Here’s to Your Wealth

May 5, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

April- Here’s To Your Wealth

Despite the abundance of bad news around the world and relentless headlines back home, the U.S. stock market continues to climb higher. According to BTN Research, through the first four months of 2017, the total return of the S&P 500 (i.e., through 4/28/17) is +7.2%, north of its +3.5% average return for the first 4-months […]

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April 13, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

6 Tax Planning Tips To Consider For 2017

With many Americans completing their 2016 tax returns, it might seem early to start working on reducing your 2017 taxes. But with taxes being a drag on net investment performance, it makes sense to shelter your investments to the maximum extent possible. It’s always best to consult with your tax advisor on all tax related […]

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April 5, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

8 Financial Tips To Help Manage The Death Of A Loved One

Recently, I lost a friend to a sudden heart attack. The surviving family was face-to-face with an unplanned, difficult reality. We all know that any day can be our last, but few people make a plan for handling the financial decisions the surviving spouse or family will need to make. Avoiding the discussion around death […]

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March 31, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

March – Here’s To Your Wealth

The U.S. Stock Market performance soared from the November elections until the end of February. And to borrow from a well-known phrase, March’s performance came in like a lion and is going out like a lamb. The good news is that although the Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen over 500 points as of March […]

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March 24, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

Not So Fast: The Risks Of Co-Signing A Credit Card

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend,” famously counsels Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Today he might have said, “Neither a borrower nor co-signer be.” Co-signing on loans for friends or family members is entered into with good intentions, but many people are unaware of the risks associated […]

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March 14, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

What Might Derail This ‘Trump Rally’

Despite incredible political acrimony, mudslinging, and some seeming chaos in the new administration, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (“the Dow”) managed to rise about 14% from Election Day to February 28. While there have been gradual increases to the underlying economy and corporate profits that pre-date the election, three possible reasons for the recent stock […]

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February 9, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

How to Succeed Financially During and After a Divorce

Few people enter a marriage expecting it to end in divorce, but unfortunately, many marriages do. While no one wants to plan for a divorce, sound financial planning can help ease or protect against the financial effects of a divorce, should one come to pass. Below are 9 steps you can take that will serve […]

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January 25, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

7 Financial Tips to Avoid January’s High Divorce Rate

With Valentine’s Day a few weeks away, it might seem coldhearted to be writing about divorce, but there are reportedly more divorce filings in January than in any other month. While repairing the cracks in cupid’s love bubble may not always be possible, couples can take some steps to reduce arguments, at least around money. […]

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January 18, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

December-Here’s To Your Wealth

  December 2016 and Outlook into 2017 The Markets: In the fourth quarter of 2016, the U.S. stock market had a strong performance and was likely benefiting from three main areas of President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda: corporate tax reform, regulatory reform, and a robust infrastructure spending bill. To be sure, these areas can boost economic activity, […]

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December 22, 2016 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

7 Family Finance Tips To Consider For The New Year

With the New Year fast approaching, many of us are thinking of goals and priorities for the coming year. Personal and family finances should be high on the list of important areas to consider. Spending just a few minutes on some key areas of your financial life can help you start 2017 on the right […]

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