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  • June 30th, 2019 Market Recap

    Financial Markets – A Recap Of The First half 2019 Executive SummaryThe S&P 500 index produced a return of 17.35% in the first half of 2019, its best first half since 1997. June also marks the 121st month of the current economic expansion making this the longest economic expansion in U.S. History.   Read More...

  • The SECURE Act - What It Might Mean for You, Your Retirement and Your Heirs

    Contrary to the name, the SECURE act is not related to recent news regarding our borders or immigration. Rather, it is pertinent to something much closer to home – your Financial Freedom years!While currently still in committee, based on bipartisan support and passage by a 417-3 vote in the House, it appears very likely that the proposed legislation will become law.Without getting mired in the details, here are a few major (potential/likely) changes:Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) &n...  Read More...

  • Top 10 Tips for Grads (and The Rest of Us)

    At Pauley Financial, our Principals are 20+ (in some cases 30+) years removed from graduation from college, but as we think about some of the more valuable lessons learned, understanding the time value of money stands out as one of the most useful. We have often said that this concept and other sound financial principles should be required to be taught at the high school level. Unfortunately, in most instances, they are not.Accordingly, we thought the timing was right to focus the following thou...  Read More...

  • March 31, 2019 Market Recap

    Executive SummaryWe suggested in our 4th quarter commentary that volatility would remain high in 2019 unless there was a material improvement in trade negotiations, the U.S. Federal Reserve became more accommodative, or global economic data improved. Two of these three risk factors materially improved in the 1st quarter which resulted in a strong rally in equities globally.Furthermore, we wrote that the U.S.   Read More...

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Your 401(k) is a key element of your overall financial plan. Importantly, it enables you to ‘pay yourself first’ by making contribution elections to fund your retirement and other goals directly from your paycheck.


  • Decide ‘Roth’ vs. ‘Traditional’ contributions –Traditional 401(k) contributions are made with pre-tax dollars – defers taxes on your contribution and gains until you withdraw funds. ‘Roth’ contributions are made with post-tax dollars – you pay the taxes on your contribution now but pay no tax when you withdraw your contribution or the gains (providing you are at least 59 ½ at the time of withdrawal).
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