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Alternative Investments: Risk or Savior?

Originally posted on June 3, 2015

We all know it’s natural for the market to go up and down. But when you have hard-earned cash invested in that market, those ups and downs can sometimes weigh heavily on your emotions. The downs can cause stress, self-doubt, and more importantly, a smaller investment account. While the ups can sometimes make you feel smart, wealthy, and confident. The successful investor knows how to handle his or her emotions when dealing with a prolonged bull market or when the inevitable happens and she is stuck in what seems like a never-ending bear market.

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Emotions and Investing: Keep your Poker Face

Originally posted on June 25, 2015

We all know it’s natural for the market to go up and down. But when you have hard-earned cash invested in that market, those ups and downs can sometimes weigh heavily on your emotions. The downs can cause stress, self-doubt, and more importantly, a smaller investment account. While the ups can sometimes make you feel smart, wealthy, and confident. The successful investor knows how to handle his or her emotions when dealing with a prolonged bull market or when the inevitable happens and she is stuck in what seems like a never ending bear market.

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Enough is as Good as a Feast

Originally posted on July 30, 2015

Enough is as Good as a Feast.” This was the quote at the end of an e-mail I received the other day and it intrigued me. It would be such a simple way to live, having just enough of everything you need—no more, no less. The problem is, when it comes to money, many people are unable to define “enough.” John D. Rockefeller purportedly was once asked, "How much money is enough?"  He candidly replied, "Just a little bit more."  

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Suitability vs. Fiduciary Standards…It Matters!

Originally posted on Tues, August 23, 2016

If you are anything like us, you are always busy -- right?

We tend to make time for what is most important to us but never seem to be able to achieve everything we want to accomplish. I’m sure there are things you would like to learn if you had the time to train or study. For example, playing a musical instrument or speaking (another) foreign language are probably popular bucket list items.

Personally managing your hard-earned wealth may be another. However, determining if you should manage your investments, in our opinion, boils down to three simple criteria: time, training and temperament. 

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Federal Long Term Care Insurance - Why Did My Premiums Increase??

Originally posted on Tue, August 16, 2016

Last week we met with a long-time client who retired from the federal government. Prior to retiring, she had the foresight to purchase the long term care insurance offered through the federal government (FLTCIP). However, she and (we) were shocked to find out about the most recent increase in this program’s costs – over 125%!!

In terms of the “sticker shock,” there will be an average increase to your monthly insurance premium of 83%, or $111, for those that opt not to change their coverage. John Hancock Life & Health recognizes that not all policyholders will be able to afford this change; therefore they have provided a personalized letter indicating the various options available to maintain the premium at the current level. Ultimately, this change will take effect on November 1, 2016 for affected policyholders, and there is a September 30th, 2016 deadline to review and choose your option.

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Are You a Disciplined Investor?

Originally posted on August 19, 2015

Discipline is an easy word to say (in comparison to, well, Worchester) but requires a mental strength that some of us simply can’t overcome when it comes to certain topics. So what is the secret to becoming a disciplined saver, athlete, student, or whatever it is you want to do? How do some people have the discipline to exercise five to six days a week? How do people have the discipline to do the hard things in life?

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No Day at the (Information Security) Breach

Originally posted on October 15, 2015

It seems that every few months we hear about a breach in information security, from major department stores to government agencies. Many of us have been issued more than one new credit or debit card in response to these breaches to keep our stolen information from being used by someone else. There is much to worry about when it comes to keeping your important information safe. What is your financial advisor doing to keep your most sensitive information safe?

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Watch out – Your Medicare Premiums May Soar!

Originally posted on October 29, 2015

If you are a Medicare beneficiary who has your Part B premiums directly withheld from Social Security (SS), you are safe. Because if you are in this boat, you aren’t required to pay any premium increases at all next year since you legally have a safe haven. You are “held harmless” against increases since you can only experience increases in your Medicare Part B premiums up to the social security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), and there was no COLA adjustment this year!

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All I Want for Christmas is My Identity Back

Originally posted on December 10, 2015

The holiday season is a time to be with family, take time off work, and relax and have fun, no matter what holiday you celebrate. But just when you’re relaxing, identity thieves are working overtime to get at your information. We are all particularly vulnerable to ID theft during the holidays. Here’s why and how to protect yourself.

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How Identity Thieves Turn Your Trash Into Gold

Originally posted on April 15, 2016

We despise it, we ignore it, and sometimes we even respond to it. But think twice before you throw it away. I’m talking about junk mail and it can become a map of your life that leads a thief right to your bank account. Those envelopes you flip into the trash as having no value hold lots of value to identity thieves and they are not too proud to dig through your trash to get what they want.

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