Ever since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), many taxpayers have shown concern about losing tax breaks for charitable contributions. However, with the right plan, taxable entities can still benefit from donations. New law increased the standard deduction to $12,000 for individual filers and $24,000 for married households filing jointly. This increase, plus the…

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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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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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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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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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If you read the news yesterday, then you probably noticed the Dow Jones dropped more than 800 points.” Both the Dow and S&P 500 posted their biggest one-day drops since early February, while the Nasdaq notched its largest single day sell-off since June 24, 2016 (CNBC).” Leading up to the Great Recession, one of the…

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Austin First Financial is the parent company of The Retirement Instructor. I founded Austin First Financial, Inc in 1999 to aid Austin residents with their retirement planning. Since then, The Retirement Instructor was founded for my adult education classes. The Austin American Statesman & Austin360 polled the Austin community and they discovered that Austin First…

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Solomon API is a Powerful AI Investment Tool Solomon API is an artificial intelligence tool for global economic research. Solomon utilizes quantitative modeling and real-time global data assimilation to present you with data in an easy-to-process format. In addition, Solomon utilizes translation to help investors capture bull market opportunities and avoid severe market corrections. Solomon…

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  View this post on Instagram   I was recently featured in Texas Monthly as a FiveStar Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager. No self nominations were accepted and only SEC compliant advisers were considered. This is my fifth year receiving this distinction and it’s truly an honor! #austin #austintx #atx #texas #wealthmanager A post…

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