Posts by Scott Campbell, RICP

New Client Guide- The Retirement Instructor

We Want Your Retirement to Be Seamless As president of The Retirement Instructor, I know for a fact that we are doing our best to streamline your retirement. That’s why we have so many complimentary financial softwares and services for your to choose from. This article will help you to understand the available tools at…

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401(K)s Can Augment Your Retirement Plan

Record Highs in 401(K) Contributions Retirement accounts in the U.S. reached record highs by the end of 2018’s third quarter. The average account balance was $106,500 for 401(k) plans, and the number of 401(k) millionaires in the U.S. increased to 187,400, up 41 percent from 2017. This trend may continue, because of an increase in 2019…

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Reducing Investment Risk With ETFs

Exchange-Traded Funds Are a Safer Alternative to Stock Investing As an indexed security, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are still susceptible to market fluctuations. However, they are a portfolio of investments, which provides greater diversification for the investor than owning an individual stock or bond. The funds are diversified by the ETF’s management and it takes the…

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January 2019 Market Update

2018 Market Review1 Last year was a little bumpy for markets near the end of the year. This excerpt from How Every Asset Class, Currency, and Sector Performed in 2018 by Jeff Desjardins at Visual Capitalist sums up 2018 really well: “We’re only a few days into 2019, but it appears markets have picked up…

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Caring For Elderly Parents in Retirement

Care-Giving During Retirement Can You Afford to Take Care of Your Parents? According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, it is now common for people in their 60s and 70s to be caring for a parent in their 90s or older. 10% of adults between the ages of 60 and 69 with…

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2019 Updates to Social Security

Cost of Living Adjustments for Social Security Good news! Social Security benefits are scheduled to increase by 2.8% in 2019, the biggest benefits increase since 2012. The average beneficiary – who received about $1,405 per month in 2018 – can expect to see about $468 more over the course of the year.1 Why is Social…

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How We Protect Your Financial Security

Recent Increase in Cyber Attacks Over the past few months, the financial industry has experienced an increase in fraudulent attempts to gain access to client data, through false disbursement requests. In fact, cyber attacks are now considered one of the largest risks to financial markets in 2019. To keep pace with the times, we have…

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Don’t Forget Required Minimum Distributions (RMD’s)!

What Are Required Minimum Distributions (RMD’s)? When you reach the age of 70 & 1/2, Uncle Sugar (The IRS) mandates that you take a minimum withdrawal from your tax-deferred retirement accounts. Why? So he can potentially tax that money! In the year you turn 70 & 1/2 years old, you must withdraw the specified amount by…

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Historical Data May Indicate Future Recession

In U.S. History, We Have Experienced Many Market Recessions: Causes varied greatly and could often be tied to contractionary monetary policy, instituted to reduce inflation. “Contractionary policy refers to either a reduction in government spending, particularly deficit spending, or a reduction in the rate of monetary expansion by a central bank. It is a type…

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New Tax Policy Could Increase Your Taxes in 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 reduced federal income tax liability for some, but not all Americans. Wealthy residents of California, New York and other high-tax states could face a higher tax bill, when they file their 2018 return.1 Effects on 2018 Tax Filings: Cuts…

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