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Want to Sleep Better at Night?

Turn off the news, embrace some volatility and stick to your plan Key Takeaways Savvy investors know  there will be periods of volatility along the way to healthy long-term returns in equities. Short-term volatility—sensationalized by the financial news media—is what typically disrupts many long-term investment plans. $10,000 invested in the S&P 500 when I started […]

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Three Key Insights to Help You Improve Your Investment Results

I have been advising clients about investments for more than 30 years and much has changed in finance since my early days at Kidder Peabody & Co. in Philadelphia. The advances in financial theory and practice have been monumental. One reason for the advances is that cheap computing has made the study of financial data […]

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Making Lemonade from Lemons

We often talk, especially towards year end, about loss harvesting or harvesting your losses.  While no one likes losses in his or her portfolio, this technique is the equivalent of making lemonade from lemons.  Though tax considerations shouldn’t be the primary driver of your investing decisions, losses will occur in every portfolio at one time […]

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New Legislation Extends Popular Tax Provisions

In one of its final actions, the 113th Congress passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 and the President signed it on December 19th. This legislation extends for one year a host of popular tax provisions (commonly referred to as “tax extenders”) that had expired at the end of 2013. The following provisions were […]

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IRS Reverses Long-Standing Position on One-Rollover-per-Year Rule

The IRS has indicated that it will follow the recent Tax Court decision in Bobrow v. Commissioner, which held that a taxpayer may make only one tax-free, 60-day rollover between IRAs within each 12-month period, regardless of how many IRAs he or she maintains. However, the IRS will not apply this new interpretation to any […]

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Teaching Children Financial Literacy

Kids need to learn the value of a hard-earned dollar, but they should also learn how to save, spend wisely, be charitable, pay taxes, invest and eventually become financially stable.  The earlier they start on this path, the better off they will be.  Here are a few recommended money lessons for children as they age. […]

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Thoughts on Raising Financially Responsible Children

Teaching financial responsibility to children is a great way to provide them with knowledge and experience that will help them grow into financially stable adults.  Our first lessons about money come from our parents and they set the frame-work for the critical lessons and behaviors to promote healthy money attitudes and habits in children. Lessons […]

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