Is This a Good Time for a Roth Conversion?

2020 has been a challenging year, but it has also provided some unique tax and retirement planning opportunities. Depending on your financial situation, one possibility might be to convert some or all of your Traditional IRA to its cousin – the Roth IRA. The differences between a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA  The IRA […]

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Sustainable Investing – Does it Really Make a Difference?

As the world of sustainable investing opens up – as more investment options become available, as more investors become aware of its promise and money flows in – one has to ask the question: does my investment dollar really help to make a difference? Does Sustainable Investing really help bring about change and lead (or force, in some cases) companies to […]

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Investing to Create the World You Want to See

Are you looking for a stronger, more purpose-driven connection with your investments? In today’s climate, everyone is looking to contribute to the solutions needed to make our society work better for more people and the planet. In the past, we relied on public policy or philanthropy to enact these solutions. These are still useful tools, but […]

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Biases During Market Volatility

Research scientists sometimes refer to the brain’s thought process as having two “systems,” as famously theorized in Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” Both modes of thinking are essential and important in their own right, but they operate quite differently. System 1 is fast, instinctual, and emotional, helping us to make everyday […]

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Separating Market Volatility from the Healthcare Crisis

The stock markets have been a rough ride this year. Once again, pundits and people on the street have wondered if it is “different” this time. In reality, everyone is right. Each of us experiences a crisis from a uniquely personal perspective. But, in terms of your investments or retirement account, it helps to remember […]

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Portfolio Management During a Crisis

Like most of us, you have probably been more focused on the ramifications of the health aspect of the COVID-19 crisis. But, given the media attention on the economics of the Coronavirus, it is natural to wonder if there is something you or we should be doing regarding your investment portfolio. So we thought it […]

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Thoughts from our CEO, Bruce Dzieza

In this current age of unprecedented international chaos and uncertainty, I’ve observed that many of my clients, friends, and family members—and myself—are concerned about the varied, wide-ranging ways that COVID-19 will affect their lives. From cancelled events to school closures to remote working protocols, it seems like, suddenly, nothing around us is familiar or predictable. […]

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What Does Free Stock Trading Mean to You?

There has been a lot in the news recently about major investment brokerage firms eliminating trading fees. In the past, buying and selling stocks could be expensive – as much as $50 in commission fees to trade. Now, most of the major brokerage firms are advertising commission-free online trading for U.S stocks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), […]

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Market Commentary: Winter 2019 – The Difference in a Decade

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DECADE MAKES At the end of 2019, the S&P 500 Index (which is comprised of a mix of 500 US large company stocks) was ascendant, with an average annualized return of +11.2% over the past ten years, and it finished 2019 with a one-year return of +31.5%. It was the best […]

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Tune Out Investing Noise, Tune in Solid Advice

Media outlets are full of daily investing “advice” in the indistinguishable form of facts, opinions, and even advertisement of financial products. Unfortunately, this “advice” often seems so convincing that investors feel the urge to take impulsive action. Often, these actions lead to costly investment mistakes. Here are a few tips to help keep your investment […]

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