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Your Diversified Portfolio vs. the S&P 500

How global returns and proper diversification are affecting overall returns. “Why is my portfolio under-performing the market?” This question may be on your mind. It is a question that investors sometimes ask after stocks shatter records or return exceptionally well in a quarter. The short answer is that even when Wall Street rallies, international markets...
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Eight Mistakes That Can Upend Your Retirement

Avoid these situations, if you can. Pursuing your retirement dreams is challenging enough without making some common, and very avoidable, mistakes. Here are eight big mistakes to steer clear of, if possible. No Strategy. Yes, the biggest mistake is having no strategy at all. Without a strategy, you may have no goals, leaving you no...
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Tax Moves to Consider in Summer

Tax Moves to Consider in Summer Now is a good time to think about a few financial matters. Consider making tax moves earlier rather than later. If you own a business, earn significant investment income, are recently married or divorced, or have a Flexible Savings Account (FSA), you may want to work on your income tax...
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The Problem of Money Paralysis

The Problem of Money Paralysis Not making a move may not always be the best move to make. A decision not made may have financial consequences. Sometimes, we fall prey to a kind of money paralysis, in which financial indecision is regarded as a form of “safety.” Retirement seems to heighten this tendency. If you...
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Taking Charge of Your Financial Life in Retirement

Taking Charge of Your Financial Life in Retirement Delegating responsibilities to others may lead to problems down the road. When you are putting together a household, it isn’t unusual to delegate responsibilities. One spouse or partner may take on the laundry, while another takes on the shopping. You might also decide which one of you...
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Certain Uncertainties in Retirement

Certain Uncertainties in Retirement Two financial unknowns may erode our degree of confidence.  The financial uncertainties we face in retirement may risk reducing our sense of confidence, potentially undermining our outlook during those years. Indeed, according to the 2018 Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefits Research Institute, only 17% of pre-retirees said they are...
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