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Frazier Allen: Are your estate and financial plans shock-proof?

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Retirement is a time to enjoy family, hobbies, travel, volunteering, and maybe even taking a job that sounds fun and keeps you active. You may be in great health today and can’t imagine a time when you wouldn’t be able to do all the things you’ve dreamed about.

While we all hope to live independently throughout retirement and plan to take care of ourselves, it’s still wise to put contingency plans into place, to shock-proof our financial and estate plans just in case.

Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.”

Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.”

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of August 21st, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The FOMC minutes (from the July 26th-27th policy meeting) showed that officials were divided on the timing of the next rate hike. Some felt that the labor market had already tightened enough and that the Fed risked generating financial excesses by keeping rates so low for so long.

Others felt that there was plenty of time to wait for more information and that it would be harder to correct course if the Fed moved too rapidly. Among voting FOMC members, the hawkish view (those wanting to raise rates sooner rather than later) appeared to be a minority.

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Frazier Allen: Where Your Retirement Money Goes

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – As you consider a long, happy retirement, give some thought to the largest aspects of your budget.

Where your money actually goes may surprise you.

Wealth alone cannot buy a quality retirement any more than it can buy happiness – but having a solid financial foundation can make those years more enjoyable.

Where Your Retirement Money Goes

Where Your Retirement Money Goes

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of August 14th, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The economic data remained consistent with moderate economic growth and low inflation. Retail sales figures for July disappointed, coming in below expectations (but partly offset by upward revisions to June).

Preliminary productivity figures for the second quarter were weak (averaging a 0.5% annual rate over the last five years). Jobless claims remained very low. The Producer Price Index fell more than expected and pipeline pressures remained mild or slightly deflationary.

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of August 7th, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee left short-term interest rates unchanged. In its policy statement, the FOMC noted that “on balance, payrolls and other labor market indicators point to some increase in labor utilization in recent months.”

More importantly, “near-term risks to the economic outlook have diminished.” Kansas City Fed President Esther George dissented in favor of raising the federal funds target range by 25 basis points (to 0.50% to 0.75%).

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Frazier Allen: Charitable Perks and Generosity to Spare

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – It’s a fact: People love to get something for free, whether they need it or not. Often those freebies pile up or sit unused.

For example, nearly 75% of airline miles go unredeemed every year, according to Consumer Reports, and a third of credit card rewards points gather digital dust, representing $16 billion in value, a 2011 study by Colloquy shows. What if you could turn those free perks into a charitable gift instead?

Here are several ways to turn your excess into meaningful extras for your favorite charities.

Airline miles, rewards points – even your birthday can be donated.

Airline miles, rewards points – even your birthday can be donated.

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of July 24th, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The economic data calendar was thin and reports were of little consequence for the markets. As expected, the European Central Bank left short-term interest rates unchanged and did not alter its asset purchase plans.

ECB President Draghi indicated that policymakers were encouraged by the financial stability following the initial reaction to the Brexit vote. He also said that more information will become available over time and the ECB would act using all possible tools “if needed.”

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of July 19th, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The economic data were generally on the strong side of expectations. Retail sales rose 0.6% in June (median forecast: +0.2%), but figures for April and May were revised down (still a strong quarter).

Industrial production rose 0.6%, but that largely reflected a rebound in auto output (which had fallen in May). Ex-autos, manufacturing output was flat (-0.2% y/y, consistent with a soft patch, not a recession).

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Frazier Allen: 20 Financial Things Couples Should Know

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – More than 40% of couples recently unveiled that they don’t know how much their partner earns. And 1 in 10 couldn’t guess within a $25,000 margin of error.

These couples, who share their lives together, have no idea what their total household income is. Yet, the majority of those same couples claim they regularly have open conversations about their finances. There’s a disconnect somewhere.

The Couples Retirement Study by Fidelity Investments revealed that many couples could stand to dive a little deeper when it comes to their joint financial lives.

Having a solid understanding of your financial status is crucial to planning, budgeting and saving toward your goals.

Having a solid understanding of your financial status is crucial to planning, budgeting and saving toward your goals.

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Frazier Allen: Your Retirement Plan B

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Imagine this. You’ve spent decades working, saving and planning for your version of the ideal retirement.

But life decides to throw a little kink into your plans. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is now strongly encouraging you to take an early retirement – five years before you’re ready.

Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected.

Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected.

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