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Retirement Investing

Bob Carlson offers his expert opinion on where to invest your money so that you can get through retirement safely and securely

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The New Rules for 529 College Savings Plans & K-12 Tuition

February 4, 2019

The last tax reform law provided a tool that’s such a good way to help pay for a family member’s education… Many states are worried it will break their budgets! You’re probably familiar with 529 college savings plans. These are sort of like Roth IRAs for college savings. They were created in the 1990s, and […]

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How to Incorporate a “Portfolio Transition” in your Estate Planning

August 31, 2018

Have you ever considered how your investment portfolio and other assets will be managed in the future and how to adress this during your Estate Planning process? Odds are — after you’re no longer managing the assets — nothing good is going to happen. Now that may sound awfully negative… but I’ve discovered that too […]

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The Smart Way to Sell Stock & Fund Shares in Retirement

March 16, 2018

Far too many investors give the IRS far too much of their money. Why?  Because they don’t know a few simple rules. Chances are, you already know the basics of computing capital gains taxes when you sell shares, stocks and mutual funds. You have a gain or loss that is determined by subtracting your tax […]

The Crisis and Money Market Funds

December 1, 2008

Once we left the 1980s behind, I thought this issue would not be addressed again. But for the second consecutive month we are having a discussion about when your money is insured by the government or an entity created by it. Money market funds are this month’s focus. Traditionally a money fund is where you […]

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Pay Off Debt or Continue Owing in Retirement?

October 1, 2008

Paying off the mortgage used to be part of the American dream and a prerequisite to retirement. Times have changed. These days many people enter retirement with mortgages and other debt, and some do not hesitate to increase debt during retirement. What is the best approach? Should you try to pay off the mortgage as […]

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The Key Tool for Investing Today

October 1, 2008

Quality has been the place to be during this great unwinding, and it still is the best place for your capital. The trick is to distinguish real quality from apparent quality. In addition, even some quality assets have faced significant price declines during the last year. A key to success in this environment is patience. […]

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What If Your Broker Goes Broke

March 1, 2008

Investors suddenly are concerned about something they haven’t considered for years: That their securities broker might go out of business. The credit and mortgage crises revealed that some brokers are more exposed to subprime mortgages than their customers realized. Merrill Lynch was a big player and took substantial write downs of its assets. E*Trade has […]

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The New Retirement Income Funds

January 1, 2008

The big financial services companies are heatedly competing for the assets of retiring Baby Boomers. In decades past these companies competed for the easy business of servicing those who need to accumulate capital for retirement. The firms emphasized convenience, cost, and growth potential. Things are more complicated as the Boomers begin to enter the draw […]

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