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Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting a Financial Advisor.

Choosing a financial advisor is a big decision. In fact, the decision could determine your financial trajectory for years to come. Here, APO Financial gives you five common mistakes people make when engaging a financial advisor.  When it comes to money management (and life in general)  having a plan can make all the difference. A …

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APO FINANCIAL SECURE Act 2.0

Will the SECURE Act 2.0 Affect Me?

The Secure Act 2.0 will affect your retirement, but how? Is it just another mindless sequel? Let’s take a deeper look. The House of Representatives passed a package of retirement reforms called Secure Act 2.0 by a vote of 414 to 5—it now heads for the Senate. The bill follows in the footsteps of the …

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The History and the Future of Money

We’ve come a long way from trading pelts and seashells as currency, and there have been many changes to how we produce and use currency between then and now. The value of currency and inflation affect us all, as we’ve seen recently at the gas pump and the grocery store. Here’s what we can learn …

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3 Major Retirement Expenses to Include in Your Budget

General retirement planning advice says that you’ll need about 80% of your pre-retirement income in retirement, but this may not be the case for everyone. Inflation, taxes, and long-term care costs are easily overlooked – but these expenses could be high. When creating your retirement budget, don’t forget to include these three expenses. Taxes: How …

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Rising Interest Rates and High Inflation – How Will You Respond?

The Federal Reserve voted to raise interest rates for the first time since 2018 and has several more rate hikes planned for this year.[1] Rising interest rates can have significant effects on the economy and your finances. Between a volatile market, high inflation, and rising interest rates, know how you’ll respond. The Federal Reserve Raising …

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3 Important Tax Questions to Answer This Year

As we approach Tax Day, you may be gathering your important documents and preparing to file or file for an extension. Once you have everything sorted out, it’s important to consider how your tax situation could change as you near and enter retirement. Here are three important tax questions to answer this year. Why May …

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Estimating Your Tax Burden in Retirement

Taxes could be one of your biggest expenses in retirement. But once you have an estimate for your tax burden in retirement, you can consider ways to minimize it. The first step towards creating a tax minimization strategy in retirement is looking at how your different sources of income will be taxed. Pensions If you …

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Why We Could See More Inflation and Market Volatility

As we saw during the COVID-19 pandemic, what happens somewhere halfway around the world can have a major impact on us. Now, the global economy faces new threats as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including spiking energy prices, inflation, and a volatile market. Know how you could be affected and what strategies you …

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Three Birthday Milestones That Could Change Your Tax Situation

When we think of milestone birthdays, we often think of ones that are already behind us – like 18 and 30. But there are plenty of important birthdays ahead of you, especially as you near and enter retirement. Starting at age 50, several birthdays are critical to acknowledge because they can have implications for your …

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Will Your Savings Last for the Rest of Your Life?

Once you’ve saved enough for retirement, the question becomes how you’ll make your savings last for the rest of your life. Higher costs make this difficult, and we’ve been seeing higher costs as a result of inflation for some months. It’s important to know how inflation can erode your savings over time and how to …

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Tax Day Will Be Here Before You Know It

Tax Day is April 18th this year, due to the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington D.C. on the 15th. This is a good time of year to review your finances and think about your long-term tax strategy. Tax Day will be here before you know it, so know these important tax terms and start thinking …

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Don’t Forget About Your Tax Bill

Before you know it, Tax Day will be here, so it’s best to start getting ready now. Beyond your tax bill this year, don’t forget about your tax bill in the future, even in retirement. Taxes don’t stop when you stop receiving a paycheck, and they could be one of your biggest expenses in retirement. …

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