Dollars & Sense, Page 3

Foreign Equities

November 29th, 2018

Global equity markets were jolted lower during a violent October filled with geopolitical risk, slowing growth, and questions surrounding rich valuations in the technology sector. Investors were left wondering, “How can I reduce volatility in my stock portfolio?” Enter foreign equities.


How to Donate Wisely and Avoid Charity Scams

November 26th, 2018

When you decide to support a cause you care about, you want your donation to count. Doing some research and planning your giving can help ensure your donations get where they’ll do good. Here are tips to help you plan your donation– and avoid scams.



Keeping Spending Under Control During the Holidays

November 26th, 2018

The holiday season is already upon us! Time seems to go by faster and faster, which can lead to panic during the holidays and overspending. We need to manage money well and not destroy the good money habits we have learned.


IRS Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

November 21st, 2018

To make it possible for voluntary retirement savings to keep up with inflation, the various numerical limits embedded within qualified retirement plans are indexed for inflation.


Making a Budget and Sticking To It

November 19th, 2018

Making and sticking to a budget is a key step to getting a handle on your debt and working towards your financial wellness goals.


The federal estate tax exemption doubled. Now what?

October 23rd, 2018

Put your beneficiaries first. The traditional “hot button” that has motivated people to see their lawyers about estate planning is taxation. Death taxes—inheritance taxes, estate taxes, federal taxes, state taxes—have taken a notorious toll on unplanned estates over the years. With sound planning, that burden can be lightened or even eliminated. In many cases, the tax savings easily cover the cost of the attorney’s fees for creating the estate plan.


Peak Cycle?

August 23rd, 2018

Economies and markets tend to behave much like cars accelerating or decelerating. Best pay attention when approaching red lights…


Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Awards $250K

August 20th, 2018

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBank Chicago) is pleased to announce $250,000 was granted through its Community First® Capacity-Building Grant Program to seven nonprofit lenders in Illinois and Wisconsin.


A New Kind of Long-term-Care Insurance

July 25th, 2018

More than 400,000 long-term-care insurance policies were sold in 1992, according to figures published by The Wall Street Journal. These are the policies that help seniors cover the costs of nursing home stays at the end of life. At least 400,000 additional policies were purchased each year in the subsequent ten years, peaking at about 750,000 in 2002. Then sales collapsed, and never again reached the 400,000 level. Last year, reportedly only 66,000 such policies were sold. The need for long-term-care insurance has never been greater. What happened to the market?