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Train your mind to see the good in everything. Start Here Get There.

In the midst of the onslaught of negative news, financial stress and depressing statistics, there are some bright spots that can have a positive impact on your financial life seems like each day brings new and valuable silver linings

Did you know: Filing Deadlines have been Extended The IRS has extended 2019 Tax Filing deadline to July 15th. 401k Contribution deadlines have also been extended.

It May Be Easier to Get Accepted into Top Colleges The landscape is changing for many colleges and universities as large numbers of potential international student acceptances could be in question. Read Forbes’ take on it here.

Leniency From credit card companies to utility providers, many companies have agreed to grant leniency for a specific period of time to those financially impacted by the corona virus. A number of large internet companies have agreed not to terminate residential or small business customers who can’t pay their bills: AT&T, Comcast, Cox, RCN, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are among them. Click here for a full list of companies for broadband and telephone service providers.

Future Travel JetBlue is taking low cost reservations now to be used before January 2021. It’s worth inquiring at Click here to go to the JetBlue website.

The most important thing to remember though is that there is “light at the end of the tunnel”. Before we know it, life will be back to normal. For now, stay strong, stay smart, stay clean and stay 6 feet apart!

Due to the current restrictions regarding group events, this workshop will be postponed to a later date.

The Prepared Caregiver - A Family Affair


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GLOUCESTER - Tuesday, March 31, 2020

5:45 PM Registration / 6:00 PM Presentation - Light refreshments available

Location: BankGloucester Lobby, 160 Main Street, Gloucester MA

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IPSWICH - Tuesday, April 7, 2020

5:45 PM Registration / 6:00 PM Presentation - Light refreshments available

Location: BankGloucester - Ipswich Lobby, 143 High Street, Ipswich MA

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Social Security Workshop

Start Here Get There

From small beginnings come great things.

If you don't know where to start to learn about Social Security, start here! Join our Vice President of Financial Services, Diane Rule and her team for our complimentary Social Security Workshop.

GLOUCESTER - Tuesday, February 25, 2020

5:45 PM Registration / 6:00 PM Presentation - Light refreshments available

Location: BankGloucester Lobby, 160 Main Street, Gloucester MA

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Having a long-term financial plan gives your logic a leg up over your emotions during times of market volatility

When stock markets are highly volatile, the roller coaster ride can test even the most stoic of investors. But those with a professionally prepared, long-term financial plan may fare better than most do-it-yourself investors.

A financial plan can bolster your logic when your emotions want to take over. Your financial planner developed your plan based on your personal situation, including your goals, your age, your assets and income, your liabilities and your tolerance for risk. Faced with volatility and the emotional desire to flee the pain of market losses or increase the euphoria of market gains, your financial planner takes you back to the plan: Has anything changed about your personal situation as a result of the market? If not, there’s no reason to change the plan.

That’s not to say that financial plans should be created in a vacuum and then shoved in a drawer to be dusted off in 10, 20 or 30 years when you retire. Your financial planner will review your plan with you at least annually and whenever you face a life-changing event, including the birth of a child, an empty nest, retirement, divorce, illness, disability or the death of a spouse, parent or child.

Multiple studies of past market data have shown that the longer you have money invested in the market, the less volatility your portfolio experiences. That’s because time allows the highest highs to offset the lowest lows. On average, the markets have had positive returns in seven out of 10 years for the past 70 years, according to the Financial Planning Association. The longer you are invested in the market, the more up years you accumulate.

Market swings make headlines because they reflect change – one of journalism’s criteria for news making. Daily swings don’t necessarily reflect a trend of any significance. The market can be up hundreds of points one day only to be down the same amount the next day. Trying to guess which way it will go on a given day, week, month or even year is a fool’s game that plays to your emotions.

As you reach milestones in your life, you can look at your plan and say, “Ah, yes. My planner talked about this, and we prepared for it.” That applies to market volatility as well; your financial planner takes into consideration the effect of market volatility and applies tools such as diversification, asset allocation and rebalancing, among other strategies, to your investment model. While asset allocation and diversification do not guarantee greater or more consistent returns, they may help offset risk.

