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Tuesday
Apr242018

Red Results

Indices closed in the red zone on Tuesday. Brands such as Apple, 3M and Caterpillar led decliners amid a variety of economic news.

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Tuesday
Apr242018

Changing Jobs? Know Your 401(k) Options

No matter how you leave your job, you’ll be entitled to your vested 401(k) balance. What you do next with your money has different tax consequences. We explain in this week's Financial Tip.

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Monday
Apr232018

Mixed Moves

Indices closed out mixed on Monday. The Dow and Nasdaq ended the session fractionally lower while the S&P 500 added marginal gains. Trading was fairly flat amid a variety of economic news. Google parent Alphabet reported quarterly details.

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Friday
Apr202018

Weekly Gains despite Down Friday

U.S. stocks slid into negative territory on Friday, but all three major indices posted gains for the week. Apple lead the declines falling more than 4% after analyst reports suggested smartphone sales could slow in the coming months.

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Friday
Apr202018

Market Volatility Can Provide a Planning Opportunity

In today's Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, explains that during volatile market movements, you don’t have to change your portfolio, but you do have an opportunity to use volatility to your advantage. Read the Article

Friday
Apr202018

Should I buy a home or continue renting?

“To rent or to own,” that is the question! Each has its advantages. On one hand you have the ease of relocating, on the other, equity! We explain in this week's Question of the Week.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Slight Slip

Consumer Staples stocks tumbled Thursday, pulling the S&P 500 Index lower as investors showed signs of fatigue after three straight days of gains. Investors were jarred by the weak performance of some of the world’s biggest consumer product companies that reported earnings results.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Tax Reform Puts a Cap on Deducting Business Losses

Let’s be clear. Business losses are allowed in 2018. “Excessive business losses” are treated as net operating losses. Learn more in this week's Business Tip.

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Wednesday
Apr182018

Mixed Yet Relatively Flat

Markets closed the day mixed but essentially flat as the Nasdaq Composite (+0.19%) and S&P 500 (+0.08%) inched higher while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (-0.16%) finished slightly lower.

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Wednesday
Apr182018

Checking Your Federal Refund Status Is Easy 

Nine out of 10 taxpayers typically receive refunds in fewer than 21 days when they use e-file with direct deposit. Where is your refund? Learn how to find out in this week's Tax Tip.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Back into the Green Zone for the Year

With today’s gains, major indices have closed higher in eight out of the past 11 trading sessions, but volumes have been light, suggesting some investors are remaining on the sidelines as geopolitical tensions simmer.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Minimizing Tax on Social Security Benefits 

Did you know your Social Security benefits can be taxable? Yes, if you have significant income as much as 85% of your benefit could be taxable. We explain in this week's Financial Tip.

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Monday
Apr162018

Green Day for All Sectors

Stocks rose broadly on Monday with all eleven sectors finishing the day higher and more than half rising at least 1%. Investors brushed off the multi-national missile strike against Syria, instead devoting their attention toward corporate earnings and economic releases.

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Friday
Apr132018

Banks Weigh Market Down

Stocks fell on Friday as banks continued the new earnings season with less-than-stellar results. Though headline numbers were strong, the finer details left much to be desired and led to big names such as Wells Fargo, Citigroup, PNC, and JP Morgan falling on the day.

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Friday
Apr132018

What is the difference between a W-2 form and a W-4 form?

W-2 W-4. Nope, not R2-D2’s cousin. Something much scarier: Tax Forms related to income. Good news is they’re pretty innocuous. We explain the difference in this week's Question of the Week.

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Friday
Apr132018

Market’s Pickup in Volatility is No Cause for Worry

In today's Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, explains why a stock market decline isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Read the Article

Thursday
Apr122018

Strong Day Recovered Losses

Stocks more than recouped Wednesday’s losses with the S&P 500 even turning positive for 2018, leaving just the Dow in negative territory for the year. A calming of geopolitical tensions and the start of earnings season drove investors to buy stocks sending the Dow nearly 300 points higher.

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Thursday
Apr122018

First-Year Start-Up Tax Issues

Some of the most common stressors encountered by entrepreneurs involve tax liabilities. We give tips that every entrepreneur needs to know in this week's Business Tip.

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Wednesday
Apr112018

Stocks Change Course After Yesterday's Gain

Volatility rules again as stocks change course, falling after yesterday’s gain. With news of military tensions in the Middle East, inflation on the rise and political turmoil in Washington, the stock market gave back some of the gains it garnered yesterday, falling 0.55%.

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Wednesday
Apr112018

Can’t Pay Your Taxes by the April Due Date?

Don’t have the cash to pay the IRS? You have a few options to pay what you owe. Whatever you do, don’t ignore your tax liability!

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