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Reduced Future Returns Expected for Retirement Savings

Investment advisors and financial salespeople need to help retirement savers understand that we have entered a new era for investment returns, an era of much lower earnings growth for companies and significantly lower interest rates for stock and bond investments. Let’s look at historic investment returns for portfolios with differing levels of market risk: John…

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What is “The Right Price” to Pay for a Stock?

The amount of money we decide to place in common stocks in your investment portfolio is partially driven by the prices we have to pay for those stocks. The higher the price we pay for a dollar’s worth of earnings generated by a stock, the lower the chance that we receive the returns we need…

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2016 401k & IRA Contribution Limits

2016 IRS Contribution Limits The 2016 IRS 401k contribution limits were announced and there is nothing significant changing from the 2015 limits. Below are the limits that affect most investors. Click to Read More Details at 401khelpcenter.com

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Keep Your Credit Score in Perspective

A credit score is important. It can be used when you apply for a new job and anytime you are looking to borrow money to finance a purchase (home, car, etc.). However, I have heard some people use their credit score almost as a defensive response to a poor financial picture as, “But my credit…

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Investment Policy Statement – A Financial Blueprint (as seen in USA TODAY)

An often overlooked feature of our BeManaged advice services is the Investment Policy Statement (IPS) that each of our clients receive after enrolling in our service, along with an annual update that includes performance reporting, fee transparency and information on their retirement readiness. We were given an opportunity to comment on the importance of IPS’s recently…

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2015 401k Contribution Limits Announced

New 2015 401k contribution limits were announced today by the IRS! Elective Deferrals for 401k/403b/457: $18,000 ($500 increase) Catch-Up Contributions for 401k/403b/457: $6,000 ($500 increase) Annual Compensation: $265,000 (increased from $260,000) Annual Additions Limit for Defined Contribution Plans: $53,000 (increased from $52,000) Highly Compensated Employees: $120,000 (increased from $115,000) Key Employee: $170,000 (no change) Click to Read…

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2014 401k Contribution Limits Announced

Unfortunately, there is nothing exciting to report regarding the 2014 401k contribution limits that were announced today by the IRS. Elective Deferrals for 401k/403b/457: $17,500 (no change) Catch-Up Contributions for 401k/403b/457: $5,500 (no change) Annual Compensation: $260,000 (increased from $255,000 in 2013) Annual Additions Limit for Defined Contribution Plans: $52,000 (increased from $51,000) Highly Compensated Employees:…

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October Newsletter – Bond Panic Subsides While the Fed’s Message is Ignored

Bond Panic Subsides, Quietly Says “Nevermind” And the Fed’s Message Goes Largely Ignored In May, a rumor that the Fed might be considering reducing their bond purchasing (coined “Tapering”), instigated the worst losses in recent bond market history, as discussed in the September newsletter. In mid-September, in what was widely described as “a surprise move,”…

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