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Reasons to Consider Gifting Appreciated Securities to Charity

With markets continuing to boom, many people are seeing their stocks and other securities gain value quickly. One way to best make use of that growth—and avoid tax penalties for it—is to gift appreciated securities directly to the charitable organization of your choice. It’s a great option and many simply overlook this special tax provision. …

Panini Pressed

“They” say I’m in the “sandwich generation,” the generation taking care of both our children at home and our aging parents. But “sandwich generation” does not paint a realistic picture for me. When I think of a sandwich, I think of a Dagwood type sandwich with fluffy bread piled high with meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, …

The Equifax Hack Happened – What Should You Do To Protect Yourself?

As you have probably already learned, Equifax recently announced that it was the victim of a large-scale hack. The hackers were able to acquire names, social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses and some driver’s license information. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 200,000 consumers were also hacked. If your credit card information was …

Alabama Legislature Clarifies IRA Protections

Thanks to our legislature and our professional organization, the Financial Planning Association of North Central Alabama, investors of Alabama may now more clearly understand how their IRAs are protected from court settlements and creditors. About three years ago, as president of our local chapter, it was brought to my attention that the language that defines …