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Life experiences fall into three categories: cognitive (thoughts), emotional (feelings) and physical (physiology and actions). Though interconnected, one of these three has a disproportionately larger impact on your decision-making when it comes to finances—emotions. Emotions are volatile and can be stimulated by many triggers, whether it be a new raise, a death in the family, or fluctuating market conditions.
Many taxpayers get excited when they discover that they will get a tax refund. In 2016, the average taxpayer refund was approximately $3,000. That’s a lot of money! So, if you're asking the question "what should I do with my tax refund?" consider these five smart moves.
Stay Calm, Despite the Headlines You’ve probably heard the news. The market declined on Monday, February 5, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 1,175 points to close at 24,325. The media touted it as the largest single-day point decline in stock market history. Though the headline is true, the overall pull-back amounted to a 4.6% decline. A true market correction is considered a drop of 10% or more, generally resulting in a decline between 10 and 20%. The media may have evoked fear that the market is failing, and that is not necessarily true.
Looking for new ways to save money at tax time? Smart investors know that their portfolio is a powerful tool for balancing their annual income. To help you put your portfolio to work for you, we have created this year-end investment checklist, which is full of great ideas for leveraging your investments to lower your taxes and tune up your portfolio for the coming year.
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Make an impact through values-based banking The term banking is used to describe the act of using your money for your own financial well-being. It could be saving money in a bank account, paying bills in online banking, or borrowing money for a home, vehicle, or for some other purpose.
How lenders view an unsecured debt ratio Think your good credit score is enough to help you get a loan? It may not be as adequate as you think if your unsecured debt ratio is high. Though most people have some level of unsecured debt, a high ratio of this type of debt is a red flag to lenders that you are not in a position to borrow more. Not sure what this means? Keep reading…
What to Do When You Receive Retirement Funds before Retirement If you receive a disbursement of funds from a benefits package or retirement fund before retirement age, you could be liable for taxes and penalties unless you act within a relatively small window of time. Whether you are changing employers or have received an early disbursement of retirement funds for another reason, you can avoid loss if you know the rules.
If you are a Gen-Xer, born between 1966 and 1975, retirement probably has you nervously eyeing your retirement account. According to a study conducted by The PEW Charitable Trusts, Gen-Xers were hit hard by the recession, losing nearly half (45%) of their wealth between 2007 and 2010. That is the bad news and it means you may have to work harder to save for retirement. The good news is that you still have time to save, and we have some guidance for you.