Monthly Archives: June 2016

Distribution Funds: Putting Income on Autopilot -by John Jastremski

As baby boomers retire, they begin to focus less on accumulating assets and more on how those assets can be converted into an ongoing stream of income. Distribution funds are one way to simplify that process. Distribution funds are actively … Continue reading

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Municipal Bond Basics – by John Jastremski

Municipal Bonds and Their Tax Advantages State and local governments often borrow money to supplement tax revenues and to finance projects such as new highways, buildings, or public works improvements. Such bonds are known as municipal bonds (“munis”) or tax-exempt … Continue reading

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Concentrated Stock Positions: Considerations and Strategies -by John Jastremski

Whether you inherited a large holding, exercised options to buy your company’s stock, sold a private business, hold restricted stock, or have benefitted from repeated stock splits over the years, having a large position in a single stock carries unique … Continue reading

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Common Annuity Riders -by John Jastremski

An annuity is a contract between you (the purchaser or owner) and the issuer (an insurance company). In its simplest form, you pay money to the annuity issuer, the issuer invests the money for you, and then the issuer pays … Continue reading

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Indexed Annuities -by John Jastremski

An indexed annuity (IA) is a contract between you and an insurance company. You pay premiums in a lump sum or periodically, and the issuer promises* to pay you some amount in the future. The IA issuer also provides a … Continue reading

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Comparing Bond Yields -by John Jastremski

Coupon Rates and Current Yield If you’re considering investing in a bond, one of the factors you need to understand is its yield. But it’s important to know exactly what type of yield you’re looking at. What exactly is “yield?” … Continue reading

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Balancing Your Investment Choices with Asset Allocation -by John Jastremski

A chocolate cake. Pasta. A pancake. They’re all very different, but they generally involve flour, eggs, and perhaps a liquid. Depending on how much of each ingredient you use, you can get very different outcomes. The same is true of … Continue reading

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Socially Responsible Investing -by John Jastremski

Investing with an eye toward promoting social, political, or environmental concerns (or at least not supporting activities you feel are harmful) doesn’t mean you have to forgo pursuing a return on your money. Socially responsible investing may allow you to … Continue reading

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Qualified Longevity Annuity Contracts: Income for Later in Life -by John Jastremski

You may hope to live to an old age, but a longer life means that you’ll have even more years of retirement to fund. You may even run the risk of outliving your savings and other income sources. Even though … Continue reading

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Have You Checked Your Retirement Plan Lately? -by John Jastremski

It’s generally a good idea to review your employer-sponsored retirement savings plan at least once each year and when major life changes occur. If you haven’t given your plan a thorough review within the last 12 months, now may be … Continue reading

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