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Sort Out Assets Before You Tie the Knot

Posted by Joshua Ruggles @ 8:40am on March 15, 2018

Americans are getting married later than ever, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While a variety of factors influence this trend, an important one is the widespread belief that education, a job, and some financial stability should precede wedding bells. Likewise, as people marry later, they are increasingly bringing children into the new relationship.

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Government’s Decision Expands Retirement Flexibility.

Posted by Joshua Ruggles @ 1:05pm on March 2, 2018

Given the potential for volatility in the stock market, you may have doubts about your long-term investment strategy. Here are five tips to help you avoid common pitfalls and stay on track toward achieving your financial goals.

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Posted by Ryan Daus @ 1:25pm on January 8, 2018

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, securing a hard-fought victory on the legislative front for a Republican Congress stymied on other efforts during a tumultuous year. While the bill makes good on several key reform initiatives for the GOP, the price of passing legislation without any Democratic support whatsoever is a built in “kill switch” that sunsets major elements of the bill after eight (8) years. As a result, the ultimate fate of this latest round of tax reform appears tied to the economic benefits such reform has promised. Absent meaningful broad based cuts and improved growth in the private sector, it is likely that the GOP will not be in a position to secure a greater durability for the changes. While “permanence” of tax law is never assured, the automatic sunset introduces an additional wild card that makes effective tax planning a continuous challenge.

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Proposed Legislation Under Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Posted by Ryan Daus @ 8:40am on December 13, 2017

Dispensing with the tradition of overwrought titles and unwieldy acronyms for tax legislation, the U.S. Congress passed initial versions of promised tax reform in both the House and the Senate in recent weeks under the banner of the relatively benign sounding Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The breadth of reform contained within the bills is largely in line with the ambitious promises made by Republicans during the 2016 election, though the ultimate shape of tax reform, now in the hands of a House-Senate conference committee, will likely be scaled back in an effort to retain the already thin vote majorities in each chamber.

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