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As New Tax Laws Take Effect, Check Your Withholding Amount

As New Tax Laws Take Effect, Check Your Withholding Amount
Do you remember how many withholding allowances you claimed on the last W-4 you filled out? That's the form you have to complete when you begin a new job, so your company's payroll knows how much federal income tax to withhold from your pay.
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Investing Made Simple - Real Estate (REITS)

Investing Made Simple - Real Estate (REITS)
Your plan’s investment menu includes the Vanguard Real Estate Index, an index mutual fund that invests in a diversified portfolio of “REITS” or real estate investment trusts. REITS are investment companies which own and rent out commercial real estate, such as office buildings, industrial and research parks, shopping plazas and residential projects.
 
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Planet Money - Inflation

Planet Money - Inflation

This month's Planet Money podcast: The Cost of Life in America. 

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Opportunities and Incentives under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Opportunities and Incentives under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

FYI, great summary of a little known aspect of tax reform which allows investors to defer gains (and receive a 15% step up in basis) by rolling all or a portion of the gains into low income community funds, eg Qualified Opportunity Zones.

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What If You Bought Right Before the Market Correction of 1987?

What If You Bought Right Before the Market Correction of 1987?

The New York stock market crash of 1987 happened 30 years ago when, on October 19, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA or the Dow) plunged by a then-record 508 points—a 22% decline in the index.

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January 2018 Investment Update

January 2018 Investment Update

Market Comment: Looking forward and backward.

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J.P. Morgan Guide to the Markets

J.P. Morgan Guide to the Markets
I've always found this chart book to be very helpful. 
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4 Pitfalls to Avoid in a Lofty Market

4 Pitfalls to Avoid in a Lofty Market

An Interview with Morningstar’s Christine Benzand Jeremy Glaser.

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Goals… a short Guide

Goals… a short Guide

The word "goals" seems to generate a certain sort of emotional weight, for many, it's a roll-your-eyes-sort-of-dread ... “Not this again.” But we've found the following ideas to be helpful as we enter the annual season of goal setting.

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Goals… a short Guide

Goals… a short Guide

The word "goals" seems to generate a certain sort of emotional weight, for many, it's a roll-your-eyes-sort-of-dread ... “Not this again.” But we've found the following ideas to be helpful as we enter the annual season of goal setting.

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Behavioral Pitfalls to Watch Out For

Behavioral Pitfalls to Watch Out For

Successful investing requires overcoming one’s own psychological foibles – but you must identify them first.

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Behavioral Pitfalls to Watch Out For

Behavioral Pitfalls to Watch Out For

Successful investing requires overcoming one’s own psychological foibles – but you must identify them first.

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Investing Do's and Don'ts

Investing Do's and Don'ts

It's important to focus on the things that you can control.

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Don't Get Too Caught up in the Trump Bump or Slump

Don't Get Too Caught up in the Trump Bump or Slump

Political issues shouldn’t play a large role in long-term strategy

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How do I steer my college grad onto the right financial path

How do I steer my college grad onto the right financial path

How do we do that? The answer is: making sure our sons and daughters have been educated on key financial topics.

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The Value of a Fiduciary Advisor

The Value of a Fiduciary Advisor

Based on Russell Investments 2017 study

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Fidelity Survey: giving brings couples together, highlights importance of discussing values

Fidelity Survey: giving brings couples together, highlights importance of discussing values

 Couples may want to add charitable giving to their "must dos" this Valentine’s Day.

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Buffett: Indexing the Best Choice for Investors Large and Small

Buffett: Indexing the Best Choice for Investors Large and Small

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett praises indexing, and American dynamism in his 2016 letter to shareholders. 

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The Limits of Investment Math

The Limits of Investment Math

For long-term investors, knowing higher math isn’t necessarily an advantage.

By John Rekenthaler | 01-31-17 | 06:00 AM | 

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The Limits of Investment Math

The Limits of Investment Math

For long-term investors, knowing higher math isn’t necessarily an advantage.

 

By John Rekenthaler, Morningstar | 01-31-17 | 06:00 AM

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