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Monday, August 19, 2019

In our last post, we discussed the opportunities and challenges unique to 1031 exchanges. We learned that while the 1031 exchange is a powerful planning tool, it’s limited by IRS rules. Specifically, the requirements around the...

 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Normally I’m very positive in everything I talk about, and that’s primarily because there’s so much good to discuss. For instance, we’ve had 3-percent gross domestic product growth, low inflation, low interest...

 

Monday, August 5, 2019

So far in this series we’ve discussed the basic parts of Medicare and “Medigap” supplement plans. Now let’s dive deeper into “Medicare Advantage” plans, which package Medicare Parts A and B with...

 

Monday, July 22, 2019

When you enroll in Medicare, you receive healthcare benefits, but what if they aren’t enough? Well, there are a couple ways you can supplement Medicare coverage, bridging the divide between basic coverage and what you really need...

 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Cornerstone Financial Services is in constant pursuit of investment opportunities, using data to inform decisions that we hope ultimately result in healthy capital gains. And right now, our opinion is that the world may be at the edge...

 

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Monday, July 8, 2019

In our last post on 1031 exchanges, we explained what they are and how they deliver a unique tax deferral benefit for real estate investors or selling business owners with real estate. But like any financial tool or strategy, there are...

 

Monday, July 1, 2019

At Cornerstone Financial Services, we talk a lot about eliminating the noise from the financial media (especially bad news), and instead being data-driven to find real opportunities. To drive that home further, let’s be clear...

 

Monday, June 24, 2019

At Cornerstone, we’re no strangers to helping retirees and those close to retirement handle many aspects of their financial lives. That undoubtedly includes medical costs, which are often higher as age increases. That’s why...

 

Monday, June 17, 2019

In our last series on real estate investing, we covered the basics, including how real estate offers unique income and estate tax opportunities. But as we know, one of the potential downfalls of real estate investing is directly owning...

 

Monday, June 10, 2019

There has been a bit of a recent pullback in the stock market, which history (and recent earnings reports) has shown can be a great opportunity for investors. Let’s start with earnings. This last earnings season brought some...

 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Recent volatility in the market can be attributed to the trade negotiations between China and the U.S. hitting an impasse. It’s gotten to the point where each country has announced new tariffs on the other, which potentially...

 

Monday, May 27, 2019

When it comes to the need for long-term care (LTC), there are basically three choices: Ignore it Self-fund or self-insure it Leverage existing assets for funding Which one are you doing right now? If you’re like most Americans,...

 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Let’s talk about oil. The U.S. benchmark for crude oil – the West Texas Intermediate crude oil index (WTI) – hit a high point at the end of the first quarter in 2014 at $107.26 per barrel, and a low point in February...

 

Monday, May 13, 2019

The ongoing trade debate between China and the U.S. is losing its steam following the early 2019 Chinese economic rebound (6.4 percent gross domestic product growth in the first quarter). It was a higher-than-expected result and made...

 

Monday, May 6, 2019

The stock market hitting an all-time high made us at Cornerstone Financial Services think of how far things have come in a decade. To refresh your memory, let’s journey back in time to the first half of 2009, where things are...

 

Monday, April 22, 2019

In our previous post in this series, we looked at why you would consider investing in real estate and the ways it can be done. Now we’ll examine one of those ways in more detail – direct investing. Invest Carefully and...

 

Monday, April 15, 2019

The sentiment for the third and fourth quarters of 2019 is that earnings will recover from the trough we experienced in the first quarter of the year. Data firm FactSet analyzed investment analyst reports and determined there is a...

 

Monday, April 8, 2019

In our last post, we discussed how Americans are more vulnerable than ever when it comes to protecting themselves and their families with life insurance. Today, we’ll dive more into the types of life insurance available and the...

 

Monday, April 1, 2019

In an abrupt and surprising change in policy, the Federal Reserve announced last month that there will be no interest rate hikes in 2019, and perhaps only one in 2020. It was widely believed the Fed would increase the Federal Funds...

 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Some folks continue to focus on the negatives in the financial sector. However, we at Cornerstone Financial Services think there’s much to praise about it. The recovery from the 2009 crisis is clearly ongoing; however, the job...

 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Last time we looked at real estate as an investment option relative to other types of investments. Now it’s time for a simple real estate investing question – do you want to do the dirty work of property ownership, or would...

 

Monday, March 11, 2019

The stock market at the end of 2018 was a dumping ground. But 2019 has seen a huge turnaround, so far. Let’s take a look into the valuations and key growth sectors driving the good performance. Valuations Price-to-earnings (P/E)...

 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Based on our experience at Cornerstone Financial Services, most people think long-term care (LTC) is confusing and a subject to be avoided. But it doesn’t have to be. When you boil it down, the basics of LTC are rather simple. In...

 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Last month we discussed how rising interest rates hurt traditional fixed income strategies. While bond performance may be lacking, it doesn’t mean lower-volatility investment instruments shouldn’t exist in a portfolio. From...

 

Monday, February 18, 2019

One of the greatest benefits of a financial plan is it provides a clear signal in a world full of noise. This is particularly true in times of market volatility. A bumpy ride can bring emotion into the mix – and that can be...

 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Most Americans don’t have enough life insurance. Many have none at all. And every one of these folks are subjecting their families and their assets to substantial risk. To dive deeper into the American life insurance coverage gap...

 

Monday, February 4, 2019

At Cornerstone Financial Services, we use a “panoramic planning” methodology that manages both risk and assets. In our opinion, risk isn’t discussed enough in general, especially since it’s such a big variable...

 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

A constant topic of discussion at Cornerstone Financial Services is investment diversification. Most people think that means some mix of stocks and bonds. But there are other alternatives available for investors to reach their goals....

 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Over the years, Cornerstone Financial Services spoke often with clients about the effects of interest rates on traditional fixed income. We’re continuing that practice because everything still holds true in 2019. In this post...

 

Friday, January 25, 2019

The next big recession is supposed to hit in 2019. People in the media have been echoing this sentiment for a while. But I’m here to tell you, according to the hard data, that’s simply incorrect. We might not have a...

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

According to pundits, 2019 either has recession written all over it, or it will be a great year. Not to discredit pundits and their accolades, but it’s important to realize headline news often has an underlying agenda. Plus, fear...