Year: 2022

Investment Lessons Learned from 2022

With the S&P 500 currently down over 19% and the US Aggregate Bond Index down over 12%, the desire for many investors to move on from 2022 is understandable. But before we do, it’s essential to learn lessons from this year’s market to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future. It reminds me of […]

All I Want for Christmas is… to be a Millionaire!

The dream of becoming a millionaire… Is this just a pipe dream or is it possible? The short answer: it is absolutely possible to become a millionaire. One of the best Christmas presents you can give yourself, and your family is the decision to become a millionaire and start on the steps towards that goal. […]

Why I Became a Financial Advisor

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By Michael Wagner Over the years, it’s common for specific people or events to influence our decisions and significantly impact how we live our lives. For me, the inspiration and example of my father led me to where I am today. Growing up working in the family shoe business, my dad instilled in me that […]

Great News for Savers in 2023

With the end of the holiday season right around the corner, we start looking ahead to a new year and new financial opportunities that can help impact our goals. Now is a great time to begin planning for 2023 and the perfect opportunity for you to save more in tax-deductible retirement plans. For weekly insights, […]

Charitable Giving with Confidence

One of the best things about being a financial advisor is working with amazingly generous people. Their generosity is displayed in many ways, from the giving of time, expertise, and money. Unfortunately, there are still many who are hesitant to give due to a lack of information about the charities themselves. If you are feeling […]

New Tax Break for Alabamians Over 65

A new tax law signed by Governor Kay Ivey in April of 2022 takes effect on January 1, 2023. The law offers a state income tax exemption of up to $6,000 per individual for distributions made from qualified retirement accounts, such as IRAs and employer-sponsored 401(k) plans, if the taxpayer is age 65 or older. […]

A Better Alabama Through the Gift of Education

The Number of Failing Schools in Alabama is Rising…How You Can Help a Child Get a Better Education and Not Cost You a Penny? For weekly insights, follow The Welch Group every Tuesday morning on WBRC Fox 6 for the Money Tuesday segment. The updated list of failing schools in Alabama is out, and it […]

Avoid the Double-Dip Minefield of Retirement Savings

In a recent survey from Allianz Life, 54% of adults have reduced or stopped their retirement savings. What’s more disturbing is that the research indicated that 43% are dipping into retirement savings to help pay bills and live a certain lifestyle. This can cause a ‘double-dip’ minefield for retirement savings. First, the stock market is […]

5 Reasons Why Healthcare Professionals Should Not Delay Retirement Planning

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By The Welch Group As healthcare professionals continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic, many are likely dreaming of a quiet and peaceful retirement. Unfortunately, more than 40% of healthcare workers reported that their financial situations have gotten worse since the onset of COVID-19. Even without factoring in COVID-19 stressors, physicians and healthcare professionals […]

Be Prepared for 2023 Tax Changes

While inflation continues to be a thorn in the side of consumers, recent tax adjustments by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to prevent what the Tax Foundation calls “bracket creep” will provide welcomed relief in 2023. According to the Foundation, bracket creep is defined as a “push into higher tax brackets or a reduction in […]