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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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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Retirement is supposed to be a fulfilling and rewarding chapter of your life — but it can feel less than relaxing if it’s not well planned for. To ensure you’re able to live comfortably in life’s next chapter, start planning early and take advantage of technology to help you monitor your success. Here are four…

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Crossing the Digital Divide These days, there are plenty of gadgets designed to help us monitor our health, stay in touch, and manage our households. They come in a variety of smartphone apps, wearable devices, computers, tablets and smart appliances. One of the obstacles to widespread adoption is that not all of us grew up…

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Major Life Events Are Financially Complex You might think that you only need a financial advisor for retirement or investment questions, but there are a number of common situations that necessitate complicated paperwork and financial decision making. Rather than do everything yourself, sometimes the best way to get things done correctly is to seek financial…

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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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  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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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 it Like to Be a Senior Entrepreneur? Rob Horken — owner of Rob’s Rod Repair and Custom-Built Fishing Rods — supplements his retirement income by building custom-made fishing rods. An avid, lifelong fisherman in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Rob’s rods are like individual works of art. They have become a popular choice in…

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