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Success in Retirement is Not Luck

Published March 18, 2015 3876 Views

Preparing for retirement is a daunting task no matter how close or far you are from making that life changing decision. For young adults it seems so far away that it's not worth a thought. Yet, the money contributed to a 401(k), Roth IRA, or traditional IRA in those first years of work provides the...

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Taking a Step Back in Time.

Published March 16, 2015 3763 Views

In 1974 Connect Four was one of the most popular Christmas gifts and Elton John's Bennie and the Jets was a Billboard number one. As if those two facts weren't exciting enough, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was also established. Among many things, it allowed individuals to begi...

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Do not choose Inaction

Published March 11, 2015 4197 Views

Remember when you were a kid and your teacher went around the classroom and asked each student "what do you want to be when you grow up"? The myriad of answers ranged from firefighter to superhero among various others. Fast forward to high school or college and your parent's friends as...

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Where Is Your Savings?

Published March 9, 2015 3900 Views

Everyone needs to save money, however many people are not. The 2014 Retirement Confidence Survey from the Employee Benefits Research Institute found that 36% of Americans have saved less than $1,000. What could be even more concerning is another survey from American Express which found that 29% of A...

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An Investment Lesson: The Tortoise and The Hare

Published March 4, 2015 4390 Views

Many people I talk with think that the amount of their savings or investments is far less than others' that walk through the door of Brighton Securities. Yet, often those are the people who have the highest balances in their account. An interesting article addresses 2014 data examining who saves, ho...

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Fast February.

Published March 2, 2015 4104 Views

After a dismal January, the S&P 500 Index posted a 5.5 percent gain in February--the largest monthly gain since October 2011. Investors saw a steady rise throughout the month in response to positive geopolitical news and lower volatility in oil prices. Central Banks around the world have remaine...

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F is for Finances and Family

Published February 25, 2015 4053 Views

A recent article states that one of the biggest conundrums in the financial world is that women have a lack of confidence when it comes to retirement planning and investing. This is puzzling because investment results show that women's portfolios typically outperform men's portfolios. Perhaps women...

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Greece-ing the Wheels.

Published February 23, 2015 4093 Views

On Friday, Greece and its European creditors agreed to a four-month extension of the country's rescue package. The deal hinges on the European Central Bank and European Commission accepting Greece's proposed reform measures. Greece is a country that has been struggling mightily. Effects o...

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The Sweetness of America and You

Published February 19, 2015 3847 Views

Candy bars, some of America's favorite treats, are changing to become healthier. Nestle is removing some artificial ingredients from its Crunch, Butterfinger, Oh Henry!, and other treats. This article explains that the reason for the change is a direct response to consumer interest in healthier food...

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February Thaw

Published February 17, 2015 4234 Views

After markets experienced a January freeze that saw both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 fall between 3 and 4 percent, February has provided a needed thaw for investors. At the close of business on Friday the S&P 500 had set a new record high and the Dow finished above 18,00...

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