David John Marotta

President, CFP®, AIF®, AAMS®

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#TBT Are Democrats Or Republicans Better For The Stock Market?
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This 2017 article reminds us, “Stock market returns have little to do with which party holds the White House.”

A Market of Stocks Rather Than A Stock Market
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Individual sectors of the economy have reacted very differently to the pandemic.

How To Spend: Keep a Price Book
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Who can remember every purchase you made? But remembering is how to keep your purchases reasonable.

Megan Russell

Chief Operating Officer, APMA®

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This Month, We Removed the Energy Overweight from Our Allocations (October 2020)
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We believe that holding on to Energy and waiting for it to recover might mean missing out on greater gains elsewhere.

A Guide to Your In-Plan Roth Conversion at RiversEdge
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The form is amazingly straightforward. Once the paperwork has been processed though, it can be difficult to find out how much was converted.

How to Inherit a Roth IRA Outright From a Trust at Schwab
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Beneficiary designations directly to your heirs are a cleaner estate planning solution.

Schwab Mobile App: A Review of More Features
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Whether you have held Schwab accounts for many years or are in the process of opening an account with Schwab for the first time, you may enjoy the smartphone app and the many convenient features it offers.

Schwab Mobile App: How to Set-Up or Use a MoneyLink
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The Schwab mobile app gives you the ability to establish a MoneyLink so that you can move funds between your bank or other external account and your Schwab account at any time directly from the app.

Schwab Mobile App: How to Deposit a Check
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One of the best features of the app is that you can deposit checks to your Schwab Bank account or Schwab investment account directly from your smartphone.

#TBT How to Be a Good Executor
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If a friend recently asked you if you’re willing to be written into their will as an executor to their estate, this 2015 article will give you some food for thought before you reply.

#TBT How Do You Value a Gift of Stock for Taxes?
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This straightforward article about how to value your charitable gifts of appreciated stock may help you in preparing your tax return this year.

Harvest Major Capital Losses Whenever You Have Them
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While you can only use $3,000 per year of capital losses to reduce your taxable income, you should bank as much capital loss as possible for other future uses.

Courtney Fraser

Wealth Manager, CFP®

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A Quick Strategy for Analyzing Whether You Should Rent or Sell
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There are two ways to run the analysis. One is quick and can be done on the back of a napkin. The other is more detailed, best done in a spreadsheet. In this part one, we will explain the quick math.

How Do I Take an RMD from an Illiquid Asset?
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The tax penalty for failing to take an RMD is steep at 50% of the amount you fail to take, so it is essential that you make the effort to take your RMD, even when having illiquid investments creates extra hassle.

Q&A: Can I Pay for My Student’s Computer Repair Using 529 Funds?
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In 2015, Congress passed the PATCH Act that included a provision which allowed computer purchases to be a qualified education expense for 529 plans. But what of computer repairs?

Elizabeth Brew

Financial Analyst, CFP®

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Who Should Own My Child’s 529 Account to Assist the FAFSA?
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With the grandparents as the owner rather than the parent, the student may have a better chance of receiving financial aid.

What Happens to Your College Savings Plan When You Receive a Scholarship?
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What will happen to all the money I have saved for her college expenses now that she doesn’t need it?

#BestOf2019 – Q&A: Can I Use 529 Funds for Off-Campus Housing?
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Elizabeth has written one post so far, and it was the most popular post of 2019. With over 12K views, this clear descriptions of the housing reimbursement rules has helped a lot of people.

 

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