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Ask a Question – Something More with Chris Boyd

By on March 24, 2014 in Radio Show

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MARKET WEEK: DECEMBER 9, 2013

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The Markets Domestic equities managed to shake off five days of losses with a rousing bounce of nearly 200 points in the Dow after Friday’s robust jobs report. For once, investors seemed to be more focused on the positive implications of generally encouraging economic data than on whether good news would accelerate Fed tapering. The S&P […]

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December 7, 2013 – Market Reports and College Financial Planning

By on December 9, 2013 in Radio Show

In the first hour, Chris offers a review of this week’s financial news. He talks about the November employment report, money market rates, the decline of banks, and Black Friday results. How about those Amazon drones? Talk of new home sales and non-conforming mortgages leads into the Mortgage Minute segment with Mike Burton. In the […]

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MARKET MONTH: NOVEMBER 2013

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The Markets Sprint to the finish: As economic data delayed by the federal government shutdown began to trickle in and the Fed continued to hold off on tapering, investors continued to drive equities to record levels. The Dow industrials hit 12 new all-time closing highs during the month, which helped push the index above 16,000. […]

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MARKET WEEK: DECEMBER 2, 2013

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The Markets The Dow industrials and the S&P 500 continued to set all-time records with an eighth consecutive week of gains for both. And though the Nasdaq remained far from its all-time high, it finally managed to surpass the 4,000 threshold last seen more than 13 years ago. Meanwhile, the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield remained […]

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November 30, 2013 – Small Business Saturday

By on December 2, 2013 in Radio Show

It’s Small Business Saturday, and Chris is joined this week by Susan Preston of Country Gardens in Hyannis. Sue offers an overview of the family business and shares holiday decorating ideas as well as other services which Country Gardens provides. Chris also talks about the Shape the Cape survey, this week’s financial news, and a […]

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What unique challenges do women face in achieving a financially secure retirement?

By on December 1, 2013 in Newsletter Articles with 0 Comments
What unique challenges do women face in achieving a financially secure retirement?

Women can face special challenges when saving for retirement. Generally speaking, women tend to spend less time in the workforce, and when they do work, they typically earn less than men in comparable jobs. As a result, women’s retirement plan balances, Social Security benefits, and pension benefits are often lower than their male counterparts. In […]

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Do I need to make any changes to my Medicare coverage for next year?

By on December 1, 2013 in Newsletter Articles with 0 Comments
Do I need to make any changes to my Medicare coverage for next year?

If you’re currently enrolled in Medicare, you’ve probably begun receiving information about your coverage. That’s because the annual enrollment period for Medicare runs from October 15 through December 7. During this period, you can make changes to your Medicare coverage that will be effective on January 1, 2014. If you’re satisfied with your current coverage […]

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What’s in Store for Health-Care Reform in 2014

By on December 1, 2013 in Newsletter Articles with 0 Comments
What’s in Store for Health-Care Reform in 2014

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010, several of the more substantive provisions of the law don’t take effect until 2014. Here’s a review of some of the key parts of the ACA that are scheduled to begin in 2014. Individual mandate The ACA imposes a shared responsibility mandate, which requires that […]

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Gift Tax Strategies That Can Benefit Your Family

By on December 1, 2013 in Newsletter Articles with 0 Comments
Gift Tax Strategies That Can Benefit Your Family

Today’s large gift tax applicable exclusion amount, low gift tax rates, depressed property values, and low interest rates create a favorable environment for making certain gifts. Federal gift tax basics Annual exclusion. Each year, you can give a certain amount ($14,000 in 2013 and 2014) to as many individuals as you like gift tax free. Qualified […]

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