Can the federal government follow through on its ambitions? Provided by Alterra Wealth Management In 2014, we were supposed to see profound health care reform per the 2011 Affordable Care Act – but how much of that reform will roll out on time? The federal government has already conceded that it can’t enforce the employer.. read more →

19 Jun 2013
June 19, 2013

Where Did Inflation Go?

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Shouldn’t it be rising with all this bond buying?   Provided by Alterra Wealth Management   Consumer inflation just hit a 50-year low. So indicates the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge – the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.1 Besides tracking consumer inflation, the PCE price index measures.. read more →

15 May 2013
May 15, 2013

Filial Support Laws

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Could you end up paying for your parents’ nursing home care? Presented by Alterra Wealth Management Ever hear of “filial piety”? How about “filial support”? You may be unfamiliar with these phrases – and the laws based on them. A recent, notable court ruling has brought filial support laws back into the spotlight. Some attorneys.. read more →

04 May 2013
May 4, 2013

Bonds and Interest Rates

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A look at how one can greatly affect the other. Presented by Alterra Wealth Management Is the bond bull history? Bond titan Bill Gross called an end to the 30-year bull market in fixed income back in 2010, and he has repeated his opinion since. Legendary investor Jim Rogers predicted an end to the bond.. read more →

28 Jan 2013
January 28, 2013

Building An Emergency Fund

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Creating a financial cushion for stressful times. Presented by Alterra Wealth Management  How would you respond to sudden financial demands? We all define “emergencies” differently, but we are not immune to them. How can we plan to stay afloat financially when they occur?  Most households are not financially prepared for an emergency – not even.. read more →

01 Jan 2013
January 1, 2013

Bad Money Habits to Break in 2013

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Behaviors worth changing for the New Year.      Do bad money habits constrain your financial progress? Many people fall into the same financial behavior patterns year after year. If you sometimes succumb to these financial tendencies, the New Year is as good an occasion as any to alter your behavior. #1: Lending money to family &.. read more →

Some people equate life insurance with tragedy and death. In truth, life insurance is for the living. Without it, the sudden demise of a key breadwinner could leave a family stranded without the resources to maintain their lifestyle – or even retain their home. Not so long ago, professionals recommended that families carry a life.. read more →

20 Oct 2012
October 20, 2012

Finding Scholarship Opportunities

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The vast majority of the nation’s institutions of higher learning offer various types of scholarship, granting money to college students based on a host of criteria such as academic merit, financial need, and in some cases, racial or ethnic background. Although the application process can be complicated and redundant between scholarships, a great deal of.. read more →