Feature Articles: Individual Investment Management

Stocks in 2019

By Mathew Coyle

January 10, 2019Individual Investment Management

Stocks in 2019. It's important to be realistic about what the market will (and won't) yield following a multi-year rally in stocks.  

Big Gains?  Probably not - but...Various sectors, classes, and industries do not move in unison and this presents opportunities.  For the past decade, lower quality, high growth...

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Accessing Your 401(k) Funds Early

By Mathew Coyle

December 18, 2018Individual Investment Management

Accessing 401k Funds Early...Normally you aren't allowed to withdraw funds from a 401k or other retirement plan prior to age 59 & 1/2 without a 10% penalty in addition to taxes owed.  There is however, a notable exception to this rule if you are looking...

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The Hidden Rollover Tax

By Mathew Coyle

November 19, 2018Individual Investment Management

Avoid the IRS Rollover Trap! As 2018 rolls to a close, people across the country will "roll over" old IRA, 401k, and company plans....and accidentally cost themselves thousands of dollars in taxes.  What is a "rollover?"...When you move money from one company retirement plan or IRA into another company...

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Market Volatility Returns

By Mathew Coyle

October 08, 2018Individual Investment Management

With many portfolios flat or slightly down for the year, the 1st and 4th quarters have book-ended a volatile 2018 with 11% and 7% respective sell-offs in the broader market.  What's causing the volatility and is it normal historically? 

What's Causing It?...For most investors, 2018 has felt...

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Ignoring Social Security Doomsayers

By Mathew Coyle

September 03, 2018Individual Investment Management

Don't Be Fooled by Social Security Doomsayers. The program is healthier than you think - and its problems are much easier to fix than advertised.  Here are 3 facts about the program you need to know! Fact #1: The Fund & Costs

Despite headlines to the contrary,...

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Money & Travel - 7 Tips

By Mathew Coyle

August 10, 2018Individual Investment Management

With vacation season upon us, here is some advice and tips from this author's own experience on the road.  #1: Travel Insurance...A product sold - never purchased!  Customers don't know what they are buying and firms are fuzzy on what they cover.  Most high quality credit cards...

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Two Great Mortgage Myths

By Mathew Coyle

July 09, 2018Individual Investment Management

2 Great Mortgage Myths. Mortgages are a great tool for wealth building - as long as you understand what you are really getting! Myth #1:  Early payoff saves you interest cost. Here we must introduce a vital concept - "opportunity cost."   Simply put, opportunity cost is what I give...

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Why Social Security Matters

By Mathew Coyle

June 04, 2018Individual Investment Management

Why Social Security Matters. 6 Reasons to Preserve It! Social Security (or SSDI as the program is officially known) is an incredibly important tool to supplement retirement for the majority of Americans.  Here are 6 reasons to preserve it: 1.  It's not an "entitlement:" Despite its image as a hand...

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Investing as Rates Rise

By Mathew Coyle

May 01, 2018Individual Investment Management

Investing as Rates Rise. Do higher rates hurt stock values? 1.  What history tells us: 40% of the time in calendar years dating back to the 1920s, rates and stock values rose simultaneously. The belief that they cannot coexist is simply incorrect and not demonstrated by...

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Building an Ideal Portfolio

By Mathew Coyle

April 02, 2018Individual Investment Management

Building an Ideal Portfolio How do we pick investments? 1.  Understand the 5-10-20 Rule: Did you know that most advisors recommend their most expensive funds to individual investors?  There is only one reason for this - higher commissions to the broker.  As a fiduciary advisor, ACG recommends lower cost funds and products...

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Choppy Markets are Back - Now What?

By Mathew Coyle

March 01, 2018Individual Investment Management

Choppy markets are back - now what? When markets become volatile. 1.  Don't trade stock on margin. A record number of Americans are once again borrowing to invest in stocks.  While this strategy is nice on the upside (you only put up half the capital but enjoy the gains), it will savage...

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