2018 Started off Strong The first half of 2018 went well in terms of market performance and economic growth. In fact, the second longest-running bull market in U.S. stock market history managed to weather a few bumps and bruises to climb even higher. That’s the good news.1 Is Economic Change Coming? The bad news is…

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Political Legislation Affects Our Economy: Whether it’s a new tweet by the president, or something more controversial, politics has an impact on the way people manage their investments. However, even in times of political unrest, the stock market has remained relatively resilient. Recently, the market has successfully weathered political climates that had the potential to…

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What is My Full Retirement Age? When you take out social security, your benefits are a combination of 3 types of benefits: retirement benefit, spousal benefit and survivor benefit. Different claiming strategies affect the age you can retire, as well as penalties. The reason financial planners talk so much about full retirement age, is that…

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You might think that retirement is only complicated by financial stress, but retirement can put a strain on your relationships as well. Couples may find many different challenges associated with retirement, but with divorce rates rising, it is evident that retirement is a difficult transition for married couples. Domestic squabbles are often a result of…

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Statistically, You Probably Will When we plan for retirement, there are more than a few uncertainties. At first, you might think that you can take care of unplanned expenses with a rainy day fund, but it depends on the complexity and magnitude of any unforeseen costs. According to Morningstar, 52.3% of people turning 65 will…

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