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

By on April 15, 2014 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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MARKET WEEK: APRIL 14, 2014

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The Markets The wave of tech and biotech selling that has taken the Nasdaq down more than 8% in just over a month spread to the large caps of the Dow and S&P 500 last week. However, the S&P is still only 4% away from the record close it hit less than two weeks ago. […]

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Saving through Your Retirement Plan at Work? Don’t Let These Five Risks Derail Your Progress

By on April 9, 2014 in Newsletter Articles with 0 Comments
Saving through Your Retirement Plan at Work? Don’t Let These Five Risks Derail Your Progress

As a participant in your work-sponsored retirement savings plan, you’ve made a very important commitment to yourself and your family: to prepare for your future. Congratulations! Making that commitment is an important first step in your pursuit of a successful retirement. Now it’s important to stay focused–and be aware of a few key risks that […]

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Spring Cleaning Your Debt

By on April 9, 2014 in Newsletter Articles with 0 Comments
Spring Cleaning Your Debt

It’s springtime–time for you to take stock of your surroundings and get rid of the dirt and clutter that you’ve accumulated during this past year. In addition to typical spring cleaning tasks, you may want to take this time to focus on your finances. In particular, now may be as good a time as ever […]

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The Impact of Health-Care Costs on Social Security

By on April 9, 2014 in Newsletter Articles with 0 Comments

For many retirees and their families, Social Security provides a dependable source of income. In fact, for the majority of retirees, Social Security accounts for at least half of their income (Source: Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2013). However, more of that income is being spent on health-related costs each year, leaving less […]

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MARKET WEEK: APRIL 7, 2014

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The Markets For the second straight week, the large caps of the Dow and S&P 500 fared better than the Nasdaq, which continued to be hurt by selling in the technology and biotech sectors that played such a big part in its 2013 gains. The S&P hit a new all-time closing high on Wednesday, while the […]

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QUARTERLY MARKET REVIEW: JANUARY-MARCH 2014

By on April 1, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets Profit-taking from 2013′s strong run as well as currency and credit problems in several emerging markets threatened to derail the stock market as 2014 began. Those factors, combined with the prospect of less support from the Federal Reserve, a slowing Chinese economy, and renewed Cold War tensions, led to a volatile quarter for […]

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MARKET WEEK: MARCH 31, 2014

By on March 31, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets Ouch: Last week was large-cap stocks’ time to shine (or at least outperform). The Nasdaq’s 2.8% loss represented its worst week since early October 2012, and the small caps of the Russell 2000 suffered even more; both were hurt by selling in the tech and biotech sectors. Meanwhile, the Global Dow rebounded into positive […]

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MARKET WEEK: MARCH 24, 2014

By on March 24, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets The Fed taketh away and the Fed giveth: After domestic equities fell in the wake ofWednesday’s Federal Reserve announcement, encouraging manufacturing data, also from the Fed, helped stocks rebound to end the week with a gain. The Dow, which has generally been bringing up the rear in recent weeks, led the pack, though […]

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MARKET WEEK: MARCH 17, 2014

By on March 17, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets Disappointing economic data across the board from China plus the escalating tug-of-war over Crimea helped send equities south last week. The S&P 500′s decline put it back into negative territory for the year, while the instability in Ukraine sent investors scrambling for the relative security of U.S. Treasuries, sending the benchmark 10-year yield […]

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