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Economic Update December 2017

  Contact us to learn more… Subscribe to be notified when a new article is posted. JST Investment Consulting does not provide tax or legal advice. The information presented here is not specific to any individual’s personal circumstances. To the extent that this material concerns tax matters, it is not intended or written to be…

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Has the Business Cycle Peaked?

As the recovery lengthens further, this is a natural question to ask.  This decade has brought a long economic rebound to many parts of America. As 2017 ebbs into 2018, some of the statistics regarding this comeback are truly impressive: *Payrolls have grown, month after month, for more than seven years. *The jobless rate is…

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Are You Fully Covered?

Take a moment to see if you are adequately protected. Not all home insurance policies are alike. Coverage amounts obviously vary, and so do coverage areas. Taking ten minutes to scrutinize what your policy does (and does not) cover is a wise idea. Tricia London with Alandale Insurance Co. in Los Alamitos states, “Insurance companies…

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Your Trust May Not Be A Wealth Transfer Strategy

Basic estate planning documents may not communicate your intentions to effectively transfer wealth. There are three degrees of estate planning: advanced, basic, and none at all. Basic is better than none, but elementary estate planning can still leave something to be desired. While appropriate documents may be in place, they may not be able to…

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You Know Real Estate. Do you know REITs?

These alternative investments let you own real estate without having to be a landlord.  What is a REIT? A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a real estate investment company that manages a portfolio of income properties, distributing the lion’s share of its profits as dividends. By getting into a REIT, you can gain an…

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Life Insurance with Long Term Care Benefits

Are they worthwhile alternatives to traditional Long Term Care policies?  The price of long-term care insurance has really gone up. If you are a baby boomer and you have kept your eye on it for a few years, chances are you have noticed this. Last year, the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) noted…

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Are You At Risk of an Audit?

Risk is low, unless you show the I.R.S. some conspicuous “red flags” on your return. AUDIT Fewer than 1% of Americans have their federal taxes audited. The percentage has declined recently due to Internal Revenue Service budget cuts. In 2016, just 0.7% of individual returns were audited (1 of every 143). That compares to 1.1%…

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One Couple, Two Different Retirements?

After many years together, some retired spouses may find their daily routines far apart. When you see online ads or TV commercials about retirement planning, do they ever show baby boomer couples arguing? No. After all, retirement planning is about the pursuit of a happy outcome – a fun and emotionally rewarding “second act” that…

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Stay Invested, Ignore the Noise

Expect more volatility, but avoid letting the headlines alter your plans. Recent headlines have disturbed what was an unusually calm stock market. The political uproar in Washington may continue for weeks or months, and it could mean significant, ongoing turbulence for Wall Street. As an investor, a retirement saver, how much will this turmoil matter…

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Financial Empowerment

Too few Americans understand personal finance fundamentals. literacy If only money came with instructions. If it did, the route toward wealth would be clear and direct. Unfortunately, many people have inadequate financial knowledge, and for them, the path is more obscure. Are most people clueless about financial matters? That depends on what gauge you want…

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