Democrats Versus Republicans: Who Gets Better Stock Market Returns?

Democrats Versus Republicans: Who Gets Better Stock Market Returns?

By Evor C. Vattuone, CFP®

The argument about which party is better for stock returns has been going on for decades. Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, the argument was made that the stock market does better with a Democratic president than a Republican president. After the election and the subsequent stock market rise, the argument has been made that Donald Trump as president will be great for U.S. stocks. In fact, the Trump administration has taken much of the credit for the great returns thus far in 2017.

What Can I Do to Reduce My Taxes? 2 Things You Can Do Now

What Can I Do to Reduce My Taxes? 2 Things You Can Do Now

By Mira Ma, CFP®, RFC®

What can I do to reduce my taxes?

This is a very common question we get as financial advisors and tax preparers in my firm.

Simply put, get organized! I know you probably hate to hear such a finger-wagging statement, but really, what if the mere fact of organizing meant an extra $1,000 in your pocket? You may be asking, “How’s that?” or thinking, “I’m not an organized person.” Fortunately, you don’t need to be on par with Martha Stewart’s level of organization to seize your opportunity!

How Can I Get Rich? 6 Ways to Build Wealth

How Can I Get Rich? 6 Ways to Build Wealth

By Evor C. Vattuone, CFP®

First, a clarification: This is an article about the “how” that makes a person, couple, or family wealthy. That is, how do people go from having a little money to having a lot? This article is not about what being wealthy means to you or, in other words, how much money would make you wealthy. We’ll save that philosophical discussion for another article.

How to Really Build Your Wealth

How to Really Build Your Wealth

By Evor C. Vattuone, CFP®

How do we become wealthy? Our clients often ask this of us, naturally, as their financial advisors. Sometimes they’re surprised to hear us not say, “Save more,” “Don’t accrue too much debt,” or “Put your investments here or there,” as a first course of action. Of course, long-term savings of at least 10–­15% of your income starting at a young age, combined with a decent investment plan left untouched for long periods of time, will inevitably produce substantial amounts of wealth. However, if you really want to get ahead, invest in yourself—and keep investing in yourself!