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Your Future Your Finances – TV

Here is the October episode of Your Future Your Finances.  PSG Advisor, Brian Kuhn first interviews Mr. Rob Brown of ForBookLoversOnly about making it as an author these days, and then Mr. Adrian Simmons on accounting methods to help your entrepreneurship.  If you...

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Social Security: 2019 Cost of Living Adjustment

COLA adjustment for 2019 will be 2.8% For the first time since 2012, Social Security’s Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will exceed 2%. And while some retirees are left wanting more, it is instructive to note that since 2010 the COLA’s have included: • 3 increases of...

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Market Insight – Pick Your Poison

Pick your poison for what has led to the quick US stock market sell-off: Rising interest rates, upcoming elections, increasing uncertainty concerning the potential trade war with China and the potential negative impact of bad news to corporate earnings. This sell-off...

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Business Succession Planning

Don't Procrastinate Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Deliverables, Business Relationships, Rent, Technology, Logistics, Benefits, Payroll. When you’re running a business, it’s easy to get hung up on the day-to-day activities and forget to plan for your future....

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Managing Financial Stress

There’s no question about it – stress contributes to poor mental and physical health. According to the American Psychological Society (APS) 2017 Stress Survey, 62% of Americans are stressed about money[1] and 65% are stressed about work. Oftentimes, financial stress...

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The Beginner’s Guide to Investing

For those getting started with investing, whether that’s investing in the stock market, a retirement plan through an employer, a house or investment property, or even investing further in yourself,  this article offers some beneficial perspective as you make financial...

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Retirement Plans and Fiduciary Liability

“A fiduciary duty is the highest standard of care. The person who has a fiduciary duty is called the fiduciary, and the person to whom he owes the duty, is typically referred to as the principal or the beneficiary. If an individual breaches the fiduciary duties, he or...

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Market Insight: Diversification Matters

“The beauty of diversification is it’s about as close as you can get to a free lunch in investing.” - Barry Ritholtz One of my favorite investment quotes – just not this year. With many asset classes in the red in 2018, frustrations are mounting. Aren’t fundamentals...

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Securing Your Wealth

Hire a Pro During a recent kitchen renovation in my home, I stood in my dining room as an electrician untangled a jumbled mess of electrical wiring. The dangling wires looked like spaghetti and I had absolutely no clue how to handle it. The electrician carefully...

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Early Retirement Fears!

Should I retire early? How do I pull the trigger? Am I ready? At the next cocktail party with your friends, tell them you are going to retire early. The reaction may run the gamut from jealousy to criticism. Next ask yourself if this doable. Some things to consider: •...

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Back to School – Back to Saving

ALL ABOUT 529 PLANS As the summer winds down and you prepare for the kids to go back to school, it’s a great time to set up or increase your funding in a 529 College Savings Plan.  What is a 529 College Savings Plan and how can it help you manage education costs while...

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Paint Night Fundraiser – Join Us!

PSG's Paint Night fundraiser is this Thursday, August 23rd at 6:00PM. Thank you to all who have signed up.  Can't wait to see you!   If you are still trying to decide what to do with your Thursday evening - we have a few seats available!  Come spend a couple hours...

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Do You Need Long Term Care Insurance?

The greatest fear people have about purchasing any kind of insurance is that they may pay for it and never even need it.   Long-Term Care Insurance is no different when it comes to this common anxiety.  After all, you are really only protecting yourself from a...

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Market Insight: Nuveen Meeting Highlights

Highlights of our Meeting with Nuveen Asset Management Fixed Income Strategy & Portfolio Manager Our investment team loves that we can discuss ideas with the brightest minds in the investment field. Last week, Doug Baker from Nuveen Asset Management visited our office...

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The Doctor Is In

EIGHT WAYS TO CHECK YOUR FINANCIAL WELLNESS When you think of “Financial Wellness,” what immediately comes to mind? While it may be as simple as making sure you can pay your bills, there are many avenues you must explore to ensure your current and future financial...

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Retirement Account Wake Up Call

As a Baby Boomer - What is your answer to these questions? Are you a Baby Boomer approaching retirement? How many retirement accounts do you have? To help answer that question, it may be helpful to review all the different companies you have worked for over your...

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A Senior Scam Review

ARE YOUR PARENTS 'SITTING DUCKS'? Are your parents elderly? Do they enjoy attention? Do they answer their phone?  If the answers to these questions are Yes, it is worth your time to review the following phone scams with your parents: • Caller claims to be a Medicare...

