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Weekly Market Commentary – January 21, 2020

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Weekly Market Commentary – January 21, 2020

Optimism from continued progress on trade pushed the S&P 500 to new highs last week. The U.S. and China signed a “phase one” deal that included an agreement by the U.S. to reduce tariffs in exchange for promises of increased purchases of U.S. goods by China and adjusted rules to allow U.S. corporations to better compete in China.

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10 Tax Planning Tips Your CPA Might Have Missed

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10 Tax Planning Tips Your CPA Might Have Missed

There’s more to tax planning than you think. Do you understand how each of your accounts are taxed? How did you set up your retirement plan? Have you considered an HSA? Take control of your taxes and how they fit into the big picture. Check out 10 planning tips your CPA might have missed. View the Infographic

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10 Tax Tips

CPAs and the online programs you might use come tax time specialize in preparing your taxes — not tax planning. Think bigger than year to year. Tax planning takes into account the larger picture of your investments, assets, estate strategy and other parts of life to protect your finances over decades.

Our resource “10 Tax Planning Tips Your CPA Might Have Missed” breaks down this complex discussion into concrete, actionable items that can help you think strategically about taxes.

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Weekly Market Commentary – January 13, 2020

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Weekly Market Commentary – January 13, 2020

The U.S. employment report missed expectations, but it reinforced our view that the U.S. labor market remains strong. As shown in the accompanying chart, 145,000 new jobs were created, missing expectations of 160,000. Wages have risen 2.9% over the last year, falling below 3% for the first time since late 2018.

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SECURE ACT – Does It Impact You?

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SECURE ACT – Does It Impact You?

Published by Robert W. Huntley, CFP®, CHFC®, CKA® Founder & Wealth Advisor You’ve likely heard by now something about the new law called the SECURE Act, which became effective on January 1, 2020. 

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Year-end Tax Checklist

The tax process is notoriously complex – there are plenty of details you could miss and plenty of cracks for money to fall through. What are the changes to your tax profile since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? Are you protecting your assets for the present and your estate for the future? Will you take the standard deduction or will you itemize?

Our tax checklist can help you prepare for these questions. Taxes are part of life. Let’s take as much stress out of the process that we can.

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Weekly Market Commentary – January 6, 2020

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Weekly Market Commentary – January 6, 2020

The new year and decade started off where the last one finished as major stock market indexes opened the year by reaching new highs. The good spirits, supported by continued progress toward a Phase One trade deal with China, boosted markets.

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Making Sense of RMDs

The SECURE Act will impact millions of Americans who will inherit or leave behind a retirement account. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the required minimum distributions on these accounts is 10 years – meaning you’ll likely need to adjust how much you withdraw annually as compared to the previous rules.

Learn the full impact on your RMDs by downloading our “Making Sense of RMDs” whitepaper.

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Why We Don’t Keep Our Financial New Year’s Resolutions

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Why We Don’t Keep Our Financial New Year’s Resolutions

So, did you hop on that new Peloton this morning or have you already broken the streak? Which diet are you planning on starting next week … or maybe the week after? Has your December credit card statement come in the mail and perhaps inspired you to make money-related goals in 2020? New Year’s resolutions are nothing new – neither is breaking them.

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How Your Employee Benefits Fit into Your Financial Plan

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How Your Employee Benefits Fit into Your Financial Plan

Your Health Savings Account (HSA) is a cornerstone of your benefits planning. The money is triple tax-advantaged – contributions, growth and withdrawals for qualified expenses are not taxed. This account is like nothing else, and you need to take full advantage of it. 

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