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RMD Considerations

By Clark & Associates | February 11, 2020 | Comments Off on RMD Considerations

With people living longer and benefiting from the long-running bull market, there are more factors to consider in taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from retirement accounts. The traditional IRA, SEP IRA and 401(k) plans offer tax deductions on contributions and tax-deferred growth on earnings during the accumulation phase, but eventually the government wants you to…

Assessing the Role of Government

By Clark & Associates | February 4, 2020 | Comments Off on Assessing the Role of Government

Recently, President Trump bemoaned the inconveniences of low-flow toilets, showers, dishwashers and energy-efficient lightbulbs – all implemented in the wake of government regulation aimed toward conservation efforts.1 One issue in the political divide between parties is disagreement about the role of government in the economy. When Congress passes legislation or the administration’s Cabinet departments impose…

Financial Tips For 2020

By Clark & Associates | January 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Financial Tips For 2020

The U.S. has enjoyed 10 years of a booming stock market and a growing economy. It’s too early to tell how 2020 will look, but there are some signs that it doesn’t look quite as promising. Between warnings of a possible economic pullback and a contentious presidential election year, investors may want to consider financial…

Two Retirement Planning Approaches: Safety vs. Probability

By Clark & Associates | January 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Two Retirement Planning Approaches: Safety vs. Probability

According to Merrill, four of the most common risks to your retirement strategy are:1 A significant market drop shortly before or early in your retirement Inflation reducing your spending power over time Unexpected medical and/or long-term care expenses Outliving your assets If you are nearing retirement, it might be time to review your current financial…

Tax Tips and Updates for the 2019 Filing Season

By Clark & Associates | January 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Tax Tips and Updates for the 2019 Filing Season

As we enter a new year, it’s time to start thinking about smart tax moves to help minimize what you’ll owe Uncle Sam on April 15, 2020. Given the fact that the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act went into effect only last year, taxpayers are still learning the ins, outs and potential undiscovered advantages…

Non-Cyclical Stocks and Their Relationship to the Economy

By Clark & Associates | January 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Non-Cyclical Stocks and Their Relationship to the Economy

Three pivotal economic events of 2019 were: (1) the prolonged trade dispute between the U.S. and China; (2) the series of three interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve; and (3) chatter about a possible 2020 recession. It remains to be seen whether a recession is on the way, but if you’re concerned about market…

The Future of Manufacturing

By Clark & Associates | December 31, 2019 | Comments Off on The Future of Manufacturing

A concerted effort to draw American manufacturing operations back to the U.S. over the past three years has done little to move the needle. In fact, a recent report from the Department of Commerce reveals that the manufacturing sector is at its lowest representation of the national economy in 72 years — a mere 11%…

Market Trends to Watch

By Clark & Associates | December 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Market Trends to Watch

The investment world is like the weather: constantly changing. Financial vehicles are tweaked and improved upon, particularly when there are changes to tax law or compliance rules. The world of finance is fluid, and so are we. As our lives evolve, it’s important to review and sometimes make adjustments to our investment and insurance goals…

The Importance of Women Achieving Financial Confidence

By Clark & Associates | December 18, 2019 | Comments Off on The Importance of Women Achieving Financial Confidence

Married or single, women are finding that taking an active role in their financial futures is critical. About 80% of married women outlive their husbands, and nearly half of all widows say they wish they’d been more involved in managing their finances when their spouse was alive.1 Whether you have a career or rely on…

Tax Updates and Reminders

By Clark & Associates | December 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Tax Updates and Reminders

As we head toward the end of the year, consider maxing out your contributions on tax-advantaged accounts to help manage your 2019 return. While some accounts, such as an IRA or Health Savings Account (HSA), allow you to continue making contributions up until April 15, 2020, most payroll-deduction plans such as a 401(k) will stop…