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A U.S. Treasury Bond That Yields 7%? Really? YES.

A U.S. Treasury Bond That Yields 7%? Really? YES.
A U.S. Treasury Bond That Yields 7%? Really? YES.   Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC   Much has been written about inflation this year – and no doubt, you have also read an article or two about inflation’s silver lining, t...
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IRA Deadlines Are Approaching

IRA Deadlines Are Approaching
IRA Deadlines Are Approaching Here is what you need to know. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC   Financially, many of us associate the spring with taxes – but we should also associate December with important IRA deadlines. ...
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Outlook for 2022

Outlook for 2022
Outlook for 2022 It’s a new year, full of new possibilities for what may lie ahead. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC    By any measure, 2021 was a strong year for investors. But what’s in store for 2022? From our perspecti...
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The Power of the Consumer

The Power of the Consumer
  The Power of the Consumer In recent months, consumer confidence has been falling. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC   A confident consumer can be a powerful ally in any economy. But when the consumer starts to have qu...
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2022 Contribution Limits

2022 Contribution Limits
2022 Contribution Limits 
Is it time to contribute more? Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC   Preparing for retirement just got a little more financial wiggle room. This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced new...
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Is Inflation Peaking?


Is Inflation Peaking?

Is Inflation Peaking? 
One lesser-known indicator is called the Baltic Dry Index. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC   You see it in prices at the grocery store and the gas station. You feel it in your monthly budget. So why...
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End-of-the-Year Money Moves

End-of-the-Year Money Moves
End-of-the-Year Money Moves  Here are some things you might consider before saying goodbye to 2021. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC.   What has changed for you in 2021? For some, this year has been as complicated as learn...
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Cash Alternatives for Charitable Giving

Cash Alternatives for Charitable Giving
Cash Alternatives for Charitable Giving Thinking about donating? Think of these choices. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC.   The year is winding down, and you may be thinking of giving. In fact, you may want to explore the...
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Wise Decisions with Retirement in Mind

Wise Decisions with Retirement in Mind
Wise Decisions with Retirement in Mind Certain financial & lifestyle choices may lead you toward a better future. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC.   Some retirees succeed at realizing the life they want; others don’t. Fat...
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The Social Security Administration Announces 2022 COLA

The Social Security Administration Announces 2022 COLA
The Social Security Administration Announces 2022 COLA 
5.9% is the biggest COLA increase in decades. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC.   On October 13, 2021, the Social Security Administration (SSA) officially announced t...
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2022 Financial To-Do List


2022 Financial To-Do List

2022 Financial To-Do List
 Things you can do for your future as the year unfolds. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC.   What financial, business, or life priorities do you need to address for the coming year? Now is an excel...
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Are Your Taxes Going to Change?

Are Your Taxes Going to Change?
Are Your Taxes Going to Change? Wise investors take the “big picture” view. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC.   Most likely, you’ve heard what’s brewing in Washington, D.C., called by one of these names.   The Buil...
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The Underutilized Benefits of a Health Savings Account

The Underutilized Benefits of a Health Savings Account
The Underutilized Benefits of a Health Savings Account Tax benefits and new contribution limits. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC.   Healthcare can be one of the priciest yet essential parts of life’s journey. And yet, man...
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The Best, the Brightest, and Inflation

The Best, the Brightest, and Inflation
The Best, the Brightest, and Inflation The Fed may be ready to alter course. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC.   If you are feeling a bit confused about the direction of inflation, you’re in good company. Some of the best ...
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Fed Rescues September

Fed Rescues September
Fed Rescues September Bond purchases may end entirely by the middle of 2022. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC.   A funny thing happened in the investment markets the other day. September was living up to its reputation as ...
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401(k) Millionaires

401(k) Millionaires
401(k) Millionaires What does this mean for your overall retirement strategy? Provided by American Financial Advisors   Your workplace retirement account can play a critical role in your overall retirement strategy. However, some have...
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How U.S. Savings Bonds Work

How U.S. Savings Bonds Work
How U.S. Savings Bonds Work How to keep track of your savings bonds’ maturity dates. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC.   Did you buy U.S. Savings Bonds decades ago? Or did your parents or grandparents purchase them for you...
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Mixed Signals on Inflation

Mixed Signals on Inflation
Mixed Signals on Inflation What to know as markets look forward. Provided by American Financial Advisors, LLC.   Are you having a tough time keeping track of inflation's mixed signals? You’re not alone.   Consumer prices in Ju...
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The Wall of Worry

