Archive for August, 2013

Why You Shouldn’t Panic About the Coming Fed Taper

  • by April Harper on Aug 29, 2013
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If you have even a mild interest in investing, it’s hard to avoid taper talk, the seemingly endless speculation as to when the Federal Reserve will begin winding down its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying stimulus, also known as QE3. Click Here to continue reading. Warm regards,

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Understanding the Markets

What the acronyms signify & what affects investors. Dow. NASDAQ. S&P 500. Fear index. NYSE. Commodity prices. Earnings. Economic indicators. These are the gauges and signposts of investing, but if you stopped most people on the street, you’ll find they have only a hazy understanding of what these terms signify or reference. If you’ve ever […]

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Reassessing Retirement Assumptions

  • by April Harper on Aug 15, 2013
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What makes financial sense for some baby boomers may not make sense for you. There is no “typical” retirement. Many baby boomers want one and believe that they will have one, and their futures may indeed unfold as planned. For others, the story will be different. Just as there is no routine retirement, there are […]

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The Annual Financial Check-Up

Don’t ignore it. Here’s why. Here’s the scenario … you get a card in the mail, one of those little reminders that tells you it’s time for your annual financial checkup. Your reaction: I’ll take care of that later. Here’s why you should look forward to it. Why do I need an annual review? Because […]

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Why You Should Collect Social Security Early

  • by April Harper on Aug 01, 2013
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Most financial experts advise us to wait until full retirement age, or even longer, before we begin receiving our retirement benefit from Social Security. There are good reasons for this. Social Security is like an annuity, providing a guaranteed monthly income for the rest of your life. It addresses the problem of: What do I […]

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