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Stocks Dropped For Second Straight Week Amid Strengthening Economic Reports
Despite political upheaval in Washington, D.C. and a decline in stock prices for the second week in a row, the economy showed strength last week. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index, a barometer of America's promise, suffered its second consecutive weekly decline, closing at 2425.55. But the decline for the week was less than 1% and Friday's close was only about 2.5% off the all-time high close of 2480.91, reached on August 7, and it came as economic data continued to suggest the 96-month old expansion and bull market was continuing to gain strength.... more >


17 Year-End Moves That Can Preserve Your Tax Benefits
Barring any tax legislation that takes effect this year, your best overall tax strategy in 2017 is much as it would be in any year: to postpone receiving income that will be highly taxed and increasing deductions to offset current income. The less income you realize, the lower your bill. In that vein, here are 17 smart year-end tax moves to consider.... more >


Finding The Balance For Retirement Draw-Downs
Victor and Jane Muratti, a computer analyst and schoolteacher married for more than 30 years, are nearing retirement. Over the years, they have accumulated a mosaic of investments, including stocks, corporate and municipal bonds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), annuities, real estate, and master limited partnerships (MLPs). Some of these investments are in taxable accounts while others are in tax-deferred retirement plans and traditional and Roth IRAs.... more >