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Wednesday
Dec132017

Mildly Mixed

Indices closed out mildly mixed on Wednesday. The Dow and Nasdaq posted gains on policy commentary from the Federal Reserve meeting while the S&P 500 landed slightly in the red zone. As anticipated, the Federal Open Market Committee lifted the target range for the fed funds rate by 25 basis points to 1.25% to 1.5%.

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Wednesday
Dec132017

It's Time for Baby Boomer RMDs!

Baby boomers are turning 70½ at a fast clip—about 10,000 per day! If you’re a baby boomer, it’s time to take required minimum distributions seriously because penalties are steep!

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Tuesday
Dec122017

Mixed Moves

Indices ended trading with mixed moves on Tuesday. The Dow and S&P 500 closed at new record highs for the third straight session while the Nasdaq shed some points. Telecom and financial brands led the way up on a variety of economic news.

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Monday
Dec112017

More Record Levels

Indices closed with gains on Monday. The Dow and S&P 500 hit new record levels. Technology and energy brands led advancers. Apple tacked on nearly 2% today after announcing plans to acquire music ID app Shazam.

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Friday
Dec082017

New Record Heights

Indices closed at new record heights on Friday. Brands such as Microsoft and Electronic Arts ticked up on stronger-than-expected jobs data for November. Department of Labor figures showed U.S. employers added 228,000 jobs last month. The results exceeded estimates of 190,000.

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Friday
Dec082017

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Growing Your Business

Key Performance Indicators help business owners know how their company is performing, and they can be used as a guiding point for every decision made within the company. We explain in this week's Business Tip.

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Friday
Dec082017

Consider Your Plan Before Customizing Your Insurance

In todya's Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, explains how you have to understand what you’re protecting before you buy a souped-up insurance policy to cover it. Spoiler Alert: It starts with your financial plan! Read the Article

Thursday
Dec072017

Brands Advance

Indices closed with gains on Thursday. Technology brands such as Facebook, Alphabet, and Apple advanced on a variety of economic news.

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Thursday
Dec072017

I still have money left in my FSA that I have to use by December 31st. How should I spend it?

If you find that you still have money left over in your FSA as the end of the year approaches, there are a number of ways to spend down your account balance. We explain in this week's Insurance Tip.

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Wednesday
Dec062017

Mixed Moves

Indices traded with mixed moves on Wednesday. The Dow closed in the red. The S&P 500 ended the session fractionally lower and the Nasdaq posted slight gains on a rebound in technology brands.

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Wednesday
Dec062017

Ignoring IRS Notices Only Makes It Worse

Remember all those tax documents you get? The 1099s, W2s, K-1s? The IRS also receives a copy, and they can match it to what you report. Omit one and you’ll get a letter. We explain in this week's Tax Tip.

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Wednesday
Dec062017

Retirement: Proceed With Caution Before Relying on General Rules

There are so many “retirement rules of thumb” to help you save. However, the retirement YOU want may be quite different from the average. Consider your situation before taking generic advice. Read all about it in this week's Financial Tip.

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Tuesday
Dec052017

Stocks Slip

Indices closed in the red zone on Tuesday. Early market momentum faded in afternoon trading. Technology brands including Facebook, Snap and Alphabet ticked up while Walt Disney and AT&T shed some points.

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Friday
Dec012017

A Red Finish

Indices ended trading in red territory on Friday. Stocks rebounded up off session lows to close in the red zone for the day. Technology brands such as Apple, Facebook, and Alphabet sold off. Meanwhile, energy sector brands including Exxon Mobil and Schlumberger ticked up on a jump in crude oil prices.

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Friday
Dec012017

Is it time to get out of the market and go to cash?

In today’s Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, provides his opinions on if it is time to get out of the market and go to cash. Spoiler Alert: The market’s fundamentals are solid. Read the Article

Friday
Dec012017

Should You Buy Your Own Office Space?

Considering buying your office space? Consider the tax benefits, potential rental income, and your need for room to grow before you purchase. Read all about it in this week's Business Tip.

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Thursday
Nov302017

Stocks Step Up

Indices ended trading in the green zone on Thursday. The Dow closed above 24,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 climbed to a new record level. Technology brands including Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft rebounded from Wednesday's dip. Meanwhile, crude oil prices ticked up on OPEC news.

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Wednesday
Nov292017

Mixed Moves

The Dow closed at a new record peak on Wednesday while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 shed some points. Financial shares led advancers while technology brands sold off. Moves were mixed on a variety of economic news.

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Wednesday
Nov292017

Converted Your Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA? Worried You May Have Done it too Soon if Tax Reform Passes?

You can convert your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA this year, and if tax laws change in your favor, you can recharacterize the conversion for 2017 and then re-convert for 2018. We explain in this week's Tax Tip.

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Tuesday
Nov282017

Questions to Ask Before Buying That Thing You've Always Wanted

Yes, you want that Porsche. But before you fork over thousands of dollars, ask yourself a series of questions to help you decide if the purchase is really worth it. Learn more in this week's Financial Tip.

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