Financial Tips

Will Goodson In The News!

Our very own senior financial advisor, Will Goodson, CFP®, recently sat down with a KLTV reporter to discuss the recent round of government stimulus checks. Will discusses how individuals and families can best use these funds for saving and investing, and outlines the key ingredients for long-term financial planning. Continue reading

Stimulus Checks Are Arriving

One year into the pandemic, individuals everywhere are still experiencing emotional, physical, and economic implications. In an effort to ease the pandemic’s detrimental effects, the federal government has recently passed a third stimulus package called the American Rescue Plan Act. Continue reading

SECURE Act and CARES Act

Over the last 18 months, Congress implemented two significant bills that have impacted retirement savings accounts. The SECURE Act was a bi-partisan effort directed at improving the ability of American citizens to increase retirement savings. The CARES Act was passed in response to the economic turmoil caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15th

The beginning of fall always brings some much-anticipated changes – cooler weather, leaves changing color, and much more. For Medicare recipients, it may bring some not-so-welcome changes. Each year beginning in mid-October is what’s known as Medicare Open Enrollment. Whether you are new to Medicare or have been covered for many years, this is an important time to review your medical coverage. Continue reading

Student Loans During COVID-19

2020 has been quite the rollercoaster ride, to say the least. I am always looking for the silver lining during periods of turmoil. One of the most considerable benefits to come from all this pandemic madness relates to federal student loans. Continue reading

Time to Refinance Your Mortgage?

Mortgage refinancing is a topic that is coming up in almost every client meeting these days. Mortgage rates are dramatically lower than they were even 6 months ago. Not to mention mid to late 2018, when rates were at 4.5%-5.0% for well-qualified buyers (unfortunately, this was right when my wife and I bought our first home). Continue reading

Reminder: No RMDs This Year

Earlier this summer, the IRS made the announcement that they are waiving Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) for retirement accounts in 2020. IRS Notice 2020-51 outlines the relief granted to retirement account owners, as part of an extension to the CARES Act. Continue reading

Cash Is Comfortable, But Can Be Counterproductive

With all of the market-moving events of the past few years – from the global pandemic to trade wars and more – it’s understandable that some investors may prefer the safety of cash. After all, a great deal of investing is behavioral and requires being comfortable with a certain level of risk. Portfolios returns are important but so is being able to sleep well at night. Continue reading

Negativity Sounds Sophisticated

Have you ever noticed how negativity sounds sophisticated? This is especially true when talking about investing and the financial markets. Think about it – it’s true. Many investors simply tune out the person always saying, “the market will recover” or “staying invested is the best course.” The optimist investor risks being called a Pollyanna or unsophisticated. Continue reading