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Here's how the GOP wants to overhaul the tax system

Christine Wang, CNBC

  • House Republicans unveiled their plan to overhaul the tax code on Thursday.
  • The plan would reduce the number of income tax brackets, raise the child tax credit and preserve popular retirement savings plans.
  • Tax reform has been a major focus for a GOP in need of a legislative win since their failure to repeal Obamacare.

Keep Health Care Costs Down While Caring for a Child with Special Needs

There is no getting around it—health insurance is complex and complicated. You have to have it and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. And, when your child is living with a special need it makes the whole process even more complicated. Finding in-network specialists, scheduling exams, and keeping track of copayments and deductibles can be exhausting. This struggle is all too real for the families and guardians of the 10.2 million U.S. children (14% of all American children), who have special health care needs, according to a Health Resources and Services Administration survey. Because some needs are not identified until the child is of a certain age it can mean a drastic change in the health insurance you’ve always had. Here are a few health insurance elements to consider to best care for your child with special needs.

Equifax Data Breach

Several clients have contacted us with questions following the data breach that occurred at Equifax last week.

Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey continues to impact Texas and Louisiana with devastating damage and flooding, our thoughts are with those who are suffering. In an effort to help, TD Ameritrade has announced that it will match client donations to the American Red Cross dollar for dollar up to $500,000, doubling the impact of every dollar given.

Expect to spend more on health care in retirement- even if you're well

The estimate of the cost of healthcare for retirees has been revised upward to $275,000. Experts estimate that a healthy, 65- year old couple will need at least that much to cover their anticipated retirement expenses. Please give us a call if you have questions about your own retirement and health care planning needs, we are happy to help!

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5 Common Financial Terms - You Probably Should Know

The financial industry can be a confusing one with industry jargon, lots of tax rules, and tons of acronyms. We are here to help guide you and assist you in understanding what you own and why!

If you’re just starting to take charge of your financial future, it can be stressful approaching financial planning with confidence. Do you ever talk to your bank or financial manager and think that they’re speaking a foreign language? Between acronyms, money talk, and words longer than my arm, it’s no wonder that sometimes going to the bank is similar to going to the dentist - but hopefully not as painful. We wanted to help with that. Here are a few financial terms you should know by heart before consulting a financial professional. After all, you worked hard for your money, don’t let ignorance stand in the way of you and financial success.

Are there budget busters derailing your spending plan?

"Failure to plan, is planning to fail". You may have heard this catchphrase over the years and it has never been more applicable than when we think of budgeting for our expenses. Today's article discusses some preventative measures one can take to avoid blowing the bank!

Financial Resolutions: 6 Tips to keep you Accountable

It is hard to believe, but we are almost halfway through 2017! Time to revisit those New Years resolution's and goals for the year to see how we stack up. At my house, we hold quarterly financial review meetings to make sure we are on track for saving and not overspending. We also use those meetings to revisit our short and long term goals. It is not always fun, but definitely feels great to be on the same page. If you need help getting started or want to work through your budget with a professional, give your portfolio manager a call.

After the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, we dig up our hopes and dreams and make some resolutions. Getting back in the gym, losing weight, and eating clean, are usually at the top of the list, but what about your finances? The health of your accounts, spending habits, and investments are just as important to evaluate. When it comes to your financial resolutions this year (and beyond) use these tips to actually keep and reach your goals.  

Teaching Money Lessons to Kids Who Don't Have It Tough

It is often said that experience is the best teacher. While that may be true, it is hard for most parents to sit back and watch their children struggle- even if that may be the best way for them to learn. Today's article shares tips for helping your children learn money lessons that will last them a lifetime.

Jane Farrell, Money Matters

The hardest thing about upward mobility – the so-called American dream – is attaining it. Perhaps the second hardest thing is this: Once you’ve risen from a hardscrabble upbringing and gained financial success, how do you pass the traits that helped get you there – hard work, accountability, passion and discipline – on to your children?

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