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Hidden Taxes: What Is Your True Cost?

We are pretty well aware of the taxes we must pay as U.S. citizens; income taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, and gift and estate taxes, to name a few. We can easily see these taxes on our pay stubs, tax bills, and sales receipts. But there are other taxes imposed on us that …

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Economic Perspective – April 2012

The Month in Review U.S. payrolls rose at their slowest pace since October. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 120,000 new jobs only managed to cut the unemployment rate to 8.2%, though it was the 11th straight month of either stable or falling unemployment. U.S. economic growth slowed in the first quarter of …

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Market Recap – April 2012

Weakening economic data and renewed anxiety about Europe brought equities’ winning streak to an end in April. The small-cap Russell 2000 lagged its domestic peers, while the Nasdaq, which had been handily outperforming this year, had to battle a downdraft in Apple stock, one of the index’s key components. The Dow managed to finish April …

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401(k) Corner: Roth 401(k)…is it right for you?

While taxes are fresh on your mind, now might be the best time to review whether you should contribute to your 401(k) with pre-tax or after-tax money.   Contributions that are put back before-taxes are the Traditional 401(k), while those that are put back after-taxes are the Roth 401(k). Your tax planner can help you in …

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Asset Protection Strategies Beyond Insurance

You’ve worked hard to accumulate your assets and property; that’s why it’s so important to take measures to protect your wealth. Often, the simplest way to protect assets is by shifting the risk to an insurance company. But insurance may not provide all the protection you need or it might not be available, so you …

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