True Wealth Values - Live with a Spirit of Gratitude

Posted by John Creekmur, MBA, CFP® on 1:00 PM on March 24, 2021

Human nature is so interesting! I love to watch people, and I love to see their reactions as they are going through life. When they’re at Walmart (that’s interesting!) Out grocery shopping. With family. As you observe people in various situations you see all types of emotions and reactions.

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Topics: Build True Wealth, Investing, From John's Desk

Should I manage my own investment portfolio?

Posted by Creekmur Staff on 9:00 AM on March 11, 2021

We live in a "do it yourself" world. There are television networks and countless websites dedicated to learning how to "DIY" tasks that previously one would pay to have done for them.  

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Topics: Investing, Investments and risk

True Wealth Values - Know What's Important to You!

Posted by John Creekmur, MBA, CFP® on 9:00 AM on February 3, 2021

Over the years I often receive questions from people who want my “great insight” about investing and financial matters. When someone finds out that I work in wealth management, they usually ask for my best “hot tip” – and to that I want to reply,

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Topics: Build True Wealth, Investing, From John's Desk

End-of-the-Year Money Moves

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 12:00 PM on December 11, 2020

Here are some things you might consider before saying goodbye to 2020.

What has changed for you in 2020? For many, this year has been as complicated as learning a new dance. Did you start a new job or leave a job behind? That’s one step. Did you retire? There’s another step. Did you start a family? That’s practically a pirouette. If notable changes occurred in your personal or professional life, then you may want to review your finances before this year ends and 2021 begins. Proving that you have all of the right moves in 2020 might put you in a better position to tango with 2021.

Even if your 2020 has been relatively uneventful, the end of the year is still a good time to get cracking and see where you can manage your overall personal finances.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, Tax Benefits

Speed Bumps & Headlines

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 6:30 AM on November 26, 2020

Focus on your overall approach during times of short-term volatility.

As an investor, it can be tempting to get caught up in daily news headlines. Consider how news about the election and COVID-19 vaccines have moved the markets over the past several weeks. But having a financial strategy can help you ignore short-term volatility and focus on your long-term vision.

As you know, investing is a process based on your goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance. Interestingly enough, it’s also a process that may help you prepare for life’s financial challenges.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, Investments and risk, market volatility

How do Presidential Elections Impact the Stock Market?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 9:00 AM on November 2, 2020

Over the past months much has been said about how the presidential election might impact the stock market. Although we can't predict what will happen in this unexpected year, we can learn a lot from history.

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Topics: Tolerating Risk with Investments, Investing, Retirement, impact of presidential elections

Why Roth IRA Conversions May Now Be Advantageous

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 10:42 AM on September 17, 2020

Thanks to a couple of factors, some investors are thinking about this move before 2020 ends.

Roth IRAs have attracted retirement savers since their introduction in 1998. They offer the potential for tax-free retirement income, provided Internal Revenue Service rules are followed.

Do Roth IRAs seem even more attractive these days? Perhaps. You can cite two factors: current tax rates and the passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act.

Roth IRAs differ from traditional IRAs. Typically, distributions from traditional IRAs must start once you reach age 72, and the money distributed is taxed as ordinary income. When distributions are taken before age 59½, 

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Topics: Investing, Retirement, Roth Conversions, Roth IRA

Dow 30 Changes Its Starting Lineup

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 2:41 PM on September 10, 2020

What you should know about the change.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the most widely followed stock market indices, has made some key changes to its starting lineup.

Salesforce.com, Amgen Inc., and Honeywell International Inc. have replaced Exxon Mobil Corp., Pfizer Inc., and Raytheon Technologies Corp. The change went into effect before the market opened on Monday, August 31.1

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Topics: Investing, Retirement, Stock Market

What Are Stock Splits?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 10:15 AM on August 20, 2020

Here’s what you need to know.

Two high-profile companies—Apple and Tesla—have announced stock splits in the past few weeks, which makes it a great time to discuss what’s involved when a company announces a stock split.

Remember, any companies mentioned are for illustrative purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Any investment should be consistent with your objectives, timeframe, and risk tolerance.

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Topics: Investing, Stocks

How Much Money Will You Need for Retirement?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 7:15 AM on August 13, 2020

It depends on your goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance..

"Will I outlive my retirement money?" That's one of the top fears for people who are starting to prepare for their retirement years.

So I have to chuckle a bit when I see headlines that say, "Here's how much money Americans think they need to retire comfortably."1

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, Retirement

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