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Are You Really Going to Get $125 From the Equifax Settlement?

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  14 Aug 2019

By Jon Aldrich You have probably heard by now either on social media, the news, or your friends that everyone is entitled to their $125 for damages from the Equifax data breach in 2017. Wow, this is great, how do I partake in this windfall?  Well, not so fast. There is an inconvenient truth that…

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Think Twice Before You Download That App

By Jon Aldrich Our smartphones have become an indispensable part of daily life to many of us. You not only get phone calls and texts on your little wonder device, but now you use it to surf the internet, play games, navigation, watch movies, hail a ride, take pictures and movies, book vacations, as a…

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Are We Going To Lose The “Stretch” Provision?

BLOG, EDUCATION, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  20 May 2019

A Discussion of some tax proposals affecting IRA’s currently making their way through legislation By Jon Aldrich Over the years we have grown accustomed to the tax laws affecting those of us with IRA’s. You know, the ones, like having to start taking money out at age 70 ½ as a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)…

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Happy Tax Day! Now, Let’s Shred the Old Stuff

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE, TAXES  |  15 Apr 2019

By Jon Aldrich Happy Tax Day! That dreaded day when all of us here in the United States need to make sure that we have settled up with Uncle Sam for the previous year’s tax bill. Maybe you were one of the roughly 72% of taxpayers that received a refund, if so, then this day…

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The Curse of Single Use Plastic

BLOG, OTHER  |  20 Mar 2019

By Jon Aldrich I am not a hard-core environmentalist by any means, but I love nature and the outdoors and I often dream about what it would be like to go back in time a couple thousand years to see how pristine things were before man left his mark and just view how unspoiled this…

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Here is Your New “Post Card” Size Tax Return

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE, TAXES  |  27 Feb 2019

By Jon Aldrich So, how do you like the new “Post-Card” size tax return for 2018? Well, it is a little bit larger than a post card, it is still 8-1/2 x 11 inches, so it is a really big Post Card, but it is supposedly simper. Due to the new Tax Cuts and Jobs…

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What Do You Mean My Health Insurance Won’t Cover Me Outside the Country?

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  8 Feb 2019

By Jon Aldrich Have you traveled outside of the U.S. without travel insurance which includes a provision for medical costs? If you have and did so without incident, congratulations, you rolled the dice and may have dodged a financial nightmare. I know I have traveled with my family out of the country several times over…

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Emergency Planning

BLOG, OTHER  |  18 Jan 2019

Are you at least minimally prepared if a calamity strikes? By Jon Aldrich We plan and prepare for retirement, vacations, parties, sending kids to college and for dinner. But how many of us are prepared for a major disruptive event such as a natural disaster (flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire) or a man-made event such…

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Happy New Year 2019

(Good Riddance 2018) By Jon Aldrich Happy New Year 2019! Don’t let the door hit you in the behind 2018. Now I say that partially in jest, but also because 2018 seemed like a difficult year not only for me, but also for many of those that I know. I am also aware of many…

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Long December

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  19 Dec 2018

By Jon Aldrich For investors this has sure been a long December. Thus, I couldn’t resist one of my favorite songs by the band, Counting Crows as the lead picture. As I write this, the S & P 500 is on track for its worst December since 1931 and is having another “off” day. You…

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