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Exchange-Traded Funds: Do They Belong in Your Portfolio? -by John Jastremski

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become increasingly popular since they were introduced in the United States in the mid-1990s. Their tax efficiencies and relatively low investing costs have attracted investors who like the idea of combining the diversification of mutual funds … Continue reading

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Handling Market Volatility -by John Jastremski

Conventional wisdom says that what goes up must come down. But even if you view market volatility as a normal occurrence, it can be tough to handle when your money is at stake. Though there’s no foolproof way to handle … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Net Unrealized Appreciation: The Untold Story -by John Jastremski

If you participate in a 401(k), ESOP, or other qualified retirement plan that lets you invest in your employer’s stock, you need to know about net unrealized appreciation–a simple tax deferral opportunity with an unfortunately complicated name. When you receive … Continue reading

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Immediate Annuities Can Provide Lifetime Income -by John Jastremski

Running out of income is a primary concern for most retirees. Immediate annuities offer a financial alternative to help meet retirement income needs by providing a steady stream of income designed to last through retirement.   What is an immediate … Continue reading

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Growth vs. Value: What’s the Difference? -by John Jastremski

With the wide variety of stocks in the market, figuring out which ones you want to invest in can be a challenging task. Many investors feel it’s useful to have a system for finding stocks that might be worth buying, … Continue reading

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