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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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How to Prevent Scams on Seniors

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they are now considered by some to be the “crime of the century.”  The below article by Marlo Sollitto of Agingcare.com does an excellent job of provided context and suggestions for lessening the risk of fraud on the elderly.  The article discusses the fact that Scam […]

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Estate Planning Checklist

Make sure family members know where to find your essential documents and contact information. Key Takeaways Sometimes it’s the simplest, but most important things that get overlooked in estate planning. Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of essential information you need to share with loved ones. These and other checklists can help get you organized. […]

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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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401(k) Plans: The Early Days, ERISA and Your Fiduciary Responsibility

Third in a series of articles about retirement plan costs for investors, business owners and plan administrators Key Takeaways The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) put in place guidelines to help protect retirement plan participants. The 401(k) plan, although a relatively new concept, has become the primary retirement savings vehicle for today’s […]

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401(k) Plans: Don’t Let the Fees Sneak Up on You

Second in a series of articles about retirement plan costs for investors, business owners and plan administrators Key Takeaways  You don’t have to know all the answers, just ask the right questions. 401(k) costs can have a major impact on long-term results for participants. Be aware of the costs you are incurring and be diligent […]

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401(k) Plans: There Is No Free Lunch

First in a series of articles about retirement plan costs for investors, business owners and plan administrators  Key Takeaways Think of the long-term impact when it comes to making the decision to participate in your company retirement plan. Respect the power of compounding. Time and discipline make for successful investment outcomes. This article series is […]

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