Archive for December, 2011

Take advantage of the power of compound interest

December 26th, 2011 Emily Schmidt

You’ve probably heard it before: “It’s never too early to start saving for retirement.”  In the back of your mind you know it’s important to save for the future, yet it probably seems counterintuitive to start saving for retirement at the beginning of your career. Maybe you are waiting another year or two, for your […]

Are you factoring inflation into your retirement goals?

December 16th, 2011 madmin

This material was prepared for Dick Ockerlander, LPL Financial Advisor, use. Your retirement plan is designed to help you meet two important objectives – beating inflation and pursuing your retirement savings goals. The challenge is finding the right mix to strive for both. Why worry about inflation? Technically defined, inflation is the rising cost of […]

Getting to know bonds – what are they and how do they work?

December 9th, 2011 madmin

This material was prepared for Tony Lyon, LPL Financial Advisor, use. Many investors own bonds or debt-based investments as a strategy for balancing the short-term market risk historically associated with stocks.1 It’s important to understand the characteristics of bonds when making decisions about how to invest. A bond is essentially an “IOU” for money loaned […]

6 things you should know about estate planning

December 2nd, 2011 Bob Ross

Putting together an estate plan isn’t the most pleasant of tasks. After all, by doing so you’re acknowledging your own eventual demise. In fact, deciding what happens to your assets when you die is often avoided or passed over. According to an AARP survey, three out of five Americans over the age of 50 have […]