What the SECURE Act Means For Individuals and Small Business Owners

Submitted by Susan Powers on January 10, 2020

The new Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was just signed by President Trump on December 20,2019.  For individuals and small business owners, there are several ways the SECURE Act may affect you.  Highlighted below are a few of the ways the new legislation will impact IRA and employer plan withdrawal options and new rules for small businesses starting a retirement plan effective January 1, 2020. 

IRA and Employer Plan Withdrawals

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Are You a DIY?

Submitted by Kate Hennessy on December 27, 2019

With the new year and new decade upon us, one of your resolutions may be to save more or get your financial house in order.  I wanted to kick off the year with the top three reasons why people don’t ask an expert for help with their finances.  For those of you that haven’t hired an advisor, one or more of the reasons may resonate with you.

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Let's Talk - Markets, Money & Your Plan

Submitted by Susan Powers on December 7, 2019

I recently hosted an evening with friends, food and wine where we discussed the current state of markets, the unique needs of women investors and the importance of aligning your investments with your goals.

The audience was diverse: single, married, small business owners, contractors working from home and retirees.  Their perspectives and questions were equally diverse.

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Top 10 Year-End Tax Tips

Submitted by Pat Cote on December 7, 2019

That time of year again!  While we are in the midst of holiday season, the last thing many of us want to do is sit down and think about taxes.  However, taking a few minutes to focus on some specific areas can make a big difference.

With that in mind, we prepared a list of 10 key items to focus on before 12/31:

 

1.  Donate appreciated assets

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Successful College Planning

College is one of life’s most important – and expensive investment goals. As a parent of two grade school kids, I know that their heading to college will be here faster than I think it will be. With most pre-college children heading back to school this month, we thought it would be appropriate to talk about pre-paying for one of life’s biggest expenses… college. In this article we talk about the importance of understanding the costs of college, what to expect from financial aid, and how to make the most of your tax-advantaged 529 plans.
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Mortgage Rates Are Down, Time To Refinance?

Mortgage rates are the lowest they have been since 2016 and applications to refinance are up.  The national average for a 30 year fixed mortgage has fallen to 3.6% as of August 14, 2019, down almost 1% from the average rate of 4.54% in 2018.  A good rule of thumb – refinancing makes sense if rates are at least ½% to 1% lower than your current rate.  If your current rate is more than 4.375%, and it likely is if you purchased your house in the last 3 years, you may be a prime candidate to benefit from refinancing.

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