Determining Your Safe Withdrawal Rate

Sequence of return risk What is it? | The risk that an investor’s portfolio returns will be low or negative early in a withdrawal period. Given the same starting principal and average return, individuals who incur low or negative returns early on during a particular withdrawal phase are at greater risk of exhausting their funds than individuals who experience low … Read More

Weekly Talking Points – August 6, 2018

The S&P 500 ground out a positive 0.80% last week while the Dow Jones industrial Average was essentially flat (up 0.05%). International markets however took a breather as both developed (MSCI EAFE) and emerging (MSCI EM) declined 1.45% and 1.66% respectively. Personal income and personal consumption both rose 0.4% in June. Personal income is up 4.9%, and spending is up … Read More

Aspen Wealth Strategies Q3 Market Commentary

“It’s the end of the world as we know it…and I feel fine” R.E.M. (1997) – American Alternative/Indie band “It’s the end of the world as we know it…” Many of you may best remember this song from the opening scene of the first “Independence Day” movie – you know, right before the alien horde destroyed most of the planet.  … Read More

Weekly Talking Points – July 26, 2018

The S&P 500 was essentially flat last week returning just 0.04%, however there were some sizable moves throughout the week. Some of the biggest movers included United Continental Holdings (up 12.22%) and Netflix (down 8.78%). If anyone is looking for a reason to doubt the current recovery, the latest housing starts report gave them one. Housing starts not only declined … Read More

Navigating Healthcare & Medicare Expenses in Retirement

Preparing for healthcare expenses in retirement can be a daunting task but educating yourself and having your financial plan stress-tested are critical first steps and ones that we want to help you with. While these expenses can no doubt be significant, pro-actively planning for them could result in much better outcomes and allow you to stay focused on your other … Read More

Financial Planning for Special Needs Individuals

Caring for a special needs individual can easily deplete a family’s time and resources. Without knowing the available opportunities and potential pitfalls, you could jeopardize this individual’s financial future and miss out on significant benefits and opportunities.     Be Aware of The Different Financial and Educational Life Stages From a financial perspective, if a child is under 18 then the … Read More

Weekly Talking Points

Any opinions are those of Joel P Faircloth and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James.

Social Security Claiming Considerations

According to the Social Security Administration, nearly three-quarters of Americans choose to begin benefits prior to their full retirement age (FRA). Whether or not this is the right choice depends on a myriad of different factors which we will discuss below. Making an uninformed choice could cost you tens of thousands of dollars over your lifetime. With that in mind, … Read More

Recent Tax Law Changes & How You May Be Impacted

Below is a condensed summary of some of the most important changes from the recent tax reform bill.  New Marginal Tax Brackets & Expanded Thresholds Who is affected? All taxpayers. What changed? The seven old marginal brackets of 10, 15, 25, 28, 33, 35, and 39.6% have been replaced by seven new brackets of 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35, … Read More