Aug
22

Market Week: August 22, 2011 The Markets Equities managed to erase the previous week's losses, only to see those gains vanish once again over the rest of the week on discouraging economic reports. Domestic equities saw t... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on August 22nd, 2011


Aug
22

Market Volatility and Your EmotionsWhen dealing with a volatile market, sometimes the most difficult challenge is to manage your emotions. If you decide you need to re-examine your game plan, it should be done with as much care as you put into develo... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on August 22nd, 2011


Aug
12

Ask the Experts: What is Aid and Attendance? Aid and Attendance (A&A) is a monthly benefit paid to qualifying veterans and their surviving spouses who need the aid of another person to help them with activities of routine daily living. It is ... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on August 12th, 2011


Aug
12

Deciphering Health Savings Vehicles Health savings accounts (HSAs), Archer medical savings accounts (MSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), and flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) are all personal health accounts that may help you co... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on August 12th, 2011


Aug
12

Getting an Early Start on Saving for Retirement Many people assume they can hold off saving for retirement and make up the difference later. But this can be a costly mistake. Waiting too long to start saving can make it very difficult to catch u... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on August 12th, 2011


Aug
12

Talking to Your Child about College Expectations If you're the parent of a high school student who's looking ahead to college, it's important to have a grown-up conversation with your child about college expectatio... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on August 12th, 2011


Aug
10

A Credit Check-up Many Americans want to obtain and maintain good credit, but may struggle with past mistakes that may have affected their credit score. Still others may have been a victim of identity theft and some may not even know they’v... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on August 10th, 2011


Aug
5

The Budget Control Act of 2011 After a last-minute agreement finally brought the stalemate over the nation's debt ceiling to a close, President Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 into law on August 2, 2011, enabling the U.S. Treasury to avoi... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on August 5th, 2011


Jul
5

Congratulations to all recent college graduates! It's time to jump into the next stage of life. One of the best gifts a graduate can receive is some good financial advice to get him or her started on the right track. Repaying student loans Acc... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on July 5th, 2011


Jun
20

The summer travel season is almost upon us. While you look forward to lazing on the beach, visiting the theme parks, and enjoying ice cream cones, also consider ways to fit some business in to your trips. The idea is to take advantage of tax deduct... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on June 20th, 2011


May
14

February may be best known as the month when Cupid takes center stage and early March for when the lion comes roaring in, but this time of year is also ideal for getting your tax documentation in order. Documentation Ensure that you have all of the... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on May 14th, 2011


May
14

Spring has sprung, and now is a great time to clean up your finances. Even if you recently reviewed your finances as you prepared for tax season, there still may be some items that could use attention. The following list touches on five commonly neg... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on May 14th, 2011


May
14

As adults, we know to protect our social security number (SSN) with our lives, but are you watching your child's SSN? Kids make attractive targets for identity thieves because they have no previous credit history. Moreover, the crime could go un... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on May 14th, 2011


Feb
22

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 was signed into law on December 17, 2010. Here’s a quick guide to the key provisions: Individual income tax rates: Rates stay at 2010 levels for 2011 and 2012 for... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on February 22nd, 2011


Feb
21

The New Year is upon us, and like many people, you've probably made—or thought about making—some resolutions. “Getting organized” is a common goal, but you may not have considered it in terms of your financial life. Though it's often overlook... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on February 21st, 2011


Feb
16

The Markets Heartened by generally positive earnings reports and some relief over Egypt's political climate, investors once again sent domestic equities up for the week. The small-cap Russell 2000 rallied strongly, while the Nasdaq was less than 2% a... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on February 16th, 2011


Feb
1

General Market News Most equity markets lost ground during the holiday-shortened week, with only one of the major domestic indices—the Dow Jones Industrial Average—posting a positive return. Speculation regarding implementation of policie... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on February 1st, 2011


Feb
1

On January 25, 2011, President Barack Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address. The tone of the speech-and the overall feel of the event itself-reflected some significant changes from years past. Much of the president's softer approach l... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on February 1st, 2011


Jan
7

It's hard to know when the economy will truly recover, although there are signs that things are headed in the right direction. But if you want your own finances to stabilize over the long term, you'll need to evaluate what you've been doing right...a... Read More

Posted on Hasslacher Blog on January 7th, 2011