How do TIPS Help Fight Inflation?
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:26
One way to help protect your portfolio against a sudden spike in inflation is by investing in Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS).
TIPS are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. They are sold in $100 increments and available in maturities of 5, 10, and 30 years. The principal is automatically adjusted twice a year to match any increases or decreases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). If the CPI moves up or down, the Treasury recalculates your principal.
Does your Business Need a Buy-Sell Agreement?
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:25
When you're mired deep in the day-to-day challenges of the management of your business, it's often hard to step out of the trees and take a good hard look at the forest. But at various points in the business cycle, it's important to do just that. For example, one of the key decisions you'll need to consider is what would happen to your business if you decide to step away, or you die or become permanently disabled. A buy-sell agreement can be a useful tool in helping you plan for these circumstances.
How do Economists Measure Inflation, and Why Does it Matter to Investors?
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:24
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) adjusts interest rates to help keep inflation near a 2% target. The FOMC's preferred measure of inflation is the Price Index for Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), primarily because it covers a broad range of prices and picks up shifts in consumer behavior. The Fed also focuses on core inflation measures, which strip out volatile food and energy categories that are less likely to respond to monetary policy.
Article by Dan Flanagan featured in MSCPA SumNews magazine
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:21
Dan Flanagan's article titled “How You Know When Your Client Needs a Referral to a CFP" was published in the Massachusetts Society of CPA's publication, SumNews. You can see the original magazine version or read the full text below.
The Family Conversation: Addressing Your Health Care Needs in Retirement
Posted by Christopher P. Gullotti, MSFP, CFP® on Tue, 08/08/2017 - 21:08
Maybe you and your family have already attempted to have “the conversation.” You know the one: the discussion about your and your spouse’s assets and what will be done with those assets during the rest of your lives and after you pass away. Perhaps, because of your children’s sibling rivalries, the family conversation turned to one about gifts and inheritances and about who deserves more or less of the assets based on “good” or “bad” behavior.
Kickstart Your College Fund with a 529 Plan
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Tue, 08/08/2017 - 21:01
If you're looking to save money for college, one option to consider is a 529 college savings plan. Created over 20 years ago and named after the section of the tax code that governs them, 529 plans offer a unique combination of features that have made them the 401(k)s of the college savings world.
How do 529 plans work?
How do the Economic Milestones of Young Adults Today Compare with Prior Generations?
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Tue, 08/08/2017 - 20:59
If you're the parent of a young adult who is still living at home, you might be wondering whether this situation is commonplace. According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau study, it is: One in three young people (ages 18 to 34) lived in their parents' home in 2015.
Wedding Finances: A Survival Guide
Posted by Joelle D. Spear, CFP® on Fri, 07/28/2017 - 11:02
With the average cost of a wedding at an all-time high of more than $31,000, the tradition of the bride’s family covering all of the expenses is becoming a thing of the past. Today, the couple themselves and the groom’s family often share the costs of hosting the event.
Don’t Let Rising Interest Rates Catch you by Surprise
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Mon, 07/10/2017 - 13:00
You've probably heard the news that the Federal Reserve has been raising its benchmark federal funds rate. The Fed doesn't directly control consumer interest rates, but changes to the federal funds rate (which is the rate banks use to lend funds to each other overnight within the Federal Reserve system) often affect consumer borrowing costs.
The Health-Wealth Connection
Posted by Canby Financial Advisors on Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:54
It's a vicious cycle: Money is one of the greatest causes of stress, prolonged stress can lead to serious health issues, and health issues often result in yet more financial struggles.¹ The clear connection between health and wealth is why it's so important to develop and maintain lifelong plans to manage both.
The big picture
Consider the following statistics:
1. More than 20% of Americans say they have either considered skipping or skipped going to the doctor due to financial worries. (American Psychological Association, 2015)