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Market Insight: Overseas Stocks

Not Time to Abandon the Strategy Pick your poison on what has caused the international stock markets to experience the current correction.  A rising dollar and increasing interest rates, combined with the tit-for-tat trade/tariff tantrum between the Trump...

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Adjustments to Federal Employee Benefits

Observations on OPM's Recommended Adjustments to Federal Employee Benefits For those who are employed or retired from the Federal Government, here is a link to the latest article that Brian Kuhn, Certified Financial Planner® at Planning Solutions Group had published...

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Your Future, Your Finances TV Show

Below is a link to the latest edition of the TV show, Your Future Your Finances, that PSG Financial Planner Brian Kuhn hosts on Laurel TV.  He interviews guests on a wide variety of topics related to personal finance, current events and health.  In this episode Brian...

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The Art of Financial Planning

Let’s paint a picture of your financial future.  What does it look like?  Will you be painting it yourself, or will you hire a professional to help you?  For many people, financial planning is not a one-stop shop.  Over time, you encounter different companies, several...

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Are You a Dreamer or a Dream-Builder?

Everyone has dreams. Some dreams are born while sitting in rush hour traffic; a passing thought that begins with “what if?” Dreams come in all shapes and sizes, especially those relating to wealth: (I want to stop living paycheck to paycheck, I want to run my own...

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Market Insight: Bank Deregulation is Coming

The bill to ease regulation on banks finally passed the House yesterday and will be signed into law by President Trump.  The new bill should reduce costs and open growth opportunities for regional banks.  Dodd-Frank imposed significant costs and regulations on any...

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Tips on Raising Money-Savvy Kids

Your child’s introduction to economics is often a piggy bank. It’s an easy tool to teach them about our national currency and the concept of saving. At every stage of childhood and even into adulthood, parents can educate their kids to build lifelong financial skills....

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Market Insight – Frustrated Investors

Record Earnings but Prices not Following US and international stock market action has left investors feeling frustrated.  Lots of volatility but prices are pretty much flat year to date.  If you pulled a Rip Van Winkle and woke up from a 4-month nap, you missed a lot...

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Umbrella Insurance Coverage

THE $11 MILLION DOLLAR MISTAKE: Do you have a personal liability or umbrella policy? If not, consider the following settlements reported by the Baron Insurance Group: • A babysitter left a 5-month-old infant unattended in a walker. The infant toppled the walker,...

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Emotional Side of Retirement

There’s a children’s book called, “Stan the Hot Dog Man.”(1)  It’s about a man who works at a bakery for his entire life. When it comes time to celebrate his retirement, he doesn’t wonder what he will do next because he already has a plan. He buys a hot dog truck and...

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Funding the Kids – A Retirement Mistake?

How do we get children to use their own resources to “truly fly on their own?” This is an important question, for those who want to keep their kids from “blowing up” their retirement, or for high net worth families who want to develop children that can lead...

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Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

"What now?"  Eight Ways to Handle Income from Required Minimum Distributions The other day, a client said to me, “When I opened my IRA, I remember you saying something about RMDs, but when I heard age 70 ½, I tuned out the rest. Well, 70 snuck up on me and now I need...

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Market Insight

Headlines Matter Again for Investors Recall our theme for 2018 has been “Making Volatility Great Again”.  The past two months certainly fit the bill.  How did we know?  It’s not too difficult when 2017 was the least volatile stock market on record.  The largest...

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Social Security Hack You Should Be Aware Of

Equifax Resurfacing -  Now, here is a story. This past year a CPA age 67 who decided to delay his Social Security benefit to age 70 received a letter congratulating him on initiating his Social Security benefits. When the CPA dug into the matter, he found out that a...

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2018 Five Star Award Winners

Planning Solutions Group is proud to announce that we have nine planners who are recipients of the 2018 Five Star Wealth Manager Award, as seen in the February issue of Baltimore Magazine.  We have several multi-year recipients, but also two advisors who are receiving...

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Market Insight: Our Thoughts on Market Volatility

For the first time in 18 months, stock markets are experiencing a correction.  In 2017, record low volatility dominated markets.  Not once was there a 3% pullback in US stocks.  This complacency has been replaced by panic over the past several trading days.  A popular...

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Rising Rates – Ignore the Noise

Over the last 25 years, there have been 8 periods where the 10-year treasury bond’s interest rate increased by more than 1%. Four of these periods have occurred in the last 10 years - rising rate periods are nothing new. There are many different type of bonds– just...

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Market Insight: A Happy New Year

Tax Reform to Ring in 2018 The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is headed to the President’s desk for signature.  This legislation has significant implications for businesses and individual taxpayers.   PSG Advisor, Steve Stern, summarizes the changes in the new law on our...

