The Weekend Word

Insider Out

In light of the U.S. Open wrapping up this past weekend we’d like to congratulate Dustin Johnson on his first career major victory and talk about one of his competitors who was also recently in the spotlight.

Some of you may have seen in the news that Phil Mickelson got himself in a bit of a pickle with the SEC over some insider trading allegations.

Retirement?! Don’t talk about retirement! Are you kidding me? Retirement?!

Many of us can remember a time when retiring was easy. Just hang up your hard hats, chalk, lab coats or any other tool of the trade and let your pension and social security carry you to the promised land… but that isn’t the case anymore.  As life expectancies grew so did the financial burden pension plans put on companies.  In the 80’s and 90’s companies started migrating to self-directed retirement plans, like 401(k)s.

Estate Taxes

Take a sip of water before this one folks, it’s gonna be a little dry.

Commander Spock and the Internet

In 1966 when Star Trek first hit the air it was an amazing and fanciful look into the future of technology and space travel. One of the most beloved crewmembers on the ship was Commander Spock. He used his Vulcan Mind Meld to impart his wisdom on crew members and enemies alike. Spock used his mind control for good, but today we see a sickeningly real ability to do what seemed as impossible as having an alien crew member in the 60’s.

Brexit

You gotta love the names the media comes up with for things anymore. This one reminds me of some kind of breakfast casserole. Back to the point, I’m sure some of you have seen this word popping up on the news. What “Brexit” refers to is that on June 23rd the U.K. will vote on whether or not to stay in the European Union (get it; Britain, exit). U.K. residents cite many reasons for wanting the split, namely trade regulation, control over immigration, and individual sovereignty.

Sell in May and Go Away

Now that May is here and my seasonal allergies are in full bloom with the flowers, those of you who frequent investment reading surely see articles mentioning the fabled “Sell in May and Go Away” adage.

Topic 701

Most people know about some of the tax breaks you get for buying/owning a home but most don’t know about “Topic 701”.  IRS Topic 701 basically states that you may exclude up to $250,000 of capital gains from the sale of your house if you’re single, and that number goes up to $500,000 for a married couple.

To The Graduates-to-Be

Spring is in the air and college graduation season is set to kick off in May. I know that not many of you getting this are in this age band, but this is a good one to send to a family member or friend who is. First off, Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off and you’ve achieved higher education, but life may follow an unfamiliar path from this point on.

No News is Good News

We have spent the first few months of this newsletter focusing on market centric pieces but as things have stabilized and the elections heat up timely pieces become harder to come by.  This is where the age old adage “No news is good news” rings true.

As per the US economic score card for March:

Use it, or Lose it!

Tax deductions and employer matches for retirement plans are like that perfect shot you get when you’re hunting. Once the right time passes by there’s no way to get it back.

Letting these powerful savings tools go unused could be leaving some serious money on the table.