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Maximizing Your 401(k)

There has been a great deal written about the retirement opportunities provided by an informed and intelligent approach to your 401(k).  However, given the importance of effectively managing your 401(k), a fresh look can’t hurt. A recent article in USA TODAY presented 7 useful steps towards making the most of your 401(k), as summarized below. […]

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Is Your Estate Plan Complete?

Aretha Franklin’s wasn’t.  Prince’s wasn’t.  Pablo Picasso’s wasn’t. When you die and have not listed beneficiaries for your assets or titled your assets in the name of a trust, the courts in your state determine where your assets go. Many people don’t realize that a will does not avoid probate.  A will simply informs the […]

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Financial Exploitation

Experts agree that financial exploitation of older people is a problem that is growing as America ages, and that it is significantly underreported.  While some high-profile examples have been widely reported, financial exploitation tends to be a hidden crime and, within families, victims don’t want to prosecute. AARP recently published an article by John Rosengren […]

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Should Retirement Be An Age or Financial Decision?

Historically, investors have tended to plan and save for retirement with a specific age in mind, often 65.  An age based strategy used to make sense as, in many cases, it was driven by the timing of pension benefits and the start of Medicare and full Social Security eligibility. Now that defined benefit pension plans […]

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Living to 100

It is beginning to appear that life expectancy approaching 100 years may be a realistic premise.  This raises some key questions, of which perhaps the most important is, “can you afford to live to 100?” We are all probably familiar with the quote, “if I’d known I was going to live this long, I would […]

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Increasing Transparency: How Communication Leads to Portfolio Efficacy

It is hard to come to terms with one’s own mortality.  In an ideal world, everyone would live to be 100 years old and die peacefully in their sleep. Unfortunately, life surprises us with many unpleasant things.  At Sigma, we try to prepare our clients for the future.  However, we are only as good as […]

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