 529 College Savings Plans.  Under the [...]

529 Plan State Tax Traps2019-02-04T23:13:44+00:00

End-of-Year Taxes: 7 Things to Consider

2018-12-27T17:53:55+00:00

November 23, 2018 End-of-Year Taxes: 7 Things to Consider By Vance Albitz, CFP®  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increased the standard deduction for 2018. The 2018 standard deduction is now $12,000 if you are single, or $24,000 if you’re married filing jointly.  This will likely allow more people to take [...]

End-of-Year Taxes: 7 Things to Consider2018-12-27T17:53:55+00:00

Growth is Solid, Inflation is Benign, Why Worry?

2019-01-11T23:48:48+00:00

November 16, 2018 Market Commentary Growth is Solid, Inflation is Benign, Why Worry? It was another volatile week in financial markets as fears around slowing global growth were exacerbated by worries over Brexit. This, as the cabinet minister in charge of negotiating a Brexit deal with the European Union resigned over [...]

Growth is Solid, Inflation is Benign, Why Worry?2019-01-11T23:48:48+00:00

Financial Advice From a Wealthy Barber

2018-09-05T21:50:18+00:00

August 29, 2018 Financial Advice From a Wealthy Barber By Sylvia Salguero The Wealthy Barber remains one of the simplest and most informative financial books of all time.  Though its popularity has waned since the nineties, the advice offered by author David Chilton has stood the test of time.  Here are [...]

Financial Advice From a Wealthy Barber2018-09-05T21:50:18+00:00

A Bright Future Ahead: Investing in Energy

2018-08-27T21:41:26+00:00

August 27, 2018 A Bright Future Ahead: Investing in Energy By Vance Albitz America’s ailing coal industry was given a lift last Tuesday when the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposal to reduce pollution regulations on coal-fired power plants. President Trump told supporters the next day, “We’re putting our great coal [...]

A Bright Future Ahead: Investing in Energy2018-08-27T21:41:26+00:00

The Markets: “Don’t Be Surprised” Video

2018-08-29T23:00:23+00:00

August 24, 2018 The Markets: Don't Be Surprised Phil Albitz When I was coaching my son Vance, our team played in various tournaments in Southern California. In one particular tournament one of the opposing teams was named “The Mama’s Boys”. When I saw we were facing them early in the [...]

The Markets: “Don’t Be Surprised” Video2018-08-29T23:00:23+00:00