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20 Second Advisor: Investing Tip for the Next Decade: Diversify

When looking back on the past decade, most investors realized favorable returns. It’s easy to have hindsight bias and wish you had invested in the absolute best performing asset class(es). For example, you might look back and wish you had over-weighted investments in the US technology sector. However, in the earlier decade (2000-2009), US technology…

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20 Second Advisor: 2020 contribution limits

The IRS has announced contribution and benefit limits for 2020. Here is a summary of the updated limits 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and Thrift Savings Plan: contribution limit is increased from $19,000 to $19,500. Catch-up contributions: for employees aged 50 and over who participate in these plans is increased from $6,000 to $6,500. SIMPLE…

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20 Second Advisor: 2020 Retirement Contributions

Now is a great time to plan for 2020. How much will you save towards retirement in 2020? Do you know how much you should be saving? Here are the maximum amounts you can save into the most commonly used retirement plans in 2020: 401k Pre-tax or ROTH – $19,500 (increased from $19,000) 401k Catch-up…

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20 Second Advisor: Important Update at TD Ameritrade; Two award-winning firms come together

As you may have heard in the news, Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade have reached an agreement for Schwab to acquire TD Ameritrade. Most all of the Verisail clients have their assets custodied at TD Ameritrade. After the merger, the combined company will retain the Schwab name, and will reflect the best that each legacy…

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20 Second Advisor: Your Time

Kind of related to the last blog post which challenged us to think about the long term purpose of our money, I challenge you to think about your TIME this holiday season. How are you spending your time each day? Are you allocating it to the things that are most dear and important to you?…

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20 Second Advisor: Why Am I Doing This?

We work with a lot of business owners. At some point, they always ask “why am I doing this and what am I going to do when it’s done?” Usually, they are asking this about their business, but these questions carry over into our broader financial lives. It’s important to think through the long term…

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20 Second Advisor: An Overlooked Topic

When it comes to financial planning, I find that a topic that’s often overlooked is generosity. People who have a plan to share some of their hard earned money with others are more fulfilled and satisfied. I believe we all have an inherent desire to help others. We can express this by sharing our time…

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20 Second Advisor: Don’t waste your vacation days

A new study revealed that while Americans are earning more vacation days, they’re not using them. The study showed that around 150 million Americans collectively left an estimated 768 million days unused last year, up 9% from the year before. Most people cited cost as the top reason. Others cited the fact it was “too…

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20 Second Advisor: Trading Stocks Just Got A Lot Cheaper.

This week Charles Schwab announced that they will no longer charge for online trading of stocks, ETFs, and options. Prior to the announcement, Schwab was charging $4.95 per trade. Just this morning, TD Ameritrade also announced that they will cease charging customers trading commissions for online trades of stocks, ETFs, and options (see the official…

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