posts by Mark - 9/88 - Beacon Hill Investment Advisory, LLC

Dividend Investing: Small Payments Can Boost Returns

Owning shares of stock or stock funds might increase the value of your portfolio in one of two fundamental ways: capital appreciation (i.e., price increases) and dividend payments. Of the two, capital appreciation carries the greatest potential for return, but it also carries the greatest potential for loss. And any gains or losses are only …

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Tips for Creating a Budget and Paying Off Credit Card Debt

Creating a Budget It’s a common problem for many individuals — wondering exactly where your paycheck goes each month. After paying expenses, such as your mortgage, utilities, and credit card bills, you may find little left to put toward anything else. Creating a budget is the first key to successfully manage your finances. Knowing exactly …

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Should You Consider a Wellness Program for Employees?

Are employer wellness programs worth the investment? A review of some of the key studies examining the topic seems to indicate that such programs may indeed bring a variety of organizational benefits, depending on overall objectives and program design. Focusing only on return on investment (ROI) results, however, could provide too narrow a view of …

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DC Circuit Dismisses NAFA Appeal of the Fiduciary Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has officially dismissed the National Association for Fixed Annuities’ appeal of a lower court decision upholding the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule. In March, NAFA and the Labor Department agreed to a voluntary dismissal of the appeal, after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued …

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The Standard and Itemized Deductions After Tax Reform

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act substantially increased the standard deduction amounts for 2018 to 2025. It also eliminated or restricted many itemized deductions for those years. You can generally choose to take the standard deduction or to itemize deductions. As a result of the changes, far fewer taxpayers will be able to reduce their …

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