October 9th, 2019 Newsletter


Reducing Taxes Should Be a Retirement Priority
Do you have a plan to help reduce income taxes in retirement? That’s become one of my top questions for the pre-retirees who attend my financial planning classes or come to my office for help. If they have to think about it …

Countries With the Highest Single and Family Income Tax Rates
If you could live anywhere in the world, wouldn’t you want to know the countries with the highest income taxes before moving? Perhaps …

8 Ways To Make Your Money Greener
Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg grabbed headlines in the U.S. last month when she traveled to the 2019 UN Climate Action …

$500 a month for free: Data shows how people are spending the money
The first data from an experiment in a city where needy people get $500 a month from the government shows they spend most of it on …

What Are The Funding Options For Small Businesses?
However, many small business owners set out with blind optimism and underestimate the level of funds required to keep a business afloat …
Finance Monthly

4 key trends you need to know about Social Security
Did you know that some 5.6 million people were newly awarded Social Security benefits in 2018? Fifty-five percent of them were …
USA Today

Planning for Retirement? You’re Probably Underestimating Your Spending
For many, making it to retirement feels like crossing the finish line of a marathon. With their career behind them, they hopefully …

Most Americans go to college in the hopes of a secure financial future
A secure financial future is what most Americans hope to get with their college degree. More than 80% of freshmen students say they …

Pre-Qualified vs. Pre-Approved: What’s the Difference?
You’ve probably heard that you should pre-qualify or get pre-approved for a mortgage if you’re looking to buy property. These are …

Which are the least tax-friendly states in America?
This week, the personal-finance publication Kiplinger’s released its list of the most — and least — tax-friendly states in America …
Market Watch

Is This the Next Recession? What to Know (and Do) About It
It would be hard to miss all the media coverage that’s been going around lately about “the next recession.” It seems that the implication …

“Can I write off last year’s taxes as a bad investment?”
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Fill in the blank: Calvin Coolidge once said: “The _______ of America is business”. Bridesmaid, backbone, business
See the answer below.
How to Avoid Emotional Investing
Active monitoring of a portfolio is important for navigating the changing tides of financial markets. Still, it is also …
What Year Was It?

Great Chicago Fire Begins

What Year

Flames spark in the Chicago barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, igniting a two-day blaze that kills between 200 and 300 people, destroys 17,450 buildings, leaves 100,000 homeless.
The day was Oct 8. What year was it?

Quote of the Week
“Beware of small expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.”
Benjamin Franklin
Trivia Answer
Fill in the blank: Calvin Coolidge once said: “The _______ of America is business”. Bridesmaid, backbone, business
Answer: Business
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