Healthcare, Blockchain, Quarterlies, and More.

Our financial planning clients know that one of the great concerns during financial independence (retirement) is the uncertainty regarding healthcare costs. In fact, for the past twenty years or so we have modeled healthcare costs using a 6% annual inflation rate, twice the general rate of 3%. I still recommend this, however, there is the possibility that new technologies can… Read more →

A Note About Inflation

A note about inflation. For quite a few years now, some experts have predicted great inflation due to the easy money policies of the Fed since the Great Recession. For example, Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s recently appointed Director of the National Economic Council said the following in response to a question during an interview published in Townhall.com on May 5,… Read more →

Quick Note: Two Things

“Advisers at Leading Discount Brokers Win Bonuses to Push Higher-Priced Products: At Fidelity, Schwab and TD Ameritrade, employees win extra pay and other incentives to put clients in products that are more lucrative for them, and the firm.”  The headline above appeared in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. Fidelity, Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Merrill Lynch, Edward Jones, and many of the household names… Read more →

2017 Investment Reports Are Posted

If you are an investment client of Financial Planning Associates, Inc., your preliminary 4th quarter reports have been posted in your secure web portal. In 2017 our clients’ investments increased in value by an aggregate average amount of +13.55%. The average increase in the 4th quarter was +3.10%. Final reports will replace the preliminary reports after December inflation information becomes… Read more →