Senior Bankruptcy – Retirement Planning

Kent Forsey, CFP® Bankruptcy, Medical Debt, Retirement Planning, Social Security

November 2018 The rate at which seniors file for bankruptcy has more than tripled since 1991 amid reductions in retirement and benefit payments. Of the people that are filing for bankruptcy each year, 12.2% are aged 65-74 versus 2.1% for the same age group in 1991. Adding to financial burdens, the age at which full benefits are paid by Social …

When Taxes Replaced Tariffs – Historical Note

Kent Forsey, CFP® Tariffs, Taxes

November 2018 As a young country, the first of tariffs enacted to protect American business interests was the Tariff Act of 1789. The act was written to raise funds for the newly established government, reduce debt from the Revolutionary War, and protect U.S. companies from unfair foreign competition. At the time, Congress passed tariff amounts from 5% to as high …

Leading Scams Targeting Seniors – Retirement Planning

Kent Forsey, CFP® Client Education, IRS, Scams

October 2018 Fraudulent schemes and scams have always existed but there increase and focus on the elderly is troubling.  The National Council on Aging estimates that nearly 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 experiences some form of financial elder abuse. IRS Scams – Callers claiming to be IRS agents often call unsuspecting seniors at home, accusing them …

Macro Overview – September 2018

Kent Forsey, CFP® Client Education, Macro Overview, S&P 500, Stocks, US Economy

Here is a quick review of some recent issues affecting our economy from tariffs to emerging markets, history making gains to history making mandates. Trade and tariffs continued at the forefront of discussions among the U.S. and international trading partners.  Topics at hand included the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and safeguarding U.S. intellectual …

Benefits of A Trust Versus a Will – Estate Planning

Kent Forsey, CFP® Estate Planning, Living Trust

August 2018 A properly drafted will or trust is essential for anyone that has assets to leave to heirs. Either a will or a trust allows you to designate anyone you wish as beneficiaries. Both a will and a “revocable living trust” allow you to identify who the heirs to your assets will be. The main difference between the two …

Economic Update – Third Quarter 2018

Kent Forsey, CFP® Corporate Earnings, Economic Update, Stocks

July 10, 2018 Dear Friends, Clients and Associates, I remember being told as a kid trying to learn the fine art of hitting a baseball, “Always keep your eye on the ball”.  A similar idiom in investing would be “Always keep your eye on corporate earnings”.  So far this year, S&P 500 companies returned 24.8% in the first quarter over …

Macro Overview – May 2018

Kent Forsey, CFP® Bonds, Macro Overview, Oil Prices, Stocks

Here are a few more thoughts to consider as we attempt to understand the crazy market of 2018 thus far. Markets persisted on a capricious course in April following announcements regarding tariffs, rising rates, and geopolitical tensions, yet some economists and analysts expect that a tax cut driven rebound is possible. The 10-year Treasury bond yield reached 3% for the …

Stocks Enter a Trading Range – Equity Markets Update

Kent Forsey, CFP® Equity Markets, Stocks

It is hard to make sense of the recent stock market volatility.  Here are some important thoughts to consider. Markets rebounded in April as fundamental factors drove prices higher.  Among the factors influencing the markets were global expansion, positive domestic activity, increasing earnings, and capital spending increases. Stocks traded sideways, with the S&P 500 temporarily trading below its 200-day moving …