5 Things to Do In Response to Last Week’s Market Drop

5 Things to Do In Response to Last Week’s Market Drop

The end of last week saw a stock market drop which has many spooked. Words like ‘market crash’, ‘historic drop’, and ‘recession’ abound and many are selling their investments in fear of a massive downturn. Here are the 4 things you can do to keep the market downturn from ruining your financial plan.

IRS Opens Door to Student Loan Repayment Employee Benefit

IRS Opens Door to Student Loan Repayment Employee Benefit

While it currently only applies to one company, the IRS has opened the door for companies to being offering an employee benefit whereby workers have an opportunity to both pay down student loan debt and save for retirement with the same dollars.

Debt Payoff: Why Math Trumps The Common Sense Approach of Rapidly Paying Off Debt

Debt Payoff: Why Math Trumps The Common Sense Approach of Rapidly Paying Off Debt

Focusing on debt payoff can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. Debt payoff strategies abound on the internet, and many mainstream financial gurus have built an empire on the common-sense approach to focus your financial efforts first on paying off your debt. The math, however, doesn’t work out in their favor.

8 Investment & Wealth Management Firms Threaten CFP Board Over Fiduciary Rule

8 Investment & Wealth Management Firms Threaten CFP Board Over Fiduciary Rule

Eight investment management firms threatened to stop using the CFP designation if the CFP Board expanded it’s fiduciary rule. Despite the bullying, the CFP Board still voted to improve the consumer protections in their Standards of Professional Conduct.

7 Ways to Turn Your Tax Refund Into Thousands More

7 Ways to Turn Your Tax Refund Into Thousands More

 If you're excited about getting a tax refund, imagine how excited you would be if you could double ot triple the value of the refund. Here are a few smart ideas to use your tax refund for that will amplify the boost to your cash flow.

Plan to Hit Bigger Tax Deductions Next Year

Plan to Hit Bigger Tax Deductions Next Year

Financially savvy people know the best time to start on next year’s taxes is the beginning of this year. Your tax return is a historical document about what happened last year, so there is very little you can plan and change. Next year, however, hasn’t happened giving you control over the tax planning environment.

5th Circuit Agrees: Stock Brokers & Insurance Agents Just Salespeople

5th Circuit Agrees: Stock Brokers & Insurance Agents Just Salespeople

The Stock Brokerage and Insurance Industries are fighting hard against the Department of Labor's Fiduciary Rule, which would require their advisers to put their client's interests first and disclose conflicts of interest. The industries got the 5th Circuit Court to agree that, unlike Registered Investment Advisers, stock brokers and insurnce agent are just salespeople

The Dangers of 0% Balance Transfer Offers

The Dangers of 0% Balance Transfer Offers

A reader asked about using 0% balance transfers offers to manage their credit card debt. While these can be beneficial, they can also pose additional risks. Many people who use this strategy find themselves further behind than when they started. Here are some of the common pitfalls to avoid.

Why File Income Taxes Early If You Aren’t Getting a Refund

Why File Income Taxes Early If You Aren’t Getting a Refund

Waiting until April to do your taxes could cost you more than you think. Submitting your taxes early isn’t just for those expecting a big refund. Advantages of early filing include easier money management if you owe additional taxes, opportunities for greater deductions, and reducing the risk of identity theft and fraud.

Tax Reform: New 2018 Tax Tables, Deductions, & Exemptions

Tax Reform: New 2018 Tax Tables, Deductions, & Exemptions

After lots of argument and fighting, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been passed. Whether you like the tax reform bill or hate it, the reality is we have a new tax code for the foreseeable future. Here are key components of the new tax code which impact most taxpayers.

What the Broker Protocol Exits Mean for Investors

What the Broker Protocol Exits Mean for Investors

Investors may mistakenly think Morgan Stanley and UBS leaving the Broker Protocol agreement only impacts stock brokers and their employers. The SEC, however, identified the Broker Protocol as an important agreement for both customer choice and privacy.

Bad Advice: Use Insurance to Clean Up Halloween Pranks

Bad Advice: Use Insurance to Clean Up Halloween Pranks

The scariest thing I saw this Halloween was a series of articles giving the horrific advice to make an insurance claim for Halloween pranks. Following their advice will cost you much more than whatever money the insurance company pays out.