Posts by Robert Pagliarini

Economic Update 03/20/17

By Robert Pagliarini on March 20, 2017

FED HIKES, LEAVES 2017 FORECAST UNCHANGED As expected, the Federal Reserve raised the target range for the federal funds rate by a quarter-point last week to 0.75-1.00%. “The simple message is, the economy is doing well,” Fed chair Janet Yellen explained to the media following the move. The central bank’s dot-plot table still projects two…

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Economic Update 03/13/2017

By Robert Pagliarini on March 13, 2017

COMPANIES HIRED READILY IN FEBRUARY U.S. firms added 235,000 net new jobs last month, and the latest Department of Labor employment report showed the largest growth occurring in the construction and education/health care sectors. The DoL also revised January’s job gains upward by 11,000 to 238,000. Payroll expansion has averaged 209,000 per month since December.…

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Economic Update 02/27/2017

By Robert Pagliarini on February 27, 2017

A LITTLE LESS OPTIMISM AMONG CONSUMERS February’s final University of Michigan consumer sentiment index came in at 96.3, down from its January mark of 98.5, but well above the 91.7 reading of a year earlier. Despite the descent, the index just had its best three months since early 2004. FED MINUTES SUGGEST RATE MOVE MAY…

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Economic Update 02/12/17

By Robert Pagliarini on February 13, 2017

CONSUMER SENTIMENT SLIPS A BIT The University of Michigan’s preliminary February index of consumer sentiment came in at a reading of 95.7 Friday, compared with a final January mark of 98.5 (which was a 13-year peak). Economists polled by Bloomberg had expected a slight decline to 98.0. While this was the index’s lowest level in…

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Can You Withdraw Money From Your 401(k)?

By Robert Pagliarini on February 7, 2017

If you withdraw money out of a workplace retirement plan in your fifties, will you be penalized for it? In most cases, the answer is yes. Distributions taken from a qualified retirement plan before age 59½ usually trigger a 10% IRS early withdrawal penalty. The key word here is “usually,” for there are ways to…

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Financial Moves You Can Make in 2017

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What financial, business, or life priorities do you need to address for 2017? Now is a good time to think about the investing, saving, or budgeting methods you could employ toward specific objectives, from building your retirement fund to lowering your taxes. You have plenty of options. Here are a few that might prove convenient: …

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Economic Update 02/06/2017

By Robert Pagliarini on February 6, 2017

POSITIVES & NEGATIVES IN JANUARY’s JOB DATA The Department of Labor’s latest jobs report showed 227,000 net new hires last month. Unfortunately, wages grew just 0.1% in January as the headline jobless rate rose slightly to 4.8%. The U-6 rate, counting the underemployed, rose 0.2% to 9.4%. STRONG CONSUMER CONFIDENCE & SPENDING While the Conference…

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Couples Advice on Managing Wealth

By Robert Pagliarini on February 5, 2017

When you marry or simply share a household with someone, your financial life changes – and your approach to managing your money may change as well. To succeed as a couple, you may also have to succeed financially. The good news is that is usually not so difficult.  At some point, you will have to…

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Why I Love a Roth Solo 401(k)

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Self-employed? Seeking to ramp up your retirement savings? You should look at the potential of the Roth Solo 401(k). If you are a high-earning solopreneur, this savings vehicle may be a great choice because it allows you to make both employee and employer contributions to a 401(k) plan in the same year, with the potential…

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Do You Need Life Insurance Before Age 40?

By Robert Pagliarini on February 1, 2017

Do you plan to buy life insurance before you turn 40? Maybe you should. You may save money in the long run by doing so. At first thought, the idea of purchasing a life insurance policy in your thirties may seem silly. After all, young adults are now marrying and starting families later in life…

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