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Tuesday
Apr102018

Merging Your Money When You Marry

When two become one, you need to communicate clearly because the financial decisions that you make now can have a lasting impact on your future. Learn more in this week's Financial Tip.

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Tuesday
Apr102018

Trade War Fears Eased Yields Green Results

U.S. Stocks moved higher Tuesday following comments from Chinese President Xi Jinping that seemed to soothe investor fears of a potential trade war. Speaking at an economic summit, Mr. Xi expressed his commitment to economic liberalization as well as increased protection for intellectual property.

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Monday
Apr092018

Late Day Sell-Off

Stocks traded higher throughout much of the day before strong selling in the final hour pared back much of the day’s gains after reports that federal investigators searched the office and home of President Trump’s long-time lawyer, Michael Cohen.

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Friday
Apr062018

Declines of More Than 2%

Stocks traded markedly lower on Friday after President Trump asked the U.S. Trade Representative to consider $100 billion worth of additional tariffs on China, while a poor jobs report was also released in the pre-market hours.

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Friday
Apr062018

What are some strategies for paying off credit card debt?

Credit cards out of control? If you’re not paying them off every month, we have some tips to help you pay off that balance in our Question of the Week.

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Friday
Apr062018

It’s Not an Estate Tax Issue, but an Estate Plan Issue 

In today's Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, explains that just because you don’t have a tax problem because of the $11.21 million estate tax exclusion doesn’t mean you don’t have an estate plan problem. Read the Article

Thursday
Apr052018

Major Indices Higher on the Day

Stocks picked up where they left off Wednesday, posting gains for a third consecutive day Thursday, the first such occurrence in a month.

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Thursday
Apr052018

Business Owners Beware: New Tax Law Severely Limits Entertainment Deductions

Entertaining clients is going to get much more expensive for businesses thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Maybe hold off on buying those concert tickets for your client. Read all about it in this week's Business Tip.

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Wednesday
Apr042018

Traders Picked Tariff Winners and Losers

In the overnight session, U.S. indices looked poised for further pain, but staged a notable comeback. China announced retaliatory tariffs against the United States, and the initial reaction saw many industrial heavyweights opening down significantly, with the announced tariffs affecting soybeans, beef, tobacco, and most notably aircraft among other products.

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Wednesday
Apr042018

Living Abroad? Here Is How Tax Reform May Affect You

Living and working abroad? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act still affected you—especially if you have ownership in a foreign corporation. We explain in this week's Tax Tip.

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Tuesday
Apr032018

Sectors Moving Higher

It was “risk on” again Tuesday as stocks rebounded from Monday’s selloff with all 11 sectors moving higher. For much of the day, stocks teetered between gains and losses before rallying late in the day. The Dow rose almost 400 points or 1.6%, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose 1.3% and 1% respectively.

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Tuesday
Apr032018

Employee Business Expenses & Tax Reform

Unreimbursed business expenses were part of those miscellaneous itemized deductions that were eliminated with tax reform. Will this hurt you? Find out in this week's Tax Tip.

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Monday
Apr022018

Heavy Selling

The first trading day of April was one marked by heavy selling across U.S. equity markets with all major indices off more than 2%. The Nasdaq 100 dipped negative year to date for the first time in 2018, and 10 of 11 S&P sectors are lower on the year.

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Monday
Apr022018

Four Points to Consider When Setting a Retirement Income Goal

Where do you even start your retirement budget? Setting a retirement income goal is a good place. We offer four points to consider when setting your goal in this week's Financial Tip.

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Friday
Mar302018

Home Equity Loan Interest Could Still be Deductible

Have a home equity line of credit? In today’s Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, explains why you should talk to your tax consultant TODAY to understand how it will affect your taxes next year. Read the Artcile

Friday
Mar302018

Have Business Income? If So, You Score Big with the New Tax Reform

As a small business owner, if you have qualified business income, you may qualify for a nice tax break thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We explain in this week's Business Tip.

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Thursday
Mar292018

Mixed Moves for First Quarter 2018

Markets posted a solid finish to close out what was otherwise a volatile first quarter of 2018. A rebound in Technology stocks led major indices higher but it wasn’t enough to pull the Dow and S&P 500 out of negative territory for the first quarter.

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Wednesday
Mar282018

Tax Reform Cracks Down on IRA Recharacterizations

Beginning in 2018 Roth conversions of a Traditional IRA cannot be undone. Once a conversion is made, you will have to live with the tax consequences. Learn more in this Tax Tip.

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Tuesday
Mar272018

Brands Retreat

Indices landed in the red zone on Tuesday. Technology brands including Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon led the way lower in turbulent trading.

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Tuesday
Mar272018

What are some tips for creating a budget and sticking to it?

You’re committed. You’re ready to do it. Let’s create a budget! Uh… where do you start? We have some tips for you in this week's Financial Tip.

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