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  • Fund Fees Are Moving Towards Zero

    by Doug Carey | Oct 22, 2018
    In August, Fidelity announced that it was launching a couple of index funds that would be free to invest in--that is, their expense ratios would be 0%. Between Fidelity Zero Total Market Index (FZROX) and Fidelity Zero International Index (FZILX) funds, you get globe-spanning passive equity investments with no fees attached.
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  • How The Tax Code Impacts Your Retirement

    by Doug Carey | Oct 02, 2018
    The recent tax law and changes to the tax code was pretty dramatic in terms of how it impacts most taxpayers. Not only did federal tax rates go down across the board, but the law regarding tax deductions changed a lot as well. Many people who used to itemize the taxes now will simply use the standard deduction of $12,000 per person, which is double what it used to be.
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  • Don't Assume Rosy Returns Forever In Your Retirement Plan

    by Doug Carey | Sep 13, 2018
    This example shows just how important stock returns are to a retirement plan. The power of compounding cannot be underestimated when we are talking about long periods of time. On the flip side, one should not underestimate what a long period of stock market stagnation can do to a portfolio either.
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  • Where You Live In Retirement Matters

    by Doug Carey | Sep 06, 2018
    Because the cost of living varies so much across the country, retirement savings will go a lot farther in some places than in others.
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  • Americans Are Not Saving Enough For Retirement

    by Doug Carey | Aug 28, 2018
    The savings picture for Americans continues to look grim. Although the average American household has over $175,000 saved, this figure is skewed by the very wealthy in this country. The median savings number is much important and it tells a different story.
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