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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What’s the Difference Between Active & Passive Investment Management?

By Robert Pagliarini on February 12, 2017

Investment management can be active or passive. Sometimes, that simple, fundamental choice can make a difference in portfolio performance. During a particular market climate, one of these two methods may be widely praised, while the other is derided and dismissed. In truth, both approaches have merit, and all investors should understand their principles. How does…

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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

By Robert Pagliarini on

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)

By Robert Pagliarini on

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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Make a Plan to Get Financially Fit

By Robert Pagliarini on January 30, 2017

Year after year, getting healthy is a top New Year’s resolution for Americans, while saving more and spending less typically ranks lower on the list of priorities. Although many people will purchase gym memberships they may never use, taking steps to improve financial wellness is a resolution worth pursuing, and sticking to. In the latest…

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Make a Plan to Get Financially Fit

By Robert Pagliarini on January 28, 2017

Year after year, getting healthy is a top New Year’s resolution for Americans, while saving more and spending less typically ranks lower on the list of priorities. Although many people will purchase gym memberships they may never use, taking steps to improve financial wellness is a resolution worth pursuing, and sticking to. In the latest…

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