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The FAI Team
Five Things to Consider Before Retirement

You have been looking forward to this day for years but now that it’s finally drawing near, you’re feeling apprehensive. There are loose ends and preparing for retirement is feeling more like a burden than an approaching vacation.

Mary Thompson
How to Avoid Becoming Financially Squashed in the Sandwhich Generation

One of the greatest stressors in life can happen when you become responsible for caring for an aging parent while still supporting your own children.  The Sandwich Generation is defined by the Pew Research Center as adults who have a living parent age 65 or older and are either raising a child under age 18 or supporting an adult child.  71% of the members of this generation are age 40-59.

The Hidden Value of Wealth Managers
The Hidden Value of Wealth Managers

Choosing a financial advisor to help navigate the maze of financial decisions you need to make over your lifetime can be a daunting task.  Financial advisors have many different designations, titles, and service offerings, which can make finding the right advisor difficult.  A wealth manager can be a great choice.

Curtis Gross
Market Bulletin

To our FAI clients,

The current market volatility has some investors concerned, so we thought we would highlight a few points from our recent research that you might find constructive.

Your Heirs Will Lose Money If You Don't Take These Steps Now
Your Heirs Will Lose Money If You Don't Take These Steps Now

If your spouse and or other heirs cannot quickly figure out your financial affairs after you pass away or become incapacitated, you won't just leave them frustrated you might leave them with less money. Accounts and other assets could be overlooked ... and financial penalties could be incurred, such as those for not taking required distributions from tax-deferred retirement accounts.

Curtis Gross
FAI's Year End Review & Investment Outlook
In the year just ended, the world's securities markets were unkind to most asset classes.
 
U.S. Stocks

U.S. stock prices wandered indecisively between - 3% and +3% during the first half of 2015 making very little progress in either direction. The market turned drastically more negative in August (see the S&P 500 chart below) as currency & economic weakness in China weighed on stocks. An October rally boosted the index back to barely positive... then drifted to the remainder of the year to a -0.7% price return.

Things: We Don't Want!
Things: We Don't Want!

It’s the holiday season, and that means giving is on the minds of many. For some, it’s an opportunity to give to their favorite causes while potentially gaining some tax benefits. However, the FAI team thought it might be fun to change gears a little and talk about gifting on a personal level. Many of us are struggling to come up with ideas for gifts to family and friends during this time of year. Upon hearing the story of a friend who distributed a list of charities in lieu of a traditional wedding registry, the team suggested an article on the younger generation’s perspective on gifts.

Donor-Advised Funds
Donor-Advised Funds

Establishing a donor-advised fund can be an effective vehicle for your charitable dollars while allowing you to delay the decision making process until you have more time to determine which charities you would like to be the beneficiaries of your charitable dollars.

The Hardest Conversation
The Hardest Conversation

It all started with a conversation. Early Retiree told his father August, “Dad, your sister Joy wrecked her car.” August was headed to the mailbox and stopped and turned, “What happened?” Early continued, “It seems she ran the car alongside a lamppost in a parking lot, and the car has a large scrape down the length of the passenger side.”

The FAI Team
Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA)

If you are eligible for Medicare Part B and Part D while still earning a high income, you may be subject to the Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount, or IRMAA, added to your premium.