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Facing large RMDs from your IRA?

Facing large RMDs from your IRA?

Oftentimes, we taxpayers focus too much on saving on taxes today, which can thrust us into higher tax brackets down the road.  The best way to optimize taxes over the long run might be to accelerate taxes in the short run. If you’re approaching 70.5 years of age,...

Quick lube financial advice

Quick lube financial advice

It’s been over a decade since I took my vehicle to one of those national quick lube franchises for an oil change.  Here’s how I remember my experience.  I arrived a minute before they opened.  Through the garage doors, I could see several guys talking and laughing....

Why own Equities?

Why own Equities?

The next several months, we will take a trip down Memory Lane by sharing articles—actually, white papers—authored by Pitt.  Next up is “Why own Equities?,” which went to print in November 2001.  Even though this paper is almost 18 years old, you will notice some...

You can’t snooze your baby

You can’t snooze your baby

“Have a child,” they said, “…it will be so joyous and magical.” Well, they weren’t wrong. Becoming a first time parent has been joyous and magical…and overwhelming and has made me feel like I have absolutely no clue what I’m doing, and what exactly did I just sign up...

Why Do I Like Par Bonds?

Why Do I Like Par Bonds?

The next several months, we will take a trip down Memory Lane by sharing articles—actually, white papers—authored by Pitt.  Next up is "Why Do I Like Par Bonds?,” which went to print in March 1989.  Even though this paper is 30 years old, you will notice some...

Sensationalism & The Small Investor

Sensationalism & The Small Investor

The next several months, we will take a trip down Memory Lane by sharing articles—actually, white papers—authored by Pitt.  The first is called “Sensationalism & The Small Investor,” which went to print in October 1988.  Even though this paper is 30 years old, you...

Lottery-winning advice

Lottery-winning advice

Congratulations!  You are one in 292 million.  When you first saw the winning numbers, you no doubt did a triple or quadruple take.  Maybe you rubbed your eyes as your heart began to race.  Maybe you got down on your knees and looked to the heavens, arms...

Flipping the switch

Flipping the switch

Last month, we received an email from a client who had just returned to the U.S. after an overseas trip.  She wanted to thank us for encouraging her to go and admitted, if we hadn’t nudged her, she would have missed out on the trip of a lifetime. Needing a nudge isn’t...

Four parallels between golf and investing

Four parallels between golf and investing

Looking to lower your handicap and raise your net worth?  The game of golf has many parallels to investing.  If you can master the four elements below, you’ll see a marked improvement not only on the golf course but also on your road to financial independence. Who’s...

My ‘SART’ goal

My ‘SART’ goal

Last October, I had lunch with a friend.  During our conversation, he asked me a question and I should have known the answer, but didn’t.  I confessed to him that the answer lived in my phone.  Then it hit me: I think my smartphone is making me dumber!* When I was a...

A good chance they will be around for a while

A good chance they will be around for a while

I can remember sitting next to a college friend of mine in a golf cart circa 2011 when we had a question on a golf ruling. Without hesitation, he pulled out his iPhone to look up the answer--which he found, of course, in a matter of seconds. At that time, even four...

Loss trading

Loss trading

In a recent devotional I read, the writer started with “Life is a series of battles and blessings, battles and blessings, battles and blessings, battles and blessings, battles and blessings…”.  He extended this out for a few more written lines, and the point he made...

Points and percentages

Points and percentages

December was a wild ride for the stock market.  CNBC, the financial infotainment network, was in heaven.  So many BREAKING NEWS opportunities!  Of the 21 trading days in December, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained or lost more than 250 points on 12 of these...

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