Want To Increase Your Returns & Truly Grow Your Wealth?

By Robert Pagliarini on June 7, 2018

Too often I see investors fall prey to the same costly mistakes that prevent them from truly building wealth. Once you learn about these risks, you’ll be able to identify them, understand how to avoid them and rise above the average investor. Are you ready to get started? I’ve created a free, six-day video boot…

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5 Retirement Considerations After a Divorce

By Robert Pagliarini on

Divorce wrecks a lot of things, and your finances are often one of the biggest. Even worse, the financial impact of divorce isn’t limited to those first few years where you’re trying to live on an individual’s salary after years of sharing expenses. Divorce can also seriously impact your retirement from a number of angles.…

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Tax Preparation Checklist: Lessons from Your 2017 Tax Return

By Robert Pagliarini on April 13, 2018

The latest contribution to the CFP Board’s LetsMakeAPlan.org blog offers insights into the lessons we can learn from our 2017 tax return. While we have all our tax forms and documents handy, this is the perfect time to analyze last year’s finances and prepare for the big changes that will occur in the years to…

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Economic Update 11/13/17

By Robert Pagliarini on November 13, 2017

CONSUMER SENTIMENT INDEX DECLINES The University of Michigan’s monthly gauge of U.S. household sentiment fell to 97.8 in its initial November edition; analysts polled by Bloomberg estimated it would tick up to 100.8. While the 2.9-point dip from its final October level was the largest drop in a year, the index remained near a 13-year…

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Economic Update 10/30/2017

By Robert Pagliarini on October 30, 2017

THIRD QUARTER SAW SOLID ECONOMIC GROWTH Friday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis issued its first estimate of Q3 GDP: 3.0%. Its report showed increases in personal spending and business stockpiling offsetting a dip in home building. The economy grew 3% or more for a second straight quarter for the first time since 2014. Growth has…

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Economic Update 10/23/17

By Robert Pagliarini on October 23, 2017

SEPTEMBER SAW SLIGHTLY MORE HOME BUYING Existing home sales advanced 0.7% last month, according to a National Association of Realtors report. This gain broke a 3-month streak of retreats. Single-family home sales rose 1.1%. Housing inventory increased 1.6% last month, but it was still 6.4% under year-ago levels. GROUNDBREAKING FALLS TO A 12-MONTH LOW Housing…

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Economic Update 10/09/17

By Robert Pagliarini on October 9, 2017

HURRICANES HURT SEPTEMBER JOB NUMBERS For the first time in seven years, the economy went a month without payroll growth. The Department of Labor’s September employment report revealed the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: it showed 33,000 fewer people working. Average hourly wages rose 0.5% to take the annualized gain to 2.9%, but this…

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Economic Update 10/02/2017

By Robert Pagliarini on October 2, 2017

PERSONAL SPENDING BARELY IMPROVES Consumer spending increased by only a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in August, while consumer incomes rose 0.2%. Those gains precisely matched the projections of economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal. Factoring in inflation, household spending actually retreated 0.1% during August. Hurricane Harvey may be partly to blame for these numbers. ROUNDING…

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