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Keep Calm, It’s Only A Correction

After 20 months of relative calm, this volatility needs to be taken in stride. correction Are you upset by what is happening on Wall Street? It may help to see this pullback within a big-picture context. Corrections have become so rare as of late that when one occurs, emotion threatens to influence investment decisions. February…

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Using Your IRA to Buy Real Estate

Is this unorthodox investment idea underappreciated?   You can invest your IRA assets in different ways. Should you invest a portion of those assets in real estate?    At first thought, putting real estate into an IRA may seem like an off-the-wall idea. It is one you might want to consider, but you must be…

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Money Management Wisdom

Take these financial lessons to heart.  You have a chance to manage your money better than previous generations have. Some crucial financial steps may help you do just that. Live below your means and refrain from living on margin. How much do you save per month? Generations ago, Americans routinely saved 10% or more of…

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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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