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Are Tax Free Bonds Taxable?

They say there is a coffee shop on Wall Street  serving a Stock Market Breakfast-scrambled nest eggs. With millions of aging baby boomers continuing to work past normal retirement age, many clients are wondering if there is anything they can do to reduce income taxes on social security benefits. Annuities are one way to access  Click to Continue

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Is Clark Howard Wrong About Reduced Debt?

A Financial Adviser calls his client and says that he has bad news and worst news. Which would the client like to hear first? “The bad news,” the client says. “All your money will be gone in 24 hours”. “What’s the worst news?” To which the advisor says “I should have made this call yesterday”.  Click to Continue

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Four Score for the Bull Market

Those that call the most recent run of 125% for the S&P 500 and see the stock market as a leading indicator are letting the lessons of history and rose colored glasses muddle mucky waters as the Fed Fest continues with sunny funny money and stagnant wage growth prophetically telling the truth. Sir Francis Bacon  Click to Continue

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Lessons for Investors from Everest Ascent

Sixty Years ago Sir Edmund Hillary, ascended Mt Everest to become the first person to climb the highest mountain in the world.  Hillary’s ascent not only inspired the name for Hillary Clinton, even though she was born six years earlier,  should be a mounting metaphor for the saver and investor of  the fact that it  Click to Continue

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Rising Rates and Income Riders

I am reminded about the chiropractor who adjusted the backbones of an avid but duffer golfer. After the crack in the back, the patient asked the doctor if he felt the relief would help his game. The chiropractor answered the patient, Joe, “I can heal the sick but I can’t raise the dead.”   After  Click to Continue

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Advisers Help Clients Sharpen Their Pencils

The most widely followed stock index in the world is the Standard and Poor’s 500, a capitalization- weighted index followed from sea to shining sea and around the Globe from Wall Street to Wallyworld.  It covers a wide variety of companies from Apple to Big Lots.  It is still after 18 years, by far the  Click to Continue

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REITS right combo with Annuities?

In a world that is challenging to find assets that zig while others zag, Real Estate Investment Trusts or REITS,  have provided an effective way to invest in the housing and commercial property recovery while outperforming the broader equity market, and the S&P 500 index the last 4 years. The performance of REITS have been significantly  Click to Continue

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Which FIA Private Equity Manager Wins

With BNP Paribas upgrading AVIVA, it’s beginning to appear that analysts are beginning to see rreal value in Private Equity’s entrance into the Annuity Industry. I am reminded, however, that their estimates of hidden value are like a bikini. What they reveal is important. What they conceal is vital. As AVIVA’s U.S. operations are divested  Click to Continue

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