I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Volatility

By Adam Oerther, CFP® As most of you know, the stock market was quite volatile in 2018, particularly in the last quarter. For some of you, this volatility may have invoked feelings of worry or nervousness over the future of the market; others may have felt indifferent about it, as the stock market is known …

Previous Employer Retirement Plans [401(k), 403(b), Etc.] – What Do You Do With Them?

by Adam Oerther, CFP® One employee benefit companies often use to attract and retain talent in the workforce is access to a retirement plan, such as a 401(k), 403(b), or SIMPLE IRA plan. These types of plans allow you to make pre-tax contributions, which not only lower your taxable income for the year but also …

Tax Planning for 2018

by Sean Guldi, CFP® It is all over the news – Congress and the Trump administration are busy attempting to enact a large-scale overhaul of the tax code. Uncertainty abounds with respect to the details, and there is still a chance the overhaul does not make its way through both the House and the Senate …

What is Bitcoin? Should I Invest?

by Adam Oerther, CFP® If you watch or read the news on an even semi-regular basis, chances are you have come across the term Bitcoin at least once or twice. Considering the price of Bitcoin has skyrocketed this year, with the year-to-date return at over 1000% as of December 8th, it’s no wonder the mass …

Investing vs. Trading – What is the Difference?

by Adam Oerther, CFP® When people find out someone works in investments, that person receives a number of reactions: “So, when is the next correction coming?” “Which stocks should I buy right now?” “How will [some political situation] affect the stock market?” These questions are interesting, not because they are silly or unreasonable (who wouldn’t …

A Personal Solution to a National Problem

It is no secret that college students today are graduating with unprecedented levels of student loan debt. According to Forbes, the total student loan debt currently sits at just over $1.3 trillion, with the average student from the Class of 2016 holding $37,172 of that debt. With no clear signs of tuition rates stabilizing in …

A Word from the Investment Department: Should I Own Company Stock?

Many companies as part of their retirement plan options allow for employees to buy company stock, whether through their 401(k) plan, and Employee Stock Options Plan (ESOP), stock options, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), or through restricted stock units (RSUs). While this can be an attractive way to “invest in what you know” there are …

A Word from the Investment Department: Control What You Can

“What do you think about the election? Who do you think will win, Trump or Clinton? How will the election affect my investments?” We have been hearing these questions more frequently from our clients and prospective clients over the past few months. While the media is paid to bring your attention to the short-term whims …

When Should I Change My Asset Allocation?

One of the most important decisions any investor makes is what their asset allocation should be. B&C Financial Advisors works with our clients to arrive at the appropriate asset allocation based on their circumstances and goals. We are often faced with the question from clients of whether to change their asset allocation and, if so, …

Tax Loss Carryforwards

This time of year, most everyone is busy preparing and filing their tax returns. While this is a painful process for some people, B&C Financial Advisors does our best to manage taxable gains in our clients’ taxable portfolios. When you invest money wisely, you are likely to create capital gains and income. Capital gains and …