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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

One study found that 43% of cyber attacks target small business, and 60% of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyber attack.¹ Business owners are also required to protect their customers’ personal...

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Charles de Gaulle once remarked, “The graveyards are full of indispensable men.”¹ While we know that life goes on regardless of the loss of any “indispensable” person, for a small business, the loss of a...

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Technology has not only shrunk the tools we use, but it has also given small businesses the power to operate like big businesses. Technological tools can help small businesses get better organized, efficiently manage their finances, or...

Thursday, April 8, 2021

If you're like many small business owners, running your own business is an all-consuming endeavor. In the face of everyday demands, choosing a retirement strategy for your business can become a casualty. The idea of establishing a plan...

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

For small business owners, the line between the personal and their business can be a bit hazy at times. Yet, when it comes to a vehicle that may be used for personal and business-related reasons, it’s important to know how your...

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

One survey found that 79% of small business owners expect at least some of their retirement income to come from tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts.1 If you have yet to develop a retirement plan for your business, or if you're...

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Everyone loves a winner. If an investment is successful, most people naturally want to stick with it. But is this the best approach? It may sound counterintuitive, but it may be possible to have too much of a good thing. Over time, the...

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Looking at their recent track records doesn’t do much to settle the debate about value stocks vs. growth stocks. Over the past decade, as a whole, value stocks have not performed as well as growth stocks.1 But looking at a larger...

Thursday, March 18, 2021

I’m sure you’ve heard the terms “asset allocation” and “diversification” used in the same sentence, but they are very different concepts that every investor should understand. Asset allocation refers...

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Most people understand that stock prices don't go straight up. But when market volatility increases, the price action can test the mettle of even the most seasoned investor. In recent weeks, stock prices have trended lower with a few...

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Check out the new Eye On Money issue for info and tips on protecting your finances, your child’s investment income and taxes, charitable gifts that pay you income, and more! How to protect your finances. These tips may help...

Thursday, March 11, 2021

You may occasionally hear “talking heads” on the news discuss the bond market, but too often, these news reports use confusing language and obscure terms. Many important drivers affect the bond market, and one key concept...

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The House recently passed the Senate another round of stimulus to try and counteract the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new stimulus package could narrow income eligibility to receive a stimulus check, while expanding...

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Investing involves risk. But in the world of finance, risk can take many forms. Here are a few types of risk that I look at when considering any potential investment: Business risk. How healthy is the company behind the investment?...

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The acronym “SPAC” is showing up more often these days because there is some big money behind the revitalized investment approach.SPAC stands for Special Purpose Acquisition Company, and they are sometimes referred to as...

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Hardly a day goes by that the topic of bitcoin or other cryptocurrency assets doesn’t come up in meetings with clients and prospects or from friends and relatives who want to know, “what all the buzz is about?”The...

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Every few months, you may hear the phrase “earnings season” as you listen to financial news.But what exactly is “earnings season,” and why is it important to Wall Street?Earnings season is the time when a...

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The 10-year Treasury yield has climbed higher since the New Year, which means that some bond prices are dropping. You may have seen the headlines that say, “10-Year Yields Over 1%.”For some, the first time they experience...

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service estimates that taxpayers and businesses spend 8.1 billion hours a year complying with tax-filing requirements. To put this into perspective, if all this work were done by a single company, it would need...

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Recently, the world has watched with great interest as a few companies have seen surprising rallies in their stock prices. You may have read stories of individual investors gaining massive returns on their investments, thanks to this...

Thursday, February 4, 2021

You may have heard the news about stocks for certain companies suddenly ballooning, quickly going from lunch money prices to several hundred dollars a share. In one case, the shares rose over 1700% since December 2020.1 So, what...

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates a middle-income family with a child born today can expect to spend about $285,000 to raise that child to the age of 17.1 That’s roughly equivalent to the median value of a new home in...

Thursday, January 28, 2021

You taught them how to read and how to ride a bike, but have you taught your children how to manage money? One study households with student loan debt showed that the average amount owed was $47,671.1 And more than 20% of recipients...

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The personal savings rate in the United States, which is the amount of income left after taxes and household spending, has reached some significant milestones. In April, when much of the country stayed home to avoid the COVID-19...

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Have you ever had one of those months? The water heater stops heating, the dishwasher stops washing, and your family ends up on a first-name basis with the nurse at urgent care. Then, as you’re driving to work, you see smoke...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

2021 has already had many ups and downs. Just because it’s a new year doesn’t mean that the 2020 issues go away, and so far, 2021 has been no exception to this rule. The markets opened on January 4 and traded lower out of...

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

We invite you to check out the new issue of Eye On Money! Inside are articles on: What to do in the year before retirement. The decisions you make in the year before retirement regarding your retirement accounts, pensions, Social...

Monday, January 4, 2021

Landmark PLC, Certified Public Accountants and Landmark Financial, LLC (collectively, Landmark), are pleased to announce that the leadership and staff of Arizona-based firm Monheit Frisch have joined the Landmark team effective January...

