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Three Common But (Maybe Very) Painful RMD Mistakes

The government requires that money start to come out of specific retirement accounts at age 70 ½ and continue for every year until the account balance is zero because they are able to tax the distributions and, quite frankly, the government is tired of waiting for their cut of your account. We could discuss a myriad of IRA related topics and intricacies, however, I would like to focus on three big mistakes related to RMDs.

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Giving Generously

December has arrived and the holiday spirit is in full force. Many people find themselves giving generously during this season. It might be giving gifts to family & loved ones, giving financially to a church or a mission-based organization, or offering time by volunteering at a soup kitchen, for example. The month of December has been shown to be the most expensive month of the entire year. I’m going to say something you may not hear often from an advisor: go ahead and spend/give some money, wisely.

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The Work Optional King: Mike Leckrone

What I can honestly say is that out of all of the professors I had, Mike Leckrone most positively shaped my college career. I haven't been back for an alumni band event, nor have I spoken to him in almost 20 years. Through Mike I learned perseverance, perspective, and positivity. We were told to "Eat A Rock" - to work as a team to accomplish a greater goal. To struggle was expected, appreciated.

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Life Changing Black Friday Deals

The focus on Black Friday is always the deal. The best part about Black Friday is that we no longer have to wait in line in the cold and instead can purchase almost anything online! For us, however, we wanted to go beyond the actual discount you are receiving and give our best ideas for meaningful gifts that have impacted our lives positively.

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Can you diversify away investment risk?

Is there a “risk-free” investment? No. If a return is expected, there will be risk involved in an investment. If more risk is taken, more reward (return) is expected. Otherwise, why would the risk be taken in the first place? Some might point out that United States Treasuries are considered “risk-free”. Although U.S. debt is widely considered to be one of the safest investments out there, it isn’t free from risk as this article nicely outlines.

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