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Benefits Guide!

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Disclosures: This bulletin expresses the views of the author as the date indicated and such views are subject to change without notice. It is important to understand investing in general involves risk of loss that you should be prepared to bear. Please refer to our Firm’s Form ADV Part 2 Disclosure Brochure for more information regarding the risks of the investments held in your account. Our calculated perceived value is an opinion based on the information we have at the time of our forecast.  The risk assumed is that the market will fail to reach expectations of perceived value. Our opinions, forecasts […]

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How to: Cover and Move (Financially!)

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Cover and move is critical to a well-maneuvered military operation. Cover and move means teamwork. One member of the team lays down cover fire. This cover fire puts the enemy on the defensive, allowing the other person to move. Next, the roles are reversed: the person who moved lays down cover fire while the other teammate moves towards the objective. Fortunately, this lesson applies beyond the battlefield. Every financial decision is a conflict. Take an aggressive stance and apply this law of combat to your everyday finances! Below is a graphic on how to cover and move at every stage […]

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Know Where Your Money Goes

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Creating a budget is fundamental to have and maintain a stable financial foundation. Knowing where your money goes helps you see your sources of income less expenses. This awareness is critical to understanding the next steps you can feasibly take to build and grow wealth. Below are high level budgets that illustrate a person’s working timeline relative to his expenses:

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$3.50 = $131,000

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Disclosures: This bulletin expresses the views of the author as the date indicated and such views are subject to change without notice. It is important to understand investing in general involves risk of loss that you should be prepared to bear. Please refer to our Firm’s Form ADV Part 2 Disclosure Brochure for more information regarding the risks of the investments held in your account. Our calculated perceived value is an opinion based on the information we have at the time of our forecast. The risk assumed is that the market will fail to reach expectations of perceived value. Our opinions, […]

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How to Create Your Own Whole Life Insurance Policy

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You probably need life insurance if you: Are the primary breadwinner and need protection for your family against the loss of your income Have family members who would be responsible for your debts Have expenses that you need or would like for your estate to cover (examples: estate taxes, funeral costs, unique costs like children’s or grandchildren’s schooling, etc…) Have debts that would eat up assets you would like to pass on to family or loved ones The type of life insurance you buy is contingent on your particular circumstances and needs. That being said, most people only need a […]

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Retirement Planning: A First Look at Accumulation and Distribution of Wealth

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Preface: Retirement planning is not something that can be feasibly fleshed out in one 2,500-word memo, therefore consider this part one of a multi-part series on retirement (the number of parts to be determined at a later date). In Book X of the Odyssey, the wind god Aiolos gave Odysseus a bag of wind, to use sparingly as he and his crew sailed home to Ithaca. With Odysseus dispensing small breaths of wind from the bag, ten days passed and the crew neared home. Ithaca was clearly in sight, but the job was not quite finished. Quoting Homer: “now on […]

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An Ounce of Prevention

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“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.” – Albert Einstein Retirees are questioning the sustainability of Social Security, rising healthcare costs, and freezing of private pension plans. Despite a heightened sense of urgency, savings rates have only mildly improved and most Americans remain unprepared for retirement. The chart below shows the decline in personal savings rates since 1947. From 1947 until 1975 personal savings increased, peaking at 15% in June of 1975. Thereafter the rate declined, reaching a low of 2.5% in 2005. The rate has since increased back to 5.2%. Moreover, savings rates seem to be […]