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The World Keeps Turning: Part 4 of a Series

Or, some year-end musings on market performance and what we do... While we are a planning firm helping clients accomplish their goals; retirement, college planning for children and grandchildren, protecting our client’s net worth, developing a sound legacy plan for an...

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ETF Investing

ETF investing is a little like stopping by your local bar on "Martini Mondays"...It’s fun, it’s cheap, and all your co-workers are doing it. When you add a menu of discounted automated advice offerings to the party it is easy to get carried away with the fun and...

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Market Insight

Checking in with Small Business It’s been a nearly a year since I last highlighted the optimism expressed by small business owners in the monthly survey by the NFIB Research Foundation. With policy uncertainty high and the feeling that our politicians aren’t...

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Create a Strategy NOW to Transfer Your Business

The vast majority of businesses are closely held small businesses. Unfortunately, less than one-third of these businesses will survive from the first to the second generation. While there are many reasons, three of the more common include family conflicts, hefty...

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New Planners Join PSG

Planning Solutions Group, LLC would like to welcome and introduce two new advisors to our firm’s growing family of advisors. Paul Miguel and Jared Knowles have joined PSG to advise High Net Worth clients and business owners. Paul Miguel is an Executive Vice President...

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The Holidays: An Opportunity for Family Meetings

Here we are in mid-October with Thanksgiving and the December Holiday season right around the corner. Time moves fast! But, these holidays offer us an opportunity as our families come together during the holiday season for family meetings! But, for planning purposes,...

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Take the Vacation

One perk of being a financial advisor is that of also getting to be a vacation sales consultant. I am not saying the vacation sales gig is easy but it is rewarding, and often necessary to help clients follow through on their retirement plans. I have been fortunate...

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Succession Planning for Today’s Auto Dealers

PSG’s Don Hannahs is partnering with DealersEdge in offering a free Live Webinar for Auto Dealers. Successful Succession Planning for Today’s Auto Dealers, on Thursday, October 5th at 1pm EST. The Live Webinar is free. As more and more auto dealers start looking to...

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The Skinny on Long Term Care

or  "Just the Facts, Ma'am" Joe Friday of Dragnet fame from the 1950’s has the misattributed catchphrase “Just the Facts, Ma’am” to his character on that long running show. So, let’s take this approach and consider the following key facts about Long Term Care: 70% of...

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New Look to PSG Dashboard

On August 22, you may have noticed updates to the PSG Dashboard and your personal financial management site. Life is busy, so we’re making it even easier to see the financial information that’s most important to you. Here’s what’s changing: • A modern and streamlined...

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Simplify Your Life Week – use PSG Family Office!

August 1st - 7th is National Simplify Your Life Week Just as Spring can be a great time for cleaning and decluttering, late Summer can be ideal to sit back and evaluate ways to simplify your life. It is a time when many relax on vacation and wonder what they can do to...

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Do You Have a Family Wealth Transfer Plan?

Is your family like the ostrich with its “head in the sand” when it comes to passing your estate to the next generation? I am afraid so when you consider the following statistics: 75% of affluent families say it’s important to leave an inheritance to the next...

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4 E-mails You Should Never Open

Phishing emails are the #1 way hackers circumvent firewalls, filters and anti-virus software, so it is critical that you know how to spot a threatening e-mail. #1.  The Authority E-mail Phishing e-mails that impersonate your bank, the IRS or some authority figure are...

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Financial Planning for Fido

Berger is our 2.5 year old rescue dog. We think he might be an Australian Kelpie Cattle Dog from the streets of West Virginia. When we first brought him home from the shelter last August he wouldn’t stop shaking in fear. It took him at least 6 months to finally come...

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Market Insight – FOMC Meeting

The FOMC meets over the next 2 days with a policy decision tomorrow. The markets are telling the Fed to raise – expectations in the futures market are pricing a 98% chance for a rate hike. This would be the 4th hike in the past 18 months.  Slowly the Fed is taking...

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MARKET INSIGHT – Politics and Investing

From the land of you can't make this stuff up... Since Trump became US President in January: Performance of Mexican stocks:  +27.55% Performance of Russian stocks: (9.97%) Lessons:  Do not let behavior influence your portfolio.  Do not mix politics and investing....

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As the World Turns, Part 3

THE WORLD IS TURNING, WHERE IS YOUR PORTFOLIO? In 2014, I started to talk about the bull market run in the US Stock market and that it only made sense that there was a future US stock market correction and asset class performance rotation on the horizon. I have...

