Market Update - April 12, 2019

For the week ended April 12th, 2019 U.S. stocks gained a bit with earnings season slowly beginning and core inflation levels coming in contained.

There Are Benefits to Estate Planning, No Matter Your Wealth

When you think about estate planning you probably think about legacy-style families like the Kennedy’s or people who are “wealthy”. However, each of us have an estate according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and each state we live in. No matter your worth, we recommend having an estate strategy to align with your future wishes after you pass away.

5 Tips to Become a 401(k)/403(b) Millionaire

If you’ve ever read this blog before you know I’m a huge fan of the book, The Millionaire Next Door. Written in the mid ‘90s the authors sought out the rich in the U.S. to learn how they became wealthy. To their surprise, they learned that most were ordinary working professionals who lived beneath their means, saved with a purpose and became wealthy the old-fashioned way: steadily, over many years. Since most of us accumulate our wealth through our 401(k)s or 403(b)s, here are 5 tips to maximize the value of those accounts:

Medicare: Avoiding a High Premium

Most people who are eligible to receive Medicare benefits pay no premium for Medicare Part A. However, upon enrolling in Medicare, you will need to factor premium costs into your budget for benefits available under Parts B, C, D and Medigap, based on your needs and preferences.

More Financial Missteps

Personal finance, like just about everything else, is mainly common sense. Advice like “don’t spend more than you make; start investing while you’re young; don’t loan money to friends with the expectation of getting it back,” have been around for generations, and most likely will survive the next few generations as well.

Defining a Recession

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” retells the story of a patriot who shouts a harrowing warning to his fellow colonists, “A recession is coming! A recession is coming!”

Global Market Viewpoints: First Quarter 2019

Global stock markets posted their best quarterly performance since 2013. This quarter’s rally was largely a snap back move after a difficult 2018. The rally this quarter was helped by a more accommodative tone from central bankers around the world, global economic data showed improvement (from low expectations) and hopes that a US and China trade deal would be concluded in the near term.

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