Will your account balance at times show a drop in value? Absolutely. No one can guarantee you will never lose money on an investment. A financial plan and the counsel of your financial planner can give your logic the boost it needs to keep your emotions from running roughshod over your financial goals.

Diane is committed to making sure your plans continue to suit your needs.

Contact Andrea Donnelly to arrange a convenient time to get together with Diane.
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With a New Year upon us, it’s a good time for a FINANCIAL CHECKUP!

Just as your primary doctor monitors a list of markers to assess your physical well-being each year, it’s a good idea to get an annual check-up” to monitor the health of your financial situation and catch any potential concerns before they can cause problems. So as the year draws to a close, and the new year gets underway, it's a great time to meet with Diane to review your finances.

Diane will update your “history” with any new developments in your personal situation, such as a salary change, a child starting college, the birth of a grandchild, a family health issue or any changes in your long-term goals. If there have been significant changes, we’ll review your beneficiaries and estate plan for possible updates.

We’ll examine your recent health expenses to see if another insurance plan would better suit your needs. We’ll determine whether your auto, umbrella liability, home owners, disability and life insurance policies adequately protect your wealth, family and future.

After looking at your investments’ performances over the past year, we’ll decide whether your asset mix still meets your time frame, risk tolerance, needs and preferences. We can also project your income for the year to see if we should look for ways to reduce tax liability.

Diane extends her best wishes for your health, happiness and continued financial success, and thank you for allowing her to serve you. She is committed to making sure your plans continue to suit your needs.

Contact Andrea Donnelly to arrange a convenient time to get together with Diane.
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Five Tips for Keeping Your Financial Resolutions!

With the New Year upon us, take time to make a list of your financial resolutions. Financial resolutions can be especially difficult to stick with because, like eating and exercising, our spending, saving and investing habits tend to be tied to our emotions more than our logic. Here are five tips for keeping your financial resolutions:

Contact Andrea Donnelly to arrange a convenient time to get together with Diane.
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About the New Tax Bill

Flier Graphic: 5 Key Facts About The New Tax Bill. The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) represents -the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years.(1) For millions of Americans and businesses it means on altered financial and investment landscape with new opportunities and challenges in the years ahead. Keep in mind, however, that the information in this material is not intended as tax advice, and may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. 
			Here's a brief look at 5 key changes: 
			Personal Taxes:
			Some of the TCJA's key provisions include a reduction in most marginal income tax brockets, near doubling of the standard deduction, and a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deduction. The Tax Policy Center projects that taxes will fall for all income groups and result in on increase of 2.2% in after-tax income. The Tax Policy Center also cautions, however, that some individuals and households may see a higher tax bill.(2)
			The TCJA did not adjust the preferential rates of 0%, 15% and 20% for long-term capitol gains and qualified dividends. For example, the transition from 15% to 20% capital gains rate will continue to use the top tax-bracket thresholds of $425,800 for individuals and $479,000 for married couples.(3)
			The tax bill introduces several key changes for business owners, including the introduction of a 20% deduction for pass-through businesses. Business owners may want to review their current business structure (C-Carp, S-Corp, and llC) and determine what entity is best structured to help them accumate
			retirement assets.
			College Savings:
			529 plans may now be used to fund private elementary and secondary education 
			(for up to $10,000 in distributions per student each year). Prior, they were limited to any eligible post-secondary institutions.(4)
			Estate Strategies:
			The estate tax exemption was raised to $11.2 million, a doubling of the S5.6 million that previously existed. As such, individuals benefiting from this change may want to re-evaluate the strategies they have in place to address the tax and liquidity issues that may no longer exist. 
				1 The Wall Street Journal. December 20. 2017
				2 Tax Policy Center of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, 2017
				3 2017
				4 The tax Implications of 529 College Savings Plans can vary significantly from state to state, and some plans may provide advantages and benefits exclusively for their residents. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your Individual situation. Withdrawals from tax-advantaged education savings programs that are not used for education are subject to ordinary income taxes and may be subject to penalties.

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