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Federal Estate Tax Reduced, But What About State Taxes?

Federal Estate Tax Reduced, But What About State Taxes?

The IRS has increased the federal estate tax exemption, which is indexed annually for inflation, to $5.49 million for 2017, up from $5.45 million in 2016. That lets couples now shield as much as $10.98 million from federal estate tax.

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The Great Post-Election Market Rotation

The Great Post-Election Market Rotation

Bonds sink as investors bet on an improving economy and value priced stocks.

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Time for a Medicare Check-Up

Time for a Medicare Check-Up

The article "Now is the time for an annual Medicare check-up" from Goodcare.com provides a valuable reminder to take advantage of the upcoming open enrollment period for Medicare. The temptation with all insurance is to “set it and forget it”.  With medical insurance, it is especially important to adjust your health insurance as your health evolves.  The upcoming enrollment period which opens on October 15 is a great opportunity to review your coverage.  Those of you who haven’t reached age 65 aren’t off the hook for this.  Many of your employers also have open enrollment periods approaching before the end of the year so a review of your coverage is also a good idea.  As always, please let us know how we can help.

Client Letter October 2016

Client Letter October 2016

Portfolio Insights: Index and Factor Investing

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Client Letter September 2016

Client Letter September 2016

The Election and what it might Mean

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Client Letter August 2016

Client Letter August 2016

In July, the stock market continued to rebound from the Brexit correction and experienced a rotation back toward large and medium capitalization growth stocks.

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Client Letter May 2016

Client Letter May 2016

Stocks continue rebound from January funk, but bonds flat in May. Return expectations flat lining after post crisis run.

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Want to Become a More "ADEPPT" Investor? Focus on the Things You Can Control.

Want to Become a More "ADEPPT" Investor? Focus on the Things You Can Control.

Savvy planners focus most of their time and attention on managing things they can know and control, and work hard to filter much of the noise associated with investing. At TWM we've developed the acronym “ADEPPTS” to help you focus on managing:

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Clinton vs. Trump -- Tax Plans Compared

Clinton vs. Trump -- Tax Plans Compared

This is an unbiased comparison of the proposed tax plans for individuals released by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In many ways, their tax policy aligns broadly with the platform of their political party — Clinton wants high-income earners to pay a larger percentage of their income in taxes, while Trump wants to cut taxes for all income levels. 

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The post-truth world: Yes, I'd lie to you-The Economist

The post-truth world: Yes, I'd lie to you-The Economist

Required reading. Forget the highlighter, the whole thing would be yellow.

Obviously the post truth political environment is troubling, but it affects how investment information is disseminated, which we've tried to make you aware of. How do we protect the integrity of our own thinking and ability to remain objective?

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Climbing a Wall of Worry

Climbing a Wall of Worry

The stock market “climbed a wall of worry” in the second quarter, fending off concerns about Brexit and slowing growth patterns. During the quarter there was a sharp downtick within the general labor expansion, but recent evidence indicates that it was an aberration. Finally, the Fed signaled that it will be patient as far as interest rate policy.

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Client Letter July 2016

Client Letter July 2016

Midsummer Night’s Market

The good old days, when politicians were civil and worked together, market risk was null, and stock market volatility was low

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Web Recording of Interview with Former PM Tony Blair

Web Recording of Interview with Former PM Tony Blair

 

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Brexit...The Investor and Market Fluctucations

Brexit...The Investor and Market Fluctucations

 

 

June 24, 2016

 

I have no doubt the markets will process Brexit over ensuing days and weeks, and there will be additional volatility related to the announcement. But it will take years for Britain to actually exit the EU, plenty of time for businesses and markets to adapt.

 

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Brexit...The Investor and Market Fluctucations

Brexit...The Investor and Market Fluctucations

June 24, 2016

I have no doubt the markets will process Brexit over ensuing days and weeks, and there will be additional volatility related to the announcement. But it will take years for Britain to actually exit the EU, plenty of time for businesses and markets to adapt.

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Client Letter June 2016

Client Letter June 2016

Stocks continue rebound from January funk, but bonds flat in May. Our view on market valuations and likely returns. The important dimension of inflation.

Take this to the bank. If indeed we are in a moderate return environment, then the margin for error is smaller, and it is more important than ever to invest in index funds, keep costs low, and to avoid both inertia and opportunity costs associated with active management.

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Have you seen our Facebook page?

Have you seen our Facebook page?

We use the page to share information, meeting and events related to matters of philanthropy, impact and social venture investing.

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Life Hacks

Life Hacks

IF YOU'RE IN THE LUCKIEST 1%, YOU OWE IT TO THE REST OF HUMANITY TO THINK ABOUT THE OTHER 99%

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Understanding the Trade Deficit and What it Means

Understanding the Trade Deficit and What it Means

The trade deficit has become a political football leaving many with the perhaps misguided notion that our trade deficit with countries like China and Mexico makes us a loser. As with many things economic, it ain't that simple. Arm yourself with the facts:

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Hackathon at TWM

Hackathon at TWM

Interns hard at work...putting the finishing touches on some great things coming your way. Check it out here

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