The Wall of Worry
The Wall of Worry You've got plenty of choices these days. Provided by American Financial Advisors   Have you ever heard the Wall Street expression, "markets climb a wall of worry?"   It's the idea that financial markets are c...
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Ways To Fund Special Needs Trusts

Ways To Fund Special Needs Trusts
Ways to Fund Special Needs Trusts A look at the different choices & strategies. Provided by American Financial Associates   If you have a child with special needs, a trust may be a financial priority. There are many crucial goods and ...
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Distracted America

Distracted America
Distracted America Consumer habits are changing as we spend more time at home. Provided by American Financial Advisors   Over the last year, many have seen their lives impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ways in which we work, live...
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A 6.1% Bump in Social Security?

A 6.1% Bump in Social Security?
A 6.1% Bump in Social Security? 
COLA and Social Security. Provided by American Financial Advisors   The news keeps getting better for Social Security recipients.   It's now projected that benefits will increase 6.1% in 2022, ...
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A Roaring Start to Earnings Season

A Roaring Start to Earnings Season
A Roaring Start to Earnings Season Favorable forecasts lead analysts to raise their projections for the year ahead. Provided by American Financial Advisors   Corporate earnings season has begun, and the results are turning heads on Wa...
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FAFSA Simplification Act

FAFSA Simplification Act
FAFSA Simplification Act Learn about how legislative changes can help you finance your loved one’s education. Provided by American Financial Advisors    As a parent or grandparent, you know firsthand the challenges of funding a child’...
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Insurance When You Marry After 40

Insurance When You Marry After 40
Insurance When You Marry After 40 With people marrying later in life these days, coverage has become even more important. Provided by American Financial Advisors   When you marry, you buy life insurance. Right? You buy it out of consi...
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Economic Lessons from Used-Car Inflation

Economic Lessons from Used-Car Inflation
Economic Lessons from Used-Car Inflation Various factors drive used car prices. Provided by American Financial Advisors   Inflation is defined as the general upward price movement of goods and services in an economy. The key word is “...
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The Cryptocurrency Conundrum

The Cryptocurrency Conundrum
The Cryptocurrency Conundrum It’s more important than ever to be aware of your risk tolerance. Provided by American Financial Advisors   Recently, you may have seen a number of major cryptocurrencies fall thanks to a continuing sell-o...
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Summer Travel is Back!

Summer Travel is Back!
Summer Travel is Back! Summer travel stats show an industry in recovery. Provided by American Financial Advisors   One of the most anticipated comebacks of 2021 isn’t an athlete, rock star, or movie franchise. It’s summer travel, and ...
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College Funding Choices

College Funding Choices
College Funding Choices  Explore the different ways you can help finance the costs of higher education. Provided by American Financial Advisors   How can you help cover your child’s future college costs? Saving early (and often) may b...
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Inflation Outlook for 2021

Inflation Outlook for 2021
Inflation Outlook for 2021 Is the Fed ahead or behind in its monetary policy regarding inflation? Provided by American Financial Advisors   As our nation continues to recover from the effects of COVID-19, one economic trend has been c...
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The Fed’s Taper Rehearsal

The Fed’s Taper Rehearsal
The Fed’s Taper Rehearsal The talk is of tapering, and it’s making investors nervous. Provided by American Financial Advisors   The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released the minutes of its April meeting last week. The report s...
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Inflation Can Be a Scary Word

Inflation Can Be a Scary Word
Inflation Can Be a Scary Word There are compelling reasons to adopt a wait-and-see approach. Provided by American Financial Advisors   Inflation can be a scary word for people who are retired. It’s code for “prices are going up, but m...
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What Forces Are Driving the Housing Market?

What Forces Are Driving the Housing Market?
What Forces Are Driving the Housing Market? Many hopeful homebuyers are having issues securing a home. Provided by American Financial Advisors   Recently, you may have seen reports that a record-low number of homes are available for s...
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Debate Starts on Capital Gains Tax

Debate Starts on Capital Gains Tax
Debate Starts on Capital Gains Tax What to expect and why. Provided by American Financial Advisors    Now and again, the price action on Wall Street can surprise even the most seasoned investors.   Look no further than when Pr...
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Patrick Viglotti Completes Advanced Virtual Training from America’s IRA Experts at Ed Slott and Company, LLC

