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Phil Messuri, MS, CFP®
phone: 505-798-6941

Travis Flandermeyer, MBA, AIF® 
phone: 505-717-1111

 
 

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Click on the link to read the November 2019 Newsletter: FSPI November 2019 Newsletter

 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Planning for the Expected Perhaps Bette Davis said it best when she observed, “Old age is no place for sissies.”¹ The challenges seniors have met throughout their lives have made them wiser and stronger, preparing them...

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

INFLATION & YOUR MONEY “If the current annual inflation rate is only 2.2%, why do my bills seem like they're 10% higher than last year?” Many of us ask ourselves that question, and it illustrates the importance of...

 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Six Most Overlooked Tax Deductions 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....

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A Primer on Dividends Tip: Dividend Dates. There are four important dates for dividends:Declaration Date: The company announces when it will pay a dividend and how much the dividend will be worth.Ex-Dividend Date: Shareholders of...

 

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Best-Performing Asset Classes According to Yale University's Crash Confidence Index, only about 27% of investors are confident the stock market will not crash sometime during the next six months.1 But if fear leads investors to avoid...

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A TAXING STORY: CAPITAL GAINS AND LOSSES Chris Rock once remarked, “You don’t pay taxes – they take taxes.”1 That applies not only to income, but also to capital gains. Capital gains result when an individual...

 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Click on the link to read the October 2019 Newsletter: FSPI October 2019 Newsletter

 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Where Will Your Retirement Money Come From? For many people, retirement income may come from a variety of sources. Here’s a quick review of the six main sources: Social Security Social Security is the government-administered...

 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Click on the link to read the October 2019 Newsletter: FSPI October 2019 Newsletter

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Where Will Your Retirement Money Come From? For many people, retirement income may come from a variety of sources. Here’s a quick review of the six main sources: Social Security Social Security is the government-administered...

 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Variable Universal Life Insurance Variable universal life insurance is permanent life insurance—it remains in force for the policyholder's whole life. And, as with universal life insurance, it provides a flexible premium and an...

 

Monday, September 30, 2019

What Is a Stretch IRA? The Investment Company Institute reports that there is roughly $9.3 trillion in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA).1 To help put that in perspective, that’s nearly half the annual gross domestic product...

 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Trends in Charitable Giving According to Giving USA 2018, Americans gave an estimated $410.02 billion to charity in 2017. That’s the highest total in more than 60 years since the report was first published, and also, first-time...

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Click on the link to read the September 2019 Newsletter: FSPI September 2019 Newsletter

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Best-Performing Asset Classes According to Yale University's Crash Confidence Index, only about 27% of investors are confident the stock market will not crash sometime during the next six months.1 But if fear leads investors to avoid...

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Retirement Income and the Traditional Portfolio Taking withdrawals from a traditional portfolio exposes fixed-income investors to “sequence of returns” danger. In other words, experiencing negative returns early in...

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A Taxing Story: Capital Gains and Losses Chris Rock once remarked, “You don’t pay taxes – they take taxes.”1 That applies not only to income, but also to capital gains. Capital gains result when an individual...

 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

SPLIT ANNUITY STRATEGY Tip: Annuity sales reached nearly $192 billion in 2017, which is roughly equal to the GDP of New Zealand.Source: Insured Retirement Institute, April 17, 2018; The World Bank, 2017 When financial markets turn...

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Anatomy of an Index Did you know that more than $7.8 trillion in assets are benchmarked to the Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Index, including $2.2 trillion in index assets?¹ The S&P 500 is ubiquitous—we see it on...

 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Business Cycle What has upswings and downturns, troughs, peaks, and plateaus? Though such terms could easily describe a roller coaster ride, in fact they are commonly used to refer to something known as the business cycle. The...

 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

PUTTING A PRICE TAG ON YOUR HEALTH We hear over and over again how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But being healthy for its own sake isn’t easy — especially when you’re facing down temptation or...

 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Does Your Portfolio Fit Your Retirement Lifestyle? Most portfolios are constructed based on an individual's investment objective, risk tolerance, and time horizon. Using these inputs and sophisticated portfolio-optimization...

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Investment Risk No One’s Ever Heard Of Knowledgeable investors are aware that investing in the capital markets presents any number of risks—interest-rate risk, company risk, and market risk. Risk is an inseparable...

 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Assess Life Insurance Needs 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...

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Click on the link to read the August 2019 Qualified Retirement Plan Newsletter: FSPI August 2019 QRP Newsletter

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

How Stocks Work

 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Rebalancing Your Portfolio Tip: Rebalancing Schedule. When to rebalance? There is no set rule. Some rebalance when their portfolio’s allocation is off by a specific percentage — say 5%. Others may be comfortable setting the...

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Estimating the Cost of College Tip: Public Costs. Average in–state tuition and fees for public four-year institutions was $9,970 for the 2017-2018 school year. Out-of-state tuition for these same institutions averaged $25,620...

 

Monday, August 12, 2019

GLOBAL VS. INTERNATIONAL: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? With international stock markets comprising nearly two-thirds of the world’s capitalization, a broad range of investment opportunities exist outside the borders of the U.S...

