Mark Avallone

December 4, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

Why Long-Term Interest Rates May Not Rise In 2018

The U.S. economy has been in growth mode since 2009, and many investors have been anticipating significant interest-rate increases. This may be a logical expectation because, historically, the Fed has raised rates to slow down the risk of inflation during market expansions. Our current economic growth, as measured by GDP, is greater than 2.5%, and […]

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

Why Now may be a Bad Time for a Roth Conversion

Roth IRAs and Roth 401(k) plans represent one of the few tax advantaged ways for Americans to invest. These Roth investment products allow you to make an after-tax contribution into an investment account. Subject to certain terms and conditions, they also allow for tax-free growth and tax-free withdrawal of dividends, interest, and capital gains. In […]

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October 6, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

10 Quick Year-End Financial Planning Tips

With the fourth quarter of the year upon us, it can be a smart time to take inventory of your financial situation. Here are 10 easy steps to complete an effective assessment. 1.    Assess your 2017 plan progress. Look at any areas of your 2017 written financial plan that you have not yet accomplished and […]

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

8 Financial Tips for the Back to School Season

According to the Huntington Bank Backpack Index, the cost of school supplies increased 88% from 2007 to 2016, and their recently released 2017 report anticipates increases of 1.0% for elementary and 4.6% for middle schoolers this coming school year. Even so, there are reasons that parents can feel good about back-to-school shopping: 1. It’s an […]

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August 17, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

Why An Interest Rate Hike Will Not Stop The Stock Market Rally

The markets continue to climb a wall of worry with only the spectre of fire and fury from a fierce conflict with North Korea dampening the enthusiasm for stocks. Interestingly, as of August 14th the South Korean stock market, as measured by the KOSPI index, was up over 16% for the past year (Source: Bloomberg), […]

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

Why International Stocks May Continue To Outperform In 2017

When asked how he was able to be such a successful hitter, baseball great Willie Keeler famously responded “I hit them where they ain’t!” In other words, he saw an opening that others weren’t watching, and he aimed for it. Applied to investing, that same philosophy can sometimes eventually pay off. For example, consider international […]

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June 7, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

May- Here’s To Your Wealth

In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens famously writes “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Today, depending on where you get your news, you might agree with either perspective. While some channels and websites report chaos, collusion, corruption, and ineptitude, others report a picture of leadership, reopened factories, promises […]

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

5 Questions Millennials And Recent Grads Should Ask Their Employers

Millennials have been more comfortable with mobility and job changes than any prior generation. But with that comfort comes the responsibility of understanding employee benefits and considering the role of those benefits in your overall compensation package. Here are five important questions that recent grads can raise during the job interview process. 1. When does […]

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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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