Tag: Rick Brooks

Should You Buy Rental Car Insurance?

| August 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s probably safe to say that most of us have been there before. That uncertain pause when the rental car clerk asks “Would you like to buy our accident waiver insurance?” You don’t want to be liable to the rental car company if you damage their car, but paying for all of that coverage can […]

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Costly 401(k) Mistakes That Could Wipe Out Your Retirement Plan

| July 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

We were recently asked to help someone who had a very unusual problem with her 401(k). While the combination of problems was unusual, the situation illustrated several common mistakes people make. In this case the combination of mistakes compounded into a nightmare. Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll be able to avoid that result. Here’s […]

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Do Tax Cuts Really Stimulate the Economy?

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

There’s a very popular economic theory that suggests that if tax rates are at zero or 100 percen, the government will raise no revenue in either case. At 100 percent, all income goes to the government so there is no incentive for people to work, while a tax rate of zero percent obviously raises no […]

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Estate Planning Is More than Just a Will

| March 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Not too long ago, I wrote about the most basic estate-planning tool: your will. If you have children, or really anyone whom you wish to benefit at your death, your will is the most essential foundation for putting your affairs in order after you’re gone. However, “after you’re gone” isn’t the only scenario your estate […]

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An Unlikely Valentine’s Gift: Sharing and Preparing

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

This is probably not going to sound all that romantic. I will even admit that my Valentine’s suggestion probably is a lot more practical than most people would normally consider. There’s no jewelry involved, though a box of See’s candies and a rose would round things out nicely. For many couples, especially those who have […]

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Clearing Out Your Old 401(k)

| January 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

When changing jobs or retiring, one important decision you will face is whether to roll over your employer’s retirement plan (401k, 403b, pension, SIMPLE or SEP IRA, etc.) to an IRA. Before you leave your employer, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of. Below are some questions to ask, and […]

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President Trump. Now What?

| December 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Donald J. Trump will be the next President of the United States, and Republicans maintained control over the House of Representatives and the Senate. Since the election results became clear, equity markets have rallied sharply. As I write this, the U.S. stock market is up about 2.5 percent since the election, while the bond market […]

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Your Will: The Most Basic Estate Planning Tool

| August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

According to an April 2016 article in USA Today, a recent survey found that 64 percent of adult Americans do not have a will. In 2007, a similar study found that young parents with minor children were the least likely to have taken this important step. While few young adults expect to die early, it […]

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Investing and Expectations

| May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

During the first quarter of 2016, large company stocks were up about 1.3 percent while the bond market gained about three percent. Over the past five years, the S&P 500 has gained about 12 percent per year while bonds have gained about four percent per year. International stocks have earned only about 2.3 percent over […]

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Six Rules of Lending to Family Members

| March 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Bank of Mom and Dad is a popular institution these days, generally offering favorable terms and frequently more sympathetic treatment in the event of a late payment. That said, there need to be ground rules when you are considering supporting a family member with a loan or gift, and some of these rules can […]

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