Home Equity Lines of Credit: Do’s and Don’ts

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently published the 2nd quarter Household Debt and Credit Report. For the fifth straight quarter, the report shows an increase in the use of Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC). The rise in usage could be the result of consumers feeling more pressure from high inflation and already […]

Declare Your Financial Independence Today

On July 4, 1776, a small band of colonial leaders declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.  The American Revolution changed the course of world history forever and launched a nation that no other has since rivaled.  In the spirit of the heroes of the American Revolution, would you consider declaring your own revolution…your […]

Beware of Concentrated Stock Positions

Investors sometimes end up with concentrated stock positions, or too much of one stock in their portfolio, which can be risky. Even though this stock may have the potential for high returns, it can also result in significant losses for the investor. It is essential to be aware of the dangers and learn how to […]

Discovering Purpose and Identity in Retirement

By The Welch Group Retirement offers more than days spent on a beach or a golf course. It’s an opportunity to redefine your purpose, prioritize your health, and rediscover your identity. After years of hard work, it’s your time to embark on a new adventure of self-discovery that brings fulfillment and joy to every aspect […]

Student Loan Forbearance Ending

For the past 39 months, student loan borrowers enjoyed a grace period where no principal payments on their loans were required, and interest was not accruing.  Unfortunately for these borrowers, this grace period is coming to an end.  As of September 2023, student loan borrowers will no longer be granted a grace period where principal […]

Inventorying Your Home Could Save You Thousands

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you lost everything in your home? A few years back, a friend experienced a devastating electrical fire that destroyed their home and all their belongings. Everything was lost, from furniture and china to electronics and family photos. Would any of us be able to recall everything […]

Retired? Avoid the Cardinal Sin of Investing

Designing an investment portfolio can be a complex process at any age. It requires consideration of various variables such as risk tolerance, time horizon, and financial goals; however, there is one rule that always holds true for investors:  **Rule** Never put yourself in a position where you MUST sell assets when they are down to […]

Tis the Season of Giving

  No doubt about it, December has everyone in the giving mood. People are busy buying and exchanging gifts, acknowledging friendships and the love of family members. Giving can also be smart tax planning while providing much needed support for those less fortunate in our community. Here’s a summary of the most popular ways people give and get […]