As we have discussed in previous blog posts, we are in an historically long bull market. The current market recovery started roughly March of 2009 and now continues into a 98th month. Given that the average bull market lasts somewhere around 48-60 months, this one is well above the norm for length. Does this mean that a bear market is imminent? Not really.
For the first couple of months of 2017, the market’s “Trump Rally” continues and it seems as if all major market indexes reach new highs on virtually a daily basis. What is somewhat surprising is that we have continued robust market growth, but without the volatility that usually comes along with a growth spurt of this magnitude.
With income tax filing season rapidly approaching, now is the time to take stock of planning opportunities that are still available to minimize the tax bite come April 15th. When preparing for your tax return, make sure not to miss certain itemized deductions that may be available but aren’t as publicized.
It’s almost a given that we are now living longer lives. The typical 65-year-old today can expect to live well into his or her mid 80’s and a couple can expect to have at least one person live into their 90’s.[i] What this means is that a retired couple must prepare for a 30 plus year retirement so we must carefully plan to make our finances last for as long as we do.
Health Care Costs –
The Storm Cloud Hanging Over Your Retirement
Part 2 - Understanding Long Term Care Needs