Hello and Welcome to our May 2018 Financial Planning and Capital Market Update!
If you are too busy to read, feel free to listen as we describe our post and thoughts in friendly podcast format.
Financial Planning Tip (s) –
Social Security Website and Items to check while you are perusing
In our Social Security related post here, we discuss the tons of new options for use as well as the fantastic updates the Social Security Administration has done with their website.
The most important item to check if you are not already drawing Social Security is your credits… which can be done on this site… recall there is a possible time sunset of loosing your benefits if you do not have the Social Security Office notified, leading to a possible lower benefit.
New Tax Table and Rates – Personal
Here are the new tax tables… if they look complicated, well it is because they ARE !
Expect much more on this throughout the coming months as we dig DEEP into the actual rates and the planning techniques necessary to optimize our tax liability …. One Important five letter word…. CLUMP – more later on this!
Capital Market Comments
Interest Rate Yield Curve – Rates – Inverted Yield Curve
Bottom line, at its most basic level the yield curve should go upward and outward just as our home made chart below (the starting point for our discussion.)
When it does completely the opposite or inverts, as seen below… a recession is just around the corner for as long as the eye can see!
Expect a complete detailed video over the summer on this phenomenon … along with another review in the coming Newsletter… It can be boring info, not to worry … we will liven it up!
Have a Great Day – Talk to you at the end of June!
John A. Kvale CFA, CFP