Inflation and Jurassic World

“Jurassic World,” just one of the summer’s major blockbusters, has been raking in the ticket sales. The fourth movie in the Jurassic franchise took just 13 days to reach $1 billion at the international box office, the quickest ever to do so (“The Avengers” took 14 days to reach that amount). The first weekend alone saw a […]

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A Reese Witherspoon Independence Day

Did you know that the Declaration of Independence doesn’t actually contain the words “declaration of independence?” Of course, if you read the document from start to finish you do get the idea pretty quickly. While it’s probably easiest to remember the flourishes of poetic inspiration like, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” we often […]

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Chrysler and American Pride

“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better” -Albert Camus Have you seen the new Chrysler 300 commercial? I saw it for the first time last night while watching The History Channel’s Texas Rising with Ryan. When the commercial was over we both paused, and then simultaneously said, “Wow, that’s a great message.” The commercial shows […]

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Buried Under: Managing Your Financial Papers

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans dispose of more than 250 million tons of trash each year, and recycle 82 million or so more. But no matter how much we throw away, we always seem to end up with a stack of paperwork somewhere in the house that just keeps growing. Am I Keeping […]

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OPM Hacked: What You Need To Know and What You Can Do

Last week, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that in April they found a data breach in their system from last year. OPM manages security clearances for most government agencies, as well as managing the Federal Civil Service. What Happened? According to OPM, the breach may have compromised the personal information of four […]

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Fees vs. Commissions

One of the most important lessons in life is learning who to trust. We feel lucky that almost all of the advisors we’ve met in the financial world are honest, hard-working folk. They are trying to earn a living while helping clients grow and protect their investments. However, within this framework, brokers each have their […]

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2015 is Halfway Gone

How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? Dr. Seuss Can you believe it? I’m shocked that June is here already, and that 2015 is already halfway over. It […]

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Be Fair to Yourself: How to Handle Financially Dependent Adult Children

It’s summer again here in Mid-Atlantic Maryland. The grass is lush green, flowers are blooming everywhere, and, most importantly for us, the air is much warmer. Some say humid, but hey, we like it. Being Fair Dear FedNav, I have two sons. One is doing very well, financially. The other married late, has a big […]

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Annuities Have Big Tax Advantages Over CD’s

The most important skill a financial planner brings to the table for their client is not knowledge, designations, or even experience. A planner’s most important asset is his or her ability to put down the pen and listen to each client’s wants, needs, anxieties, hopes, and dreams. It is only then that he or she can best […]

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The Roth TSP, Remember Me?

With all the talk about the TSP possibly opening up a mutual fund window and expanding withdrawal options, you may have forgotten that the also offers a Roth option, which began in 2012. The Roth TSP combines the after-tax (no upfront tax deduction) option with the existing benefits of the TSP, which are the universally renowned low administrative […]

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