Positive Signs of a Growing Economy

Frank Yozwiak

Weekly Update

Key Takeaways: Publicly traded companies will be releasing earnings reports over the next several weeks. Economists believe growth so far coupled with forecasted growth for the remainder of the year will result in great GDP growth. Consumers are still holding abnormally large amounts of cash savings, setting the stage for a large return of consumer … Continued

Determining a Retirement Savings Rate

Andy Reynolds

Atheneum

As we meet with new families, we continually hear the same two questions: 1) are we making good decisions with the money we earn and 2) are we saving enough for retirement?  These questions are typical whether a person is 35 years old or 55 years old.  According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. … Continued

Upcoming Child Tax Credit Checks: Not Free Money

Cameron Hamilton

Weekly Update

Max Child Tax Credit now $3,600/child under 6; $3,000 ages 6-17 Even high-income families will receive 50% advances on these credits Advance payments can increase your tax bill next year, all else equal If you take a vacation in the middle of this month, you may come home to a surprise check in the mail.  … Continued

Testing the Challenges of a Long Retirement

John Boardman

Atheneum

We often joke that our job was created because of increasing life expectancies and pensions seldom being offered.  Obviously, finance and investing has become more complicated and there are an ever-increasing number of investment vehicles and planning strategies we help our clients choose between.  We also know there is great value placed in our ability … Continued

Giving Strategy for Charity Gala Season

Cameron Hamilton

Weekly Update

Fewer than 15% of taxpayers itemize deductions since 2018 tax reform. Timing the donations you already plan to make can maximize tax deductions. Your charities can still receive stable monthly income via a Donor Advised Fund. This week marks the first official week of summer and, at least for my family, this change of season … Continued

The Hidden Benefits of Saving Early in Life

Brian Burton

Atheneum

We’re all aware that saving for retirement is not a strong suit for many Americans.  There is no end to the alarming statistics regarding our lack of preparedness for when it’s finally time to call it a day.  The most recent head-scratcher I came across was a survey done by J.P. Morgan Asset Management and … Continued

Interest Rates & Inflation

Andy Reynolds

Weekly Update

Over the past decade, the Federal Reserve has been pushing for modestly higher interest rates and inflation.  To anyone following the markets or economic news, this statement is nothing new to hear.  However, with higher inflation starting to build momentum, an economy that is beginning to stand on its own, and the potential of a US government … Continued

The Grey Area of Paying Off a Mortgage Early

Frank Yozwiak

Atheneum

A key question that soon-to-be retirees often face is whether or not to eliminate a debt before retirement.  Generally, we would love to see all our clients enter their retirements debt free.  However, there could be some instances where making monthly debt payments is not necessarily a bad thing (i.e., zero-percent financing on a car).  … Continued

Inflation Concerns: Are Higher Prices Here to Stay?

Brian Burton

Weekly Update

Higher prices are here – I learned this last month when booking a rental car for our summer vacation, a 6-day rental for which I had typically budgeted $400-$500 was now going to cost over $1,000.  Although an unpleasant surprise, the reasoning is quite simple, the demand for travel has skyrocketed, in conjunction with a … Continued

Insight into Fixed Income & Timing of Social Security

Andy Reynolds

Atheneum

When entering retirement, the question of how to structure income can be the most influential factor in determining a family’s long-term financial well-being.  Several factors such as income source, inflation, and sequence of returns present risks and opportunities for retirees.  Today’s Atheneum discusses how we might explore retirement income with John and Jane Smith.  They … Continued