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You can’t do that with an IRA

Terry Ellis decided that his next job would be selling used cars. To that end, he formed a limited liability company (LLC), which was to be 98% owned by his IRA. The other 2% would be owned by an unrelated third party working for the LLC. Ellis was designated as the general manager of the […]

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Past Performance is no Guarantee

Last week began with a Monday rally of 1.08%, the best one day gain since April 24th, and a new high close for the S&P 500. The index added another 12+ points during the rest of the week and closed at a record high of 2,500.23. The last 5% or greater correction in the index […]

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Estate planning for the married

DEAR TRUST OFFICER:  Most married couples will never need to worry about filing a federal estate tax return, will they? I’ve heard that for couples the federal estate tax exemption is over $10 million. — AFFLUENT, NOT WEALTHY DEAR AFFLUENT: On the contrary, in the vast majority of cases of an estate with a surviving […]

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Stormy Weather

Yields on Treasuries debt with maturities of one year and longer declined leaving the yield on the benchmark 10-Year Note at 2.05% on Friday. The S&P 500 finished the week fractionally lower as investors processed new information with regard to threats from North Korea, the damage and rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey and potential threats from […]

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Three questions to ask yourself before you retire

As you near the end of the final lap of your working years, and begin scanning the retirement horizon, you are likely to be seeking the information that you need to ensure a secure financial future. Here, we touch on three of the most important questions that you should be asking yourself as you transition […]

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September Sale

Interest rates, as measured by Treasury instruments, were generally flat for the week. Stocks advanced with the S&P 500 gaining 1.37%. Gold rose 3% to its highest level since October 2016. As we move into September, historically the worst month for stocks, it will be interesting to watch for a turn in psychology sufficient to […]

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Aging in place

The percentage of Americans over 85 is growing steadily, and with it a new conundrum: Where will the elderly live? For a growing number of folks who are still healthy, the answer is “right at home.” According to the federal Consumer Expenditure Survey, from 1987 to 2003 the percentage of persons over age 85 living […]

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Retirement is Not the End of Your Time Horizon

In my experience, common misconceptions investors have deal with their understanding of their investment time horizon. They tend to plan as though their horizons end at retirement or at age 70-1/2 when required minimum distributions from retirement accounts must begin. It is true, our goals, tolerance for risk, return objectives and allocations should be reviewed […]

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Planning for a long life

Not many years ago, the typical retirement age, 65, was viewed as the onset of old age. Today, gerontologists define matters differently: If you’re between the ages of 65 and 74, you are one of the “young-old.” To be considered “old”, you need to be in the 75-to-84 age bracket.  After that, you’re known, demographically, […]

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Retirement Strategies

As we pass through the dog days of summer, the month of August is barely hanging onto a gain as of Friday’s close. The financial media is reporting the market in August is on track to be the worst of the year. No matter how August finishes, clear thinking investors know none of this month’s […]

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