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2023 Best Financial Planning Ideas

The beginning of a new year is always a great opportunity to step back and think more broadly about the planning issues you should be considering right now. Coming off a challenging year like 2022 with investment losses in almost all asset classes, inflation at record levels, a war in Ukraine, a new retirement tax law, and the upcoming sunset of tax changes just three years away, there is much to discuss.

AI vs Human Advice

In today's world, we're surrounded by an ever-increasing amount of information and advice, and it can be overwhelming to decide which advice to follow. As a result, people are turning to new sources of guidance, including artificial intelligence (AI) platforms like Chat GPT. These platforms use advanced algorithms to provide tailored advice and suggestions based on a wide range of data inputs. While AI advice has many benefits, it raises questions about the role of humans in decision-making and the reliability of machine-generated guidance. In this blog post, we'll explore the pros and cons of AI advice compared to human advice and why AI platforms like Chat GPT are becoming so popular right now.

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Life Lessons From Rio

We recently said goodbye to our Portuguese Water Dog, Rio. While we knew this day would eventually come, we hoped we would have more than 8 ½ years with him. We have had many great dogs in our family over the years, but none had the impact Rio did. As I think about all the great times we had with him, it fills me with joy that he touched so many lives in a meaningful way. Rio taught us all many “life lessons,” and I wanted to share a few with you.

SECURE Act 2.0 Finally Passes

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year and a half since I wrote about a proposed new retirement savings bill with significant bipartisan support. I mentioned in the article that Congress had its hands full, and it might get pushed off to 2022. However, I didn’t think it would take until late December when it was finally passed as the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023”. Many of the original provisions I discussed in that article made it into the final bill, with some edits and new items. Here’s a summary of the big changes that might impact you.

2022 Q4 Market Commentary: Surprises

The last few years have been full of surprises in the investment markets. In 2020, we had a global pandemic that shut down the entire world and sent markets into a massive drawdown for about a month. We then saw markets skyrocket back to new highs despite the ongoing pandemic. In 2021, speculative investments like cryptocurrencies, meme stocks, and SPACs all shot through the roof, and the overall market posted exceptional returns with very little volatility. Then 2022 came around, and the market euphoria since April 2020 came to a grinding halt.

Retirement Planning Beyond The Numbers

Webster's dictionary defines retirement as “a withdrawal from one’s position or occupation or from active working life.” For generations past, that was probably a pretty accurate description of retirement. You worked hard, often for one company, got your gold watch, retirement dinner, and your pension, and then lived a life of leisure (typically not for too many years after retirement). But today, our perspective on retirement has changed dramatically...