7 Social Security Myths & Truths

VanceWealth Retirement

There’s so much at stake when it comes to determining your ideal retirement plan. How do you ensure you’re getting the most from your hard-earned Social Security benefits? Deciding when to file can be confusing enough, as you attempt to juggle the many variables that determine your optimal plan. Yet plenty of misinformation persists around this topic, making it even more difficult to navigate this complex decision. That’s when having someone on your side really makes the difference. Our clients …

Here’s Your Year-end Tax Planning Checklist

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While the holidays have us focused on gift lists, there’s another important one to keep in mind. Our year-end tax planning checklist, along with a little help from your tax planner, can make the difference between saving and paying.   Proactive financial experts know the months leading up to year-end are an ideal time to make final tax-saving moves, but this year, the need is greater than ever. “After this year’s substantial changes to the tax code, many strategies that …

Restoring Confidence: After the loss of a spouse the last thing you want to worry about is Money.

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The loss of a spouse is something we spend nearly our entire lives fearing, which also means we don’t typically spend a lot of time thinking — or planning — for this kind of event. But in a moment of devastating pain, having a plan gives you the confidence to focus on what really matters, rather than worrying about where the money will come from. “It’s our job to help you protect those who matter most, and that’s more than …

Vance Wealth Welcomes New Team Members

VanceWealth Team Update

At Vance Wealth, 2018 has marked a year of expansion and team growth. As we transition into a new building in Santa Clarita, we are also excited to have some new faces to help make the transition seamless and the services robust. While finding the best person for the job can be difficult for our tight-knit team, these two knocked it out of the park. Please join us in welcoming our new hires, Tara White and Jason Lane! Tara, our …

Volatility has reappeared, but don’t lose focus

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To begin the 4th Quarter, the equity markets have experienced some notable fluctuations – a sharp contrast from the steady upward climb we saw in 2017. Concerns about rising U.S. interest rates, trade disputes and the technology sector contributed to declines for all three major U.S. stock indices during this same period. The analysts at Raymond James agree the outlook for the economy remains positive, though volatility is likely here to stay for a while. “The near-term prospects for the …

Is now a good time to invest?

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Q: Is now a good time to invest?   Jerrod Ferguson: “The answer to this question always depends on one thing: When will you need to use the money? Once we know your time horizon and long term financial goals, we can determine how much risk you should take on those investments. If you’re going to be using the money for a very long-term goal like retirement, then yes, it’s likely a good time invest. If you need to spend …

Getting To Know Your Team: Meet Robin Strauss

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Vance Wealth Team Member Spotlight Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Robin Strauss has been bringing laughter and an East Coast flair to our Santa Clarita office ever since she started. As Vance Wealth’s Client Services Associate, she serves nearly everyone throughout the year, and she’s the first line of contact whenever a client is in need, a role Robin loves. After moving to Santa Clarita for work, she spent about five years as an insurance agent. When she …

Tax Planning Be Proactive…. Let Us Help

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Tax laws have changed in 2018, and as year-end quickly approaches, time is running out to make vital adjustments to your tax plan — or risk affecting your return. “We want to make sure we’re being proactive about our tax plans and, most importantly, that we understand the new changes this year,” said John Vance, CEO of Vance Wealth. Most of the new legislation will affect individual taxes, especially if you file the standard deduction every year. Now, since many …

Will You Benefit Or Lose With The New Tax Laws?

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New tax laws are significant and sweeping. To move from loss to gain, it’s time to rethink your tax strategy — especially in retirement. When it comes to your finances, knowledge provides protection where it’s needed most. The right guidance, at the right time, can make the difference between preparing for life’s uncertainties and anticipating them. With recent changes in tax legislation, it’s more important than ever to put knowledge to work ahead of the next tax season. This year, …

How do headlines affect your portfolio? Your Midyear Investment Update

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Each summer, we provide a Midyear Investment Update because we believe in not only preparing for life’s uncertainties but also anticipating them before they occur. Here are some fresh financial perspectives backed by decades of expertise and focused on peace of mind.   Real News Vs. Fake News In recent months, news headlines have been heating up, and some investors are questioning the volatility of U.S. and international markets. Amid this concern, our investment advice remains steady: Maintain a healthy …