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2021 Is Halfway Over: How to Conduct a Mid-Year Financial Checkup

Summer is finally in full swing, meaning we’re already about halfway through 2021. After a year like no other, we’re all excited to enjoy the warm weather with friends and family. If you have some time over the coming weeks, take a moment to slow down and check up on your financial wellbeing. Here are six things you can do right away to make sure your goals are being met and your finances are in good shape before heading into the second half of 2021.

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Should You Incorporate Your Business? Weigh These Pros & Cons First

If you’ve been considering incorporating your business in Canada, it’s important that you consider the pros and cons first. You’ll also want to make sure that if you do decide to incorporate your business, you’re choosing the right time to do so. Below are several important factors regarding incorporation that could affect your future liability, tax obligations and ability to transfer your business.

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Survey Says: 80% of Americans Lack Retirement Planning Knowledge. Here's What to Start Doing Differently Right Now

You work your entire life and save diligently in order to enjoy your retirement. It sounds simple, enough, but the realities of preparing for retirement can be much more complicated and overwhelming for some people. In fact, a recent survey found that 80 percent of Americans have expressed anxiety that they have not saved enough to be financially independent in retirement.1 If you’re concerned about your own prospects for retirement, here are six things to start doing differently right now.

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Should You Be Utilizing Donor-Advised Funds in 2021? These 4 Tax Benefits May Help Make Up Your Mind

Donor-advised funds, or DAFs, allow families and individuals to make tax-advantaged donations to charitable organizations. Similar to other investment accounts, a DAF allows donors to contribute assets to be donated to charitable organizations. The IRS requires such funds to be operated by 501(c)(3) organizations, or what the IRS deems “sponsoring organizations.”1

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62, 70 or Somewhere In Between? It's Time to Answer the Question Once and For All: When Should I Claim Social Security?

Deciding when to begin claiming your Social Security benefits will depend on several factors, such as your personal health and financial standings. It's true that waiting to access benefits will increase your monthly payments down the road. But, full access will depend on your birth date and some may need to access benefits sooner. To help you better navigate this issue, below we’re examining the variables that could impact when you decide to begin claiming your Social Security benefits

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Understanding Inflation in 2021: What Investors Need to Know

Following a year of economic instability, it appears that many of us are turning our attention to something that’s been around for decades, but has recently piqued national interest - inflation. In fact, a recent study found that people are Googling the word “inflation” at a rapid rate, with a peak not seen since 2008.1 Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, six major stimulus bills totaling around $5.3 trillion have passed. With these efforts to alleviate pandemic-fueled financial strife, are inflation levels being impacted?

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A Federal Wealth Tax Has Been Introduced in the Senate. Here's What Affluent Families Need to Know

Several U.S. senators have proposed new legislation in an effort to raise $3 trillion in tax revenue over the next decade.1 Called the Ultra-Millionaire Tax, this new proposed legislation comes in direct response to the economic turmoil Americans have experienced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Elizabeth Warren described the necessity for such revenue saying, “As Congress develops additional plans to help our economy, the wealth tax should be at the top of the list to help pay for these plans because of the huge amounts of revenue it would generate.”1

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You've Been Told Owning a Home Is Better (Financially) Than Renting. But Is That True For Everybody?

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions that you will make in adulthood and for many people, this may be seen as a part of the “American Dream.” While it can feel good to own something rather than rent, it’s not for everybody and can come with costs and limitations. If you’re having a hard time deciding which option is best for you, consider the pros and cons of owning a home versus renting.

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