John B. Nowak, CFP®, CPWA®, CPA
There have been 7,900 data breaches confirmed by media sources and government agencies since 2005. The Equifax hack was one of the largest and included the most valuable personal information to date. Securing your identity and finances is an important step for today’s financially responsible individual. A good security strategy includes assessing, protecting, and monitoring your personal information.
The slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On” was created by the British government in June 1939 as a way to raise morale before World War II. While the stakes are much different, investors may need similar moral support today after citizens of the United Kingdom unexpectedly voted in favor of exiting the European Union last week.
One of the most common sentiments I hear today when it comes to investing is that of frustration with the markets. After all, the global stock market index is at the same level as it was two years ago (April 2014 to April 2016), but with a lot of ups and downs. I understand and join you in frustration! Two years can seem like a long time to wait for the reward of investing with a disciplined and diversified plan. However, two years is not very long when we speak of “long-term investing”. So how long is “long-term” anyway?
In October 2015, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 which included the “Closure of Unintended Loopholes” provision. This provision eliminates two Social Security retirement benefit claiming strategies available to married couples. Effective April 29th, couples will no longer be able to “file-and-suspend” a worker benefit while collecting a spousal retirement benefit. People ages 66 to 69 have less than two weeks to be grandfathered in with the old file-and-suspend claiming rules.