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Traditional Versus Roth Contributions: What to Consider – PART 1

Key Takeaways The decision to make Traditional or Roth contributions to retirement plans adds an extra layer of complexity to investing. Traditional contributions allow participants to defer tax until funds are withdrawn, while Roth contributions allow participants to pay tax up front, so there’s no tax obligation upon withdrawal. When deciding what type of contribution […]

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My Mother is a Fantastic Teacher

She is retired now but for years she taught critical thinking in the classroom and at the dinner table to my brother, sister and me. Most importantly, she taught us to ask questions. I am thankful that she did. Good questions, it turns out, are a core component of good research. Good research is at […]

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For Better Investment Results, Rely on the Evidence

Understanding the source of investment returns is an important part of being a successful long-term investor. Unfortunately, far too many investors are under the impression that successful investing requires predicting markets. More than 60 years of academic research says otherwise. Still, investors are often distracted from the focus on their long term goals by the […]

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Does Diversification Still Make Sense?

    After a year like 2014 when one asset class (S&P 500) outperformed almost every other, investors naturally ask themselves whether broad global diversification still make sense. The simple answer is yes. Broad diversification remains one of the best risk management tools available to investors. However, a broadly diversified portfolio’s returns will never be […]

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2015 Annual Limits for Financial Planning

Key Takeaways In 2015, retirement plan participants can contribute up to $18,000 annually to their 401(k), 403(b), Thrift Savings Plans and most 457 accounts. Savers age 50 and over are able to contribute an extra $6,000 catch-up contribution this year, for a total of up to $24,000. Contributions to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are unchanged […]

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Markets Work

The evidence is clear. Markets do a great job of setting prices. Markets aren’t perfect but they do such a good job that they make it nearly impossible for investors to outguess the markets and cover their costs. We, at Independence Advisors, know that this runs counter to what investors are told on a daily […]

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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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