Financial literacy education
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Q2-2019 Quarterly Context Webinar
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Make yourself and future generations of retirement savers into “super savers”

April was Financial Literacy Month, which led to a flurry of articles about the retirement crisis in the U.S. One piece noted that the “average” retirement savings amount, paltry though it is, is often an overstated figure because it is the average (i.e. mean) rather than the mid-point (i.e. median) and therefore overstates the “average” savings level. It indicated that although the “average American” has about $200,000 in retirement savings, the median…

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The happiness formula

Money can’t literally buy happiness, however studies show that reducing financial stress and having more options can increases happiness. What is definitely clear is that there is a connection between emotions and money, and being less emotional as an investor reduces your stress, which therefore can increase your happiness AND therefore also your financial success. Maybe that’s not surprising. But here’s a formula to understand how to increase happiness, and…

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Q4-2018 Quarterly Context Webinar
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Lessons from a flat tire – how to handle stock market volatility

Is recent market volatility making you nervous? Perspective could help you stay calm and on track. Your financial journey is a lot like a car trip. On your route from point A to point B, while driving wisely, it is normal to experience stoplights, curvy roads, bad weather, or other elements that slow you down. A few times in your life, you might hit a pothole or nail that causes…

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2019 IRS contribution limit updates means you can save more in your retirement plan

You can now save more in your retirement plan! See below for 2019 IRS contribution limit updates, and click the link for IRA account and other updates. 401(k), 403(b), 457 Plan deferral Limit: 2018: $18,500, 2019: $19,000 “Catch-up” Contribution >age 50: 2018: $6,000, 2019: $6,000 Defined Contribution Total Dollar Limit: 2018: $55,000, 2019: $56,000 Highly Compensated Employee definition: 2018: $120,000, 2019: $125,000 Click here for full IRS announcement of 2019…

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Now is a good time to learn the lessons from the Global Financial Crisis

As we hit the 10-year anniversary, there are lessons to learn from the economic challenges and 2nd worst market in history, and subsequent recovery, that began a decade ago. 10 years is long enough that some people don’t even remember this major financial event, while others feel like they are still recovering, given that the economy’s recovery has been gradual, even though the market’s recovery has been strong… maybe a…

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Q3-2018 Quarterly Context Webinar

What you should learn from the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) after 10 years. The economy is growing but with wobbles. How is the current market like the last major market rise? Patterns of how long the market rises and how much, vs. declines, can help you be a disciplined investor. Your focus should be different during accumulation vs. spending years. Market volatility creates tax savings opportunities, short and long-term. Learn…

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