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When You Should Rollover Your 401k/TSP

When You Should Rollover Your 401k/TSP into a Self-Directed IRA We suggested in a blog last month that there are five circumstances where leaving your employer sponsored retirement plan with your employer would be a better choice than taking a plan distribution.  This...

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When You Should NOT Rollover Your 401K

When you Should NOT Rollover Your 401k/TSP into a Self-Directed IRA Many advisers automatically suggest that at retirement everyone should exit their employer sponsored plan and immediately invest in a Rollover IRA (with the adviser’s firm).  Yes, you (or ultimately...

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Music to My Ears – Providing Peace of Mind

As the Chief Investment Officer, quite often I am invited to speak to individuals to provide market and economic updates.  One of the most enjoyable was to a group of female executives and retirees recently in Annapolis.  “Ladies Night Out” was organized by Peter...

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Beware Possible Phishing Scams

Please be aware that there has been a recent influx of malicious emails being sent from Google Docs. The email doesn’t look quite right, but anyone who clicks through arrives at a login screen that looks almost indistinguishable from the same screen you’d see if...

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Market Insight – Goodbye Tax Day

The annual rite of scrambling for information to complete your taxes is behind us.  Hopefully you have filed your taxes with the IRS or filed for an extension.  Since yesterday was the official “Tax Day”, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at where your...

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PSG Family Office

Is handling your family’s financial affairs taking time that could be better spent with your family, or enjoying a hobby or even building your professional resume?  Or possibly you could use assistance with the responsibility of managing your parents’ financial...

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National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 16th marks National Healthcare Decisions Day in the US. Recognition of this day aims at educating and encouraging everyone to be proactive about making decisions related to advance care planning. Advance care planning discussions are typically related to a...

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Market Insight – Making History

We have just lived through quite a historical market event! It is very rare to have a period with such low amounts of volatility in stock market prices. Yesterday, the US stock market (S&P 500) ended its streak at 64 for the number of days without a 1% intraday move....

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When Your Adult Children Surprise You

As I was titling this blog, I was first in a quandary to use the term children or adult children. My boys, or should I say young men, or men, are 28 and 24. They surprised me at our annual family meeting this year. We are in the fourth year of having this event as a...

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Market Insight – Warren Buffet Pearls

Last week, legendary investor Warren Buffett, appeared on CNBC.  Becky Quick, a reporter with CNBC, stated that the one question everyone asks when she meets with Buffet is, “What does he think about the stock market right now?”  Buffet’s reply was priceless.  I...

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Ignore the Bond Market Fear Mongers

On my drive into work, I heard a radio commercial from an investment expert warning investors that higher interest rates will be devastating to a bond or fixed income investor’s portfolio.  Obviously, he wanted listeners to call him right away.  I wanted to call and...

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Tax Help for Those Who Want to Save

It can be difficult for young people to save money and plan for their future retirement due to the many other competing financial choices that present themselves. A little known tax break can provide a big boost to low-income earners, such as young adult children. The...

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2017 Five Star Wealth Manager Award

It is with great pleasure that Planning Solutions Group (PSG) announces their planners that have been awarded the 2017 Five Star Wealth Manager Award, as recognized in Baltimore Magazine. The award acknowledges the quality services they provide for their clients. Our...

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Market Insight, courtesy Jon Giordani

Think back a year ago. Worries were many – China and Europe’s economic data, the collapse in energy prices, a possible US recession, etc. Global stocks had entered a bear market and many companies’ share prices were down 30% or more from their highs. A leading...

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How Much Are You Spending?

This is a question we ask of all our clients whether they are younger couples who are saving for college for their children and retirement, or high net worth folks who want to retire, travel, and gift to family and charity. It is a question we ask of all our clients...

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Creative Planning and The PSG Dashboard

Are you currently working with a financial planner who can evaluate your entire financial picture and identify all opportunities that might benefit your family?  Are you being educated on how your family can preserve the legacy you have worked so hard to create? For...

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Three Ways to Pay Down Your Student Loan Debt

Having student loan debt can seem overwhelming. The balances are large, the interest rates are not always low and the time frames feel endless. What may be most disheartening to student loan borrowers, is unlike other types of loans based on tangible assets like cars...

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Are Your Senior Parents Getting These Tax Breaks?

Do you help your aging parents with their finances and taxes? Are you taking advantage of all the qualified medical tax deduction opportunities for their situation? Some good questions to ask yourself and your parents are: Did you parents enter a Continuing Care...

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