Patrick Viglotti Completes Advanced Virtual Training from  America’s IRA Experts at Ed Slott and Company, LLC
Patrick Viglotti, Adviser and Member of American Financial Advisors, LLC completed his semiannual training with America’s IRA Experts at Ed Slott and Company, LLC by participating in a virtual workshop April 29-30, 2021. The invite-only workshop was ...
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Investor Sentiment Is Shifting

Investor Sentiment Is Shifting
Investor Sentiment Is Shifting This year, markets have experienced an odd phenomenon. Provided by American Financial Advisors   A recent survey shows that 63% of investors are more interested in protecting their financial assets and p...
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2021 Retirement Confidence Survey

2021 Retirement Confidence Survey
2021 Retirement Confidence Survey A deep dive into workers' expectations in retirement versus actual income sources. Provided by American Financial Advisors   Will your retirement dreams match your reality?   That's perhaps th...
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Guarding Against Identity Theft

Guarding Against Identity Theft
Guarding Against Identity Theft Take steps so criminals won’t take vital information from you. Provided by American Financial Advisors    America is enduring a data breach problem. As many workers traded in the office for remote work,...
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Qualified Charitable Distributions

Qualified Charitable Distributions
Qualified Charitable Distributions A choice for I.R.A. owners who want to reduce taxes linked to I.R.A. distributions. Provided by American Financial Advisors   Do you have an I.R.A.? As you enter your 70s, you may start to look at th...
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The American Rescue Plan Makes FSAs a Little More Flexible

The American Rescue Plan Makes FSAs a Little More Flexible
The American Rescue Plan Makes FSAs a Little More Flexible The act boosts the amount that companies can allow workers to deposit. Provided by American Financial Advisors   For those with a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA...
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Investing During Periods of Inflation

Investing During Periods of Inflation
Investing During Periods of Inflation What does inflation mean for your investments? Provided by American Financial Advisors   In August of 2020, the Fed announced that it is willing to allow inflation to run higher than normal in ord...
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It’s All About Bonds

It’s All About Bonds
It’s All About Bonds Long bond yields may increase for several reasons. Provided by American Financial Advisors   There’s an old Wall Street maxim that says, “markets climb a wall of worry.” And these days, there’s plenty to worry abo...
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Tax Efficiency in Retirement

Tax Efficiency in Retirement
Tax Efficiency in Retirement What role should taxes play in your investment decisions? Provided by American Financial Advisors      Will you pay higher taxes in retirement? Do you have a 401(k) or a traditional IRA? If so, you will re...
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The New Inherited I.R.A. Rules

The New Inherited I.R.A. Rules
The New Inherited I.R.A. Rules Do you know what has changed for I.R.A. beneficiaries? Provided by American Financial Advisors   New inherited I.R.A. rules took effect on January 1, 2020. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement E...
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The Shadow of Inflation

The Shadow of Inflation
The Shadow of Inflation How could recent legislation impact the economy? Provided by American Financial Advisors   We are sure you’ve heard that the House recently passed the Senate another round of stimulus to try and counteract the ...
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Economic Predictions: What Lies Ahead?

Economic Predictions: What Lies Ahead?
Economic Predictions: What Lies Ahead? Here’s what the financial forecast may have in store. Provided by American Financial Advisors   It can be easy to overlook the nation’s solid economic fundamentals when the financial media splash...
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Oil Prices on the Move

Oil Prices on the Move
Oil Prices on the Move What to know about the recent rally. Provided by American Financial Advisors   At this time last year, it was still unknown that a deadly global pandemic was on the rise, eventually stalling economic growth and ...
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Will Updated I.R.S. Tables Create an Opportunity for Retirees?

Will Updated I.R.S. Tables Create an Opportunity for Retirees?
Will Updated I.R.S. Tables Create an Opportunity for Retirees? Life expectancy table updated for the first time since 2002. Provided by American Financial Advisors   If you are retired and have reached your seventies, you may have the...
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Earnings Season Gets Underway

Earnings Season Gets Underway
Earnings Season Gets Underway Quarterly financial reports are here. Provided by American Financial Advisors   Every few months, you may hear the phrase “earnings season” as you listen to financial news.   But what exactly is “...
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Tax Filing Season Is a Little Later This Year

Tax Filing Season Is a Little Later This Year
Tax Filing Season Is a Little Later This Year What to know and dates to remember Provided by American Financial Advisors   Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) announced that tax season will start a little later than usual....
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