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Aim for the Horizon

Published October 6, 2016 3474 Views

It is awfully common to hear clients talk about what they read or heard about investing, particularly the old “rule of thumb” about keeping equity exposure equal to 100 percent minus your age. So, if you are 70 years old 30 percent of the portfolio would be in stocks and 70 percent in bo...

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How to Invest During an Election

Published September 28, 2016 3301 Views

There is no doubt that the 2016 Presidential Election is getting a lot of press. With the first debate happening this week so many people are trying to watch the polls and figure out who will be our next leader. Of course the two candidates could not be any more different with their policies and ide...

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A "Golden" Rule: Everything in Moderation

Published August 4, 2016 3765 Views

While the market has recovered nicely from a bumpy first quarter many people still have feelings of uncertainty. The uncertainty I hear the most about comes from the June BREXIT and the potential outcomes of the upcoming November election. While the BREXIT was simply an event that should not have a...

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Tax Free Savings While You Work: Roth 401(k)

Published July 19, 2016 3356 Views

Many of you are probably familiar with a 401(k) - or employer sponsored retirement plan. Every year during benefits enrollment you decide what percentage of each paycheck will go into your retirement plan. But you may not be aware of a benefit option with your 401(k) plan that is quite often overloo...

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Why Use An Advisor At All?

Published June 29, 2016 3710 Views

In a world where you can get trade execution for $7.99 or buy an index fund virtually for free, why should investors seek out the aid of a financial advisor and pay the additional fees that go along with that?Well, a certain firm set out to quantify the potential value added by working with a skille...

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The 'Brexit' Leave Vote

Published June 24, 2016 3287 Views

Unless you have been living under a rock, you've likely heard that Britain has voted to leave the European Union. The 'Leave' vote came as a surprise to the markets, as evidenced by the lack of a sell-off in the last few weeks, capped off with a strong rally into yesterday's close. Unsurprisingly, g...

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Is Your New York State Pension Enough to Retire?

Published June 24, 2016 4623 Views

After spending your whole life working hard, earning money, and being responsible, all of a sudden the wealth you've accumulated needs to produce income. But will it be enough? With no cost of living adjustments for social security, a low interest rate environment, and a 1% cost of living adj...

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The $280 Million Dollar Question

Published June 13, 2016 4190 Views

Picture this: You've just won the New York State Mega millions jackpot!!! You start daydreaming about all the wonderful things you'll buy and all the vacations you'll take. Money will no longer be a worry. It is not that simple to live on Easy Street. The truth of the matter is if yo...

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Looking Up

Published June 9, 2016 3276 Views

"Have patience. Everything is difficult before it is easy." - SaadiThe rollercoaster has been a bit easier lately. The S&P and the Dow are up about 2% through the end of May, while volatility has declined. The reward for being patient when, in February, both indexes were down almost 15%, is...

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Swing for Singles

Published June 6, 2016 3404 Views

"Don't worry about home runs, swing for singles." To this day I can hear my dad repeating that line to me as I was learning to play baseball. In other words, don't try to do too much, just be consistent. Excellent advice - and probably why this article recently caught my eye. Focus...

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