The Navigoe Blog

Author: Eric Toya, CFP®

Social Security announces 2% inflation increase: what does it mean and how does it work?

Social Security has long been considered one leg of the “three-legged stool” of retirement planning. The other two being employer pensions and personal savings. However, employer pensions are quickly vanishing, and personal savings rates generally remain far too low to make up the difference. Of course, this amplifies the importance of Social Security as part…

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Choosing a Financial Advisor: What Questions Should You Ask?

Choosing a financial advisor can be a confusing and overwhelming, perhaps even intimidating process. The right advisor will serve as a partner to you and your family in keeping you on course to achieve your financial goals. The wrong one, on the other hand, could prove costly in time, money and robbing you of financial…

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Why the Dow Can’t Tell You How to Manage Your Portfolio

Whenever people refer to the “market,” I’m reminded of the line from “The Princess Bride”: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” It’s not just a question of semantics. An overly narrow view of what constitutes the market could lead to less than optimal investing and…

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Trump vs. Clinton: What the Election Means to Investors

If you’re like most people, you can’t wait for this presidential election to be over. Then your Facebook feed will finally go back to photos of kids, puppies and food. Until then, you get mudslinging. Every election year, we’re worn out by the bickering campaigns, the endless commercials and mailers and that crazy uncle who…

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Celebrate Your Financial Independence

July is the month that we gather with family and friends over barbecue and fireworks to celebrate our nation’s independence. This month, take a moment to consider your own financial independence. What is financial independence? Financial independence is a concept that means something different to everyone. To some, it is being able to buy a…

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Treat Investing Like a Marathon, Not a Sprint

After a volatile start to 2016, investors should be pleased to remember that investing is not a sprint, but instead it’s more like a marathon. A sprint race can be won or lost by how well runners respond to the starting gun and explode off of the blocks. Marathons, on the other hand, are probably…

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How do I withdraw from my 529 plan?

Every year, maybe every month, you diligently added to your child’s college savings in a 529 plan. Maybe Grandma and Grandpa kicked in some money to help out. It never seemed like enough — but then again, college seemed so far away. Hard to believe, but that time has come: time to send the little…

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Why are International Equities unhedged?

In 2014, the US dollar went on a tear. The currency strengthened versus all other major currencies, and not by a small amount. The US dollar gained 11.97% against the Euro, 5.92% against the British pound, 8.32% against the Australian dollar and 11.58% against the Japanese Yen. If you were a consumer of foreign products,…

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