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Friday
Feb232018

A Green Friday

Indices closed with gains on Friday. Technology brands including Intel, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and IBM stepped up. Stocks rallied on a variety of economic news.

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Friday
Feb232018

Alternative minimum tax back to targeting the very rich

In today's Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, explains the changes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made to Alternative Minimum Tax. Read the Article

Friday
Feb232018

Nine Ways to Start a Business Budget to Spur and Guide Growth

Business owners: Read nine key ways to create an effective budget that can spur and guide the growth of your company in this week's Business Tip.

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Thursday
Feb222018

What Is Critical Illness Insurance?

Medical advances increase the chances that you will survive a serious illness that in the past may have killed you. But what are your chances of surviving financially, as well? Learn more in this week's Insurance Tip.

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Wednesday
Feb212018

Stocks Slip

Indices ended trading in the red zone on Wednesday. Walmart stood out among decliners. Brands initially stepped up but momentum quickly faded following the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's January meeting.

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Wednesday
Feb212018

New Tax Law Cracks Down on Home Mortgage Interest

With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Congress has yanked the rug out from under those with equity debt on their homes. (It’s no longer deductible!) We explain in this week's Tax Tip.

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Tuesday
Feb202018

Red Results

Indices closed in red territory on Tuesday. Walmart led decliners on the Dow. Tech sector brands advanced, lessening the Nasdaq's downswing. Stocks rebounded somewhat off early lows.

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Tuesday
Feb202018

Alternative Minimum Tax - Back To Targeting the Very Rich

If you are subject to AMT, you may see your AMT calculations more closely resemble your standard tax liability calculations because of the changes to how your standard tax liability is calculated and the higher exemptions for AMT. Read the Article on Sean Hannity's website

Tuesday
Feb202018

College Saving: How Does a 529 Plan Compare to a Roth IRA?

Roth IRAs and 529 plans have a similar tax modus operandi: both are funded with after-tax dollars and contributions accumulate tax deferred. But should you use a Roth IRA to save money for college? We explain in this week's Financial Tip.

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Friday
Feb162018

Mixed Friday

Indices closed with mixed moves on Friday. The Dow and S&P 500 posted slight gains while the Nasdaq shed some points. Trading was mixed on a variety of economic news.

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Friday
Feb162018

Buying a Replicable Business? Beware of the Risks!

Are you considering buying a business? Make sure you do your due diligence by looking at the value of the intangible assets. Learn more in this Business Tip.

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Friday
Feb162018

Casualty Losses: Disasters Can Strike Regardless of Income or Wealth

In today's Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, explains that personal casualty losses are no longer deductible unless it is the result of a presidentially declared disaster for tax years beginning in 2018. Read the Article

Thursday
Feb152018

Don't Wait to Ask Aging Parents These Important Questions

The best time to plan for your parents’ aging is when they are relatively healthy; otherwise, you may find yourself making critical decisions on their behalf during a crisis. We explain in this week's Estate Planning Tip.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Brands Rise

Indices closed with gains on Thursday. The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq stepped up for the fifth straight session. Brands such as Boeing, Cisco Systems and Apple led advancers on the Dow. Stocks gained on a variety of economic news.

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Wednesday
Feb142018

Stocks Step Up

Indices landed in the green zone on Wednesday. The Dow rebounded from early session lows. Brands such as Nike, Cisco Systems, and JPMorgan Chase stepped up. Stocks gained on a variety of economic news.

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Wednesday
Feb142018

Medical Deductions & The New Tax Law 

Those with substantial medical bills will be delighted to learn that medical deductions were retained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and the AGI floor was lowered to 7.5% for 2017 and 2018. We explain in this week's Tax Tip.

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Tuesday
Feb132018

Slight Gains

Indices closed with slight gains on Tuesday. The Dow ended in the green zone, rebounding up off early low levels. Brands such as GNC Holdings, Under Armour, and AmerisourceBergen led advancers.

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Tuesday
Feb132018

The Market Correction is the Time to Buy

Bil Lako, CFP®, Sean Hannity's financial expert, explains why a pullback in the stock market is a good opportunity for investors. Read the Article

Tuesday
Feb132018

Your Home as a Source of Dollars in Retirement

The equity in your home could be one of your largest assets, especially if your mortgage has been paid down over the years or paid off. We explain in this week's Financial Tip.

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Monday
Feb122018

A Green Monday

Indices closed in green territory on Monday. Brands such as Apple, Boeing, and American Express led advancers.

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