The Fragasso Blog
Apr 2, 2015 12:09:48 PM
Mar 19, 2015 6:00:00 AM
Debate topics can be political, informative, funny, social and economic. Many are controversial, heightening the level of seriousness, especially when discussing politics or one’s core value systems. But sometimes a debate is just senseless. Case in point, my middle school debate topic, “Should homework be banned?” was neither serious nor a part of my core value system. As suspected, my campaign to ban homework fell on deaf ears, regardless of how well I crafted my argument. In hindsight, the assignment was surely a playful jab by our teacher at an impossible grade school fantasy.
Mar 12, 2015 6:30:00 AM
As the clock on tax day starts to wind down, many of us are still gathering all of our information to prepare our taxes to be filed. While the idea of having to write a check to the government frightens most, there are still a few easy steps that you can take to help reduce your 2014 taxes. Here are three simple ideas to consider before preparing your taxes this year.
Feb 26, 2015 6:30:00 AM
Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” You’ll see the humor in my decision to keep this post upbeat when I chose to focus on the latter. Yes it is tax season and we are enduring all of the headaches that come with it. Tax time is stressful for many people, but by taking a few simple steps I think you can alleviate a lot of that stress.
Feb 13, 2015 8:48:59 AM
Feb 5, 2015 9:55:00 AM
Jan 15, 2015 6:30:00 AM
Last week we discussed the first half of 2014, The Year of Divergence. This week we wrap things up with the second half of the year in part two.
In July 2014, anxiety around the global markets began to take hold and by the end of the month, the MSCI EAFE* was barely positive, up less than 1 percent as the S&P 500 index held on to most of its gains through the first seven months of the year. The divergence would heighten in coming months as investors worried that economies outside the U.S. remain tangled in their struggling markets. For some countries, a bitter world cup loss added salt to the wound.
Topics: 2014 year in review
Jan 8, 2015 5:00:00 AM
Dec 11, 2014 7:00:00 AM
Dec 1, 2014 7:00:00 AM
Annuities can be a valuable wealth accumulation tool, but they are often misunderstood and improperly sold. Below is a simple breakdown of the uses, benefits and cautions to bear in mind with annuities.