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

For many of us, 2020 has been a year unlike any other. For some, it’s brought hardships that have tested the hardiest of souls. For others, it has brought unspeakable loss. Yet, we press on, and as we do, we may be surprised to...

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

In the last few weeks, we’ve covered a variety of tax planning tips on our blog. Today, we wrap up the series with our final topic, which includes Roth IRA considerations and the alternative minimum tax. If you missed our...

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Stocks retreated last week on rising COVID-19 infections and slow progress on an economic relief bill.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.57%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 dropped 0.96%. The Nasdaq Composite index...

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

There is still time to potentially reduce your 2020 federal income taxes, but you'll need to act soon. There are several tax minimization strategies for individuals including timing your income and deductions, making the most of your...

Thursday, December 10, 2020

There is still time to potentially reduce your 2020 federal income taxes, but you'll need to act soon. There are several tax minimization strategies for individuals including timing your income and deductions, making the most of your...

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The start of the holiday shopping season can provide important clues about the economy's state and, more importantly, overall consumer confidence. So far, the results have been a “mixed bag” with empty malls and busy...

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

There is still time to potentially reduce your 2020 federal income taxes, but you'll need to act soon. There are several tax minimization strategies for individuals including timing your income and deductions, making the most of your...

Thursday, November 19, 2020

As an investor, it can be tempting to get caught up in daily news headlines. Consider how news about the election and COVID-19 vaccines have moved the markets over the past several weeks. But having a financial strategy can help you...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

There is still time to potentially reduce your 2020 federal income taxes, but you'll need to act soon. There are several tax minimization strategies for individuals including timing your income and deductions, making the most of your...

Friday, November 13, 2020

Now that several major news groups have projected Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election—and Congress appears divided with Democrats in control of the House and Republicans the Senate—it’s a good time to...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

There is still time to potentially reduce your 2020 federal income taxes, but you'll need to act soon. There are several tax minimization strategies for individuals including timing your income and deductions,making the most of your...

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Who among us wants to pay the IRS more taxes than we have to?1 While few may raise their hands, Americans regularly overpay because they fail to take tax deductions for which they are eligible. Let’s take a quick look at the six...

Thursday, October 29, 2020

It should come as no surprise that the economy is the most crucial issue in the upcoming election.But here's something that may surprise you. More than 90% of investors say they plan to change their portfolio in the 12 months...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

I’m proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money."Entertainer Arthur Godfrey1 The irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) can be an important estate strategy tool that...

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The upcoming election is prompting some people to reconsider their investment strategy.In fact, 45% of consumers with $100,000 or more investable assets expect to make changes to their portfolio due to the upcoming 2020 presidential...

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

When uninsured people end up in the hospital, “sticker shock” can follow. Just a quick look at the current prices for medical procedures can be sobering. How much does a CT scan cost? Between $250 to $1,500, depending on...

Thursday, October 15, 2020

It’s a startling statistic.45% of consumers with $100,000 or more investable assets expect to make changes to their investments due to the upcoming 2020 presidential election.1Second-guessing your investment strategy is natural,...

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Social Security Disability Insurance program is projected to pay out approximately $133 billion in benefits in 2020. And with new applicants each year, the system is expected to exhaust its reserves at the end of 2035 if changes...

Thursday, October 8, 2020

It should come as no surprise to hear the economy is the top issue for voters in the 2020 election. Nearly 8 in 10 voters say that the economy will be very important to them when they cast their votes.1 But when voters say...

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

When training to become a financial professional, much of our course work centers on the six critical areas of creating a financial strategy. Some recognize October as Financial Planning Month, so it's an excellent opportunity to...

Friday, October 2, 2020

Term insurance is the simplest form of life insurance. It provides temporary life insurance protection on a limited budget. Here’s how it works: When a policyholder buys term insurance, they buy coverage for a specific period of...

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Americans are spending more time at home than ever before, leading to a record amount of spending on home improvement.1It’s not that big of a surprise since many Americans now find their homes are doing triple...

Friday, September 25, 2020

Tax-Loss Harvesting A useful year-end move to counteract capital gains. Even though this may end up being a subpar year for stocks, you may realize capital gains, which is a taxable event. What can you do about them? You can do what...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

In our uncertain climate, it’s unsurprising that when American investors are thinking about their financial strategy, that the topic of life insurance comes up. For some, it’s always been front of mind. For younger...

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

If your family relies on your income, it’s critical to consider having enough life insurance to provide for them after you pass away. But too often, life insurance is an overlooked aspect of personal finances. In fact, according...

Thursday, September 10, 2020

We invite you to check out the new issue of Eye On Money! Inside are articles on: 529 education savings plans. Do not miss this one if you want to help your child, grandchild, or other loved one save for college! When to review your...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the most widely followed stock market indices, has made some key changes to its starting lineup.Salesforce.com, Amgen Inc.and Honeywell International Inc. have replaced Exxon Mobil Corp....

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

You can sum up the appeal of a Roth IRA in three words: federal tax benefit. Potential earnings in a Roth IRA grow tax-free as long as the owner abides by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules, and withdrawals are federally tax-free...