 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Click on the link to read the August 2019 Newsletter: FSPI August 2019 Newsletter

 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Why You Need an Estate Strategy

 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Why You Need an Estate Strategy

 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

9 Facts About Retirement Tip: Nearly 70% of workers expect to work for pay in retirement, but only 26% of retirees actually have done so. Source: 2018 Retirement Confidence Survey, EBRI Retirement can have many meanings. For some, it...

 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Pay Yourself First Each month you settle down to pay bills. You pay your mortgage lender. You pay the electric company. You pay the trash collector. But do you pay yourself? One of the most basic tenets of sound investing involves the...

 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Types of Stock Market Analysis There is no shortage of analysis for anyone interested in investing. A search for the term “stock market analysis” turned up 585 million results on Google and well over 55 million Yahoo.¹...

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

THE COST OF PROCRASTINATION Tip: Don’t Put it Off. Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.-George Claude Lorimer Some of us share a common experience. You’re driving along...

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Should You Choose a Fixed or Variable? Buying a home is the single-largest financial commitment most people ever make. And sorting through mortgages involves a lot of critical choices. One of these is choosing between a fixed- or...

 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

MONTHLY MARKET REPORT JUNE 2019 US MARKETS The stock market rode a wave of optimism this month, thanks to continued belief in a potential interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve and the lesenging U.S.- China trade tensions. The Dow...

 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Four Really Good Reasons to Invest Forty-six percent of Americans do not own any stocks or stock-related investments, such as mutual funds, according to a recent Gallup poll.¹ Individuals may cite different reasons for not...

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

How the Federal Reserve Works Tip: Checks. Due to the onslaught of electronic check collection, the Federal Reserve now processes paper checks at just one location nationwide, down from 45 locations in 2003. Source: Board of Governors...

 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Click on the link to read our April 401k Newsletter: Financial Solutions Planning and Investments 401K Newsletter: April 2019

 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

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Friday, March 8, 2019

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Friday, February 8, 2019

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Friday, February 1, 2019

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Friday, January 25, 2019

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Friday, January 18, 2019

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Click on the title to read the article: Wall Street Trims December Losses

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Friday, December 7, 2018

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Latest Article looking at Market Volatility. 12/4/2018 Click the following link to see the article Markets Sell Off as Investors Become More Jittery

 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Click on the web link below to view the Cetera Article with respect to the recent market volatility. Cetera Sightline 11.20.2018 If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.

 

Friday, November 2, 2018

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Friday, October 19, 2018

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Friday, October 5, 2018

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Friday, September 7, 2018

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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Friday, May 4, 2018

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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Friday, April 6, 2018

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Monday, November 6, 2017

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Friday, October 6, 2017

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Friday, September 8, 2017

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Monday, August 7, 2017

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Monday, July 17, 2017

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Friday, June 23, 2017

9 Facts About Retirement Tip: Nearly 80% of workers expect to work for pay in retirement, but only 29% of retirees actually have done so. Source: 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey, EBRI Retirement can have many meanings. For some, it...

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Perhaps your financial picture is very sound. You think it is unlikely you will run out of money. If you are in this situation, you may want to consider how to pass more tax effective assets to the next generation or even the one...

 

Friday, May 26, 2017

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Friday, May 12, 2017

How the gains from the sale of a primary residence are taxed has changed in recent years. If you have recently sold your home, or are considering doing so, you may want to be aware of these new rules. HOME SALE If you owned and lived...

 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Please see the below link for our May 2017 Commentary: May 2017 Commentary

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Of those aged 65 and older, 10 to 20 percent have mild cognitive impairment. In addition, women have more than a 1 in 6 chance — and men have a 1 in 11 chance — of developing Alzheimer’s during the remainder of their...

 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Please feel free to view our market commentary for April 2017: April 2017 Market Commentary

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

401k Insights - Quarterly Newsletter The winter thaw is in full swing, taxes are due on April 18th, and we find ourselves in a year of possible Federal Reserve Board (FED) Interest rate increases. While springtime isn’t...

 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

What Is a Stretch IRA? Tip: What’s in a Name? If you fail to name a beneficiary on your IRA, it may be much more difficult for your beneficiaries to ‘stretch’ the inherited IRA over their lifetimes. The Investment...

 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How diversification helps and hurts your investment returns My colleagues and I are often asked a question along the following lines: Why didn’t my account do as well as the S&P 500 or the DOW? The S&P includes 500 major US...

 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

What we can learn from market history NOTE: The following information is by no means intended as predictive. According to Kiplinger newsletters, a US large cap (S&P 500) market decline of 10-20% occurs on average about once per year as...

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

January 2017 Newsletter This newsletter covers a number of topics, some of which may be important to you. Please call us if you have any questions. How diversification helps and hurts your investment returns We are often asked a...

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 2015 - The “robo” world includes portfolio models often at low pricing such as .25% per year. A low cost portfolio allocation may fit many situations. However, financial issues interlace with your investments and may require an...