Tax Season Is Upon Us

By Brooklynn Chandler-Willy | March 5, 2019

Tax season is upon us, and it’s time to figure out if and how changes brought by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect you. Bear in mind that adjustments have been made in each of these areas:1 Individual tax income brackets and tax rates Standard deduction (doubled) Personal exemptions (eliminated) Child credit (increased)…

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Key Components to Wealth Management in Retirement

By Brooklynn Chandler-Willy | March 4, 2019

You’ve likely heard of the concept “wealth management” before. Just stringing together a definition when thinking about those two words is simple… if you have wealth, you are managing that wealth. And to manage that wealth, it involves making decisions on where it goes, how it’s invested, and how it should change over time. More…

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Retirement Investing & Roth Conversions

By Brooklynn Chandler-Willy | June 27, 2018

Retirement planning looks much different than it did a century ago. With lifespans and retirements lasting longer, it’s not just about planning for a financial future; we must also create a post-career strategy that takes into account emotional, intellectual and quality of life challenges during later years. After all, we don’t just stop enjoying life…

What Higher Interest Rates Could Mean for You

By Brooklynn Chandler-Willy | June 26, 2018

Unemployment is at its lowest level in years.1 Many Americans are seeing a bump in their paychecks due to the new tax law, and the stock market is remaining resilient in the bullish market. What could go wrong? Inflation, for one, which is why the Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates. As part of its…

9 Personalities of the Affluent

By Brooklynn Chandler-Willy | May 16, 2018

CLICK HERE TO TAKE YOUR QUIZ What’s your “money personality”? If you are not sure, we have a little quiz you can take by clicking the link above. Once you complete your quiz, you’ll receive an email with your answers and money personality. Let’s dive into some psychobabble today. Did you know that there is…

10 Ways To Make Your Money Work

By Brooklynn Chandler-Willy | May 14, 2018

There are always those gnawing questions: What could I be doing to get my money to work harder for me? How to get more out of my retirement assets? As hard as people work for their money, they deserve ways to get their money to work harder for them, especially with retirement approaching or already…

Inflation: Expectations for 2018

By Brooklynn Chandler-Willy | May 7, 2018

It seems as if inflation has been biding its time. Since the financial crisis a decade ago, growth in prices and wages has been muted.1 However, many financial analysts believe that’s about to change. A jobs report from early March revealed continued hiring and a moderate increase in wages. The stock markets welcomed the news, responding…

Four Big Life Insurance Questions to Ask BEFORE You Retire

By Brooklynn Chandler-Willy | April 30, 2018

Life insurance is one of the most valuable and versatile assets a pre-retiree or retiree can have. Yet not only do people tend to question whether buying life insurance is a worthwhile expenditure, they’re also intimidated when it comes to purchasing it. Yesterday’s show helps listeners understand why they should consider life insurance, how life…

To Roth or Not to Roth?…That is the Question

By Brooklynn Chandler-Willy | April 25, 2018

The wealthiest investors I have worked with have larger Roths or larger post-taxed accounts than they have in qualified, tax deferred accounts.  The “Tax Time Bomb” is something you hear me talk a lot about at my seminars and on the radio.  We are trained to put as much money as we can away as…

Risk, Are You Taking On Enough, Too Much, Or Just The Right Amount

By Brooklynn Chandler-Willy | April 23, 2018

There are some things that just go together. Like peanut butter and jelly. Cookies and milk. How about retirement savings and risk? Now that combination sounds the alarm for many people. But do you really know how much risk is in your portfolio? Do you know what would happen to your savings if interest rates…

Investment Themes for This Year

By Brooklynn Chandler-Willy | April 19, 2018

In the investment community, all eyes are on inflation this year. Economic analysts at Merrill Lynch anticipate further tightening in the labor market, to the tune of 3.9 percent unemployment by the end of 2018. Along with the tightened labor situation, they also expect personal consumption expenditure (PCE) inflation rising to 1.8 percent by year…

In Retirement…It’s Not Always About Rate of Return

By Brooklynn Chandler-Willy | April 17, 2018

In retirement….rate of return actually ends up being the SECOND most important thing that you need to worry about. What is the FIRST? Find out by watching the video below in this weeks “Dollars & Sense” segment. I will explain how investing during your working years can be drastically different than investing during retirement.