Understanding the Gift Tax

Most of us will never face taxes related to money or assets we give away. “How can I avoid the federal gift tax?” If this question is on your mind, you aren’t alone. The good news is that few taxpayers or estates will ever have to pay it.            Misconceptions surround … Continued

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Which Financial Documents Should You Keep On File?

… and for how long? You might be surprised how many people have financial documents scattered all over the house – on the kitchen table, underneath old newspapers, in the hall closet, in the basement. If this describes your financial “filing system,” you may have a tough time keeping tabs on your financial life. Organization … Continued

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Getting (Mentally) Prepared to Retire

Even those who have saved millions must prepare for a lifestyle adjustment. A successful retirement is not merely measured in financial terms. Even those who retire with small fortunes can face boredom or depression and the fear of drawing down their savings too fast. How can new retirees try to calm these worries? Two factors … Continued

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The Real Cost of College

It may not be what you think.   How much will your family end up paying for college? Your household’s income may have less influence than you think – and some private colleges may be cheaper than you assume. Private schools sometimes extend the best aid offers. Yes – it is true that the more … Continued

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Will You Be Prepared When the Market Cools Off?

Markets have cycles, and at some point, the major indices will descend. We have seen a tremendous rally on Wall Street, nearly nine months long, with the S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, and Dow Jones Industrial Average repeatedly settling at all-time peaks. Investors are delighted by what they have witnessed. Have they become irrationally exuberant? The … Continued

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One Couple, Two Different Retirements?

After many years together, some retired spouses may find their daily routines far apart. When you see online ads or TV commercials about retirement planning, do they ever show baby boomer couples arguing? No. After all, retirement planning is about the pursuit of a happy outcome – a fun and emotionally rewarding “second act” that … Continued

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Having the Money Talk with Your Children

Some young adults manage to acquire a fair amount of financial literacy. In the classroom or the workplace, they learn a great deal about financial principles. Others lack such knowledge and learn money lessons by paying, to reference William Blake, “the price of experience.” Broadly speaking, how much financial literacy do young people have today? … Continued

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Damon D. Walker Attends Cambridge Premier Club 2017

Distinction earns recognition at Cambridge Premier Club 2017 in Vancouver Cedar Rapids, IA – June 20, 2017 – Damon D. Walker, an independent financial advisor with Premier Investments of Iowa, Inc. has been recognized at Cambridge’s Premier Club 2017. This recognition was announced by Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. (Cambridge). Being recognized for Cambridge’s Premier Club … Continued

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Building an Emergency Fund

Everyone should aim to have a cash reserve. We all would love to have a little extra cash on hand for emergencies. Saving up that cash can be a challenge – but with a little effort, that challenge can be met.   Imagine a 30-year-old couple with no real savings. Let’s call them Kurt and … Continued

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Have a Plan, Not Just a Stock Portfolio

Diversification still matters. One day, this bull market will end. In the first quarter of 2017, the bull market seemed unstoppable. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared past 20,000 and closed at all-time highs on 12 consecutive trading days. The Nasdaq Composite gained almost 10% in three months.1 An eight-year-old bull market is rare. This … Continued

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