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Record Number Of Floridians Starting New Businesses

The trend toward self-employment and away from working for someone else, part of the so-called ‘Great Resignation,’ was very strong in 2021. In the Sunshine State, Floridians set new records in 2021 for opening new businesses, filing 683,680 new business applications, the highest of all 50 states. Small businesses are very important for the economy. They […]

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Ask Mari: My Investments Were Down In January. What Gives?

Question: When I opened my January 2022 statements, I was surprised to see my portfolio lost value compared to the month before. What happened? Answer: We all know that investments – especially stocks – go up and down in value. Still, it comes as a surprise to many investors when they open their monthly statements […]

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Relocating In Retirement? Here’s Where People Are Moving To

Thousands of Americans retired last year, packed their bags, and moved out-of-state ready to start a new and more fulfilling chapter in their lives. Where exactly did they all move to? Here are the top 5 destination states attracting new retirees in 2021: Tennessee Florida Pennsylvania North Carolina South Carolina And here are the 5 […]

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Want To Save On Taxes? Make Time To Fund Your 2021 IRA Before It’s Too Late

We’re getting closer to the April 18, 2022 deadline for filing your 2021 taxes and funding your IRAs or Roth IRAs for 2021 (that’s last year). The maximum amount you can contribute to your IRA for 2021 is $6,000 or 100% of taxable compensation ($7,000 if you turned 50 by the end of last year). That’s the same […]

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Quote Of The Week: Still Stockpiling After All These Years

“Retailers and analysts predicted that the bulk buying in the early days of the pandemic, when supplies of many goods were constrained, would subside once people returned to work, stores were able to restock and vaccinations became widespread. Instead, Americans continue to stockpile food and household goods.” Lisa Bannon, “Two Years Into Pandemic, Shoppers Are Still Hoarding,” […]

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Best College Planning Strategies For The COVID Era

Thank you to the Financial Planning Association of Central Florida for the invitation to speak last week at its 32nd Annual Symposium in Orlando, Florida! The symposium always attracts a large group of financial planners, investment managers, and related experts. I was invited to present on “COVID Clarity: Best College Planning Strategies for a Pandemic […]

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Impact 100: Making An Impact In Our Community

I’m so proud to be a supporter of Impact 100 Palm Beach County for over 8 years. Impact 100 has helped support deserving projects in my community by harnessing the giving power of hundreds of local women. Impact 100 Palm Beach County connects women together to improve our community by funding multiple $100,000 high-impact grants to nonprofits […]

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Quote Of The Week: Inflation Is Everywhere

“Inflation can have a real impact. When you think about the cost increases we’re seeing today, it absolutely is hitting the pocketbooks of Americans. You can see it at the grocery store. You can see it at the gas pump. It is everywhere.” Todd Giesing, Secure Retirement Institute, Investment News, January 24, 2022  

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Take A Deep Breath. Market Pullbacks Are Normal

The markets have gotten off to a rough start in 2022, giving investors the equivalent of a nasty New Year’s Eve hangover. So perhaps this is a good time to remind everyone that market pullbacks are normal occurrences, taking place about once per year on average. Nonetheless, absolutely no one enjoys the stress and anxiety they can create. It’s […]

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Ask Mari: Why Aren’t My RMDs Going Down In 2022?

Question: I thought retirement account RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions) were going down in 2022 thanks to a new and more favorable RMD table. But when I looked at my 2022 RMD required withdrawal amount, I saw it is higher than last year’s. What’s up with that? Answer: You’re not imagining things. Yes, the RMD calculations […]

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