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The Power of Dividends in a Portfolio -by John Jastremski

It wasn’t so long ago that many investors regarded dividends as roughly the financial equivalent of a record turntable at a gathering of MP3 users–a throwback to an earlier era, irrelevant to the real action. But fast-forward a few years, … Continue reading

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The ABCs of Mutual Fund Share Classes -by John Jastremski

When investing in a mutual fund, you may have the opportunity to choose among several share classes, most commonly Class A, Class B, and Class C. This multi-class structure offers you the opportunity to select a share class that is … Continue reading

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Deciding When to Retire: When Timing Becomes Critical -by John Jastremski

Deciding when to retire may not be one decision but a series of decisions and calculations. For example, you’ll need to estimate not only your anticipated expenses, but also what sources of retirement income you’ll have and how long you’ll … Continue reading

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Women: Planning for the Financial Impact of Children -by John Jastremski

Children are a special blessing and their arrival brings boundless love and joy into our lives that you can’t put a price on. But adding a child to the household impacts the family budget–and women especially—in very measurable ways. Whether … Continue reading

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Pay Down Debt or Save for Retirement? by John Jastremski

You can use a variety of strategies to pay off debt, many of which can cut not only the amount of time it will take to pay off the debt but also the total interest paid. But like many people, … Continue reading

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Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans by John Jastremeski

Everyone’s familiar with 401(k) plans. But not everyone knows they come in different flavors. There’s the traditional 401(k), of course. But there are also SIMPLE 401(k)s for small employers, 401(k)s with qualified automatic contribution arrangements (QACAs), and safe harbor 401(k)s. … Continue reading

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Understanding the Net Investment Income Tax- By John Jastremski

If your income hits a certain level, you may face an additional wrinkle in calculating your taxes: the net investment income tax (also referred to as the unearned income Medicare contribution tax). This 3.8% Medicare tax applies to some or … Continue reading

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Weighing the Choice between Taxable and Tax-Free Bonds. By John Jastremski

If you’re considering the purchase of an individual bond or even a bond mutual fund, one of your first concerns will be its yield. However, when comparing various yields, you need to make sure you’re not comparing apples to oranges. … Continue reading

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Holding Equities for the Long Term: Time Versus Timing. By John Jastremski

Legendary investor Warren Buffett is famous for his long-term perspective. He has said that he likes to make investments he would be comfortable holding even if the market shut down for 10 years. Investing with an eye to the long … Continue reading

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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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