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More on tax hike, its impact on commercial
property, and yearend tax extenders

Liz Ann Sonders of Schwab offers her take on the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision.  Many investors may wonder how a rate hike will impact commercial property values.  A report from the accounting firm Ernst & Young analyzes.  Finally, CCH summarizes key provisions of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act)

A Client’s Story: Creating a financially secure path for retirement

A female head of a high profile Nashville institution was keenly aware of the importance of timing in leadership change. It was important to her that the institution, whose profile she raised, transition smoothly. She and her husband had been clients for several years leading up to her retirement. During the pre-retirement period, we kept

On the Paris Terrorist Attacks and Medicare Premium Increases

What effect will the tragic ISIS strikes on Paris have on the world economy?  Nicholas Wells offers analysis and a forecast for the long term.  In spite of fear provoked by the terrorist attacks, the popularity of the Islamic state is starting to wear out, even as it still poses a threat.  In other news,

Social Security and Medicare Update

The budget agreement signed by the President contains  two provisions of interest to retirees.  In addition, Medicare issued new rules authorizing end-of-life discussions between doctors and patients. What Congress Just Did to Social Security.  Two popular Social Security benefit-boosting strategies that could have increased lifetime benefits up to $50,000 have been eliminated.  File-and-suspend , along

Family, Faith, Football

In my family there were three great loyalties—family, faith, and football.  One inspired the other and sometimes those distinctions grew a little blurry. Whether you like football or not the game has generated some great leaders and life lessons. Its great coaches have distilled philosophies that drive success into a few maxims.   “The team that

Shoot Low Boys – They’re Riding Shetland Ponies

“Shoot Low, Boys—They’re Riding Shetland Ponies”, the funny title of a book by the Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard, captures a concealed truth that one’s actions need to fit the circumstances.  Retirees and near-retirees increasingly need to “shoot low” as they plan ahead. Income Growth and Lifestyle Creep.  Recent research shows that most income growth occurs

Low for Longer and Other Lessons for Investors

In 2015 anxious anticipation of a Fed rate hike by investors sparked a cascade of events.  Volatility has exposed some fissures in the world economy, calling on investors to exercise patience.  Volatility also shined a light on the performance shortfall of some of the world’s biggest and best remunerated hedge fund managers. In 2015, Volatility